Assembly and Joining Articles

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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Reimagining the C-clamp

December 7, 2016 | By Tim Heston

The C-clamp is easy to take for granted. It’s an unchanging, almost timeless part of the typical workbench. It works well enough—but for one structural analyst, it didn’t.

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Adhesives and bonding tapes: Enhancing design space

June 29, 2016 | By Shari Loushin

Adhesives and bonding tapes can perform and even outperform many of the same tasks as welding and fastening. The scope of their applications might surprise you.

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5 steps to lean assembly in the job shop

May 9, 2016 | By Anthony Manos

Many think cellular assembly isn’t applicable to the job shop, but in fact, creating cells in custom manufacturing is nothing new. For shops that carefully identify product or process families, cellular assembly can help increase throughput dramatically.

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Brushing up sheet metal assembly

February 1, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Scratching a cosmetically critical part during assembly can be costly. This is where choosing the right material for the assembly table surface can be critical. It’s here that the table brush may be able to help.

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What happens when a nonwelder meets a laser?

January 27, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

How does a nonwelder transition into the role of laser welding machine operator? What aptitude or experience does someone need to be successful? Practical Welding Today® sat down with Tracy Stenger of Superior Joining Technologies, Machesney Park, Ill., to find out.

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Building improvement at JCB: A case study in lean manufacturing

January 6, 2016 | By Tim Heston

The part flow at JCB’s Savannah plant has changed significantly over the past six years. The company redesigned a major product line to meet customer demand while also making part flow much easier to manage.

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Custom metal fabricator grows beyond sheet metal

August 4, 2015 | By Tim Heston

Nu-Way Industries, a fabricator near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, launched a new touchscreen display business, combining expertise in metal fabrication, assembly, and supply chain management.

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Negative pressure yields positive results in resistance welding

June 23, 2015 | By Tim Heston

A system helps resistance welding lines save water as tip changeouts become more frequent. The technology uses negative pressure, similar to placing your thumb on top of a straw and lifting it out of a glass of water.

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Technology Spotlight: Negative pressure yields positive results in resistance welding

June 15, 2015 | By Tim Heston

A system helps resistance welding lines save water as tip changeouts become more frequent. The technology uses negative pressure, similar to placing your thumb on top of a straw and lifting it out of a glass of water.

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Making lean manufacturing work in a job shop

May 7, 2015 | By Dan Davis

Lean principles apply to all manufacturing, not just OEM settings where a few types of products are made each and every day. These tips can help a job shop fabricator to eliminate waste in its assembly area.

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Lean welding comes full circle

April 8, 2015 | By Dan Davis

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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Cut, bend, weld, paint, assemble—box—and ship

October 22, 2014 | By Tim Heston

Fabricators didn't join the profession because they love packaging and shipping. A custom-box-making machine may be just the thing to allow them to focus on the fun stuff.

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The people and processes behind poka-yoke

July 31, 2014 | By Gary Conner

Like anything related to continuous improvement, mistakeproofing requires the right processes, but, perhaps even more important, it also requires the right people. With the right people and processes, real change is possible.

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Right fastener, right place, right time

April 28, 2014 | By Tim Heston

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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Oxyfuel brazing primer

March 19, 2014 | By David Gailey, Robert Henson

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.

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