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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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    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 

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    Volvo Trucks buys Chinese manufacturing site to expand heavy duty truck manufacturing

    2021-08-24T12:12:00Z

    As part of the company’s broader plans to develop global reach, Volvo has acquired JMC Heavy Duty Vehicle to produce and sell more heavy-duty trucks in China.

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    Lightweighting the EV is a challenge to celebrate

    2021-07-12T09:43:00Z

    There is a new impetus to save weight as vehicles become powered by electric powertrains. Reducing the weight of a vehicle by optimising the mix of materials and the application in design is now a key focus.

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    Watch: Vehicle lightweighting rises to the top of the agenda for designers and engineers

    2021-07-12T05:00:00Z

    This livestream investigates how designers and engineers at Ford, Gestamp and key suppliers are using innovative materials and creating lightweight architectures, including for models like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Maverick compact truck.

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    Watch: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (EP.2)

    2020-12-18T09:10:00Z

    This Livestream Hour episode discusses how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists.

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    Watch: Strategies for Greener Production (EP.1)

    2020-11-25T22:30:00Z

    This AMS Livestream Hour episode discusses how automotive manufacturers are making their plants and value chains more sustainable through new processes and technology, with special guests including Scania and ArcelorMittal. Watch and download slides.

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    AMS Autumn 2020 – At the cutting edge, the latest on 3D printing and aluminium welding

    The latest issue Automotive Manufacturing Solutions features insight on 3D printing of parts and tooling with Porsche, Audi and Seat, digital solutions for aluminium welding and much more. With technology solutions from ABB, Rockwell Automation, Henkel and Castrol. 

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    Breaking the mould: Grainger & Worrall go beyond the block

    2020-01-08T12:04:00Z

    With the onset of the EV age, casting specialists are demonstrating versatility and diversifying away from engine block production. Mike Farish reports on the solutions Grainger & Worrall has developed to produce its new generation of cast parts

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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

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    thyssenkrupp invests in advanced forging line

    2019-07-12T10:51:00Z

    Germany - thyssenkrupp will make front axles for trucks and crankshafts on the new forging line

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    Real clean steel

    2019-05-21T16:15:00Z

    With vehicle-makers and tier suppliers wanting greater performance from less material weight, Ovako’s engineering steels seem a good fit. Nick Holt visits its production facility at Hofors in Sweden to find out more

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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

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    Smartly pressed

    2019-01-03T13:54:00Z

    OEMs and suppliers are teaming up to design and construct a state-of-art press shops, duly networked for an industry 4.0 approach More on Stamping Ford Saarlouis Gestamp Constellium, Georgia Skoda Mlade Boleslav Arguably the main technological factor most commonly associated with ...

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    Making metal add up

    2018-09-13T12:30:55Z

    Additively manufactured metal parts present a challenge for high-volume production but at the other end of the scale, engineers are successfully developing the process for specialist, low volume parts. Mike Farish reports All over the automotive industry companies are exploring the potential of additive techniques to make parts in polymers ...

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    From prototype to production

    2018-08-17T10:03:48Z

    The use of additive manufacturing technologies has now moved passed their initial application area of just ‘rapid prototyping’ While now seeing use in limited production roles, additive techniques are still being put to use in new and innovative ways as product development tools. One example is the Plastics 3D Printing ...

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    Magna opens aluminium casting facility

    2018-05-11T10:04:44Z

    UK - The supplier has opened a new aluminium casting facility in Telford, England, in order to provide structural castings to Jaguar Land Rover. The facility covers 225,000 sq.m and will employ around 300 people. "With this new aluminium casting facility, we have established a world-class centre of excellence to ...

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    Tracking and training

    2018-03-06T17:17:47Z

    Digital technologies are providing new training solutions for the automotive industry. Nick Holt reports Eye tracking systems are now being successfully used to create training programs that reduce errors in manufacturing operations. Mike Bartel, senior research developer at Tobii Pro Insights provided an overview of what this technology offers: “Eye ...

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    Aluminium allegiance

    2018-03-05T12:44:00Z

    Industry analysts are predicting a growth phase for aluminium content in the vehicle material mix. AMS reports on the new grades and applications that underpin this claim

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    Welding simulations for sheet metal structures

    2018-02-08T18:00:44Z

    Welding 7 is the latest version of Simufact’s software for the simulation of welding processes, which the company claims offers shorter processing times, more accurate results, and a more intuitive operational use. Functions include solid-shell elements, simplified calculation methods for resistance spot welding processes and the more flexible consideration of ...