Assembly and Joining

Assembly is much more than welding. This technology area covers adhesive mixing, metering, and dispensing equipment; hardware-insertion presses; clamps; fixtures, holders, jigs, and vises; part counters; part feeders; and part positioners.

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Evana Automation ships 24-station assembly/test system to Tier 1 auto supplier

July 22, 2014

Evana Automation Specialists, Evansville, Ind., has shipped a lean, 24-station assembly and test system to a Tier 1 automotive supplier of driveline and drivetrain systems. The flexible, semiautomated system assembles and tests two different automobile power transfer units with 100 percent...

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Alcoa receives R&D 100 Award for automotive bonding technology

July 15, 2014

Alcoa, New York, has received an R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine in recognition of its Alcoa 951, an enabler for adhesive bonding of aluminum-intensive vehicles (AIVs). The award honors the top 100 technology innovations introduced in the past year across industry, academia, and...

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Self-clinching flush nuts install into stainless steel sheets

July 15, 2014

New PEMSERT® Type F4™ self-clinching flush nuts from PennEngineering® provide load-bearing threads in thin stainless sheets without creating any protrusions on either side. When the nuts are installed permanently into 300 series stainless steel sheets as thin as 0.060 in., both the top and...

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H.B. Fuller to acquire Tonsan

June 26, 2014

H.B. Fuller Co., St. Paul, Minn., has signed an agreement to purchase Tonsan Adhesive Inc., Beijing, a developer and manufacturer of engineering adhesives including silicone, epoxy, anaerobic, and cyanoacrylate technologies. The transaction is expected to close in fourth-quarter...

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Taps designed for threading of stainless steels, high-strength alloys

June 17, 2014

Emuge Corp. has introduced Z-taps, a line of taps designed for use on stainless steels, high-strength alloys, tool steels, and cast steels. The taps are engineered with an advanced chamfer geometry and rake/flute form, states the company. GLT-1, a newly developed multilayered coating, produces a...

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Optical sensor signals when fastener-installation press’s safety is set properly

June 12, 2014

PennEngineering® has added an optical sensor feature to its PEMSERTER® Series 4® press for installing self-clinching fasteners. The Optical Sensor Indicator (OSI) has been integrated as standard into the built-in point-of-operation safety of the press to signal when the safety is set properly...

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FEC Automation Systems opens first international office

June 11, 2014

FEC Automation Systems, a Shelby Township, Mich.-based manufacturer and installer of fastening and assembly equipment for automakers worldwide, has opened its first European office in Chelmsford, England. David Cloake, who spent more than 25 years in a variety of management positions at Ford,...

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Consumables Corner: Defining current density

June 5, 2014

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Q: Our company manufactures cylindrical structures, including tanks and smokestacks made from A36 or A572 material. The material is burned to size on a plasma table and mechanically beveled. Process limitations cause gaps in the joints during fit-up. We use a 0.045-in.-dia. solid wire with a 75...

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Resistance spot welding process welds using new-generation gun

June 4, 2014

Fronius Intl. GmbH has developed a second-generation weld gun for its DeltaSpot resistance spot welding process. The new weld gun has a simple interface and maintenance design. Its core elements include a newly configured base body and reworked arms and drive motors. With the previous...

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Evana Automation builds custom assembly and test systems for Tier 1 automotive supplier

June 3, 2014

Evansville, Ind.-based Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, is building the fifth and sixth of seven custom assembly and test systems, based on a multiyear contract, for a...

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SC Fastening Systems receives Above and Beyond Award from DOD

May 20, 2014

Ohio Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, has presented SC Fastening Systems, Macedonia, Ohio, with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Ohio Guard and Reserve. SC Fastening Systems is an...

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Acrylic adhesive features lay-flat liners

May 5, 2014

3M™ has announced enhancements in sustainability and liner technology to its High Performance Acrylic Adhesive 200MP for bonding to metal and high-surface-energy plastics. Applications include ATMs, vehicle dashboards, appliance panels, and trackpad bonding. The pressure-sensitive...

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Self-clinching standoffs made for ultrathin stainless steel assemblies

May 1, 2014

New PEM® Type TSO4™ self-clinching stainless steel standoffs from PennEngineering® are suitable for stacking or spacing components to or from ultrathin stainless steel panels. The hardened stainless fasteners install permanently into stainless steel sheets as thin as 0.025 in. with a...

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Postweld induction annealing system designed for AHSS welding, processing

April 28, 2014

Taylor-Winfield has developed the AnnWeld™ postweld induction annealing system. It is mounted inline with seam welding systems or as an additional process step for flash welding machines. According to the manufacturer, the process improves ductility in the welded joint without sacrificing weld...

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Right fastener, right place, right time

April 28, 2014

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How do you error-proof a hardware insertion operation? One half involves the hardware insertion process itself, including proper training, but the other half entails inventory management: making sure operators have easy access to the right hardware at the right time.

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