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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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

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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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Evana Automation ships two assembly systems to Tier 1 automotive supplier

April 21, 2015

Evana Automation Specialists, a systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems in Evansville, Ind., has shipped two custom assembly systems to a Tier 1 automotive supplier of fuel and braking fluid delivery components that will fabricate low-pressure fuel rail...

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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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