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.
June 5, 2014
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...
April 28, 2014
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.
March 19, 2014
Oxyacetylene brazing is a simple yet effective metal joining method that produces sound, leakproof connections. The process is simple to perform, does not melt or distort the base metals, and allows for increased tolerance control. Make sure you are familiar with the common brazing alloys, how to prepare base metal and fittings, and navigate through pitfalls to ensure optimal results.
March 3, 2014
KSM Industries Inc., Germantown, Wis., found success building rack mounts for power equipment, but as the business grew, the number of templates did as well. The company needed a better organization plan other than putting the templates on pallets, hoping to find them when they were needed again.
September 5, 2013
Star Precision Fabricating, Houston, has always had hardware insertion capabilities since it opened its doors in the early 1990s. It has added more machines as the need for additional capacity has emerged. The latest automated equipment addition is making a huge difference in the speed at which it processes assembly work.
June 13, 2012
Vista Manufacturing Co., Kansas City, Kan., stands out even more than other fab shops in an industry where one metal fabricating shop is rarely an exact copy of another. The company, which has roots in electronics product manufacturing, offers electronics assembly for those customers needing parts like printed circuit boards. This value-added capability, combined with its metalworking talents, has made Vista an important partner for several customers in the Midwest.
April 1, 2011
Structural adhesives may be able to complement other metal joining processes. The process can't replace all riveting and welding, but it can be a viable alternative for the right application.