Materials

  • 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?

  • Laness1
    Article

    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

  • 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

  • Ultima-Supplier-pressure-BI-flash-3
    Article

    Suppliers will face squeeze as OEMs push to meet EU CO2 targets

    2019-10-02T09:58:00Z

    As carmakers strive to reach the more stringent CO2 emissions targets being phased in across the EU next year, we predict that many are likely to put more pressure on their supply base to help reduce emissions

  • Mobility alliance structural fig1
    Voice

    Weight out, strength in

    2019-10-01T09:15:00Z

    A strategic alliance between Henkel and RLE International is exploring the lightweighting innovations available when combining expertise in structural foam technology and engineering design. David Caro and Tobias Wigand describe the findings

  • ABB-stampapp-user-interface
    Article

    Pressing matters

    2019-04-10T13:31:00Z

    Our vehicles have all faced hazards at one time or another, from potholes in the road to rocks or broken glass. But what about protection when the hazards are ballistic threats to the safety of civil servants or service men and women? As a specialist for custom automobile protection ...

  • Hyster tug
    Article

    Tow tractor materials handling

    2019-03-19T13:30:00Z

    Designed to support manufacturing operations in transporting material to and from production lines, the new T7.0HS3 three-wheel and T8.0HS4 four-wheel rider tow tractors are capable of towing up to 7000kg or 8000kg respectively, claims Hyster. Both models feature an anti-roll back on ramps device and external ...

  • 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 ...

  • BASF Elastoflex Thinlight
    Article

    New foam for instrument panels

    2019-02-01T15:00:02Z

    A new series of systems in its Elastoflex E product group now allows weight reductions and foam densities of around 120g/L without sacrificing any of the material characteristics, claims BASF. Up to 30% of the foam weight is saved, says the company, depending on the component geometry. This Thin-Light system ...

  • MAPAL radial ISO indexable inserts
    Article

    Pressed, radial ISO indexable inserts

    2019-01-14T11:29:23Z

    Mapal says it now offers a milling programme with pressed, radial ISO indexable inserts. The new face, shoulder, slot and shell end face milling cutters are designed for roughing and for medium machining of cast iron, steel and stainless steel, says the company. It’s claimed the tool bodies are designed ...

  • IAC-Halewood-AGV-cockpit-assembly-line
    Article

    Dashboard meeting

    2019-01-11T10:43:00Z

    Switching from gantry line to a fleet of AGVs, an IAC facility near Liverpool has brought swift and smart adaptability to its instrument panel assembly process Specialists in interior components, IAC operates in all automotive manufacturing markets around the globe. But it was its production lines at ...

  • Automated_Interior_PaintApplication
    Article

    Paintshop 4.0

    2019-01-10T14:54:00Z

    Nick Holt visits Eisenmann’s technology centre in Holzgerlingen, near Stuttgart, for a preview of the latest skidless paintshop technology prior to its installation at the Daimler plant at Kecskemét The skids used to convey vehicle bodies through the various coating and drying stages in the paintshop are seen as ...

  • Ford hotforming Saarlouis
    Article

    Casting a duo

    2019-01-08T16:37:00Z

    Two innovative metal forming techniques could have a significant impact on the press shop of the future

  • Profil Earthing stud pic 2
    Article

    Show and tell

    2019-01-08T12:22:00Z

    Cost savings and reduced installation time are the result of Profil’s self-piercing stud, as visitors discovered at the NEAA Expo 2018 A new earthing stud is allowing automotive global OEMs to achieve the triple benefits of reduced installation time and cost, guaranteed electrical earthing and a substantial reduction in parts ...

  • Coherent Rofin Hairpin_welded
    Article

    A clean winner

    2019-01-08T11:54:00Z

    Coherent-ROFIN’s Frank Gäbler explains a new approach to laser welding problematic materials Fig 1. Hairpin welded with CleanWeld technology: excellent weld quality, low spatter and low porosity Although fibre lasers are widely utilised in the automotive industry, there are still some ...

  • ABB stamp app
    Article

    Pressing matters

    2019-01-08T10:56:00Z

    ABB robots are helping IndiKar make advanced high-tech steel for special protection vehicles Our vehicles have all faced hazards at one time or another, from potholes in the road to rocks or broken glass. But what about protection when the hazards are ballistic threats to the safety of civil servants ...

  • schuler_euroblech1
    Article

    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 ...

  • Assembly A8 at the Neckarsulm site
    Article

    New chapter, different story?

    2019-01-02T15:42:00Z

    International expansion continues but, as Ian Henry reports, Audi’s long-term role within the VW Group is now under scrutiny Audi is expanding globally, notably in China, as it seeks to escape from its recent controversial past. Having been complicit in the diesel scandal affecting Volkswagen Group, it has been ...

  • Porsche test
    Article

    Passing the test

    2018-12-03T10:23:00Z

    As modern vehicles become more sophisticated, production testing technologies and processes need to keep up. Mike Farish looks at developments with both carmakers and tier suppliers From the beginning of next year, premium carmaker Porsche intends to introduce a testing procedure for selected completed vehicles that aims to ...

  • ams_nov_dec_cover
    Article

    High performance for next-gen at NIO

    2018-12-03T09:32:00Z

    Lightweighting, multi-metal compatibility and a focus on aluminium substrates is how thin-film, pretreatment technologies fulfil the requirements for NIO’s next generation of electric vehicles With its advanced thin-film Oxsilan technology, the Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF’s coatings division operating under the Chemetall brand, ensures a perfect surface ...