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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World demand for industrial fasteners to rise 5.4 percent annually through 2018

April 17, 2015

Worldwide demand for industrial fasteners is forecast to climb 5.4 percent annually through 2018 to $93.8 billion, accelerating from the 2008-2013 pace. According to the “World Industrial Fasteners” study released by ReportLinker, increases in motor vehicle, machinery, and other durable goods...

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Coldwater Machine opens weld evaluation and testing lab

April 16, 2015

Coldwater Machine Co.’s Solid-State Joining Center in Coldwater, Ohio, has announced the opening of a materials evaluation and testing (MET) lab for weld inspection as an extension of its capabilities. This on-site service provides verification of weld integrity. The company has added a new...

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PennEngineering appoints vice president of global automotive

April 15, 2015

Danboro, Pa.-based PennEngineering®, a fastener manufacturer, has announced that Pete Beecherl has joined the company as vice president of global automotive. In this newly created position, Beecherl drives and coordinates strategic initiatives for the company worldwide across all...

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Lewis-Goetz acquires Action Industrial Group

April 10, 2015

Lewis-Goetz, Pittsburgh, has acquired Action Industrial Group, a South Carolina-based fabricator and distributor of fasteners, gaskets, hose products, and industrial construction tools and supplies. The acquisition adds seven Southeast locations to the Lewis-Goetz footprint, as well as considerable...

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Lean welding comes full circle

April 8, 2015

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Andersen Industries is experienced with working with large fabrications, such as custom trailers, and eventually sought a method to make it easier to help welders move equipment and accompanying lines. The result was a boom designed specifically for welding.

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3M launches website featuring adhesives, tapes for assembly

March 27, 2015

3M has launched a website at www.3m.com/assemblysolutions as a starting point for engineers to review the company’s adhesives and tapes as alternatives to mechanical fasteners, welds, and rivets. The site provides an overview of common applications for the products and rates the attributes of...

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Self-clinching captive panel screws provide secure attachment, access without loose parts

March 25, 2015

PEM® Types PFC2™ (stainless steel) and PFS2™ (steel) self-clinching captive panel screws from PennEngineering® provide permanent attachment for thin-metal assemblies; enable subsequent access to an assembly whenever necessary; and help eliminate issues associated with the loosening of screws...

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Refill friction stir spot weld system offers alternative to single-point joining

March 16, 2015

Coldwater Machine Co. offers the SpotMeld™ refill friction stir spot weld (RFSSW) system that enables spot joining of aluminum (1000 to 7000 series), magnesium, nonferrous, and dissimilar sheet materials. It is an alternative to single-point joining processes such as resistance spot welding,...

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Acrylic adhesive system helps eliminate read-through

March 11, 2015

Lord Corp. has introduced an acrylic adhesive system, Lord 810 LRT, designed to eliminate read-through. When cured with Lord Accelerator 20, the adhesive creates a flexible system for bonding metals, such as aluminum, galvanized steel, and cold-rolled steel. The adhesive system delivers fast...

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Self-clinching captive panel screws serve as alternatives to spring-loaded versions

February 11, 2015

Patented PEM® Type PFHV™ self-clinching captive panel screws from PennEngineering® serve as alternatives to conventional spring-loaded versions. These no-spring steel fasteners integrate a captive screw to minimize loose parts and eliminate the potential risk for damage to internal components...

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Evana Automation receives contract for two turnkey assembly, test lines

February 11, 2015

Evansville, Ind.-based Evana Automation Specialists, a systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, has received a contract to supply two turnkey assembly and test systems to a global Tier 1 automotive supplier. The semiautomated lines will be used for the...

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LORD Corp. names Rudolph Bros. & Co. as distributor of the year

February 10, 2015

LORD Corp., Cary, N.C., a provider of vibration and motion control technologies, sensing systems, adhesives, and coatings, has selected Rudolph Bros. & Co. of Columbus, Ohio, as its Product Assembly Structural Adhesives Division distributor of the year for 2014. Rudolph Bros. & Co. has...

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OSG changes name to better reflect core competencies

January 22, 2015

OSG Tap & Die Inc., a manufacturer of taps, drills, end mills, dies, and indexable cutting tools in Glendale Heights, Ill., has changed its name to OSG USA Inc. to reflect the array of products and services that the company markets domestically. The company, a subsidiary of OSG Corp.,...

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Floating, self-clinching nuts designed for stainless assemblies

January 12, 2015

PennEngineering® offers PEM® floating, self-clinching nuts for stainless steel assemblies to help simplify mating-hole alignment for design flexibility in relaxed-tolerance applications. The fasteners can be specified either with nonlocking or self-locking threads, permitting up to 0.015-in....

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Spirol receives 2014 General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award

January 9, 2015

For the third consecutive year, Spirol Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of engineered components for fastening and joining in Windsor, Ont., has received the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award. GM has 2,300 North American suppliers, and Spirol is one of 80 companies to receive the...

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