Assembly and Joining Articles

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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Fast tracking with W44 beams - TheFabricator

Fast tracking with W44 beams

June 11, 2010

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A truss railroad bridge that was destroyed in a massive flood was replaced within a year thanks to a fast-tracked rebuild effort that featured W44 beams.

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Bonding with adhesives

May 7, 2010

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Welding and fastening have long been the go-to methods for metal bonding applications, but are they always the best, most cost-effective methods? Maybe, maybe not. Adhesives are gaining in popularity, particularly for joining dissimilar materials.

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Sensors in the welding environment

May 26, 2009

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From weld resistance to factor 1, sensors employ technology to deliver accurate, long-lasting operation, even in challenging welding environments. When properly applied, these systems reduce downtime and replacement costs while optimizing production.

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Sensors in the welding environment - Which ones are tough enough for the job?

May 26, 2009

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From weld resistance to factor 1, sensors employ technology to deliver accurate, long-lasting operation, even in challenging welding environments. When properly applied, these systems reduce downtime and replacement costs while optimizing production.

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Composite Joining

Don't get stuck wondering about composites

November 25, 2008

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Automakers and other manufacturers are interested in utilizing composites more in their manufacturing operations. Composites come with their own set of challenges, and one of the most important challenges is how to join the engineered material to a metal correctly using an adhesive. When joining materials, adhesives evenly distribute loads and reduce labor time.

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Sensors evolve to meet new errorproofing role

September 16, 2008

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Having the right sensors in your operation can make the difference between poor- and high-quality production. Today's sensors have evolved dramatically to fit tight spaces and accomplish more tasks than earlier versions. New technology merging sensor and vision systems is allowing manufacturers to have the best of both in a single device.

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Structural adhesives form strong bond with signage

September 11, 2007

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Sign-makers have long sought a way to improve durability and aesthetics and reduce the labor-intensive steps associated with welding, taping, and fastening. Today's adhesives can structurally bond metals to plastics with unique design, production and costs benefits, thereby making them an alternative to welding and mechanical fasteners for sign industry fabrication.

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Joining metal with adhesives

January 9, 2007

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Adhesives offer several advantages that make them an attractive alternative to mechanical fastening or thermal joining, such as welding, soldering, and brazing. Advantages include the following: They can be effective on dissimilar metal substrates with dissimilar melting points; they do not cause distortion, discoloration, or weld worms; holes do not need to be drilled into the material in preparation for fasteners; and they distribute stress load evenly over a broad area.

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Replacing rivets

October 10, 2006

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Supreme Corp. prides itself on producing general-purpose and custom vehicle bodies for its customers, which include contractors. Appearance was an issue - one that led it to replace rivets with structural adhesives in its manufacturing.

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Fastener insertion technology moves ahead

April 11, 2006

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Technological advances have turned simple press brakes and punch presses into productivie systems, now accepted as the norm for keeping fabricators competitive. Fastener-insertion machines are now incorporating many of those same advances to provide better quality and productivity and to eliminate bottlenecks as they work with the other technologically advanced fabricating machines in the shop.

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