Automotive Assembly

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BMW Uses Emu Feathers to Dust Cars

MUNICH, Germany—Deep in the mechanized heart of BMW's assembly plant here is a tiny but significant symbol of Australian ingenuity. Amid the 1,200 robots and other automated machinery is a buffing machine dusting car shells with emu feathers.


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Unionization Effort at Toyota’s Canadian Assembly Plants Revives

CAMBRIDGE, ON—Just two months ago, efforts by the Canadian union Unifor to organize two Toyota Motor Corp. plants in Ontario had all but ground to a halt. But an April announcement that Toyota will move production of the Corolla from its 27-year-old plant here to a new factory to be built in Mexico ignited fears of job cuts. Now, the Unifor campaign is springing back to life.


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Poor Supplier Relations Cost OEMs Millions

DETROIT—Automotive suppliers that have quality relationships with OEMs are more willing to give price concessions, share technology and offer support beyond what contracts stipulate, according to a new report on automaker-supplier relations.


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His Only Job: Painting Pinstripes on Rolls Royces

GOODWOOD, UK—If you’ve ever seen a Rolls-Royce with a painted pinstripe down the side—that long, thin dead-straight line that goes from the just behind the headlights to just before the taillights— you’re seeing the artwork of Mark Court. That’s his job and his alone—and he does it by hand.


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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.

EVENTS

Automotive Plastics Conference & Exhibit "Plastics-in-Motion"

6/1/15
Adoba Hotel
600 Town Center Drive
Dearborn, MI
United States

Industry leaders will convene at “Plastics-in-Motion” to explore new opportunities in the use of plastics in the automotive industry.

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Industry

Upper Midwest Design-2-Part Show

6/10/15
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
United States

The Upper Midwest Design-2-Part Show features hundreds of American job shops and contract manufacturing experts showcasing their skills for producing custom and stock parts, components, design, prototypes, assemblies, and much more. Meet face-to-face with regional and national suppliers and get the answers you need on the spot. Improve your quality, shorten delivery times, and reduce costs in just a few hours.

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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.

Podcasts

 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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The 2015 May Assembly includes our cover story on Lean Lifts Assembly at Toyota plus much more. Check it out today!

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Welding: Principles & Practices

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