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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Preapplied threadlocker works on most fastener substrates

February 17, 2016

Tectorius® has introduced Tec-Bond™ 204 preapplied threadlocker. It is designed to perform on most fastener substrates, including zinc, organic finishes, brass, and stainless steel. Featuring a water-based carrier medium, the threadlocker delivers fast curing, demonstrating retaining torques...

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MW Industries acquires USA Fastener Group

February 16, 2016

MW Industries, a Rosemont, Ill.-based provider of highly engineered springs, specialty fasteners, and machined parts, has acquired USA Fastener Group Inc. The Houston-based company manufactures studs and nuts and also offers CNC machining and milling, drilling, tapping, sawing, threading, hot...

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Brushing up sheet metal assembly

February 1, 2016 | By Tim Heston

Scratching a cosmetically critical part during assembly can be costly. This is where choosing the right material for the assembly table surface can be critical. It’s here that the table brush may be able to help.

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What happens when a nonwelder meets a laser?

January 27, 2016 | By Amanda Carlson

How does a nonwelder transition into the role of laser welding machine operator? What aptitude or experience does someone need to be successful? Practical Welding Today® sat down with Tracy Stenger of Superior Joining Technologies, Machesney Park, Ill., to find out.

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DeWys Mfg. adds riveting capabilities

January 21, 2016

Metal fabricator DeWys Mfg. Inc. has added an Orbitform model B-310 orbital riveter to its facility in Marne, Mich. This gives the company additional permanent-fastening capabilities to complement PEM® and POP® rivets fastening. The new orbital riveter uses cold forming to form rivets using...

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Ascent Aerospace acquires Gemcor

January 6, 2016

Santa Ana, Calif.-based Ascent Aerospace, an integrator of aircraft assembly line systems, has acquired Gemcor, West Seneca, N.Y. Gemcor is a manufacturer of automated fastening systems used in the subassembly of aircraft wings, fuselages, and...

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Building improvement at JCB: A case study in lean manufacturing

January 6, 2016 | By Tim Heston

The part flow at JCB’s Savannah plant has changed significantly over the past six years. The company redesigned a major product line to meet customer demand while also making part flow much easier to manage.

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Flush-head studs designed for quick mating with plastic fasteners

December 28, 2015

New PEM® self-clinching, flush-head studs from PennEngineering® integrate X-Press™ threads for quick mating with push-on plastic nuts, wire tie products, and other plastic fasteners in thin metal assemblies. Their coarse thread design—larger threads relative to the stud’s...

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Welding machine combines capacitive discharge welding, bipolar MFC

December 24, 2015

Dengensha America has introduced the new Flexwave resistance welding machine and corresponding flexible waveform technology, which combines the capabilities of a capacitive discharge welding machine and a 15,000-Hz bipolar medium frequency converter (MFC). According to the company, less thermal...

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ARaymond celebrates 150 years of innovation

December 14, 2015

The ARaymond Network, a provider of fastening and assembly products for the automotive industry, marks 150 years in business in 2015. The firm was founded in Grenoble, France, in 1865 by Albert-Pierre Raymond. While looking for a more practical fastener to replace the traditional glove button,...

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Coldwater Machine named exclusive distributor for Avant Garde Technology

October 21, 2015

Coldwater Machine Co., a manufacturer of specialized equipment and solid-state welding/joining systems in Coldwater, Ohio, has established a business agreement with Avant Garde Technology, Lake Mary, Fla., providing Coldwater exclusive sales representation and turnkey manufacturing rights to Avant...

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Self-clinching threaded fasteners designed for close-to-edge placement

October 5, 2015

PennEngineering® offers variations of PEM® self-clinching nuts, studs, and standoffs designed to allow for close-to-edge placement in thin metal assemblies without compromising the host sheet or fastener. Their engineering reduces the standard minimum distance for hole-centerline-to-edge required...

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Blind rivet nut installation tool offered

September 22, 2015

Stanley Engineered Fastening offers the POP® Avdel® ProSert™ XTN20 blind rivet nut installation tool. Its lightweight design includes a patented, quick-installation mandrel exchange system and “pull-to-force/pull-to-stroke” dual-operating technology. These features allow operators to...

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Self-clinching blind nuts protect nut threads, internal components

August 25, 2015

PEM® self-clinching blind nuts from PennEngineering® permanently install into thin metal sheets to provide reliable and reusable metal threads for accepting mating screws and completing final component attachment in an assembly. Their blind, closed-end design creates a barrier to protect the...

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Structural acrylic adhesives simplify production of large assemblies

August 13, 2015

3M™ offers Scotch-Weld™ acrylic adhesive DP8425NS and low-odor acrylic adhesive DP8825NS. The products reach handling strength in 45 min. and structural strength (1,000 PSI) in 50 min. According to the manufacturer, the adhesives help simplify the production of large assemblies because...

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