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The 2014 April Assembly includes a cover story about robots and small manufacturers plus much more. Check it out today!

Linear Motors Revolutionize Conveyance

Linear motor transport systems are entering the mainstream of assembly automation.
April 1, 2014

Linear motor pallet-transfer systems have been around for more than a decade.


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Choosing Wire Terminals and Contacts

Wire terminals are available in a wide variety of designs.
April 1, 2014

Wires are rarely connected directly to an electrical or electronic assembly.


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Testing Automotive Wire Harnesses

Today’s testers can quickly perform continuity, hipot and component-specific tests on simple and complex harnesses.
April 1, 2014

 When watching an operator test an automotive wire harness, one is reminded of old-time photos and TV skits about telephone switchboard operators of the 1950s and 1960s. 


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Laser Wire Stripping

Lasers are a clean-cut alternative to mechanical blades.
April 1, 2014

Metal blades are typically used to strip insulation from wire or cable. However, there is an alternative—lasers.


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Robots Empower Small Manufacturers

Advances in Cartesian robot technology are enabling small and midsized manufacturers to do more with less.
April 1, 2014

Once found mostly in high-volume manufacturing environments, robots are now being used in smaller organizations, and in a wider variety of applications.  


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New Technologies for Stud Welding

New technologies for stud welding are enabling assemblers to reduce energy costs and boost throughput.
April 1, 2014

These days, manufacturers of all stripes are taking a closer at their energy consumption as a potential source of cost savings—even manufacturers of the largest, most expensive products in the world.


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Snap Fits Enable Plastic Parts Assembly

With the proper design, snap-fit assembly ensures cost-effective, high-volume production of a wide range of parts.
April 1, 2014

To the casual observer, large piles of car parts are trash.


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Food Processing Industry Hungers for Automation

Hygiene demands and government regulations challenge engineers.
April 1, 2014

Food processing equipment features some of the most sophisticated automation around.


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Design controls help prevent medical device failures

April 1, 2014

 Medical device engineers are great at designing innovative, life-saving gizmos.  


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The Cost of Spending Too Little

Is it possible that a lower cost option could be more expensive?
April 1, 2014

We’re all aware of the consequences of paying too much.


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Olympians Take 3D Printing to the Hilt

April 1, 2014

Participating in the Olympics provides an athlete with a lifetime of memories.


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Inspection Program Ensures Safety of Factory Cranes

April 1, 2014

Ambridge (PA) Regional Distribution and Manufacturing Center is a well-established industrial park.


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Framing Forms Backbone of Medical Device Manufacturing

April 1, 2014

 As orthopedic and medical device technology evolves, so do the manufacturing processes of industry leaders like Acumed. 


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Orange County Choppers Presses Deeper Into Motorcycle Assembly

April 1, 2014

 American TV viewers are very familiar with Orange County Choppers (OCC), a custom and production motorcycle manufacturer based in Newburgh, NY.  


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Speed Rivets Improve Assembly of Turbochargers

April 1, 2014

Located in the small town of Strakonice, Czech Republic, is CZ a.s., one of the leading suppliers to the automotive industry in Eastern Europe.


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Automotive Supplier Creates Carousel Assembly Line From Modular Components

The carousel system consists of eight carts hitched together.
April 1, 2014

When founded in 1925, Hollingsworth Logistics Group (HLG) was one of the world’s first expediters of auto parts.


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Innovative servo drive suppresses vibrations

Suppressing vibration dramatically reduces settling time.
April 1, 2014

 Speed is essential for high-volume assembly. However, speed also creates problems. 


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Are unions still relevant?

April 1, 2014

On Feb. 14, workers at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, TN, voted to reject representation by the United Auto Workers.


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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, the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio sit down with Adam Malofsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bioformix to discuss his company’s innovative, energy-saving adhesives and polymers, which cure without the need for heat or light. 

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