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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FEC Automation Systems opens first international office

June 11, 2014

FEC Automation Systems, a Shelby Township, Mich.-based manufacturer and installer of fastening and assembly equipment for automakers worldwide, has opened its first European office in Chelmsford, England. David Cloake, who spent more than 25 years in a variety of management positions at Ford,...

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Consumables Corner: Defining current density

June 5, 2014

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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...

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Resistance spot welding process welds using new-generation gun

June 4, 2014

Fronius Intl. GmbH has developed a second-generation weld gun for its DeltaSpot resistance spot welding process. The new weld gun has a simple interface and maintenance design. Its core elements include a newly configured base body and reworked arms and drive motors. With the previous...

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Evana Automation builds custom assembly and test systems for Tier 1 automotive supplier

June 3, 2014

Evansville, Ind.-based Evana Automation Specialists, a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries (PSI) and systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems, is building the fifth and sixth of seven custom assembly and test systems, based on a multiyear contract, for a...

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SC Fastening Systems receives Above and Beyond Award from DOD

May 20, 2014

Ohio Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, has presented SC Fastening Systems, Macedonia, Ohio, with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Ohio Guard and Reserve. SC Fastening Systems is an...

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Acrylic adhesive features lay-flat liners

May 5, 2014

3M™ has announced enhancements in sustainability and liner technology to its High Performance Acrylic Adhesive 200MP for bonding to metal and high-surface-energy plastics. Applications include ATMs, vehicle dashboards, appliance panels, and trackpad bonding. The pressure-sensitive...

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Self-clinching standoffs made for ultrathin stainless steel assemblies

May 1, 2014

New PEM® Type TSO4™ self-clinching stainless steel standoffs from PennEngineering® are suitable for stacking or spacing components to or from ultrathin stainless steel panels. The hardened stainless fasteners install permanently into stainless steel sheets as thin as 0.025 in. with a...

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Postweld induction annealing system designed for AHSS welding, processing

April 28, 2014

Taylor-Winfield has developed the AnnWeld™ postweld induction annealing system. It is mounted inline with seam welding systems or as an additional process step for flash welding machines. According to the manufacturer, the process improves ductility in the welded joint without sacrificing weld...

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Right fastener, right place, right time

April 28, 2014

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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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Hydraulic system inserts fasteners in mild steel, stainless, aluminum

April 9, 2014

The 824 OT-4e lite fully hydraulic fastener insertion system from Haeger is suitable for mid- to high-volume parts with fasteners up to 0616 (M10) in mild steel and 0516 (M6) in stainless. With a positive-stop feature when force required is less than 1,000 lbs., the machine also is suitable for...

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Falcon Metal changes name to Falcon Fastening Solutions

April 7, 2014

Falcon Metal Corp., Charlotte, N.C., an industrial distributor of fasteners and other Class C production components used in high-volume manufacturing assembly, has changed its name to Falcon Fastening Solutions Inc. In addition to the new name, the company also has announced the branding of its...

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Self-clinching threaded studs designed for thin metal assemblies

March 27, 2014

PennEngineering® offers PEM® self-clinching threaded studs for thin metal attachments. They are available in a variety of materials and lengths. The product lineup includes flush-head studs for use in aluminum or steel sheets as thin as 0.040 in. and stainless versions offering...

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Machine inserts four different fasteners in same part handling

March 24, 2014

Phillips Corp. offers the Haeger 824 MSP insertion machine. Its manual four-station turret allows insertion of four different fasteners in the same part handling. The PLC touchscreen allows the operator to set force, dwell, up-travel, batch counter, and TPS for each station. The hydraulic...

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Oxyfuel brazing primer

March 19, 2014

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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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Evana Automation to deliver fourth of seven assembly and test systems to Tier 1 supplier

March 19, 2014

Evana Automation Specialists, Evansville, Ind., is building the fourth of seven custom assembly and test systems for a Tier 1 automotive supplier facility in Anting, China. The system, used in the production of automobile steering assemblies, provides three main functions: ball nut assembly;...

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