All Bodyshop articles

  • GM Arlington Assembly paintshop inspection
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    GM Arlington: expansion and inspection on the Texas SUV lines

    2020-01-13T15:05:00Z

    Upgrades at the home of GM’s full-size SUV production help to launch the new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban models for 2020

  • Simufact Jetta
    Voice

    Measuring cost

    2020-01-08T11:22:00Z

    As pressure mounts for OEMs to reduce costs, Simufact explains why the design and development stages are crucial in making significant savings for complex assemblies

  • 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 ligher metal

  • LMI DoorPanel_GapFlush
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    Measured view

    2019-12-03T14:55:00Z

    Robots equipped with 3D smart sensors from LMI Technologies are aiming to take production processes to a new level

  • ATS 2020 Gestamp hot stamp
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    Hot on the press

    2019-11-20T14:49:00Z

    The need for lightweight, high-strength steel parts has been given a boost with increased production of electric vehicles. AMS reports on a new hot stamping process designed to meet this demand

  • Porsche
    Article

    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?

  • schwartz a
    Voice

    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

  • EV tooling VW
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    Re-tooling of manufacturing plants and supply chain for EVs pose investment risk for OEMs

    2019-09-23T06:00:00Z

    Tooling and conversion of automotive plants are significant costs for OEMs as they invest in electrification, which some may struggle to afford, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.  

  • SSAB EV AHSS
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    Steel stays the distance

    2019-09-02T14:16:00Z

    SSAB’s Thomas Müller explains how new high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels can assist OEMs in cost-effectively improving the range of electric vehicles

  • Honda NSX Marysville Ohio
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    Acura Marysville, Ohio

    2019-08-01T09:40:00Z

    An inside look at production of the second-generation Acura NSX in Marysville, Ohio

  • International-Press-Trip-Electrification-Challenge-(5)
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    A flexible solution

    2019-07-16T15:27:00Z

    Metal-component supplier Gestamp outlines the challenges ahead and its strategy for meeting higher demand for lightweight parts

  • BMW Spartanburg
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    Conference: Insight @ BMW

    2019-06-24T11:18:00Z

    For its latest North American car body engineering Insight conference, the Automotive Circle heads to upstate South Carolina – a region that’s home to the largest plant in the BMW manufacturing network…

  • 12_Ford_Focus
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    Keeping in focus

    2019-05-20T14:29:00Z

    Ford has invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Nick Holt visited the plant to get a look at the upgrades to the production process

  • Factory VW Wrzesnia 7
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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 ...

  • Ford hotforming Saarlouis
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    Casting a duo

    2019-01-08T16:37:00Z

    Two innovative metal forming techniques could have a significant impact on the press shop of the future

  • GOM_ATOS-5x_SB-8360_BIW-inspection_out-of-SB
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    The need for speed

    2019-01-04T11:47:00Z

    Faster measurement times and precise data quality are the result of GOM’s new generation of 3D scanners Measurement technology is currently in a state of transformation. Many of today’s metrology workflows are obsolete for modern production metrology. In the past, the typical metrology setup was a CMM integrated in ...

  • Assembly A8 at the Neckarsulm site
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    New chapter, different story?

    2019-01-02T15:42:00Z

    International expansion continues but, as Ian Henry reports, Audi’s long-term role within the VW Group is now under scrutiny Audi is expanding globally, notably in China, as it seeks to escape from its recent controversial past. Having been complicit in the diesel scandal affecting Volkswagen Group, it has been ...

  • JBT AGV_
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    AGVs drive industry revolution

    2018-11-28T10:42:00Z

    JBT is working with automotive manufacturers to offer a range of a provider of automated guided vehicle solutions, in line with the transformation to Industry 4.0 Automotive manufacturers have become experts on automation. However, from the vantage point of automation suppliers, the needs of their automotive clients are ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...