All Aluminium articles

  • Gestamp robots web
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    Power is nothing without control

    2021-02-08T18:44:00Z

    Chassis components keep the wheels from falling off the EV revolution. Illya Verpraet found out how Gestamp is managing the change with material and quality control innovation

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    Watch: Strategies for Greener Production (EP.1)

    2020-11-25T22:30:00Z

    This AMS Livestream Hour episode discusses how automotive manufacturers are making their plants and value chains more sustainable through new processes and technology, with special guests including Scania and ArcelorMittal. Watch and download slides.

  • AMS Environment and Sustainability cover 2
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    AMS Environment and Sustainability 2020 – Greener production, battery recycling, decarbonising materials and more

    2020-11-24T11:49:00Z

    For the automotive industry environmental sustainability is not just important for the vehicles they produce, it is also a key factor in the production process. This edition of AMS takes a close look at sustainable production, utilising recycled materials and renewable energy sources

  • Audi Aluminium closed loop
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    Audi introduces closed-loop systems for aluminium, wastewater and plastic

    2020-11-23T16:06:00Z

    Audi has detailed how it is introducing closed-loop systems to its plants as part of its goal to make all its five plants carbon-neutral by 2025. This includes aluminium, wastewater and a pilot project for chemical recycling of plastics.

  • Aluminium is a surface sensitive material, which presents a number challenges in blanking and forming operations.
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    Taking shape: Forming aluminium

    2020-11-02T14:24:00Z

    AMS spoke to two leading press line suppliers to get some insight into process challenges and solutions for this material 

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    Aluminium welding goes digital

    2020-10-12T09:59:00Z

    Aluminium is an important part of the multi-material mix that will form the body and chassis structures of the next generation of electric vehicles. Nick Holt reports on the welding challenges and technologies

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    Watch: The latest technology from Coherent solves your most challenging welding tasks in e-mobility battery manufacturing

    2020-07-06T12:56:00Z

    A major leap in fiber laser welding technology that can significantly improve your productions processes.

  • Chemetall GardoFlex aluminium
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    Shielding aluminium

    2019-12-12T14:19:00Z

    With aluminium continuing as the lightweight material of choice, Chemetall explains why a smarter approach to pretreatment of high-share aluminium content vehicle bodies is required

  • Audi A8 remote laser weld al u door
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    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

  • 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

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    Weight-loss programme

    2019-11-20T17:03:00Z

    The electrification drive has increased the importance of lightweight vehicle structures. AMS looks at the development of the latest aluminium grades for electric vehicle applications

  • Lincoln Electric Image#1
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    Worth its metal

    2019-10-01T14:16:00Z

    Aluminium welding requires special care but an understanding of the process helps suppliers to make good choices, writes Lincoln Electric’s Raheel Khan

  • Gestamp Slovakia
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    Gestamp starts production in Slovakia

    2019-07-04T16:30:00Z

    Slovakia - Gestamp has started making aluminium components for JLR at its new Slovakia plant

  • Dongfeng Maxion Wheels
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    Dongfeng Maxion to build wheel plant

    2019-03-13T12:00:00Z

    China - Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group has formed a new joint venture company with Maxion Wheels - a division of the Brazilian wheel and structural component manufacturer Iochpe Maxion. The new company is called Dongfeng Maxion Wheels, and will look to serve the global market. ...

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    Corolla confidence

    2019-02-12T12:35:00Z

    Upgrade and investments at Burnaston see Toyota start production of the new Corolla in the UK, despite all the turmoil of Brexit The UK secretary of state for business, Greg Clark, and the straight-taking Japanese ambassador to the UK, Koji Tsuruoka, joined local dignitaries, business leaders and Toyota executives ...

  • Fronius joining of steel and aluminium
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    Low heat input welding

    2019-02-03T10:00:00Z

    The Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) welding process reduces the heat input in comparison to other MIG/MAG processes, claims Fronius. This uses a digital process control, which automatically detects short circuits and then helps to detach the droplet by retracting the wire; during welding, the wire moves forward and is pulled ...

  • Sagola suction spray gun
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    Industrial suction spray gun

    2019-01-31T15:00:09Z

    The 4100 Xtreme suction spray gun has been developed to paint larger surface areas commonly associate with commercial and general industrial applications, such as machinery, truck chassis and trailers, says Sagola. The gun’s nozzles and needles come in two variants, 1.6 and 1.8 that deliver fine and heavy atomisation respectively ...

  • Profil Earthing stud pic 2
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    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
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    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 ...

  • Böllinger Höfe
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    A high-performance build

    2019-01-04T12:10:00Z

    The Audi R8 series of sports cars is described as being closer to motor racing than any other on-the-road vehicles. Mike Farish takes a closer look at the manufacturing operation The latest versions of both the Coupe and Spyder convertible variants of the R8 are made at Audi Sport’s ...