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The ASSEMBLY Blog is written by our team of editors and industry experts. It provides thought-provoking opinions on issues and trends in manufacturing, as wells tips, tricks and suggestions for implementing assembly technology.
Hoffmann on Testing

Where Is Your Old School Technology?

There are times when leak testing experts advocate "going old school."
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Hoffmann on Testing

How Do We Overcome Language Barriers in a Global Marketplace?

Given the global marketplace, shouldn't manufacturing and test equipment be equipped with user-friendly controls with different language options?


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Hoffmann on Testing

Why Test Experts are so Important: Lessons from Boeing and Airbus

Simulation is not the same as testing.

A test-centric assembly process would have helped Boeing and Airbus avoid problems with their new aircraft.


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Hoffman on Testing

Customer Loyalty—To Disney and Beyond!

What would inspire your loyalty to an automation and test supplier?

A good partnership between customers and suppliers leads to optimal solutions and long-term prosperity all around.


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Reshoring, Jobs and Quality

Reshoring is a welcome trend, but maintaining product quality will not be a given.


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Hoffmann on Testing: Software for Everything...Really?

If the assumptions are wrong, the conclusions are not likely to be very good.

Software cannot fix problems caused by product dynamics or defects in tooling.


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Hoffmann on Testing: Why Are We Still Dragging our Feet on the Metric System?

What’s one thing we have in common with the great nations of Liberia and Burma? We are all clinging to the English imperial system of measurements.
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Hoffmann on Testing: A Hole Diameter Is Not a Leak Rate!

There are some who contend that a leak can be defined by the diameter of a hole. My goodness, doesn't precision matter?
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Hoffmann on Testing: Beware the Forgotten Spec!

A “simple” request to add one more test to a test stand or assembly system is not all that simple most of the time.
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Hoffmann on Testing: Cheap Fixtures Cost More in the Long-Run

It’s ironic that the very things most engineers do to contain costs in test-centric assembly systems are the cause of out-of-control production costs.
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