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Embraer Begins Constructing Florida Assembly Plant

MELBOURNE, FL—Embraer has broken ground for a new assembly plant here that could employ 600 people. Expected to be operational by 2016, the facility will produce the company’s Legacy 500 and Legacy 450 jets.


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GE Aviation Opens Composites Factory in Carolina

ASHEVILLE, NC—GE Aviation celebrated the opening of its new advanced composites factory here. The new 170,000-square-foot facility will be the first in the world to mass-produce engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite materials.


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Boeing Begins Making Fuselage Parts for 737 MAX

AUBURN, WA—Production of fuselage stringers for the first Boeing 737 MAX has begun at the company’s assembly plant here.


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Boeing: Air Freight to Double in 20 Years

CHICAGO—The Boeing Co. projects air cargo traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7 percent over the next 20 years, with global air freight traffic expected to more than double by 2033.


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Fasteners vs. Vibration

Manufacturers rely on specialty bolts, nuts and threadlockers to keep fasteners tight and immune to vibration.

Every year, fans of the Winter X games see snowmobile racers battle the elements and the laws of gravity to perform amazing feats—including long distance jumps and double back flips. What the fans don’t see is the ongoing battle between fasteners and vibration within every bolted joint of the snowmobile.


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Automation Helps Productivity Take off at Boeing

Sophisticated motion control systems ensure safety and productivity on the Dreamliner assembly line.

Manually assembling small parts isn’t that difficult. Inserting a screw into a hole or a wire into a connector is simply a matter of hand-eye coordination. Assembling larger parts, like, say, the multiton fuselage sections of a jetliner, is whole other matter.


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NASA Completes 170-Foot-Tall Welding Machine

WASHINGTON—NASA’s new Vertical Assembly Center, a 170-foot-high machine that will be used to assemble elements of the agency’s Space Launch System, is ready to weld parts for the rocket that will send humans to an asteroid and Mars.


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Airbus Hiring Quality Inspectors for Alabama Assembly Plant

MOBILE, AL—Airbus is hiring the latest wave of quality inspectors for its assembly plant under construction here. The hourly pay for these positions ranges from $20 to $23.50 based on skills, education and experience.


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Pratt & Whitney Rethinks Jet Engine Assembly

An innovative product requires a new production philosophy.

The bald eagle is a majestic symbol of power and freedom. It’s also the logo of one of America’s oldest aerospace manufacturers: Pratt & Whitney.


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NASA Tests Rocket Engine Parts Made Via 3D Printing

HUNTSVILLE, AL—NASA has successfully tested complex rocket engine parts produced with the additive manufacturing process laser metal sintering.


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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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