Plastics Assembly

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

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VW Develops Automated Process for Molding Body Parts

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WOLFSBURG, Germany—Volkswagen has developed a new, automated process for mass-producing finished thermoplastic exterior car body parts. The technology combines injection molding, physical foaming, and two-component polyurethane injection molding in one complex tool.


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Toy Manufacturer to Build Assembly Plant in South Carolina

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COLUMBIA, SC—Enor Corp., a manufacturer of plastic toys and games, is establishing a new manufacturing facility here to supply U.S.-made toys to Walmart stores. The multimillion-dollar investment is expected to create 151 jobs.


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Comparing Methods for Plastics Assembly

Engineers have myriad options for joining plastic parts. Which is best for your application?
By Miranda Marcus
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There are quite a few options for welding plastic parts, including ultrasonics, laser, hot plate and radio frequency. Additionally, parts can be mechanically joined via fasteners, snap fits or adhesives. Each of these processes has certain advantages and disadvantages for production, and each requires vastly different part and joint designs.


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Ultrasonic Plastic Welder Ensures Reliability of Food Safety Device

By Jim Camillo
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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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Lean Guru Rethinks Mass Production

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DETROIT—It’s a basic tenet of mass production: Making things in batches is the most efficient way to manufacture anything. So why, then, is lean manufacturing evangelist Ted Duclos arguing that America can revitalize its manufacturing base by making things one at a time?


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Auto Industry Gets Serious About Lighter Materials

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DEARBORN, MI—Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car. While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials.


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Adhesive Bonding

Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive Tapes Can Speed Assembly in Multiple Industries

By Herb Bowling
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From brake shoes to smart phones, acrylic adhesive tapes are finding use in a growing number of applications.


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High-speed automation for bottle cap assembly

Continuous motion assembly system produces three-piece caps for plastic squeeze bottles.
By John Sprovieri
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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.
By John Sprovieri
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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.
By Christopher G. Jeznach
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When screws or bolts are threaded directly into plastic components, failures can occur due to stripped threads or plastic creep.


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EVENTS

Automotive Plastic Part Design

9/22/14
University of Michigan - Dearborn Campus
Dearborn, MI
United States

The contents of this three day in-depth automotive seminar will provide information on material selection, design procedures, processing techniques, and the assembly methods required when designing with plastics in the automotive field.

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Automotive Plastic Part Design

12/3/14
University of Michigan - Dearborn Campus
Dearborn, MI
United States

The contents of this three day in-depth automotive seminar will provide information on material selection, design procedures, processing techniques, and the assembly methods required when designing with plastics in the automotive field.

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NPE 2015

3/23/15
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
United States

We invite you to make great things happen. NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase—the world’s largest plastics trade show and conference of the year—brings together all sectors of the supply chain to include end markets and brand owners. Featuring industry-focused education, showcasing equipment and material suppliers, emerging technologies, and running equipment for every phase of plastics processing, you are sure to find your solution.

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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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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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