Fastening & Assembly Solutions And Technology Features

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

Adhesives hit the fast lane

Adhesives have become a key technology in the automotive industry, as they continue to replace other fixing methods

Goal: zero internally threaded fastener defects

New high-speed sorting technologies, including vision based hole and thread detection, are said to be making traditional methods obsolete

Elesa: 75 years of celebration

As Elesa (UK) Ltd notches up 25 years and the Elesa Group celebrates its 75th, FAST finds out what’s behind their continuing success.

Dual-curing adhesives: two for the price of one

As applications become more and more complex, the demand for adhesives with multiple curing mechanisms is significantly increasing. These hybrid ...

Roll on the R-evolution!

Lightweighting is the buzzword across the automotive industry, but many challenges remain unresolved, as Philip Spinks, CEO, Oxford Advanced ...

Students unleash their inner Tiger!

UTC Swindon has given its students the unique opportunity to build not one, but two, high-performance sports cars


Lightweight metals leader Alcoa has signed a major contract with Airbus for high-tech, multi-material aerospace fastening systems.

Blinding performance!

It is one thing to solve a fastening problem and another to enable the use of up to two million fasteners per year into a demanding application, as ...

Embracing the light

DELO Industrial Adhesives has started its market entrance in Japan, underpinning the ever-increasing drive for companies to broaden their global ...

Wing your way FAST to The Concorde Centre!

It’s almost here! Thursday, 21 April, will see hundreds of your fellow design engineers, production professionals and senior manufacturing managers ...

Legislation drives big changes

Legislation is increasing automotive manufacturers’ responsibility for the end-of-lifetime disposal of their products

Belt and braces peace of mind

At April’s FAST Exhibition, Intertronics will be showing its Dymax 3401 dual cure (UV and moisture) adhesive on its stand.

Contactless jetting

Lubrication of mechanical and electromechanical assemblies should be a precise science, with applied material volume and placement accuracy critical ...

Target: zero defects

As manufacturers look to lightweight materials for improved fuel economy, the associated fastening problems necessitate zero defects through 100% ...

Electronics adhesives market hots up – and up!

The global electronics adhesives market is projected to reach almost US$6,300 million by 2020, representing a sharp rise year on year

Giussani pop-out T handles from FDB Panel Fittings

The Giussani pop-out T handles from FDB Panel Fittings deliver high-level security

Passion for classic and vintage motorcycles

George Ridgeon’s pride and joy is a Greeves Oulton 350cc motorcycle. Here's how he keeps it looking great

Energy efficiency on show

Electric motors are estimated to consume 70% of all the energy used in industry. Bearing this in mind, it’s no small wonder that there is an ongoing ...

Building an award winning submarine

Design projects are a fantastic way for universities to give their engineering students real world experience of the challenges they will face in ...

Captive clamping pins hold firm where others fall apart

The WDS Component Parts range of captive clamping pins for work holding applications has been developed through consultation with customers to offer ...

Raising performance in assembly operations

As structural bonding techniques play a key role in today's assembly operations, designers are continuously working to bring lightweight and durable ...

Making waves with luxury boat project

Launched in Spring 2015 at the Miami International Boat Show in Florida, Scout Boats has unveiled its much-anticipated model to an expectant ...

Computer model to optimise adhesives application in lightweight vehicles

A German research project has been set up to demonstrate the role of adhesive technology in lightweight vehicle design. FAST looks at the federally ...

Designing for the expected and the unexpected

A leading UK charity supporting engineering-related research and education worldwide, has launched its Foresight review of resilience engineering.

Ten reasons for coding offline

Automation and assembly expert Richard Pether explains why sometimes it simply makes sense for manufacturing and packing operations to code offline ...

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