Assembly in Action

Short items explaining how manufacturers are using assembly technology to solve problems or improve processes.


Test Chamber Quietly Ensures Auto Part Compliance

About 30 miles north of Detroit—in Auburn Hills, MI—the global automotive supplier Faurecia operates a unique research and design center.

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Safety Glove Cuts Incidence of Hand Injuries

The mid-1970s were a time of product expansion for the STIHL Group, which, until then, had focused solely on making chain saws.

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RFID Tags Provide Ultra Reliable Monitoring

Today’s car buyers typically order a number of custom options for their vehicles at the time of purchase. In turn, the automaker must identify and track each vehicle throughout the production process to ensure that all options are installed. Volvo Car Corp. uses RFID tags to meet this challenge.

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Fast Prototyping Sweetens Baker’s Success

To most people, cupcakes are a pleasant treat or a momentary diversion. But to Freed’s Bakery, one of the largest cupcake makers in the United States, cupcakes are big business.

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NovAtel Navigates to Paperless Assembly Instructions

Imagine a world without dependable global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Air and sea transportation would stop, and militaries would be blinded.

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Rubber-Like Material Increases Flexibility of Laser Sintering System

New technology is often a paradox—offering increased capability but at great expense with a long ROI.

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Controllers Make Auto Assembly Safer, Quicker

More market share is always the goal of every automaker, whether it’s based in the United States, Europe or Asia.

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Adhesive Bonding System Improves Sunroof Assembly at Mercedes-Benz

As motorists look to enhance their driving experience, sunroofs are growing in popularity and variety. One of the newer types is the panoramic sunroof, which provides openings above both the front and rear seats.

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Robot Transfer Unit Adds Flexibility to Machining Production

Methods Machine Tools has built top-notch automation equipment in North America since the late 1950s. It has seven regional technical centers across the United States, including one in Wixom, MI, that focuses on automotive applications.

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3D Printer Expands Lab’s Prototyping Capabilities

Arenas and other large venues rely on high-tech displays to produce the best show possible for an audience. The show must go on, as the saying goes, so reliability is paramount.

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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.


 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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Welding: Principles & Practices

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

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