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Industrial Location Guidance takes process quality to new heights

In simple or complex assemblies involving multiple fasteners, ensuring process quality can be a daunting task. Some questions to consider: Are missing or under-tightened fasteners causing rework or driving up your warranty costs? Is sequencing of fasteners critical to the quality of your assembly? Do different fasteners on the same workpiece require unique torque settings? ...

Production line mistake proofing by automating the tool and program selection

Top 5 mistake proofing techniques to achieve first time quality in your manufacturing facility

According to a recent study, human errors alone cause an extraordinary 23% of unplanned downtime in manufacturing. These errors, and resulting defects, are a large cause of manufacturing quality issues and unplanned downtime. Mistake proofing, also referred to as Poka-Yoke, is a Japanese ideology describing any method used to detect and prevent errors that cause ...

How do you audit a joint?

At the end of a fastening process, it is important to be sure that the right amount of torque was left on the joint. Too much torque could weaken the structure of a joint, resulting in a fastener failure. Too little torque could make the joint come loose. During the prototyping phase of a new ...

Three important things you should know about drilling operations with handheld tools

When it comes to work with handheld drilling tools, some important and decisive factors must be considered to get a better result.   Decisive factors: Feed force, cutting speed and free speed An ordinary human being is incapable of achieving the feed forces used, for example, in a column drilling tool, except when small bit ...

Enhance your press operations with PST Workstation Solutions

Atlas Copco produces the most innovative and user-friendly press assembly tool on the market, the PST. The PST press system is advanced enough for the most critical applications, precise enough to detect even the slightest variance in a process, and powerful enough for up to 100 kN of press force… that’s over 22,000 lbs. of ...

Testing a tool on-line or in the tool crib?

When a new tool is purchased, it is always a good idea to test it before assigning it to an application on the production line. It should be tested to be sure that no issue occurred during transportation, as well as to assess its performance. The ideal environment for this type of test is the ...

ToolsNet 8 reduces recall costs

An engineer at a final assembly OEM was called to investigate a product that had passed through production with a loose bolt. The investigation concluded that the bolt had been tightened properly, according to the recorded data. The assembly had passed all required checks and reached the prescribed torque. The engineer had a problem: How ...