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.
May 13, 2008
Researchers at Cornell University are bringing science fiction closer to reality. They have developed a self-replicating robot consists of independent motorized blocks. Their work has implications for space exploration and "lights-out" automated factories.
April 28, 2008
WASHINGTON-Two studies, two very different mindsets: Which will successfully lead U.S. manufacturing into the future?
April 21, 2008
The most daunting challenge of automating assembly of very small products, such as hearing aids, is how to feed and manipulate tiny screws and other parts. Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby have designed a gripper and an automatic screwdriver that overcome this challenge.
March 31, 2008
Several years ago, everyone was crying about all the American manufacturers closing their doors and shipping production to China, Brazil and other countries with low-cost economies. But, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) has announced that it will soon begin exporting vehicles made at its plant in Normal, IL, to China. When the Eclipse sports car goes on sale in Shanghai later this year, Chinese consumers will be eyeing a car that was assembled in the middle of an Illinois cornfield.
March 18, 2008
Ever since Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species was published in 1859, the theory of evolution has been used as a metaphor for many other disciplines, including business. Now Peter Cooke, a professor of automotive management at the University of Buckingham in England, is talking about something called the Galapagos Syndrome with reference to North America’s Big Three automakers
March 13, 2008
ASSEMBLY magazine reported on the Viper line when the first models were being assembled.
February 29, 2008
It wasn’t all that long ago that people with intellectual disabilities were institutionalized-isolated from their families and communities. These days, thankfully, attitudes are much different. A number of organizations are providing win-win situations: enabling people with intellectual disabilities to obtain training and fulfilling employment, while helping manufacturers assemble their products for pennies on the dollar. Read More
February 28, 2008
While the United States leads the world in advanced medical technology and services, escalating spending on health care is taking a toll on employers. The burden of footing this bill is making U.S. manufacturers less competitive and provides a considerable incentive for moving manufacturing jobs to low-cost labor markets. Since this is an election year, it would be wise for everyone to see where the three remaining presidential candidates stand on healthcare.
February 20, 2008
General Motors has offered to buy out all of its 74,000 hourly workers. Up to 56,000 workers could retire by 2011. That would help GM slash costs and catch up with its foreign rivals, but it would also create a huge knowledge gap on the plant floor.
January 28, 2008
This time it’s the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s turn. “Precision Factory Jobs in U.S. go Unfilled” the headline laments. The article then goes on to relate the trials of a precision parts maker in a small town in Pennsylvania that just can’t keep up with demand because of a lack of skilled workers.