Materials

  • BILH_AM_Thumbnail_600x400_POSTEVENT
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    Watch: Livestream Hour Episode 6 – Aftermarket and Service Parts: Keeping the wheels moving

    2020-05-20T21:26:00Z

    In this episode of the Livestream Hour, we discuss the pandemic’s potential impact on aftersales supply and the aftermarket, including the long-term effects on supply chains and what this means for managing inventory. With special guests from Toyota North America, LKQ Europe and CLEPA. Hosted by editor-in-chief Christopher Ludwig. 

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    Element of surprise: battery suppliers explore gains in the chemistry

    2020-05-05T15:35:00Z

    One area of electric vehicle battery technology that is growing in importance is chemistry. Mike Farish reports on two new developments that could significantly improve battery durability and recharge times

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    Aluminium-air: a better power source for EVs?

    2020-05-05T10:20:00Z

    The deficiencies of Li-ion batteries contribute to consumer doubts about EVs, but switching to a different type of technology – Al-air fuel cells – could solve crucial problems

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    Future-proof steel for mobility - what is future proof?

    2020-04-14T08:19:00Z

    Future-proofing your life cycle assesments

  • YASA P400_e-motor
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    Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

    2020-02-16T18:55:00Z

    You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing manufacturing processes

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    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

  • 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

  • Henkel cockpit
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    Talent on display

    2020-01-07T10:26:00Z

    Henkel’s Holger Scheufen examines the bonding and sealing solutions enabling more productive manufacturing in the automotive display market

  • AM materials - Support-Removal
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    Material changes guide the new additive manufacturing routes

    2019-12-12T15:53:00Z

    Additive manufacturing is offering not only a wider range of application techniques but also materials with polymers now joined by metals and even ceramics

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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

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    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?

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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

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    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
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    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

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    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

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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
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    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 ...

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    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 ...