All Aluminium articles – Page 2

  • PPG Ferrari
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    Cool paint for hot cars

    2018-11-27T17:18:00Z

    Ferrari is renowned for the high quality paint finish on its supercars. So creating a workable paint formulation that would cure at much lower temperatures without compromising these exacting standard would be a challenge. PPG’s Technical director, William Brunat, discusses the project with Nick Holt The project with Ferrari ...

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    A focus on fibres

    2018-11-27T15:21:00Z

    Lightweight, high-strength benefits are being offset by materials and process costs. James Bakewell looks at the challenges of making carbon fibre cost effective Used for the first time in earnest by Volvo, carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) will feature in the £135,000 ($176,400) Polestar 1’s bonnet, boot lid, side ...

  • BMW Dingolfing
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    Sticking together

    2018-11-27T15:07:00Z

    The use of a wide variety of materials throws-up significant production challenges and chief among those is joining. How can this plethora of materials be fixed together without affecting their structural integrity or their individual characteristics? The automotive industry is mostly set-up for resistance spot welding (RSW) . This ...

  • Henkel therma edrive
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    Driving the future of e-mobility

    2018-11-23T16:36:00Z

    Henkel is responding to changes in the automotive industry with a range of technologies for the emerging trend towards e-drive modules Building on years of experience and expertise in engine and powertrain applications, Henkel is investing in new technologies and products for the efficient, large-scale manufacturing of ...

  • Aston Martin Gaydon 2
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    Lap of luxury

    2018-11-19T16:35:00Z

    Its history and heritage may be strong but Aston Martin’s focus is firmly fixed on the future A proud claim of Aston Martin is that of all the cars the company has ever built in its 105 year history, 95% of them are still on the road. As a ...

  • Daimler Bremen
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    A positive response

    2018-11-19T15:59:00Z

    Daimler is embarking on a major corporate restructuring in the hope of improving its ability to face upcoming challenges in the automotive sector The restructuring currently underway at Daimler is due to be complete by 2020 and the plan centres on creating legally independent AG companies, Mercedes-Benz AG, Daimler ...

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    Drive for efficiency

    2018-11-19T11:02:00Z

    How can tier suppliers deliver a fast and efficient project? According to SSAB a close partnership with a material supplier and early involvement is the key to success Today, the competition in the automotive industry is driving the need for efficiency more than ever. As a result, OEMs ...

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    Cool calculations - rapid welding

    2018-11-19T10:28:00Z

    Advanced rapid welding technology is helping to surpass challenges in series production at Voestalpine Fronius has recently added the successful CMT welding process to the company’s most modern power source, the TPS/i. The second generation of the “cold arc” allows robotic welding in many applications with unprecedented levels of ...

  • coherent-rofin
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    Clean and tidy

    2018-11-16T10:11:00Z

    Coherent-ROFIN’s Frank Gäbler describes how the CleanWeld process can garner greater results in fibre laser welding While automotive manufacturers have successfully employed fibre lasers in metal welding for over a decade, efforts still continue to improve their utility and extend the results they deliver in terms of ...

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    Out now: ATS 2019

    2018-11-12T09:21:02Z

    For this, our third issue of the ATS supplement , we have spoken once again to key players in this crucial sector of the market, revealing their insight on the current state of automotive manufacturing. Piecing it all together Ian Henry identifies six themes from the moves, mergers and ...

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    Power from plastics

    2018-11-11T14:34:00Z

    James Bakewell speaks to thermoset plastics specialists Pieter Vanderstraeten and Hendrik De Keyser about the increasing scope for composite powertrain components While the use of advanced composites in structural applications has hogged the limelight in recent years, these lightweight materials also have many advantages for the manufacture of components ...

  • ZF ATS2019
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    Piecing it all together

    2018-11-06T11:23:00Z

    Ian Henry identifies six themes from the moves, mergers and makeovers underway in the global automotive tier supply sector Six themes characterise the automotive supply sector at present, namely: ongoing M A, the financial challenges faced by the supply base, restructuring and realignment of product portfolios, investment in new ...

  • Alpine A110 Dieppe
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    Alpine chega a novas alturas

    2018-11-05T14:11:52Z

    Uma das renovações de plantas mais interessantes nos últimos 12 meses foi a revisão da fábrica da Renault em Dieppe, que agora constrói o carro esportivo A110. Relata Nick Gibbs Esta é a casa da Alpine, a marca esportiva revisada que a Renault pode ou não expandir para se tornar ...

  • 8-Crash boxes ready for assembly to crash management systems. (Constellium White, GA)
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    White light

    2018-10-30T15:01:43Z

    Michael Nash visits Constellium’s new plant in White, Georgia, from where it supplies BMW with aluminium crash management systems The rise of electrification is having a huge impact on vehicle manufacturers and their product portfolios, with many promising to launch a wide variety of new battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in ...

  • Saint-Gobain corrosion white paper
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    Saint-Gobain white paper: Stop corrosion before it starts

    2018-10-29T12:15:00Z

    Corrosion is a key challenge automotive manufacturers face; and door hinges are most at risk. Learn how you can stop corrosion and red rust from affecting door hinges in this free white paper by Saint-Gobain Rain, salt water and other extreme weather conditions test all parts of the automotive ...

  • Gestamp Hot Stamping
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    Gestamp opens two new facilities

    2018-10-29T10:52:17Z

    Spain - The company has opened a new plant in Matsusaka - it's first in Japan. Costing around €40m (US$46m), the facility will be used to make body-in-white components using hot stamping, and will initially supply Honda. "Gestamp’s strategy is always to accompany our customers and we are proud to ...

  • Article

    Alpine新高度

    2018-10-26T16:19:36Z

    在过去的12 个月里,最引人注目的工厂复兴当属雷诺迪耶普工厂,该厂目前制造A110 跑车。Nick Gibbs 报道 这里是Alpine的老家,这个重生的跑车品牌可能能会被雷诺打造成一个高端品牌,正如PSA对DS的所作所为。自2017年12月迪耶普开始制造Alpine A110汽车以来,这款复古2座跑车在雷诺日产旗下就没有出现过同款。这也是工厂能够吸引眼球的地方。 Alpine并没有采用原有的车型平台,而是更加通用的跑车系统,英国的这种专门汽车制造商要比法国或欧洲其他国家更多。A110采用了一个铆接铝盆,上面再接上车体外板,这被Lotus, Aston Martin以及伦敦出租车公司LEVC所使用。Lotus是最为典型的。Alpine的复兴始于2012年,当时雷诺公司宣布与英国公司Caterham成立50/50合资公司。Caterham制造高度复制版老款Lotus 7, 而且计划增加跑车生产,足以与现代款Lotus汽车相竞争。 这与英法合作(2014年崩塌)的形式不同,而且雷诺决定继续完成原来的项目及其框架。Alpine Cars负责内饰的常务董事Sebastien Erphelin称,“采用铝材的方案要追溯到Caterham,我们早就这么决定了。这对我们来说挑战不小,因为这是我们首次接合铝材车身。铝材是平衡减重与保证车身质量的最佳方案,这非常重要。” 历史悠久的工厂 生产A110汽车为迪耶普工厂设定了工作目标,而这在其他地方要简单得多。该工厂建于1969年,制造Alpine汽车,这款汽车由当地汽车迷和雷诺经销商Jean Redele于1955年创造,他用阿尔卑斯山的名字命名,并成功地开展了雷诺汽车大赛。1973年,Alpine加入雷诺,而迪耶普成为雷诺装配限量跑车的地方,Alpine这个名字也只能偶尔出现在人们的视野中。 工厂位于城市郊区,位置太过边缘,很难发展成为大型生产厂。迪耶普工厂在20实际60年代和70年代的全盛时期生产A110汽车,之后制造爆款斜背式汽车,目前从其他雷诺工厂采购零部件并装配生产Clio Renault跑车(RS)。迪耶普工厂没有冲压车间,因此Clio车身是在巴黎附近的弗林斯(Flins,是Clio主要生产厂)冲压完成。之后,车体运到迪耶普完成喷漆和装配。工厂去年生产了4,385辆该车。 RS的生产其实可以在弗林斯生产线就能完整进行,但实际上雷诺想要将Megane RS来替换,从迪耶普转移到西班牙巴伦西亚Megane生产线。迪耶普厂长Pierre-Emmanuel Andrieux解释说,“这与Alpine同步,我们不能同时起两个开头。”迪耶普甚至生产电动车版Bolore Bluecar汽车,生产从2015年开始但后来停止生产。 A110再用了一种铆接铝盆 工厂重生 目前迪耶普的真正目的是生产A110汽车。雷诺花费3,500万欧元返修工厂,生产新款派车,其中的1,270万欧元用于翻修喷漆车间,770万欧元用于装配厂,1,070万欧元用于汽车车体修理厂。工厂外还建有一个小型高标准测试跑到。工厂每年按照一天一班制(Alpine不会增加第二班 — 请参照厂长采访报道),一周5天的工作量可以制造最高6,000辆A110汽车。目前每天的生产量低于15辆,但是汽车订单却能延伸到14个月长。最初生产的1,955辆汽车几乎立刻销售一空,尽管价格高达50,000英镑,但是其外观实在太吸引人了。 这些车型的生产已经不再,目前的订单都是两个车型的 — Pure和Legend — 而且需求仍然非常高,而且受到全球评论家们的高度评价。日产量逐渐提高,现在每年可以生产20辆汽车,而且尽力降低等待时间。这种稳步提高的方法绝对不会影响质量。Erphelin说,“眼下我们的首要重点就是质量,第二重点和第三重点还是质量。然后才是数量。” 英式风格汽车车体修理厂 铝材零部件从各家供应商抵达欧洲。比如,车体外板来自意大利都灵Cecomp公司,该公司还为Aston Martin制造铝材零部件,为Bollore Bluecar制造车体。Alpine还从挪威海德路(Hydro)公司(2017年从挤压机专家Sapa手中收购)采购挤压铝和阳极氧化铝零部件。Sapa还未英国考文垂LEVC公司(制造敦伦出租车)供应铝材零部件。公司生产的新款插电式混合动力出租车也采用相同的方法,这种理念来自Lotus过去的员工。 在汽车车体修理厂四周走动,可以清楚地看到高于Lotus,甚至是高于Aston Martin(自动化操作肯定高于50%)的技术操作。5个Kuka机器人与70名员工粘合或铆接汽车车体零部件,然后转移到一个炉子里完成固化。每个车体都需要800个铆钉和6公斤粘合剂,因此由员工和机器人一同完成。 "目前我们首要目标就是质量,第二重要和第三重要的仍然是质量,然后再说数量。" - Sebastien Erphelin, Alpine Cars 底座包括3个部分。2个框架由撑起来的箱型铝制品构成,并附着到一个中心官道上,一个在前面,一个在后面。这些框架用于承载悬架和发动机(雷诺公司1.8升涡轮机正好在司机座位的后面)。还没有车顶结构和车体外板的底座就被放到推车上,由一个无人运输车(有Swisslog制造)送到1个Belmeko炉子里(共2个)。这些炉子加热到180度,然后加上粘合剂。一旦完成,底座就用推车拉走,跟着地板上的轨道去安装车顶。多余的粘合剂就要去除。 厂外预处理 这里是生产效率最低的的流程。雷诺为迪耶普喷漆厂升级可能投资了1,200多万欧元,但是里面不包括阳离子电泳池,车体用货车运行100公里抵达Sandouville海岸,雷诺在这里制造Trafic货车。阳离子电泳加工还包括第二次电炉之旅,强化粘合剂。 ...

  • Alpine A110 Dieppe
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    Alpine scales new heights

    2018-10-26T16:19:36Z

    One of the most interesting plant revivals in the last 12 months has been Renault’s overhaul of its factory in Dieppe, which now builds the A110 sports car. Nick Gibbs reports This is the home of Alpine, the revived sporting brand that Renault may or may not expand to become ...

  • Williams platform
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    Grid reference

    2018-10-22T14:28:10Z

    Mike Farish visits Williams Advanced Engineering to see how the company delivers a distinctive F1 take on an innovative electric vehicle platform One of the implications of the growth of the market for electric vehicles is the opportunity it provides for newcomers possibly to become major players in the automotive ...

  • Kuka
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    Extreme flexibility is essential

    2018-09-30T19:56:00Z

    KUKA offers numerous solutions that are helping vehicle manufacturers to tackle several challenges The automotive industry is undergoing the biggest transformation in its history. Megatrends such as digitisation, autonomous driving and e-mobility have significant implications not only for manufacturers but also for suppliers. What is required are smart ...