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The 2013 October Assembly includes a cover story on the Plant of the Year, as well as articles on threaded inserts, real-world welding, and more. Check it out today!

2013 Assembly Plant of the Year

Northrop Grumman Soars With Automation

The robotic Integrated Assembly Line in Palmdale, CA, revolutionizes how airframes are built.
By Austin Weber
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For decades, automotive engineers have looked to the aerospace industry for new ideas. Back in the 1930s and 1950s, Detroit was inspired by the sleek designs of innovative airplanes such as the Northrop Alpha and the Grumman F4F Wildcat.


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How to Install Threaded Inserts

As much as 75 percent of a threaded insert’s performance is a direct result of how well it was installed.
By Christopher G. Jeznach
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When screws or bolts are threaded directly into plastic components, failures can occur due to stripped threads or plastic creep.


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Quality Crimps in Three Steps

By Terry Curtis
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Making sure every crimp is a quality crimp is a critical function of all harness manufacturers. So critical, in fact, that many manufacturers mandate it within their own facilities or those of their suppliers to make sure each crimp meets all customer specifications.


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Does 3D Printing Work with Wiring?

Additive manufacturing can be used to produce connectors and terminals.
By Austin Weber
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According to many experts, 3D printing promises to revolutionize the way numerous products are designed and mass-produced.


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Preventing High-Voltage Failures

Here are the top five reasons why high-voltage cables and connectors fail and how you can determine what went wrong.
By David Galambos and Keith Rooney
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When high-voltage cable assemblies and their connectors fail, it is generally catastrophic. This is because a dielectric breakdown has occurred.


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The Moving Assembly Line Turns 100

Several mega-forces were behind Ford Motor Co.’s engineering milestone.
By Austin Weber
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This month marks the official celebration of the world’s first moving assembly line. On Oct. 7, 1913, 140 assemblers stationed along a 150-foot chassis line at a Ford Motor Co. plant just north of Detroit stood in place as the work came to them.


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The Assembly Show Is Here!

Manufacturing professionals can see the latest assembly technologies, learn from industry experts, and network with their peers at the Assembly Show this month.
By John Sprovieri
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There are three reasons to attend trade shows: to learn about industry trends and new ways of doing things; to network with industry peers; and to see new technologies. This month’s Assembly Show will not disappoint on any of those fronts.


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Learning Real-World Welding

Ivy Tech community and corporate colleges produce qualified welders that meet the needs of northeast Indiana manufacturers.
By Jim Camillo
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Letters matter to welders. A, B and C, for example, are grades that employers use to determine a welder’s current ability, work assignments and pay scale. Letter A is the highest grade, followed by B and C.


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Increasing Strength and Reliability of Interference Fits

Retaining compounds enable engineers to design robust, lightweight joints at less cost than traditional interference fits.
By Rob Dunkel and Doug Lescarbeau
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Interference fits, commonly referred to as press fits and shrink fits, are traditional methods for joining cylindrical parts.


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Failure Modes Analysis Aids Design of Medical Devices

By John Sprovieri
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In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received more than 400,000 reports of adverse events related to medical devices. More than 12 percent of those events resulted in hospitalization.


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No at the Expense of Yes

Saying no helps fight public enemy No. 1 — dilution.
By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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It’s planning time. It’s time to define the projects, the resources, and the timelines for next year’s work.


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Robotic Arm Integral to Plumbing Manufacturer’s Success

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RSS Manufacturing & Phylrich is a manufacturer of high-end plumbing fixtures and fittings for decorative faucets. It specializes in short-run production, with turnaround time as quick as 24 hours.


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3D Printer Makes Orthopedic Prototyping a Smooth Operation

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How quickly a manufacturer embraces new technology depends on its potential benefits. Three-dimensional printing, for example, enables manufacturers to build 3D parts and products quicker and with more precision than conventional machining.
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Polyamide Resets Capabilities of Industrial Circuit Breakers

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A designer and manufacturer of electrical components, Jiangsu Phono Electrical Co. Ltd. faces the ongoing challenge of creating high-quality and safe products at the lowest cost.


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Configured Components Increase WORX Efficiency

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Fortune 500 manufacturers in the high-tech, electronics and communications industries have a no-nonsense approach to their equipment.


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Disc Springs Come Through in the Clutch for DeWalt

The custom spring costs just a few pennies more than the original spring.
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The DeWalt Industrial Tool Co. is well-known for its high-quality power tools and accessories used in manufacturing, construction and woodworking.


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Credit Where Credit Is Due

By John Sprovieri
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Slowly but surely, the economy is recovering from the Great Recession.


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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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