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2014 January

The 2014 January Assembly includes a cover story about the evolution of automated dispensing technology plus much more. Check it out today!

The Evolution of Automated Dispensing Technology

January 8, 2014

From manually operated dispensers to robot-mounted valves, dispensing technology has come a long way in half a century.


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Lockbolts: An Alternative to Welding

January 8, 2014

Heavy equipment manufacturers increasingly prefer lockbolts because they offer quick installation and long-term joint stability.


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Cutting it Close

January 20, 2014

Blades might not get much attention, but they’re crucial for quality wire stripping and cutting. The challenge is selecting the right blade for each wire.


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Crimp Force Monitoring-Recipe for Success

January 20, 2014

Crimp quality detection systems are a great tool, if they’re used correctly.


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The Splice is Right

January 20, 2014

New aluminum applications create welding challenges.


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Threaded Rivets Keep New Product Made in the USA

January 8, 2014

Threaded rivet plays pivotal role for Invis-A-Rack folding cargo rack for pickup trucks.


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Servos Revolutionize High-Speed Assembly

January 8, 2014

A new servo-driven system could change how engineers think about continuous motion assembly.


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Robust Joint Design for Ultrasonic Welding of Medical Devices

January 7, 2014

While the concept of ultrasonic welding is simple, the process of designing a robust joint and developing an effective weld process can be quite complex.


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Automotive Assembly: Self-Driving Cars? Never Say Never

January 7, 2014

 Automakers, suppliers, universities and government labs around the world are scrambling to develop self-driving vehicles.  


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Mississippi State focuses on furniture manufacturing

January 8, 2014

As U.S. furniture manufacturers revamp domestic production after more than a decade of offshoring, they need help implementing state-of-the-art assembly lines. Many of those companies are seeking assistance from the Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University.


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Laser Systems Sharpen Product Quality for Chinese Tier 1

January 7, 2014

China’s auto industry is booming, and one company faced with the challenge of keeping up is Yanfeng Visteon Nanjing Automotive Trim Systems Co. Ltd. Founded in 2010, Yanfeng Visteon develops and manufactures a wide range of interior trim components, including dashboards, cockpit systems and consoles.


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Ergonomic Lift Assist Device Improves Worker Safety, Productivity

January 7, 2014

Workplace ergonomics is important to AUMA Reister GmbH & Co. KG, an international manufacturer of electric valve actuators and valve gearboxes for 50 years. This is because its workers often need to handle large or heavy components of these products.


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Ceramics Propel Development of Green Engine for Satellites

January 7, 2014

Aerospace manufacturers and researchers worldwide face several ongoing challenges. One is moving older satellites to their graveyard orbit to minimize space debris and ensure they don’t collide with operational spacecraft.


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Dust Collectors Breathe New Life Into Volvo’s Robotic Welding Cells

January 8, 2014

Dublin, VA, is well known for being named after Ireland’s most famous city. But it is best known as home to the largest Volvo Trucks manufacturing facility in the world.


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Smooth-Rolling Carts Deliver Parts to Assembly Line at Cummins Engine Factory

January 7, 2014

 Some manufacturers do more than just practice lean manufacturing. They help other manufacturers achieve it. A good example is Hamilton Caster & Manufacturing Co., which recently helped Cummins Inc. improve lean practices at one of its engine manufacturing plants in South Carolina. 


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Boeing and machinists play a high-stakes game of chicken

January 7, 2014

On Nov. 13, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer from Boeing that would have kept manufacturing of the company’s new 777X jet in Washington state. 


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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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