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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Bostik inaugurates R&D center in France

October 9, 2014

Bostik has opened an R&D center for adhesive materials in Venette, France. It focuses on upstream R&D to develop new polymers for smart adhesives, especially in polyurethanes, polyesters, and silyl-modified polymers; downstream R&D to develop adhesives based on two core Bostik technologies —...

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Coldwater Machine Co. establishes Solid State Joining Center

October 7, 2014

Coldwater Machine Co., Coldwater, Ohio, a manufacturer of equipment and tools for multiple industries, has announced the establishment of its Solid State Joining Center, a business unit dedicated to the development of technologies that address the challenges of joining lightweight and dissimilar...

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Spirol achieves gold level status in Caterpillar supplier recertification

October 3, 2014

Spirol Intl. Corp., a manufacturer of engineered components for fastening and joining in Stow, Ohio, has achieved gold level status in the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) recertification. SQEP is Caterpillar’s operational excellence initiative that recognizes a supplier’s...

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Rebuild service restores resistance welding systems

September 15, 2014

Taylor-Winfield Technologies Inc. offers a rebuild and repurpose service to restore resistance welding systems and automated assembly systems from any manufacturer to like-new condition. Full integration also is available on any welding...

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Heavy-duty studs with large-diameter heads clinch permanently into thin metal sheets

September 11, 2014

New PEM® Type THFE™ heavy-duty studs from PennEngineering® clinch permanently into thin metal sheets to provide high-strength attachment. The enlarged head diameter distributes axial tightening force over a wide area to help reduce compressive stress on the host panel, improve pull-through...

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Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies names award-winning suppliers

August 28, 2014

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, Plymouth, Mich., has announced the recipients of its 2013 Supplier Excellence Achievement Level (SEAL) Awards. The SEAL Awards are divided into gold, silver, and bronze levels for chemical and metal suppliers. A supplier performance scorecard is used to rank...

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Spring-loaded plunger assemblies serve as positioning pins for sliding components

August 25, 2014

PEM® Type PTL2™ spring-loaded plunger assemblies from PennEngineering® serve as positioning pins to move racks, slides, access panels, and consoles to new positions without tools. A lockout feature in the standard product line keeps the fastener’s spring-loaded plunger fully retracted until...

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Evana Automation ships two multistation lean manufacturing systems to Tier 1 automotive supplier

August 19, 2014

Evana Automation Specialists, a systems integrator and builder of custom, automated assembly and test systems in Evansville, Ind., has shipped two multistation lean manufacturing systems to a Tier 1 automotive supplier of electronic components that will assemble and test next-generation lane...

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Spatial positioning system enables users to project 360 degrees around large parts

August 19, 2014

Virtek Vision Intl. Inc. has released the latest version of its Iris™ spatial positioning system, which enables manufacturers to project laser templates 360 degrees around even the largest parts. Version 1.3 supports the use of multiple vision systems and laser projectors to enable users to...

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Catalog highlights adhesives, sealants, coatings for aerospace industry

August 7, 2014

Master Bond has published a 28-page catalog with performance and processing data on its line of epoxies, silicones, UV curing compounds, and specialty systems for the aerospace industry. The products are used for structural bonding, sealing, and gap filling. Additionally, conformal coatings and...

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The people and processes behind poka-yoke

July 31, 2014


Like anything related to continuous improvement, mistakeproofing requires the right processes, but, perhaps even more important, it also requires the right people. With the right people and processes, real change is possible.

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Workstation combines multiple assembly operations

July 28, 2014

The Creform® Corp. has developed a new workstation that combines multiple assembly operations into single units, eliminating unnecessary steps for assemblers. The system includes individual workstations that are serviced by material handlers. They are built so each assembler has everything...

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Evana Automation ships 24-station assembly/test system to Tier 1 auto supplier

July 22, 2014

Evana Automation Specialists, Evansville, Ind., has shipped a lean, 24-station assembly and test system to a Tier 1 automotive supplier of drive line and drive train systems. The flexible, semiautomated system assembles and tests two different automobile power transfer units with 100 percent...

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Alcoa receives R&D 100 Award for automotive bonding technology

July 15, 2014

Alcoa, New York, has received an R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine in recognition of its Alcoa 951, an enabler for adhesive bonding of aluminum-intensive vehicles (AIVs). The award honors the top 100 technology innovations introduced in the past year across industry, academia, and...

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Self-clinching flush nuts install into stainless steel sheets

July 15, 2014

New PEMSERT® Type F4™ self-clinching flush nuts from PennEngineering® provide load-bearing threads in thin stainless sheets without creating any protrusions on either side. When the nuts are installed permanently into 300 series stainless steel sheets as thin as 0.060 in., both the top and...

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