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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.

U.S. Auto Industry Goes Metric

The North American auto industry is converting to a metric wire standard, as it produces more and more global vehicle platforms. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors will begin converting to ISO 6722 wire on new product lines. However, all carryover vehicles will continue to use SAE J1128 wire.


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Has the Shingo Prize Gone South?

Both recipients of 2010 Shingo Prize are assembly plants in Mexico. This is the first time since 1988 that the prestigious operational excellence award did not go to at least one U.S.-based plant. Is this anything to be alarmed about?
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Hold the Obituary-the Internal Combustion Engine Ain't Dead

During the past year, electric cars and advanced battery technology have dominated the headlines and the airwaves. However, today General Motors Co. announced that it plans to invest $890 million in five North American plants to build a new generation of fuel-efficient small-block car and truck engines. What do you think of this? Will the internal combustion engine still dominate the marketplace in 2020?
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Advanced Manufacturing Will Play a Key Role in Future Spaceflight

During a speech today at Cape Canaveral, FL, President Obama announced that his Administration is committed to the long-term future of the U.S. space program. In fact, he announced that he’s increasing NASA’s budget by $6 billion over the next five years. That money will be spent on "new designs, new materials, new technologies that will transform not just where we can go but what we can do when we get there."  Is this a bold step forward or a foolish step backward?
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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.

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 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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