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 lean assembly cells to automotive electronics manufacturer

June 17, 2015

Evansville, Ind.-based Evana Automation Specialists, a systems integrator and builder of custom automated assembly and test systems, has shipped two lean assembly cells with subassembly stations to an automotive electronics manufacturer. During this process, an operator prints and applies a...

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Dengensha expands sales, service, and support capabilities at Dengensha Mexico

June 16, 2015

Bedford, Ohio-based resistance welding equipment manufacturer Dengensha America has expanded its sales, service, and support center capability at Dengensha Mexico in Guanajuato, Mexico. Originally opened as a sales and support facility for part of Mexico’s resistance welding customers, Dengensha...

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Technology Spotlight: Negative pressure yields positive results in resistance welding

June 15, 2015


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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Novaria Group acquires Sky Mfg.

June 10, 2015

Fort Worth, Texas-based Novaria Group has announced the acquisition of substantially all the assets of Sky Mfg. (formerly MacLean Sky), a manufacturer of aircraft structural fasteners, from MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions. The company will continue doing business as Sky Mfg., operating within...

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High-volume joining process expands use of aluminum in autos

June 8, 2015

In partnership with General Motors, Alcoa, and TWB Co. LLC, researchers from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have transformed a joining technique called friction stir welding (FSW). The technique now can be used to join aluminum sheets of varying thicknesses,...

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Keyhole TIG Ltd. wins Innovator Award

June 2, 2015

Keyhole TIG Ltd. (K-TIG), Adelaide, South Australia, has won the Innovator Award at the DTC Defence Industry Awards. Organized annually by the Defence Teaming Centre, the awards recognize the contribution of leading companies within the defense community. The Innovator Award, sponsored by the...

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Automated robotic assembly station offered

May 28, 2015

Comau offers the SmartRob automated robotic assembly station featuring powertrain technology. The modular system supports various settings for the operation of assembly lines and complies with NR12 and lean manufacturing requirements. The SmartRob 2400, the largest assembly cell in the range,...

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Diode lasers handle brazing, soldering

May 18, 2015

The Hamburg Rofin macro group has introduced the DF series of fiber-coupled, high-power diode lasers for such industrial tasks as hardening, brazing, soldering, and coating. The DF 060 HP has an optical output power of 6 kW. Inside the diode laser, multiple diode laser modules—each providing...

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Self-clinching fasteners designed for stainless steel, high-strength aluminum alloy sheets

May 15, 2015

New microPEM® TackPin® Type T4™ self-clinching fasteners are available from PennEngineering® for installation into stainless steel or high-strength aluminum alloy sheets. The patented fasteners enable sheet-to-sheet attachment for a variety of applications in compact electronic assemblies in...

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Manufacturing Technology Inc. sends largest friction welding machine to Pratt & Whitney

May 12, 2015

Manufacturing Technology Inc. (MTI), South Bend, Ind., has shipped what it says is the world’s largest friction welding machine to aerospace company Pratt & Whitney. The machine, which is 20 ft. tall and weighs about 400,000 lbs., will friction weld large-diameter aircraft engine...

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Electron Beam Technologies names global sales manager

May 11, 2015

Kankakee, Ill.-based Electron Beam Technologies Inc., a provider of welding products and services, has appointed Oscar Rodriguez as the new global sales manager. Rodriguez previously worked for RGV International Marketing, Industrial Electric Wire & Cable, and Evana Automation & Repair...

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Making lean manufacturing work in a job shop

May 7, 2015


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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Friction spin welding system offered

May 6, 2015

Coldwater Machine Co. has introduced the SpinMeldTM friction spin welding system, developed by the company’s Solid State Joining Center. The technology can be used to join steels, aluminum, cast or sintered metals, magnesium, brass, carbon fiber composites, ceramics with mixed metal connections,...

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Most sought-after fastener in history is from the Apollo 11 command module, says FMW

April 21, 2015

FMW Fasteners, Houston, asked more than 300 people the following question: If you could choose to have one souvenir fastener from history, which one would you choose? The most sought-after fastener in history is one used on the Apollo 11 command module. The remaining top choices are fasteners...

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The Accurate Group of Companies acquires Induclose Caps and Plugs

April 21, 2015

The Accurate Group of Companies, Toronto, has acquired Induclose Caps and Plugs Ltd., a provider of caps, plugs, masks, and fastener surface treatments. The group’s FCI Molded Products Inc. division, which distributes custom molded products and furniture componentry, will amalgamate Induclose...

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