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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Self-clinching fasteners enable permanent flush joining of two sheets

February 12, 2013

PEM® SpotFast® self-clinching fasteners from PennEngineering® enable two sheets to be joined permanently in a flush-attachment connection without protrusions on either side. They can be used to attach two metal sheets too thin to weld, fasten sheets of unequal thicknesses, join dissimilar...

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Weld-Ed establishes summer workshop series for welding educators

February 4, 2013

The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed), located at Lorain County Community College in Lorain, Ohio, has announced its 2013 professional development workshop series, which includes five training modules. The hands-on, instructional workshops offer welding educators...

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PennEngineering appoints new field staff

February 4, 2013

Fastener manufacturer PennEngineering®, Danboro, Pa., has announced several appointments to its field staff. Matthew Llewellyn has been named territory manager for the U.K. and Ireland, and Matthias Kreuter becomes key account manager-automotive for Germany. Adam Smelewski serves as PEMSERTER®...

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Tool converts round holes to hexagonal for insert installation - TheFabricator.com

Tool converts round holes to hexagonal for insert installation

January 21, 2013

The new ATLAS® RIV 990 hexcutter tool from PennEngineering® is engineered to convert predrilled round holes to hexagonal holes for installation of full- or half-hex-bodied, blind threaded inserts. The tool operates on 90-PSI air pressure and accommodates interchangeable noses to...

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Elgin Fastener Group announces staff additions - TheFabricator.com

Elgin Fastener Group announces staff additions

January 11, 2013

Elgin Fastener Group (EFG), Batesville, Ind., has announced three new additions to its staff. Brian A. McDonald has been named corporate controller, located at the Batesville corporate office. A graduate of Milligan College in Tennessee, he holds an MBA from Xavier University. McDonald has more...

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Spirol receives supplier award from GM

January 9, 2013

Spirol Industries Ltd., Windsor, Ont., has received the General Motors 2012 Supplier Quality Excellence Award. GM reports that it presents the award to its product suppliers that have demonstrated the highest levels of quality performance over the previous 12 months; about 7 percent of its...

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The lowdown on lean fastening - TheFabricator.com

The lowdown on lean fastening

January 7, 2013

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Selecting the proper equipment, locating that equipment in the right spot on the shop floor, and using the right hardware can help to introduce new efficiencies and reduce costs in a fabricator’s joining and assembly operations.

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Self-clinching pilot pins designed for positioning, alignment applications - TheFabricator.com

Self-clinching pilot pins designed for positioning, alignment applications

October 22, 2012

PEM® self-clinching pilot pins, offered in several variations by PennEngineering®, are designed for positioning, alignment, and pivot applications. Once installed in thin metal sheet, they become permanent parts of an assembly. Type TPS™ (300 series stainless steel) pins install...

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Compact screw assemblies have 475-kN static load capacity - TheFabricator.com

Compact screw assemblies have 475-kN static load capacity

September 27, 2012

Rexroth offers newly developed planetary screw assemblies that allow for heavy loads to be moved quickly. The drive elements are available in five sizes with a static load capacity of up to 475 kN. The compact units require less installation space than ball screw assemblies with the same...

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Custom pink riveter supports breast cancer awareness

September 25, 2012

National Rivet & Mfg. Co., Waupun, Wis., has delivered a pink riveter to a Wisconsin manufacturer of automotive assemblies that wanted to show support for breast cancer awareness. The customer ordered a model 600 electromechanical rivet setter, a medium-duty machine that sets steel,...

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A fabricating home run - TheFabricator.com

A fabricating home run

August 30, 2012

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Kohler High School’s Engineering Club captured the attention of the Milwaukee Brewers, the MLB Network, and thousands of others with its Miller Park replica grill.

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App provides fastener installation dimensions

August 28, 2012

PennEngineering® has launched the new PEMspec™ app for the iPhone® and iPad®. It is available for free download in the iTunes® app store. The app is designed to enable users to access critical installation dimensions for a selected PEM® fastener from the company's line of self-clinching,...

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Elgin Fastener Group hires COO - TheFabricator.com

Elgin Fastener Group hires COO

August 27, 2012

Elgin Fastener Group, Batesville, Ind., has announced the appointment of Michael A. Wilson to the position of COO. He has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of manufacturing and management. Retired from the U.S. Army National Guard after 21 years of service, Wilson has a...

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Lean, mean, and made to order

August 9, 2012

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Horton Emergency Vehicles of Columbus, Ohio, adapts lean manufacturing to the custom-build assembly environment. Trucks are produced at consistent takt times, and yet every one that rolls off the line is different. Read more.

How to wrap up packaging problems - TheFabricator.com

How to wrap up packaging problems

August 3, 2012

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A poorly packaged pallet of parts damaged in transit turns all that value-adding upstream activity--cutting, deburring, bending, welding, grinding, heat treating, plating, powder coating, hardware insertion, and assembly--into waste

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