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Ford’s Failure – Ford tire recall

Ford’s Failure – Ford tire recall – Brief Article Brett C. Smith There are many pitfalls to writing a column on what is still a breaking story when the column is due. But the enormity of the Bridgestone/Firestone-Ford tire recall is too important to pass without comment. As of early September, the situation had become […]

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Painting axles

Painting axles – American Axle and Manufacturing American Axle & Manufacturing (Detroit) operates an axle plant in Buffalo, NY. It has another facility 35 miles away, in St. Catherines, Ontario. Light truck axles produced at both plants are being painted in a 67,000-sq. ft. paint shop that was added to the Buffalo plant, an addition […]

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Lighten Up – review of book “Set Weird! 101 Innovative Ways to Make Your Company a Great Place to Work” – Brief Article

Lighten Up – review of book “Set Weird! 101 Innovative Ways to Make Your Company a Great Place to Work” – Brief Article – Review Gary S. Vasilash One thing became clear during the ADEP-frog design leap:frog creativity workshop: while there are individuals within organizations who exhibit creativity and who have an understanding of the […]

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Deep Penetration Laser Welding – Brief Article

Deep Penetration Laser Welding – Brief Article – Statistical Data Included The company will feature a display of deep penetration laser welding (18 mm), high speed selective laser heat treating and an array of special application cutting utilizing both [CO.sub.2] and Nd:YAG lasers. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gardner Publications, Inc. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group

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Artistic Vision – new automobile design lack vision

Artistic Vision – new automobile design lack vision – Brief Article Gary S. Vasilash On December 4, I attended the opening of a retrospective of the work of an artist I have admired for the past few years, David Barr. The show, which is at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, is deftly titled […]

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Midlife Makeover for Outback – Subaru’s Legacy Outback – Brief Article

Midlife Makeover for Outback – Subaru’s Legacy Outback – Brief Article – Product Announcement Christopher A. Sawyer Powertrain Under the Legacy Outback’s hood sits a new, 3.0-liter flat six-cylinder engine with 212 hp and 210 lb.-ft. of torque. Slightly longer than the flat four it replaces, it required a reinforced front crossmember, a larger radiator […]

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5-axis Vertical Machining Center – Brief Article

5-axis Vertical Machining Center – Brief Article – Product Announcement Mori Seiki (Irving, TX) introduces the GV-503/5AX, a compact 5-axis vertical machining center. Features include: simultaneous 5-axis control permitting multiple face machining in only one set up, direct drive spindle motor for both high-speed machining and heavy-duty cutting. The X-axis travels 24.0 in. the Y-axis […]

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Advanced Coatings for a World of Plastics

Advanced Coatings for a World of Plastics Brochure with specific product inserts from Red Spot Paint & Varnish Co. (Evansville, IN) describes the company’s three core technologies: automotive interior coatings, automotive exterior coatings and U-V curable coatings. Among the many products listed are waterborne direct adhesion coatings for TPO and flexibly vinyl, two-component basecoats and […]

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Altimaturn

Altimaturn – review of Nissan’s new Altima car Christopher A. Sawyer When your back is against the wall, playing it safe isn’t an option. So Nissan decided to take the battle to Honda and Toyota in the midsize market with a vehicle larger, more powerful, and sportier than either of its competitors would be comfortable […]

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A look at the Accord’s product development

A look at the Accord’s product development Gary S. Vasilash Here’s a look at one piece of the development program for the 1998 Honda Accord coupe, which was designed and engineered in the U.S., and is being manufactured exclusively in Marysville, Ohio. The product development program for the 1998 Honda Accord coupe was performed in […]