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The 2013 August Assembly includes a cover story on Volkswagen and being green, as well as articles on UV curing and adhesives for advanced assembly. Check it out today!

Volkswagen Rethinks What It Means to Be Green

Nature doesn’t take a back seat to production in Chattanooga.
By Austin Weber
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"Watch where you step so you avoid the poisonous snakes!” is not something that’s typically heard when touring an automotive assembly plant. But, Volkswagen AG’s two-year-old Chattanooga, TN, facility is out of the ordinary when it comes to being environmentally friendly.

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Boost Productivity With UV-Curing Adhesives

Because they polymerize quickly on-demand, UV-curing adhesives are ideal for automated assembly processes.
By Martin Kluke and Torsten Uske
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For mass-production on assembly lines, UV- and light-curing adhesives offer significant advantages over other joining methods.

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Adhesives for Advanced Assembly

Combining smart use of adhesives with sophisticated materials converting and advanced assembly techniques creates new design possibilities.
By Craig McClenachan
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The latest generation of pressure-sensitive adhesives and converted materials offer great potential for product improvement. They hold the key to better product performance, greater manufacturing efficiencies, better staff utilization, and ultimately across-the-board cost reduction.

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Bright Lights, Big Assembly

Skilled workers assemble LED modules and cabinets to create eye-catching digital billboards and displays of all sizes.
By Jim Camillo
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Strange as it may sound, LED digital billboards and displays have much in common with icebergs. All of them are large, eye-catching and often serve as landmarks for countless passersby.

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New Assembly Tools Steer Innovation at Kenworth

The Chillicothe, OH, factory uses robotic technology to build better trucks.
By Austin Weber
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Think all big trucks look the same? Don’t tell that to an engineer at Kenworth Truck Co. The legendary firm is synonymous with hard-working, well-built vehicles.

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Jabil Automates Wire Processing for Automotive Market

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Helping automakers is not a new challenge for Jabil Inc. In fact, the company has been providing quality-control systems, design services and electronics manufacturing to them for nearly 35 years.

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Bet on the Solvers

Trying to solve the monster problems is the best career move.
By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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Everything boils down to problem-solving—everything. New technology, new products, new processes, new business models, new markets, new behaviors, new company culture, innovation—it’s all problem-solving.

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EOAT Aligns Automaker With Successful Module Installation

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In 1994, Bernd Walter founded Creative Automation Inc. (CAI) to provide turnkey automated equipment for manufacturers. CAI’s initial focus was on gantry robots and pick-and-place machines.

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DMLS Perfects Medical-Device Prototyping

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In business since 1969, C&A Tool Engineering Inc. is a contract manufacturer of engineered components. The company makes implants, instrumentation and tools for the medical, aeronautical, defense, transportation and other industries at its 700,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Churubusco, IN.

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Well-Known Solar Company Shifts Spotlight to Worker Safety

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Over the last quarter century, SolarWorld AG has produced countless silicon wafers, solar cells and photovoltaic modules—while generating lots of media attention.

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The Truth Will Come Out in the Wash

By John Sprovieri
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Imagine the U.S. Department of Energy establishes aggressive new energy-efficiency standards for your product. As a result, you spend millions on R&D to meet the challenge.

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