Plastics Assembly

Articles about the various techniques for assembly plastic parts, including ultrasonic welding, snap-fits and threaded fasteners.

ARTICLES

High-speed automation for bottle cap assembly

Continuous motion assembly system produces three-piece caps for plastic squeeze bottles.
November 1, 2013

Plastic squeeze bottles for water or Gatorade are ubiquitous at sporting events around the world. Hundreds of millions of them are produced annually.


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The Assembly Show Is Here!

Manufacturing professionals can see the latest assembly technologies, learn from industry experts, and network with their peers at the Assembly Show this month.
October 1, 2013

There are three reasons to attend trade shows: to learn about industry trends and new ways of doing things; to network with industry peers; and to see new technologies. This month’s Assembly Show will not disappoint on any of those fronts.


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How to Install Threaded Inserts

As much as 75 percent of a threaded insert’s performance is a direct result of how well it was installed.
October 1, 2013

When screws or bolts are threaded directly into plastic components, failures can occur due to stripped threads or plastic creep.


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Polyamide Resets Capabilities of Industrial Circuit Breakers

October 1, 2013

A designer and manufacturer of electrical components, Jiangsu Phono Electrical Co. Ltd. faces the ongoing challenge of creating high-quality and safe products at the lowest cost.


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NIST Grants $7.4 Million for Additive Manufacturing Research

September 20, 2013

WASHINGTON—The National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded two grants totaling $7.4 million to fund research projects aimed at improving the rapidly developing field of additive manufacturing.


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Seminars to Address Adhesives for Medical Devices

September 5, 2013

ROCKY HILL, CT—Henkel Corp. will host two seminars on adhesives for medical device assembly. The seminars will be held Sept. 19, in Novi, MI, and Oct. 1 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.


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Automotive Supplier to Build Kentucky Plant

August 13, 2013

RUSSELL SPRINGS, KY—Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems Inc. plans to build a $29 million assembly plant here, creating 155 jobs.


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BASF Boosts R&D for Automotive Plastics

August 7, 2013

LUDWIGSHAFEN, Germany—BASF plans to spend millions of euros to develop new thermoplastic and thermoset composites for lightweight vehicles. The company predicts OEMs can reduce vehicle weight by up to 220 pounds by using short-fiber-reinforced plastics in seats, oil pans, cross beams, air intake manifolds, engine mounts and structural inserts.


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New Video Shows Assembly of Solar Pool Heaters

July 10, 2013

LAKEWOOD, NJ—Aquatherm Industries Inc., a manufacturer of solar pool heaters, has released a six-minute video offering a behind-the-scenes look at its entire manufacturing process: from molding to final assembly.


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More Control for Ultrasonic Welding

The latest technology for ultrasonic plastic welding provides better process control and the tools to handle more part variations.
June 3, 2013

A lot can happen in 0.5 second, especially in the world of assembly. One or more rivets can be simultaneously inserted. Multiple beads of adhesive can be dispensed. And two thermoplastic pieces can be ultrasonically welded into a usable part.


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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, 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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