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.
January 22, 2008
Despite the current wailing and gnashing of teeth on Wall Street, there is yet more good news out of Detroit. Turns out at least one of the Big Three U.S. automakers really can make good cars and-surprise! surprise!-when it does, people will actually go out of their way to buy them.
January 10, 2008
Tata Motors Ltd. (Mumbai, India) just unveiled the 21st century version of the “people’s car,” the NANO. Ironically, this year also marks the centennial of the original "people's car," the Ford Model T.
January 8, 2008
When it comes to quality, talk is cheap. A manufacturer’s products ultimately have to walk the walk if they are to convince customers to part with their hard-earned cash. For years, this has been a problem for the Big Three. Quality has become synonymous with carmakers whose headquarters lie outside the United States. However, a recent analysis by Justin Hyde of the Detroit Free Press shows that this, like so much in the automotive industry these days, is changing
December 20, 2007
With so much negative news lately about low-cost manufacturing in China, here’s a bit of good news: Mass production of the XO laptop computer-the so-called $100 laptop designed by One Laptop Per Child (OLPC, Cambridge, MA)-began last month at Quanta Computer Inc.’s factory in Changshu, China.
December 19, 2007
When a Chinese-made cookie press breaks down on the countertop assembly line, a trusty old product from Pennsylvania comes to the rescue and saves a Christmas tradition..
December 17, 2007
Have you heard the one about the three robots hanging out in a department store window? Believe it or not, it's not a joke. Read More
December 14, 2007
The largest automaker in Iran, Iran Khodro Industrial Group, has just proposed that Islamic nations manufacture a “collective brand” of car to boost their economies, reduce dependency on Western countries and meet increasing local demand.
November 15, 2007
A recent announcement from two German companies pushes the concept of assembly outsourcing and supply chain management to an entirely new level. Read More
November 15, 2007
There are times The World is Flat author Thomas Friedman can go a bit overboard when it comes to the wonders of globalization.
November 6, 2007
Winston Churchill once famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except all the others that have been tried.” Read More
It’s beginning to look like the same thing could be said for unionized labor