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The December 2013 issue of Assembly Magazine. This issue includes the Capital Spending Report and more! Check it out today!

Capital Spending Survey: Assembly Plants Boost Spending on Manufacturing Equipment

By John Sprovieri
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Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the fifth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 53rd consecutive month, according to the latest data from the Institute for Supply Management.


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What’s New in Manufacturing Software

By Jim Camillo
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Using software to optimize assembly processes is passé. Manufacturers now have the tools to ensure error-free production, increase line flexibility and minimize PC dependence.


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Machine Safety Standards Evolve

By Eric Esson
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 Safety standards have changed significantly in response to advances in manufacturing technology. 


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Thousands Attend Assembly Show

By John Sprovieri
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A wealth of new technologies was on display at The Assembly Show.


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Toy Assembly Isn’t Child’s Play

By Austin Weber
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Santa’s helpers depend on adhesives, screws and ultrasonic welding.


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Flexible Fixturing for Robotic Welding

By Louis-Alexis Allen Demers and Catherine Bernier
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 A robot equipped with an adaptive gripper can provide an alternative to maintaining multiple jigs for automated welding. 


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Custom-Made Carts Provide Smooth Production Ride for Custom Wheels

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 Some of the world’s finest racing, performance and luxury cars feature wheels manufactured by HRE Performance Wheels, based in Vista, CA. HRE specializes in built-to-order wheel sets of one- or three-piece forged aluminum wheels. 


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The Emotional Cost of Change

By Dr. Mike Shipulski
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Leader must create a climate where people are not afraid to fail.


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Robotic Welding, Automated Material Handling Keep Water Heater Manufacturer in Michigan

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Bradford White Corp. is unique among its competitors in two ways. First and foremost is its business model, which prevents the sale of the company’s water heaters directly to consumers or commercial businesses. Heaters are only sold to licensed plumbers at various supply houses to ensure proper and safe water heater installation, and to prevent code violations.


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Pick-and-Place Machine Boosts Flexibility of EMS Provider

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Telecom-industry leaders Nokia Corp. and Alcatel-Lucent know the importance of quality work and long-term relationships. So it is no surprise that both have been regular customers of well-known electronic manufacturing services (EMS) provider Kyrel Oy for more than a decade.


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Machine Dispenses Silicone for Medical Device Assembly Application

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With youth comes enthusiasm and originality. Managers at the four-year-old medical products manufacturer Urogyn BV wholeheartedly agree with, and applaud, this statement.


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Keep the new product pipeline flowing

By John Sprovieri
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As usual, our annual Capital Equipment Spending Survey provided a wealth of interesting and often contradictory data. Thirty percent of plants will spend more on assembly technology next year than they did this year, and only 20 percent will spend less.


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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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