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The 2013 March Assembly includes a cover story about the "lighter side" of automotive assembly, as well as columns by John Sprovieri and Austin Weber. Check it out today!

The Lighter Side of Automotive Assembly

Automakers are ramping up to use more carbon-fiber composites.
March 1, 2013

Carbon-fiber reinforced composites are popular in the aerospace and marine industries as a lightweight alternative to aluminum, steel and other metals. The material is also used to produce railcars, wind turbine blades and sporting goods.


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Reborn Company Reshores Harness Manufacturing Jobs

From the 1960s through the 1990s, business was humming at Northwest Regulator Supply in Portland, OR.
March 1, 2013

Unfortunately, like many OEMs, Northwest Regulator Supply was struggling by the start of the 21st century.


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Solve the Demand-Driven Supply Chain Problem

Electronic kanban systems can help manufacturers avoid the bullwhip effect.
March 1, 2013

Today’s global marketplace requires manufacturers to profitably respond to the dynamics of market demand in a timely manner.


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Curtain Walls Control Noise and Dust

Originally employed for partitioning space, fabric curtain walls can insulate workers from noise and improve the cost-effectiveness of exhaust fans.
March 1, 2013

Industrial fabric curtain walls are growing in popularity. In assembly plants, two of the fastest-growing applications are for lowering noise levels and controlling dust.


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Five Steps to Picking the Best Label

The answers to these five questions will help you pick the perfect label for your application.
March 1, 2013

We’ve all been there: You spent hours researching a new identification, tracking or data collection system. Just when the allocated funds have been spent and the scanners and management software systems are installed, you think: “Just one small task left to finish this huge project—pick a label.”


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Automated Epoxy Plant Has More Flexibility

Established in 2002, Polystar LLC produces a full line of chemicals for epoxies used in assembly applications
March 1, 2013

Over the past decade, Polystar has grown in both size and chemistry complexity. Simultaneously, so has the need for the company to more closely control product consistency and safety.


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Borescopic Inspection Sharpens Company Focus on Quality

Alongside scenic countryside on Route 71, about two hours southwest of Chicago, sits tiny Mark, IL, with a population of 550.
March 1, 2013

Mennie precision-machines transmission and fuel-system parts and assemblies used in mission-critical applications. Customers include Caterpillar, Bosch Rexroth, Saur-Danfoss, Eaton Hydraulics, Poclain Hydraulics, Allison Transmission, American Axle and Cummins.


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Colleague Robot Ensures Flawless Car Seat Assembly

At Lear Corp.’s production facility in Besigheim, Germany, multiple shifts of workers assemble car seats just-in-time.
March 1, 2013

Assemblers must work quickly while meeting strict quality requirements.


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Robotics and 3D Printing Get Creative at Cornell Lab

Robotic grippers and 3D printing are two passions of Hod Lipson, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and computer science at Cornell University.
March 1, 2013

The facility was created by Lipson in 2001 to develop robots that “create and are creative. We explore novel autonomous systems that can design and make other machines automatically,” he points out.


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Rosie the Riveter, 2.0

Despite an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent, U.S. manufacturers continue to have trouble finding help.
March 1, 2013

For example, according to the Precision Metalforming Association, 69 percent of U.S. metalworking companies have job openings. However, 91 percent of those companies are experiencing challenges finding qualified employees, and 42 percent describe that difficulty as “severe.”


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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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