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Save Big Dollars when Buying Capital Equipment

Posted By Promess | February 14th, 2018
A difficult challenge even under the best of circumstances! But given today’s increased cost of materials and components, and ever-shrinking Cap X budgets, the ability to generate an acceptable level of savings has become more difficult than ever. This is especially true...

Controlling Control Arm Assembly

Posted By Promess | January 2nd, 2018
By: Jim Camillo Senior Editor camilloj@bnpmedia.com Assembly Magazine Assembling control arms for one of America’s most popular car manufacturers is a challenge at many levels for ZF at its Lapeer, MI, plant. The assembly process includes precision machining a cast aluminum...

Software Powers Productivity for Automotive Presses

Posted By Promess | December 3rd, 2017
Manufacturing Engineering: How can software help manufacturers improve overall productivity? Andy Joseph, Director, Software Development at Promess: Software can make a huge impact in productivity whenever workers can multitask. For example, I remember a day when personal...

The Challenge of Implantable Medical Device Batteries

Posted By Promess | November 1st, 2017
If the battery in your flashlight or cell phone fails, it’s an inconvenience. But, if the battery in your surgically implanted medical device (IMD) fails, it’s a medical emergency. Needless to say, batteries for the latter are very special and put together with extreme...

Working to be Lean, Green and Energy Wise

Posted By Promess | October 11th, 2017
Lean manufacturing is a concept that engineers often tend to over-think in design and over-complicate in execution. When it comes to assembly operations this often results in engineers stripping equipment back to the bare bones, which is almost always a huge mistake. Lean...

Smart Processes for Upstream Assembly

Posted By Promess | August 30th, 2017
The trend toward consolidating suppliers and buying modules or assemblies rather than parts is well-established and accelerating across a broad range of industries. It started in aerospace, where typically up to 70% of each aircraft produced today...

Intelligent Automotive Assembly Continues to Evolve

Posted By Promess | July 24th, 2017
In 2004, Promess Inc.’s founder, Larry Stockline, wrote an article describing how two fairly new technologies, real time process monitoring and signature analysis, were combined to improve the quality of an automotive wheel-stud insertion system. The...

A Kilowatt is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Posted By Promess | June 27th, 2017
It is no coincidence that hydraulics became the default technology for pressing applications during the century of cheap energy. Well, that century is over and today’s reality is very different. It is highly unlikely we will ever see energy that cheap again, which means, among...

Maybe the Wrong People Bought your Equipment

Posted By Promess | May 15th, 2017
Everyone knows that the purchase price of a piece of manufacturing equipment is only a fraction of the true lifetime cost. Nevertheless, the prevailing corporate culture is all too often tightly focused on minimizing the initial outlay regardless of the long-term consequences....

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