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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.

New ASSEMBLY E-Newsletter Covers Wire Processing Trends, Technologies

If you assemble wire harnesses or if you integrate wire or cable into your assemblies, you’ll want this monthly e-newsletter.
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Leading Lean: Keys to Employee Engagement

Manufacturers have no trouble hanging onto key employees these days, since job opportunities are scarce. But, that hasn’t reduced the need to find new ways to engage people. No matter what type of economic opportunities a company can provide, engagement still plays an important role in employee retention.

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Nanotechnology Will Soon Take on Pirates

Nanotechnology has been touted in recent years for its many remarkable qualities. Now, the miracle material is about to take on a new role-fighting pirates who plunder cargo ships on the high seas. A new unmanned surface vessel called the Piranha uses nanotechnology-enhanced carbon fiber to be super lightweight and nimble.
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'Metal Foam' May Replace Worn-out Joints

Artificial joints can be complex devices to mass produce. Traditionally, orthopedic device manufacturers rely on titanium because it’s a strong, lightweight material that is biocompatible with the human body. But, engineers at North Carolina State University think the future lies in foam.
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Robotic Pothole Repair

Potholes are an unavoidable headache that all motorists in the Midwest and the Northeast must endure every Spring. Unfortunately, fixing potholes is labor intensive and expensive. It seems like a great opportunity for some type of automation.
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Free Webcast to Cover Jet-Dispensing of Lubricants

Engineers can learn how piezoelectric valves can be used to dispense lubricants during a free, hour-long webinar April 7.
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What Time Is It?

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have built the world’s most precise clock.
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Residential Fuel Cells: Ready for Prime Time?

Today, a Silicon Valley startup company called Bloom Energy Corp. unveiled a much-anticipated device called the Bloom Energy Server. The company hopes to install its “little power plant in a box” in millions of homes and neighborhoods around the world, replacing the traditional electric power grid. The concept looks promising, but assembly technology will determine the company's ultimate success . . . or failure.
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Finally, an Inexhaustible Energy Source?

A Maryland company has developed a way to turn discarded paper and cardboard from offices into fuel for vehicles.
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NASA, GM Unveil Robotic Assembler

Engineers from NASA, GM and Oceaneering Space Systems have introduced a new humanoid robot that could help the automaker build safer cars and plants.
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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.


 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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