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Special Report: State of the Profession 2014

"Happy Days Are Here Again” was a popular song back in the 1930s. Assemblers in many industries have been singing an updated version of the tune lately, because the new golden age of American manufacturing has begun.


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Dispensing for Automotive Applications

Automakers have myriad options for dispensing adhesives, sealants, oils and coatings.

Automotive manufacturers are using more adhesives, sealants, oils, and coatings than ever before. For example, today’s vehicles typically contain as much as 40 pounds of adhesive.


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Robotic Assembly of Automotive Wire Harnesses

New research suggests that six-axis robots can be used to install automotive wiring harnesses.

Multi-axis robot arms perform a wide variety of processes in automotive assembly plants, including painting, welding and fastening.


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Wire Harness Recycling

Toyota has developed a new technology for recycling the copper contained automotive harnesses.

By some estimates, approximately 40 years’ worth of mineable copper resources remains worldwide. At the same time, global consumption is growing, driven particularly by infrastructure-related demand for wiring in emerging markets.


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Feeding Nuts and Unconventional Fasteners

Custom design and advanced technology enable feeders to handle a wide range of threaded, nonthreaded and odd-shaped fasteners.

Screws aren’t the only fasteners that can be fed to fully or semiautomatic installation tools. Nuts, setscrews and other fasteners—both threaded and unthreaded—can be fed automatically, too.


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3D Printing Myths and Methods

Engineers are intrigued by the potential of this next-generation technology.

Depending on who you listen to, 3D printing (or, as it’s more formally known, additive manufacturing) is either the biggest thing to hit the manufacturing world since the screw or the biggest tech fad since the fax machine. It’s actually a little of each.


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Automotive head-up displays reduce driver distractions

The auto industry has a long history of borrowing ideas from the aerospace sector, ranging from aerodynamic styling to lightweight materials. The latest adoption is head-up display (HUD) technology, which was originally developed for fighter jets.


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Oakland University Focuses on Fastening and Joining Research

Oakland University is located a few minutes away from Chrysler’s corporate headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI. So, it’s appropriate that the school is home to the Fastening and Joining Research Institute (FAJRI), the only facility of its kind in the world.


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MES a Winning Solution for Gaming Developer

Luck is the key to winning on slot machines, but not to being a successful manufacturer in the gaming markets industry. To achieve that, a company needs to have foresight and be innovative.


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Automated Inspection Delivers Quality PCBs

Canadian-based PCB manufacturer Candor Industries Inc. is well known in the industry for its ability to produce prototype standard circuit boards very quickly—often within 24 hours. More complex prototypes can be completed in three days and be in full production within 10.


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Adhesives Aid Body-in-White Assembly at VW

Although a global leader in mechanical and plant engineering, Dürr AG isn’t one to rest on its laurels. So in 2010 it acquired two adhesive technology companies (Rickert and Kleinmichel) to increase Dürr’s expertise in automotive body-in-white gluing technology.


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Dimensional Measurement System Improves Quality at Supplier of Watch Parts

Founded in 1854 as the Waterbury Clock Co., Timex Group USA is, and has been, America’s leading watchmaker for more than a century. The company’s watches are sold in more than 80 countries worldwide and manufactured in the Americas, Asia and Europe.


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Ultrasonic Plastic Welder Ensures Reliability of Food Safety Device

Food-borne illness is no laughing matter. In 1985, a listeriosis outbreak in Southern California killed as many as 40 people. The outbreak was eventually traced to a Mexican-style soft cheese contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.


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Applying VFDs to servo applications

AC induction motors are increasingly being used in applications once dominated by servomotors.

The distinction between AC induction motors and permanent-magnet DC servomotors was once fairly clear. AC motors were for high-horsepower applications, such as compressors, pumps, blowers and bulk-handling conveyors. DC servomotors were for applications requiring low horsepower, high torque, high cycling and precise positioning, such as machine tools and pick-and-place machines.


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NAFTA has been a success for U.S. manufacturing

Remember 1992? Four Los Angeles police officers were acquitted of beating Rodney King, sparking riots citywide. Compact discs surpassed cassette tapes as the preferred medium for recorded music...


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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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Anyone even thinking about advanced power tools needs to pick the brain of Eric Dees. He’s the Global Lean Business Process Leader for Ingersoll Rand Power Tools and Category Manager for their Assembly Tools Business.

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The 2014 October Assembly includes our Assembly Plant of the Year winner plus much more. Check it out today!
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