Whether it's a car or a computer, a toy or a toaster, almost every assembled product has at least a few threaded fasteners. In-deed, 62 percent of ASSEMBLY's readers use threaded fasteners of one form or another to assemble their products.
Aircraft wings have been assembled the
same way for decades. But, engineers at
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) and NASA have developed
a flexible aerostructure that is produced
from hundreds of tiny, identical pieces using
composite lattice-based cellular materials.
Strong and lightweight, carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) offers numerous benefits to automotive and aerospace manufacturers. Many engineers are intrigued by potential applications for the material, yet remain frustrated by joining challenges.
GREENSBORO, NC—Honda Aircraft Co. announced Monday it is expanding its global headquarters here with an extra 82,000 square feet for expanded wing assembly and more parts storage for the private jets rolling off the production line.
John Glenn, the famous astronaut and politician, wrote about his history-making earth orbit flight, “As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind: Every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.” Today, we are all John Glenn.
This article is not as good as it could be.
I spent many days researching the topic, finding sources, conducting interviews, and finally writing and organizing what I learned. I could have included extra information or contacted additional sources. I could have polished one section or an-other. But, at some point, the article needed to be done.
With wearable devices increasingly being used on the assembly line, it's definitely time to update the old expression that 'What you wear says a lot about you.' A more appropriate thing for manufacturers to now say about their assembly line workers is, 'What you wear tells us a lot about your productivity.'
GREENVILLE, SC—Lockheed Martin formally opened its new F-16 production line in a refurbished hangar here late last month. The assembly of F-16s is expected to start later this year, according to the company.
Some assembly technologies evolve too fast or too slow, while others change at a pace that's just right. Hydraulic presses belong in the latter category, according to some suppliers, and that's a good thing.