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The 2013 September Assembly includes a cover story on integrated vision systems, as well as articles on preconfigured cells and The Assembly Show. Check it out today!

Integrating a Vision System

A well-written spec can help engineers wade through the myriad options available for vision systems.

Vision system integration has come a long way. With increased processing power, more powerful algorithms, and lighting and optics designed for more demanding requirements, more applications can be solved today than ever before.

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Manual Assembly Presses Are Simple and Flexible

Manual assembly presses continue to outsell pneumatic and servo-driven presses for three reasons: lower price, greater flexibility and simpler operation.

Like soldiers, rows of BalTec Corp. manual assembly presses stand ready to work at electronic manufacturing plants throughout North America. Workers there use the presses to crimp wires to terminals and connectors.

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New Technologies to Shine at Assembly Show

A host of innovative new technologies will be unveiled next month at the Assembly Show, the only event dedicated exclusively to assembly technology.

ASSEMBLY magazine has been around since 1958. In that time, we’ve had lean years and great years. We’ve changed our name three times, and we’ve been bought and sold at least five times. We’ve survived tidal shifts in both U.S. manufacturing and publishing. (If you had told me 26 years ago that I would be spending 30 minutes a day on something called Twitter…)

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FEA Aids Design of Turbine Bearings

Finite element analysis software enabled a bearing manufacturer to validate the design of a massive test rig.

To boost the energy output of wind turbines, manufacturers are developing taller structures with longer blades. That’s because the wind at 100 meters blows more steadily and 4.5 percent faster than it does at 80 meters, with an energy gain of about 14 percent.

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The Role of People in Automated Assembly Systems

Cost and flexibility are two factors to consider when deciding which processes to automate in an assembly system.

There’s an old joke that the factory of the future will be so automated that it will have just two employees: a guard dog and someone to feed it. Fortunately or not, such a scenario remains the purview of science fiction. Indeed, despite advances in robotics and automation, people remain the most flexible assembly technology.

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Small Servomotors for High-Precision Motion

"We’ve managed to pack quite a lot of power density in a small package." —David Ma, Yaskawa America

Semiconductor processing equipment is a notoriously demanding application for motion control engineers. Extreme precision, reliability and smoothness are absolute requirements. At the same time, space is at a premium.

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Automotive Supplier Improves Quality, Delivery by Reshoring

U.S. manufacturers that source low-cost components offshore often face several challenges. Among the most common are language barriers, lack of timely responses, long lead times and problems with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Another problem is receiving a perfect prototype initially—followed by subsequent shipments of poor-quality parts.

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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.


 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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