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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.
By Greg Hollows
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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.
By Jim Camillo
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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.
By John Sprovieri
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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.
By Lynn Manning
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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.
By John Sprovieri
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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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Preconfigured Robotic Assembly Cells Cut Costs and Speed Deployment

Ready-to-go systems are becoming increasingly popular.
By Austin Weber
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Standardization is a key concept behind lean manufacturing. It allows assemblers to reduce variation, increase consistency, cut costs and improve productivity by following a prescribed set of work instructions.


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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
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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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RIT Center Focuses on Electronics Manufacturing

By Austin Weber
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Rochester, NY, is home to several well-known companies, such as Bausch & Lomb, Eastman Kodak and Xerox. It’s also home to cutting-edge electronics manufacturing research, thanks to the Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (CEMA).


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Automated Assembly Systems Produces Insulin Pump

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Looks can sometimes be deceiving in a positive way. A good example is the t:slim insulin pump made by Tandem Diabetes Care Inc.


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Automotive Supplier Improves Quality, Delivery by Reshoring

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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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Industrial PCs Streamline Welding of Cruise Ships

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Papenburg, Germany, is home to the world’s largest shipbuilding dock hall, which is operated by MEYER WERFT GmbH. There, more than 2,500 workers design and assemble some of the largest cruise ships in the world.


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Good Help Is Hard to Find

By John Sprovieri
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Last month, my nephew began his first year in college. He hopes someday to get a job in the automotive industry, and I wish him the best of luck.


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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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