Welding Assembly

Articles about the various technologies for welding, soldering and brazing metal and plastic parts.

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New Refining Process Makes More Formable Aluminum

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI—Alcoa Inc. says it has solved one of the biggest wrinkles automakers wrestle with when stamping aluminum body panels: formability. The company has developed a new manufacturing process that produces aluminum sheet that is 40 percent more formable than current aluminum alloys.


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North American Robot Sales Top $1.2 Billion

ANN ARBOR, MI—Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association.


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What’s New With Robot End-Effectors

Innovative EOAT—ranging from magnetic grippers to micro tool changers—provides robots with many helping hands.


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Ford F-150 Plant Notable for Lack of Noise, Sparks

DEARBORN, MI—Two things are missing in the body shop of the revamped Ford Rouge Center, which includes the Dearborn Truck assembly plant making the 2015 F-150 out of aluminum: sparks and noise.


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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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Vision-Guided Robots Improve Nut Welding

Machine vision lends flexibility to robotic welding cell

Weld nuts are installed on steel plates or sheets to provide firm, fixed threads for a mating screw or bolt.


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Ultrasonic Welder Assembles Plastic Water Pitcher

Quality is just as important to consumers as the brand name.


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Lean Manufacturing and Flexible Assembly Are Ways of Life at Winnebago Industries

Lean production and vertical integration help the RV leader thrive.

"The Music Man” takes place in a Midwestern hamlet called River City. The town that it’s based on is Mason City, IA, and the river that flows through it is the Winnebago. If you follow that river a few miles west, you’ll end up in Forest City, which is home to another American classic: Winnebago motor homes.


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Hose Reels Are Key to Success in Trailer Manufacturing

A love for farming and serving farmers are what drove husband and wife Loren and Jean Van Wyk to found LDJ Manu-facturing in Pella, IA, in 1995.


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Adhesives Aid Body-in-White Assembly at VW

Although a global leader in mechanical and plant engineering, Dürr AG isn’t one to rest on its laurels. So in 2010 it acquired two adhesive technology companies (Rickert and Kleinmichel) to increase Dürr’s expertise in automotive body-in-white gluing technology.


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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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Welding: Principles & Practices

This text introduces students to a solid background in the basic principles and practices of welding.

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