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 The 2013 November Assembly includes articles on servo-driven ultrasonic welding, torque auditing, and more. Check it out today!

New Materials Allow Soldiers to Shed Weight

The U.S. Army is enlisting more aluminum and composites.
November 1, 2013

Weight issues are not something that’s common with U.S. Army soldiers. The military organization prides itself on running a lean, mean fighting machine. But, even so, the Army is on a weight-loss program when it comes to vehicles, artillery, ordnance, helmets, electronic gear and other devices.


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The Importance of Torque Auditing

Accurate tooling and proper training are the keys to maintaining the specified torque for each threaded fastener.
November 1, 2013

Follow-up is rarely fun, but it is often necessary to verify an assembly process. The most important follow-up to threaded-fastener installation is a static torque audit.


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Springs, Stampings and Firearms

Making quality firearms parts requires expertise in design, prototyping and manufacturing.
November 1, 2013

Firearm manufacturing has come a long way from the days when a room full of gunsmiths was needed to ensure accurate, quality weapons. Nonetheless, manufacturing parts for firearms still requires a deep understanding of how the many small parts work together to create a successful weapon.


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Flexible Imaging Lens Designs

Through clever engineering and adaptable manufacturing, vision system lenses can be quickly and cost-effectively modified for optimum performance.
November 1, 2013

The needs of the imaging world are continuously evolving, requiring lenses to be less expensive, higher resolution and more versatile than ever.


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The Benefits of Servo-Driven Ultrasonic Welding

Servo-driven ultrasonic welders can match welding speed to the melt flow rate of the plastic.
November 1, 2013

In ultrasonic plastic welding, three process variables directly affect weld quality: amplitude, duration and force.


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Robots Assemble Appliance Doors Down Under

November 1, 2013

Every year, millions of people worldwide buy and use household appliances made by AB Electrolux. These products include microwave ovens, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, stoves, vacuum cleaners and water heaters sold under brand names like Westinghouse, Chef and Electrolux.


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Dispenser Does Double Duty for Printed Circuit Assembly

November 1, 2013

Computrol Inc. provides mid- to low-volume, high-mix electronic manufacturing services to OEMs around the world. From its manufacturing facilities in Meridian, ID, and Orem, UT, the company serves military, medical, aerospace, broadcast and general-industry customers.


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Vision System Performs Quick, Accurate Component Inspection

November 1, 2013

Family-owned Altman Manufacturing Co. Inc. has built tool-and-die-cutting, fabrication and automation equipment since 1942 at its plant in Lisle, IL. Customers use the equipment to produce rubber and plastic goods that do not have a defined geometry.


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Laser Trackers Accelerate Accurate Construction of Research Facility

November 1, 2013

An aerial view of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Long Island, NY, shows an impressive half-mile ring structure: the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) accelerator, scheduled for completion in 2015. NSLS-II will support research in engineering, biology, physics, chemical and materials sciences, and nanoscience.


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High-speed automation for bottle cap assembly

Continuous motion assembly system produces three-piece caps for plastic squeeze bottles.
November 1, 2013

Plastic squeeze bottles for water or Gatorade are ubiquitous at sporting events around the world. Hundreds of millions of them are produced annually.


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Wichita State Explores Advanced Joining Techniques

November 1, 2013

Wichita, KS, calls itself the Air Capital of the World. The city has a long, proud heritage of aerospace manufacturing.


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Details drive choice of servomotors

November 1, 2013

In a competitive marketplace, details help differentiate one product from another. A thoughtful feature or a more rugged design can make all the difference. Consumers who buy based solely on price often end up disappointed.


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Expectations vs. Deliveries

November 1, 2013

Have you ever ordered a meal that sounded delicious on the menu, but tasted terrible once it arrived at your table? Have you ever purchased the latest recording from your favorite musician only to find it lacking? No matter what the product or service, what you expect isn’t always what’s delivered.


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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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Live from The Assembly Show, the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio sit down with Adam Malofsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bioformix to discuss his company’s innovative, energy-saving adhesives and polymers, which cure without the need for heat or light. 

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