Fastening & Assembly Solutions And Technology Features

In-depth technology reports, case studies and feature articles on fastening, bonding and assembly within manufacturing.

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Powering ahead with electrical security

The components division of Optimas has boosted its extensive portfolio with the addition of cable management solutions from recognised brand Wiska.



Mixing silicones for facial and other prosthetics

The manufacture of a medical prosthetic device for a patient’s face or similar area is a highly skilled job: each device is unique and needs to be ...



Mind the gap!

If UK manufacturers are to reach their business goals this year, they will have to achieve the greater levels of productivity that are proving elusive



Security taken to new level

One fastening organisation’s UK IT service desk and technical teams have achieved internationally recognised information security certification



Give me five

tesa’s residue-free, single-use removable foam adhesive tape takes a five-layered approach to eliminating adhesive tape residue



Rides of a lifetime

?Imagine the thrill – driving a luxury Range Rover V8 Autobiography through the stunning Yorkshire Dales. And at the same time raising vital money ...



Kanban operatives – not just delivery drivers

How would it be if you were the beneficiary of a supply chain system in which the parts you need effectively order themselves? Too good to be true? ...



TIME TO JOIN THE PARTY

When it comes to plastics joining, getting this right first time is critical. Failure to do so can mean a great deal of wasted money, lost production ...



Case clamped shut

The humble toggle clamp has been helping engineers to meet this fixing requirements for decades. The time has come to celebrate this permanent ...



Coming in from the cold

Minimising part costs is critical in the automotive industry – a goal in which cold forming may well be able to play a substantial part.



FAST changing world

The global HVAC industry has been going through a rapid transformation to meet the evolving needs of industry, with specialist hardware in high demand



High Cost of Low-Value C-Parts

Consumable item procurement can impact operational productivity & efficiency. Could automated inventory replenishment systems be the answer?



Heritage shines through

As Optimas EMEA & APAC president, Dan Jack - pictured - has a key role to play in introducing the Optimas brand to a global platform.



Easing the strain

FAST Magazine asked Colin Chapman, marketing manager, Henkel, in what circumstances is anti-seize the best choice when it comes to lubrication. Here ...



Greater scope for higher performance

Higher temperature and oil tolerance, as well as improved performance on passive materials, are said to be the benefits of the latest generation of ...



Extinguishing fears

Simplifying its locking system and increasing vehicle security was the challenge facing one major fire brigade. Here’s how it arrived at the right ...



Production-oriented fasteners

The needs of manufacturing industry can generally be listed under the headings ‘reliability, speed, quality and cost’, in varying order.



Automated dispensing boosts throughput and quality

When GJD Manufacturing was looking to improve how plastic lens are bonded to extruded aluminium housing, it took the challenge to Intertronics.



In pursuit of savings: but not at any cost

How can you reduce the costs of production & materials used without cutting corners or ‘doing things on the cheap’? With value added engineering, ...



Keeping tight connections

?What do a loose bike guard, a lost train door and recall in automotive industry have in common? Read on...



Breaking bonding boundaries

A combination of diverse adhesive technologies is being hailed for its ability to provide much increased performance. But how does it work?



Spring clean

When it comes to industrial springs, there is much more to them than initially meets the eye.



From the ‘which’ to the ‘how’

By understanding how dispensing valves work and interact with the material they dispense, it is easier to select the right one for your needs.



norelem – the inside view

?Paul Mulvey – business development manager, norelem UK – has recently allowed FAST Magazine some intriguing insights into the company's operations ...



Offspring of the space race

The American-Russian race to ‘conquer’ space back in the 1960s thrust conductive adhesive technology into the limelight – and now its applications ...

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