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First All-Aluminum Ford F-150 Rolls Off the Assembly Line

DEARBORN, MI—The first all-aluminum F-150 pickup truck has rolled off Ford’s assembly line here.


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New Materials Spur Innovation in Sporting Goods Manufacturing

Engineers are scrambling to make products stronger, lighter and smarter.

"Faster, higher, stronger” is the Olympic motto. It’s also the underlying philosophy behind the $25 billion U.S. sporting goods industry.


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Torque Testing Equipment

Regular calibration with torque testing equipment keeps fastening tools accurate on the line.

Assemblers know that practice makes perfect when it comes to properly operating a fastening tool. They also know the importance of tool preparation, which includes torque testing and calibration.


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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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2014 Assembly Plant of the Year

Assembly Plant of the Year: STIHL Stays a Cut Above the Competition

Flexible assembly lines and vertical integration thrive in Virginia Beach.

What do lumberjacks, landscapers and homeowners have in common? They all rely on chain saws, trimmers and leaf blowers produced by STIHL Group.


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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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New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Lightweighting trend drives engineers on quest to join dissimilar materials.

If it rolls, floats or flies, light weight is always good. Just ask anyone who’s ever been in a Pinewood Derby competition.


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Apex Tool Increases Workforce

SUMTER, SC—Apex Tool Group, a manufacturer of power and hand tools, is expanding the workforce at its assembly plant here by 150 to 200 jobs by the end of 2015.


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Kuka Aerospace to Open Facility Next to Boeing Plant

EVERETT, WA—Kuka Aerospace plans to open a new 29,000-square-foot facility here adjacent to Boeing’s assembly plant. The facility will employ 75 people when fully operational.


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Assembly With Rivet Nuts

New fastener and tool designs are increasing the utility of rivet nuts.

Automakers are increasingly using hydroformed metal tubing in vehicular structures. Compared with stamped and welded metal parts, hydroformed parts weigh less, cost less, and have a higher stiffness-to-weight ratio.


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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 2014 November Assembly includes "New Materials Energize Sporting Goods Industry" plus much more. Check it out today!

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Welding: Principles & Practices

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