All Bodyshop articles – Page 6

  • Sealant system, FCA Windsor paintshop

    Pacifica progress


    As FCA US smoothly implements a $744m upgrade at its Windsor plant in Canada, AMS focuses on the new equipment in the paintshop, including innovative oil separation technology and a robotic sealing system “What we were asking the Windsor team to do had never been done before,” said Brian Harlow, ...

  • BMW 1 Series, BMW Plant Regensburg

    Keeping finishes up to scratch


    As vehicle-makers add more innovative materials in body construction and change their production processes to meet new environmental regulations, paint suppliers are striving to match their requirements The majority of consumers take them for granted, but exterior coatings have to cover a lot of ground. Ray Schappert, global director of ...

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    Carry forward


    State-of-the-art electrified conveyors contribute to production levels and offer a safer working environment Self-propelled electrified carriers, monorail systems and skillet lines with lifting platforms are state-of-the-art solutions in today’s automotive manufacturing process. Electrification with conductor rail systems has been in common practice for several years, continuously adapting to ...

  • Two-wet paint, Ford

    Monitoring vital statistics


    As OEMs look to reduce energy consumption in their paintshops, the latest software can improve efficiency Paintshops account for the greatest energy use at any automotive manufacturing operation – around 70%, says Bill Sarver, senior consultant, Global Automotive at Rockwell Automation – and that makes efficiency in this area crucial ...

  • Porsche Leipzig

    Panamera made completely at Leipzig


    Germany – The Porsche factory in Saxony will take over the production and painting of the new-generation bodies-in-white from Volkswagen Hanover, which has held this responsibility since the launch of the model in 2009. Previously, Leipzig undertook the pre-assembly and final assembly. Porsche has spent around €500m ($556.4m) ...

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    Metrology meets automation


    Portable systems have made high-accuracy measurement possible across all plant areas – the next step in this evolution is the integration of metrology with automation From the progressive assembly line to lean manufacturing principles, the automotive industry has always led the way in manufacturing technology. As the industry faces ...

  • Klemens Bartmann

    Interview: Klemens Bartmann, Axalta


    As the coatings company turns 150 years old, its global technology director reflects on the sector’s trends, challenges and opportunities – including new materials, environmental concerns and multi-functionality Klemens Bartmann, Axalta Coating Systems Joanne Perry (JP): Can you briefly outline the differences in requirements between coatings for light vehicles ...

  • BMW San Luis Potosi

    BMW breaks ground at San Luis Potosí


    Mexico – Once construction is complete, the plant in the north-central state will make BMW 3 Series sedans, with capacity for 150,000 units per year. Production is expected to begin in 2019. The new factory will have a bodyshop, paintshop and assembly hall, and represents an investment of $1 billion. ...

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    Aço está em movimento


    Ao produzir materiais mais fortes e mais versáteis, fabricantes de aço estão ajudando OEMs a fazer mais com menos. A indústria do aço está inovando em um ritmo furioso - e é necessário. Seu domínio de longa data na indústria automotiva está sob ameaça devido a uma variedade de alternativas ...