Casting/Forging

  • thyssenkrupp crankshaft & connecting rod forging
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    thyssenkrupp invests in advanced forging line

    2019-07-12T10:51:00Z

    Germany - thyssenkrupp will make front axles for trucks and crankshafts on the new forging line

  • Ovako Sweden 2
    Article

    Real clean steel

    2019-05-21T16:15:00Z

    With vehicle-makers and tier suppliers wanting greater performance from less material weight, Ovako’s engineering steels seem a good fit. Nick Holt visits its production facility at Hofors in Sweden to find out more

  • schuler_euroblech1
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    Smartly pressed

    2019-01-03T13:54:00Z

    OEMs and suppliers are teaming up to design and construct a state-of-art press shops, duly networked for an industry 4.0 approach More on Stamping Ford Saarlouis Gestamp Constellium, Georgia Skoda Mlade Boleslav Arguably the main technological factor most commonly associated with ...

  • Chiron brake caliper
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    Making metal add up

    2018-09-13T12:30:55Z

    Additively manufactured metal parts present a challenge for high-volume production but at the other end of the scale, engineers are successfully developing the process for specialist, low volume parts. Mike Farish reports All over the automotive industry companies are exploring the potential of additive techniques to make parts in polymers ...

  • AM VW Portugal
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    From prototype to production

    2018-08-17T10:03:48Z

    The use of additive manufacturing technologies has now moved passed their initial application area of just ‘rapid prototyping’ While now seeing use in limited production roles, additive techniques are still being put to use in new and innovative ways as product development tools. One example is the Plastics 3D Printing ...

  • Magna and Cosma International Telford
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    Magna opens aluminium casting facility

    2018-05-11T10:04:44Z

    UK - The supplier has opened a new aluminium casting facility in Telford, England, in order to provide structural castings to Jaguar Land Rover. The facility covers 225,000 sq.m and will employ around 300 people. "With this new aluminium casting facility, we have established a world-class centre of excellence to ...

  • 5-Laser cutting provides the highest level of precision for the shape and features of bumper beams. (Constellium White, GA)
    Article

    Aluminium allegiance

    2018-03-05T12:44:53Z

    Industry analysts are predicting a growth phase for aluminium content in the vehicle material mix. AMS reports on the new grades and applications that underpin this claim It’s boom time for automotive aluminium. Ford’s game-changing F-150 arguably cemented the lightweight metal’s position as the go-to alternative over steel for ...

  • Simufact weld simulation software
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    Welding simulations for sheet metal structures

    2018-02-08T18:00:44Z

    Welding 7 is the latest version of Simufact’s software for the simulation of welding processes, which the company claims offers shorter processing times, more accurate results, and a more intuitive operational use. Functions include solid-shell elements, simplified calculation methods for resistance spot welding processes and the more flexible consideration of ...

  • Simufact LightHinge+Monitor_rot
    Article

    Success hinges on AM

    2018-01-09T13:51:24Z

    Simufact’s Michael Wohlmuth and Michael Tran describe LightHinge+, a co-engineering project that used the extended possibilities of additive production to develop a lightweight solution with fewer components and simpler assembly One of the main advantages of additive manufacturing (AM) is the near-unlimited freedom in design due to die-less production. This ...

  • gom-conf-2017_pres-clemson-abu-farha
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    New aspects

    2017-11-23T12:07:41Z

    GOM’s 3D Metrology Conference continued the tradition of showcasing the latest in industrial 3D metrology, inspection and testing to automotive manufacturing professionals from around the world With more than 750 visitors from more than 50 countries, the GOM Conference proved again to be an established forum for experts in metrology, ...

  • Henkel duaLCys
    Article

    Cleaning and machining

    2017-11-15T17:16:29Z

    The Bonderite duaLCys process has been used in a precision tool, machining project at German customer Mapal, claims Henkel. The company says the process can be tailored to the customer’s needs across their value chain from casting and machining to assembly. One of the stated benefits is the recycling of ...

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    The stage to engage

    2017-11-15T16:31:08Z

    The continually restructuring tier supply environment is witnessing record M&A activity amid rapid technological change Tier one suppliers currently face a bewildering mix of challenges, some long-term and some short-term in impact. This has always been the case, but the pace of change and the scale of adjustment required now ...

  • Indiana Harbor, ArcelorMittal
    Article

    Steel town

    2017-11-13T15:11:14Z

    ArcelorMittal’s Indiana Harbor steel mill has needed to change with the times. AMS paid a visit ArcelorMittal employs over 4,200 people at its Indiana Harbor facility, which has been the site of steel making for over 100 years. According to Wendell Carter, long-serving steel man, vice-president and general manager: ...

  • Hond Anna
    Article

    Honda Anna reaches 25m engines

    2017-10-12T11:08:44Z

    US – The milestone unit, built on Line 4, was a 1.5-litre turbo for a 2018 Accord made at Marysville Auto Plant, also in Ohio. Honda’s largest engine factory worldwide has reached this cumulative total after 32 years of operation. Anna Engine Plant recently received investment of $47m to introduce ...

  • Wind energy, GM
    Article

    GM goes green in Ohio and Indiana

    2017-09-19T10:30:12Z

    US – The OEM announced that its manufacturing facilities in the two states will by powered by 100% renewable energy, through the purchase of 200MW from wind farms. When the turbines come online at the end of 2018, renewable energy will account for 20% of GM’s global electricity consumption. The ...

  • Kosai 3
    Article

    Autonomy drive

    2017-09-08T16:04:10Z

    Suzuki has stayed independent of big joint ventures despite becoming increasingly dependent on markets outside Japan In an industry where mergers and collaborations between major players are increasingly common, Suzuki remains something of an outlier. It has largely eschewed wide-ranging, large-scale alliances with other vehicle companies, especially since its joint ...

  • 2015 Ford F-150 frame and body
    Article

    Growth and innovation

    2017-05-10T10:02:47Z

    Reduced costs, recyclability and new joining technologies are driving the use of aluminium in automotive structures Ford's switch from steel to aluminium for the body of its F-Series trucks was called its ‘billion-dollar gamble’. But the carmaker felt that the opportunity to shed some 300kg of weight from the vehicle ...

  • BOSCH; Common Rail; Bamberg
    Article

    Around the block

    2017-03-16T11:13:49Z

    The mix of in-house and external sourcing that OEMs regularly deploy in vehicle engine production make its supply chain quite distinct from that of all other components along the assembly line Engines, whether diesel or petrol, have a supply chain that is quite distinct from that which provides components to ...

  • Mitsubishi 2.5mm diameter End Mill Machining Apertures on Base Plates
    Article

    Edging out inefficiencies

    2017-03-15T13:20:59Z

    Tooling innovations matched with supplier partnerships are proving critical to competitive gain at automotive machine shops the world over Ford’s Bridgend engine plant in the UK, which produces over 750,000 petrol engines a year, has engaged in a cutting-tool partnership with Mapal to help the factory to hit its SPC ...

  • FCA TTP
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    FCA US to open new training facility

    2017-02-21T10:26:28Z

    US – The OEM will unveil its fourth World Class Manufacturing Academy (WCMA) site at Tipton, Indiana, this March. The $2.1m centre, funded by FCA US and Unite Automobile Workers (UAW), will serve personnel from the Tipton Transmission Plant (TTP) and the UAW National Training Center (NTC) Kokomo. “FCA US ...