All BIW/Materials articles

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    Watch Cadillac joining a CT6 body

    2015-01-26T11:45:57Z

    GM has announced a new combination of joining technologies for the Cadillac CT6. The methods are in use at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, Michigan.  

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    Making the grade with steel CHECK INTRO - SAME AS OTHER STORY

    2013-05-01T11:04:19Z

    Steel makers are developing new grades and coatings that can help the automotive industry reduce weight without compromising safety There is a significant need within the automotive industry to find ways of increasing safety in a crash situation, using lightweight designs,” explains Anke Meyer, marketing manager at SSAB. One of ...

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    Steel crazy after all these years CHECK INTRO - DUPLICATE WITH OTHER STORY

    2013-05-01T10:36:50Z

    Steelmakers are developing innovative new processes and coatings to meet changing demands There is a significant need within the automotive industry to find ways of increasing safety in a crash situation, using lightweight designs,” explains Anke Meyer, marketing manager at SSAB. One of the solutions is electro-galvanised steels such as ...

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    Laser welding primer

    2010-07-01T10:32:27Z

    Fit for purpose Decision process Joining techniques AMS taks to Trumpf Laser and System Technology on the underlying power of lasers used for body-in-white production, the benefits of these systems – and potential drawbacks There are four basic techniques that can be used to achieve a weld in the automotive ...

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    Joining options in BIW

    2010-07-01T10:11:02Z

    Focus on adhesive bonding Laser makes gains in BIW Weapon of choice Advanced laser techniques A wide range of recently-launched vehicles claim to have set new standards in joining innovation and efficiency, the improvements largely gained by using a combination of resistance spot welding and adhesive bonding techniques. While few ...

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    Green materials from start to finish

    2010-05-01T15:32:43Z

    Lightweighting by JSP Environmental swings and roundabouts Material reuse at Ford Recycling carbon fibre The bigger picture Flexible polymer The quest for higher quality at the same price point or retained quality at a lower cost has driven the automotive industry forward for a century. Yet in recent times, the ...

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    Monitored cooling for spot-welding robots

    2010-05-01T11:05:46Z

    Conventional large-size system Compact, integrated tailor-made solutions Cooling systems with pneumatic drive elements No leakage with relief cylinder Cooling systems with electric drive elements Customised sensory equipment and valve tech Summary To meet the stringent quality requirements for welding while ensuring 100% availability, optimised cooling of the welding head is ...

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    Clear opportunity for Guardian Automotive

    2010-03-01T16:47:22Z

    Designers and engineers in automotive production view glass as a rather tiresome necessity; fragile and brittle, it is not an ideal material to install in a machine subject to torsional stresses, severe jolts and almost constant vibration. In the early days of motoring, glass windscreens replaced goggles as a method ...

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    Helmet of choice

    2010-03-01T16:29:48Z

    AMS speaks to producers and end users of Sperian Welding to find out which features and innovations have made these some of the most popular helmets available on the market. Advances in plant safety are often most apparent in automation control, robot, conveyor and transport systems. Yet one of the ...

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    Piercing plate with plasma

    2010-01-01T11:57:49Z

    The piercing process Physics of limitation Addressing the limitations of plasma piercing Plasma can offer faster piercing times, faster cut speeds and a cleaner finished product, translating to higher productivity and profitability, but there are factors liable to leave operators with unsatsifactory results. New techniques developed by Hypertherm avoid these ...

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    ABB robots keep Magna in trim

    2010-01-01T11:44:44Z

    ABB IRB 6600 details ABB’s IRB 6600 robots are available with a choice of fi ve handling/ reach capacities: 175kg/2.55m, 225kg/2.55 m, 175kg/2.8m, 125kg/3.2m, and 200kg/2.75m. The IRB 6600 is suitable for various process applications, including spotwelding, material handling and machine tending. In addition, a range of software products - ...

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    Lightweighting the perfect body

    2009-11-01T13:02:20Z

    Stiffness benefits Multi-metal motors Breaking the weight spiral Audi accelerates its aluminium expertise Centre of excellence Downmarket gains Aluminium may be the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust, but it still has a long way to go if it is to replace steel as the default material for car ...

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    Performance and a greener world

    2009-11-01T12:13:15Z

    Lightweight Mercedes Master of lightweighting Leightweight construction experience Audi cuts the fat The SuperLIGHT-CAR project lighter and leaner In the past, aluminium chassis and bodyframing has tended to be the preserve of supercars and advanced prototypes. Increasingly, with the pressure of high fuel prices and demands for cleaner-running vehicles, ...

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    Aluminium clean up for Alcoa and BMW

    2009-11-01T10:38:10Z

    Supercar weight saving An environmentally-friendly solution Aluminium in powertrain applications has not always followed a logical evolution. The 1961 F-85 Oldsmobile all-aluminium V8 was quickly replaced by a cast-iron V8 in 1965 as the company perfected thin-wall iron casting techniques, while the BMW S54B32 engine used in the company’s performance-orientated ...

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    Welding wonderland

    2009-09-01T15:47:51Z

    ‘Olympics of Welding Technology’ Trumpf, Hall 3.0, Stand 154 Carl Cloos, Hall 3.0, Stand 547 Fronius, Hall 3.0, Stand 302/304 3M, Hall 1.0, Stand 217 Sperian Welding Protection, Hall 3.0, Stand 318 Schweissen & Schneiden, which translates to ‘welding and cutting’, is one of the most important shows for automotive ...

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    Fronius technology saves GM time and money

    2009-09-01T15:07:37Z

    The best Astra quality in Europe Main joining technology Bridging wide gaps Successful technology with multiple uses Bottleneck at door Recognition for Fronius General Motors’ Ellesmere Port facility manufactures the Astra model for a variety of markets, badged Vauxhall, Opel, Holden and Chevrolet. One of the defining features of the ...

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    Material of choice

    2009-09-01T12:39:59Z

    Plastics offer a clear alternative Future battery power FIM cuts production time Good times for Chinese plastics Injection Moulding innovations Natural composites or high-gloss plastics ‘Ecological’ plastic Almost a year since the financial crisis began, Tier suppliers continue to face major challenges in key markets. Against that backdrop, a temptation ...

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    AMS 10th Anniversary: Welding

    2009-07-01T12:22:55Z

    Sharing numbers Remote welding Dominating the market In the first issue of AMS, it was predicted that a welding revolution was on the horizon. Important news, as there are up to 3,000 individual resistance spot welds on every passenger vehicle. The revolution, it was reported, was to be brought about ...

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    AMS 10th Anniversary: Materials

    2009-07-01T11:26:57Z

    Money isn’t the whole story The solution is compromise Plastic is on form Exotic metals such as titanium and magnesium offer carmakers lightweight alternatives to standard materials. But drawbacks such as the strength (or lack of it) and cost of the basic commodity have served to kept these choices very ...

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    Composites in carmaking

    2009-05-01T12:33:50Z

    As fuel prices continue to rise and awareness of climate change grows, one might expect carbon fibre and other lightweight composites to be at the top of every carmaker’s R&D shopping list, but things are not so simple From the supercar to the super low-cost car Round and black – ...