Bodyshop

  • steel content breakdown
    Article

    Steel makes the case as the mainstay material for vehicles

    2020-03-06T15:35:00Z

    With OEMs demanding vehicle-structure materials that are low in mass, crash-protective and economic to use, steel grades stay true to form

  • SinmotionBEV_Eur_BiW
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    Steelmakers keen to press home the BEV advantage

    2020-03-03T15:25:00Z

    Throughout the age of the mass-produced automobile, steel has been the principal material of choice for vehicle structures. Will it maintain its dominance as carmakers pursue new mobility concepts?

  • Stainless steel parts
    Article

    Strong, light and formable, stainless steel re-enters the material mix

    2020-02-28T14:48:00Z

    Helsinki-based Outokumpu says stainless steels are ideal for lightweight, safety-critical structural parts and have put it to use in the series production of EV battery enclosures 

  • 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

  • The Plus Six features a bonded and riveted aluminium platform that houses a turbocharged BMW straight six and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission
    Article

    The Morgan Plus Six: a century in the making

    2020-01-24T16:21:00Z

    Behind Morgan’s unashamedly traditional exterior there’s a company that’s also keen to embrace modern production methods and processes

  • SSAB EV Docol
    Voice

    SSAB: Design concept – Battery pack protection for EV body-in-white

    2020-01-22T15:25:00Z

    Protecting battery packs is the fundamental first step when designing the body-in-white for BEVs. We talk to SSAB’s Robert Ström about the Docol EV Design Concept and platforms for new AHSS solutions

  • GM Arlington Assembly paintshop inspection
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    GM Arlington: expansion and inspection on the Texas SUV lines

    2020-01-13T15:05:00Z

    Upgrades at the home of GM’s full-size SUV production help to launch the new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban models for 2020

  • Simufact Jetta
    Voice

    Measuring cost

    2020-01-08T11:22:00Z

    As pressure mounts for OEMs to reduce costs, Simufact explains why the design and development stages are crucial in making significant savings for complex assemblies

  • Audi A8 remote laser weld al u door
    Article

    Al around the weld

    2019-12-06T12:05:00Z

    Joining aluminium parts gives the bodyshop a number of challenges not encountered when welding steel. But a variety of weld techniques are helping OEMs to adapt and extend use of the lighter metal

  • LMI DoorPanel_GapFlush
    Voice

    Measured view

    2019-12-03T14:55:00Z

    Robots equipped with 3D smart sensors from LMI Technologies are aiming to take production processes to a new level

  • ATS 2020 Gestamp hot stamp
    Article

    Hot on the press

    2019-11-20T14:49:00Z

    The need for lightweight, high-strength steel parts has been given a boost with increased production of electric vehicles. AMS reports on a new hot stamping process designed to meet this demand

  • Porsche
    Article

    Creating strong bonds

    2019-10-09T09:33:00Z

    While mixed-material vehicle body structures yield impressive weight reduction results, the joining processes present a challenge for OEMs. How do they fix the myriad materials but still maintain the requisite properties and structural integrity?

  • schwartz a
    Voice

    The thermal print principle

    2019-10-02T13:25:00Z

    Heat treatment specialist schwartz has enhanced its system for tailored tempering – one that is capable of ‘printing’ components

  • EV tooling VW
    Article

    Re-tooling of manufacturing plants and supply chain for EVs pose investment risk for OEMs

    2019-09-23T06:00:00Z

    Tooling and conversion of automotive plants are significant costs for OEMs as they invest in electrification, which some may struggle to afford, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.  

  • SSAB EV AHSS
    Article

    Steel stays the distance

    2019-09-02T14:16:00Z

    SSAB’s Thomas Müller explains how new high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels can assist OEMs in cost-effectively improving the range of electric vehicles

  • Honda NSX Marysville Ohio
    Article

    Acura Marysville, Ohio

    2019-08-01T09:40:00Z

    An inside look at production of the second-generation Acura NSX in Marysville, Ohio

  • International-Press-Trip-Electrification-Challenge-(5)
    Article

    A flexible solution

    2019-07-16T15:27:00Z

    Metal-component supplier Gestamp outlines the challenges ahead and its strategy for meeting higher demand for lightweight parts

  • BMW Spartanburg
    Article

    Conference: Insight @ BMW

    2019-06-24T11:18:00Z

    For its latest North American car body engineering Insight conference, the Automotive Circle heads to upstate South Carolina – a region that’s home to the largest plant in the BMW manufacturing network…

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    Article

    Keeping in focus

    2019-05-20T14:29:00Z

    Ford has invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Nick Holt visited the plant to get a look at the upgrades to the production process

  • Factory VW Wrzesnia 7
    Article

    VW sets out Wolfsburg upgrade

    2019-02-18T09:36:00Z

    Germany - New bodyshop AGVs, more automated assembly stations and a series of ergonomic measures will feature in a major upgrade at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant Announcing the new programme of improvements at this month’s site symposium, VW said that the changes will improve productivity at the Wolfsburg plant and ...