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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App provides fastener installation dimensions

August 28, 2012

PennEngineering® has launched the new PEMspec™ app for the iPhone® and iPad®. It is available for free download in the iTunes® app store. The app is designed to enable users to access critical installation dimensions for a selected PEM® fastener from the company's line of self-clinching,...

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Elgin Fastener Group hires COO -

Elgin Fastener Group hires COO

August 27, 2012

Elgin Fastener Group, Batesville, Ind., has announced the appointment of Michael A. Wilson to the position of COO. He has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of manufacturing and management. Retired from the U.S. Army National Guard after 21 years of service, Wilson has a...

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Lean, mean, and made to order

Lean, mean, and made to order

August 9, 2012 | By Tim Heston

Horton Emergency Vehicles of Columbus, Ohio, adapts lean manufacturing to the custom-build assembly environment. Trucks are produced at consistent takt times, and yet every one that rolls off the line is different. Read more.

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How to wrap up packaging problems -

How to wrap up packaging problems

August 3, 2012 | By Tim Heston

A poorly packaged pallet of parts damaged in transit turns all that value-adding upstream activity--cutting, deburring, bending, welding, grinding, heat treating, plating, powder coating, hardware insertion, and assembly--into waste

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Super Steel to host job fair

June 28, 2012

Super Steel, Milwaukee, will host a job fair on Saturday, July 14, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The company is hiring the following positions for all shifts: welders setup, welders craftsmen, laser operators, setup brake operators, and electromechanical assemblers. A signing bonus of up to $1,000 is...

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Fasteners' nylon insert prevents threaded mating hardware from loosening -

Fasteners' nylon insert prevents threaded mating hardware from loosening

June 26, 2012

PEM® nylon insert, self-locking fasteners from PennEngineering® provide a reusable, nonmetallic prevailing torque thread lock to prevent threaded mating hardware from loosening in service because of vibration or other application-related forces. Their trademarked blue nylon hexagonal...

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Elgin Fastener Group announces acquisition of Northern Wire LLC

June 20, 2012

Elgin Fastener Group LLC (EFG), Versailles, Ind., has completed the acquisition of Northern Wire LLC, Merrill, Wis. Jeff Liter, EFG CEO, said, "The acquisition of Northern Wire gives the Elgin Fastener Group a solid foothold in the wire form market and opens new doors to product lines that were...

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ETM Mfg. adds business development, customer service staff

June 13, 2012

ETM Mfg., Littleton, Mass., a supplier of custom sheet metal manufacturing, machining, and assembly serving regional OEMs, has added staff to its business development and customer service teams. Richard Dapp has almost 40 years of manufacturing experience in engineering, sales, and service. As...

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A tale of two worlds in one shop -

A tale of two worlds in one shop

June 13, 2012 | By Dan Davis

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.

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Würth Adams expands to Colorado

June 8, 2012

Würth Adams, Maple Grove, Minn., a fastener distributor with core competency in C-Parts management, has opened a new, 21,000-sq.-ft. branch and distribution center near Denver. The Aurora, Colo., facility provides the company with growth opportunities in the renewable energy sector, as well as...

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Large-diameter stud heads help reduce stress on panels -

Large-diameter stud heads help reduce stress on panels

May 24, 2012

PEM® self-clinching studs from PennEngineering® are designed with large-diameter heads for heavy-duty attachment applications. The enlarged, nonflush stud head distributes axial tightening force over a large area to reduce compressive stress on the panel and provide full thread strength....

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Pivot Point launches new website

May 23, 2012

Pivot Point Inc., a manufacturer of nonthreaded fastener systems and precision-machined components in Hustisford, Wis., has launched a new website at The website features an integrated product configuration capability and CAD drawings for standard and custom products that are...

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Chandler Products names operations manager -

Chandler Products names operations manager

May 16, 2012

Chandler Products, Cleveland, has named John H. Bennett as operations manager. He has an extensive background in general management posts, having served most recently as vice president of manufacturing for Elyria Mfg. Corp. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Bennett holds a bachelor's degree...

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New blind threaded insert installation methods added to tool line -

New blind threaded insert installation methods added to tool line

April 23, 2012

Atlas® tools for installing blind threaded inserts are now available from PennEngineering® in spin-spin, pull-to-pressure, pull-to-stroke, or combination versions to install steel, brass, aluminum, or stainless steel blind threaded inserts permanently. The expanded line includes...

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Quality Bolt & Screw names general manager -

Quality Bolt & Screw names general manager

March 29, 2012

Quality Bolt & Screw, a division of the Elgin Fastener Group, has named Dan Brown as general manager of the Brecksville, Ohio-based manufacturer of custom-engineered, cold-headed/cold-formed bolts, pins, and studs. Brown has significant prior experience as a process/continuous improvement...

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