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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.

Turns out Building a 787 Dreamliner Ain't so Easy

Fast forward to 2008-Turns out building wings and fuselages sections is a lot tougher than it looks-same thing for managing a complex global supply chain.
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Get Ready for 'Ergobamanomics'

Ergonomics is a subject that hasn't received much attention in the manufacturing community lately. But, that may change under president-elect Barack Obama’s new administration.
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Big Three Beware

Once upon a time, there was a Big Three far, far away . . . in merry olde England. In a move eerily similar to the pending GM-Chrysler merger, two of the automakers united to form British Motor Corp. (BMC). The folks in Detroit should learn a lesson from it, before history repeats itself.
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Turning Adversity into Opportunity at Toyota

Instead of simply sending its full-time workers home, Toyota, in accordance with company policy, kept them on the payroll. Not only that, the company kept them hard at work, improving both the plant and themselves.
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Risky Business at the Altar?

Will the Big Three go the way of radiator caps and hood ornaments? Recent rumblings in Detroit suggest that General Motors and Chrysler are considering a “marriage.”

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Are Manufacturing Companies a Good Investment? Part I

Are manufacturers financially in good stead to weather hard times? To find out, we took a look at the liquidity and debt ratios of the Assembly Top 50.

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A Bright Spot in a Bleak World?

Everyone's talking about solar power these days. It's been mentioned quite a few times in the presidential debates, and it was a popular topic of conversation at the recent Assembly Technology Expo.
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Congress Approves R&D Tax Credit; Will You Take Advantage?

The R&D tax credit is back, at least for two more years. Good thing, since the 50 largest assemblers in the United States spent more than $118 billion on R&D last year. How does your company compare?

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A Tale of Two Plants

When Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities 150 years ago, he said, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Today, the same thing can be said about two assembly plants owned by General Motors Corp. (GM, Detroit).
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No Flash in the Pan

When was the last time that you watched a movie or read a book where an engineer was the good guy? A new film epitomizes the lone American inventor and his fight for justice despite big odds.
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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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