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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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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Monticello Fastenal branch named best-looking store in the company

March 10, 2014

There are nearly 2,700 Fastenal stores around the world, but none of them are as clean, organized, and well-merchandised as the Fastenal store in Monticello, Ark. That’s the finding of the team of judges who recently named Fastenal Monticello the winner of the company’s 10th annual BK Best...

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Ford to move production of 2016 F-650/F-750 trucks from Mexico to Ohio

March 7, 2014

Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., has announced that production of its all-new 2016 F-650® and F-750® medium-duty trucks will shift from Mexico to Ohio Assembly Plant starting early next year, with the trucks on sale in spring 2015. The production shift from Mexico is part of the collective...

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Better organization of assembly templates

March 3, 2014

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KSM Industries Inc., Germantown, Wis., found success building rack mounts for power equipment, but as the business grew, the number of templates did as well. The company needed a better organization plan other than putting the templates on pallets, hoping to find them when they were needed again.

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Metal fasteners suitable for use in extreme conditions

February 27, 2014

Goodfellow offers a variety of refractory metal fasteners (nuts, bolts, and washers) in sizes from M3 to M6 for applications that involve high temperature, high voltage, magnetism, and harsh corrosive environments. The four chemically inert metals currently offered — tungsten, tantalum,...

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Chapco acquires Fastcorp Vending

February 21, 2014

Chapco Inc., Chester, Conn., has announced the acquisition of Fastcorp Vending, Danbury, Conn., a provider of technology that allows vending of different types of products, which include frozen and refrigerated products, snacks and beverages, and nontraditional vending items. The acquisition...

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MW Industries acquires Futuristics Components

February 20, 2014

MW Industries, Rosemont, Ill., a provider of highly engineered springs, specialty fasteners, and machined parts, has acquired Futuristics Components, a Waterbury, Conn., manufacturer of precision-turned components for the microwave, electronics, defense, and aerospace industries. The company...

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Pins function as fasteners in compact electronics

February 18, 2014

New microPEM® TackSert™ pins from PennEngineering® attach top panels to a base panel or chassis in compact electronic assemblies. They work with top panels of any material as thin as 0.008 in. and base panels or chassis made from common magnesium die-cast materials or plastics. Their...

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Solid-state HF welding machine offers induction or contact welding

February 13, 2014

Thermatool Corp. offers the 800-kW HAZControl™ Technology Dual solid-state HF welding machine. Its software offers a selection of HF weld power and frequency in ±1-kW and 1-kHz increments, allowing heat input control during welding. A predictive algorithm built into the software guides...

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