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  • Quality test WMG  robot_33
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    Measure for measure: as vehicle tech advances, so do the test methods

    2020-01-28T11:44:00Z

    To improve vehicle and component quality, and reduce time to market for new models, testing technologies need to be smarter and faster

  • Skoda production record 2019
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    Production records set at Skoda’s domestic plants

    2020-01-24T16:49:00Z

    As it marks the 125th anniversary of the company, Skoda is chalking up record-breaking output

  • Ford Rouge Dearborn Truck plant
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    OEMs keen to explore renewable power sources

    2020-01-16T15:30:00Z

    Vehicle manufacturers are keen to explore energy supplies from renewable sources as they look to reduce and offset emissions from their large-scale production operations

  • Grainger Worrall sand casting
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    Breaking the mould: Grainger & Worrall go beyond the block

    2020-01-08T12:04:00Z

    With the onset of the EV age, casting specialists are demonstrating versatility and diversifying away from engine block production. Mike Farish reports on the solutions Grainger & Worrall has developed to produce its new generation of cast parts

  • 3D printed window guide rail BMW i8 Roadster
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    BMW takes additive manufacturing from prototype to serial lines

    2019-12-11T18:04:00Z

    OEMs and tier suppliers are now integrating additive manufacturing processes into their production operations – a prime example is BMW   

  • Ssangyong Motors Pyeongtaek
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    Stumbling blocks on the Korea path

    2019-12-10T14:25:00Z

    Outside of the Hyundai-Kia story, Korea’s other automotive players continue to struggle and in global production terms the country is slipping down the rankings. Ian Henry reports

  • hot form quenching 3
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    Drawing attention: aluminium hot form quench

    2019-12-04T15:01:00Z

    Better known as a niche process for parts with deep-drawn and complex geometries in high-strength aluminium, hot form quench is now being adapted for high volume production

  • ATS 2020 Brembo line
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    Braking ground

    2019-11-20T15:25:00Z

    Nick Holt visits Brembo’s Kilometro Rosso test and development facility, and its Curno production plant, to see how the company creates high quality, premium vehicle braking systems

  • skoda-side-dry-line-process-paint-shop
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    Painting sideways

    2019-11-18T14:11:00Z

    With its new paintshop at Mladá Boleslav, Skoda is bringing some unique approaches to conveying, coating and curing 

  • PPG LiDar
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    Detection needs reflection: paintshop's crucial role in autonomous mobility

    2019-11-15T14:34:00Z

    PPG’s William Brunat speaks to AMS about how new vision-system-friendly body coatings will provide vital solutions for electric and autonomous vehicle production …

  • At its factory in Fremont, California, Tesla runs one of the world’s most advanced factories in the automotive world
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    Tesla gets the gig in Berlin

    2019-11-15T13:46:00Z

    Electric carmaker Tesla is to build its next Gigafactory in Germany, co-founder and CEO Elon Musk told an awards ceremony in the country on Tuesday.

  • Audi EcoPaint A1914380_large
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    Two become one in the Audi paintshop

    2019-11-06T11:38:00Z

    Saving time, resources and environment impact, the OEM has introduced new overspray-free paintshop technology that can apply two colours in one process

  • Laness1
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    Form and function

    2019-10-08T14:38:00Z

    Developments in composite parts are continuing to offer the automotive industry a variety of weight and cost advantages in high-volume production

  • predictive maintenance
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    A proactive approach

    2019-10-07T12:11:00Z

    Predictive maintenance offers big gains in production efficiency. Mike Farish looks at some examples of how these systems have been developed and applied

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    Building to order

    2019-09-23T16:04:00Z

    JLR-interiors supplier Auria has big plans for its new facility in Slovakia, both with the fabric of the building and the technology it is housing. Mike Farish reports

  • TPCA finish line inspection
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    Looking after ‘the triplets’

    2019-09-18T17:24:00Z

    The Toyota-PSA venture combines talents for the production of a trio of city cars. Gareth Price reports 

  • BMWiNext
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    Carbon composite footprint

    2019-09-16T15:01:00Z

    EV development has made lightweighting vehicle structures a priority. James Bakewell reports on the increased role for carbon fibre-reinforced plastics

  • Truck cab
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    Flexible thinking

    2019-09-10T09:59:00Z

    Commercial vehicle sales in Russia are on the decline, but Volvo Trucks has a plan in place to deal with the tough conditions. Michael Nash reports

  • Camera inspection at VW Emden
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    Digitalised energy saving

    2019-08-22T14:29:00Z

    Vehicle production has become increasingly digitalised, with a variety of different tools helping workers on production lines. These tools can also help reduce energy usage. Michael Nash provides an insight

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    Gathering clouds

    2019-08-20T10:44:00Z

    Cloud computing has been used for some time by carmakers, but its full potential has still to be realised in automation applications.