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    AI data analytics for the paintshop

    2021-12-17T13:09:00Z

    The presence of any airborne dust in a paintshop always presents a challenge to creating a high-quality paint finish. Effective filtration is the most basic way to prevent contamination but for BMW that is not enough.  Mike Farish reports on how the OEM is using artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics to develop better preventative measures

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    Toyota to build battery plant in North Carolina

    2021-12-14T12:12:00Z

    Toyota is building a battery manufacturing plant in North Carolina to supply hybrid and pure EV production in the US. The site offers multimodal logistics advantages for US-wide distribution

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    How the industrial cloud creates solutions opportunities for ZF production

    2021-12-14T11:41:00Z

    ZF Group’s CDO, René Deist, told the Automotive Manufacturing Evolution Summit how its industrial cloud integration strategy would enhance the use of AI and capacity planning across the tier one supplier’s 200 plants.

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    AMS Quality Control 2021 – Balancing quantity and quality

    2021-11-25T13:11:00Z

    In this edition we get insights into how OEMs and tier suppliers are adapting their respective quality control processes to meet the challenges presented by electric powertrains and vehicles. 

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    Complex problems, flexible solutions: how modular production and autonomous logistics are helping OEMs keep up with a changing powertrain mix

    2021-11-25T13:02:00Z

    As automotive manufacturing becomes increasingly complex, primarily driven by rising demand for more sustainable production processes as well as zero-carbon vehicles, the question of flexibility is becoming more central to both producers and customers.

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    Supporting the supply chain

    2021-11-23T09:18:00Z

    The shift to production of electric vehicles and the impact of the Covid 19 has caused considerable disruption to automotive supply chains. AMS spoke to Neil Endley, Global Director for Turnaround Services, to get some insights into the challenges facing OEM and tier suppliers in the automotive sector

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    Watch: Paint it green – more sustainable, flexible paintshops

    2021-11-17T19:10:00Z

    When it comes to the future of paintshop, green is the only colour going. This exclusive AMS Livestream features paintshop leaders from Porsche and Sames Kremlin sharing innovations in technology and collaborative approaches to maintain speed and quality whilst reducing energy and waste in automotive painting processes.

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    Re-imagining quality control

    2021-11-16T11:27:00Z

    A new generation of vehicles and powertrains requires a different approach to quality control. This demands faster, inline systems that simplify processes without compromising accuracy. Jason Dunn reports on developments at Skoda 

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    Digital harmonisation

    2021-11-13T17:51:00Z

    With electric powertrains presenting different performance requirements in terms of NVH, digital tools have become invaluable in product development. Mike Farish reports on how Valeo has made good use of digital design analysis software packages

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    Quality control solutions: Configuring technologies for EV motor production

    2021-11-04T18:45:00Z

    The Volkswagen components plant in Salzgitter manufactures key components for the new APP 310 electric drive destined for the ID.3 model – including an innovative hairpin stator. Zeiss has worked with Volkswagen to develop a comprehensive measuring solution to ensure the quality of this sophisticated engine design

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    Watch: NEXT.assembly: The future is now

    2021-11-03T00:30:00Z

    Dürr’s end-to-end approach NEXTassembly sets new standards of efficiency in final assembly.

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    Expansion plans, sustainability and new EV batteries

    2021-11-02T11:20:00Z

    The UK has ambitious plans to create a network of giga factories producing electric vehicle batteries.  Scotland-based cell manufacturing company AMTE Power is part of this programme and CEO Kevin Brundish spoke with AMS about the company’s involvement and its expansion plans

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    Watch: See how Ewellix linear motion solutions support assembly automation

    2021-10-29T08:26:00Z

    Watch how the high-performance linear motion solutions by Ewellix support automotive joining techniques and flexible assembly line builders.

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    Heavy-duty lightweighting

    2021-10-25T17:22:00Z

    The heavy-duty, commercial vehicle sector faces the same challenges in terms of reducing its environmental footprint and is similarly developing alternative fuel vehicles. SSAB discusses how truck OEMs can leverage the car maker’s lightweighting lessons

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    VW testing 5G network for ‘smart factories’ as carmakers push for more flexibility in EV production

    2021-10-25T15:41:00Z

    The pilot project will initially cover the main production development centre and the pilot hall, assessing if 5G technology effectively meets the intricate requirements of vehicle production. A dedicated 5G radio frequency will be used to secure data transmissions. VW’s Transparent Factory in Dresden has also put a so-called “5G island” into operation. 

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    Watch: Shopfloor revolution – how data, software and AI are rebooting production

    2021-10-14T05:58:00Z

    OEMs and suppliers are transforming vehicle production through data and connectivity as much as hardware, with new artificial intelligence opportunities emerging. Watch this AMS Livestream Hour featuring VDMA, Fraunhofer IPA and Symbio to hear about the standards, systems and applications underpinning these changes.

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    Digital twins: Making more of the data

    2021-10-11T18:22:00Z

    Developments in data management are making digital tools that will support closer cooperation between vehicle engineering and manufacturing operations

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    Wolfspeed ahead for GM’s Ultium Drive supply

    2021-10-05T08:43:00Z

    GM has signed supplier agreement with US electronic subcomponents supplier Wolfspeed (formerly Cree) to secure the supply of silicon carbide devices that the carmaker said will enable it to install more efficient propulsion systems for its electric vehicles (EVs). 

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    Aluminium applications

    2021-09-30T17:41:00Z

    Electric vehicles battery enclosures are increasing overall vehicle weight, with lightweight materials for structural components, such as castings, can offset the rise. Rio Tinto’s Jerome Fourmann tells Nick Holt about new opportunities and production innovations