All Casting/Forging articles – Page 5

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    Ford, Alcoa collaborate on aluminium


    US – The OEM had already selected Alcoa’s Micromill product for its aluminium-bodied 2016 F-150 pick-up truck, but the two companies have now also entered a joint development agreement to expand the range of next-generation aluminium alloys for automotive components. Micromill was made public in December 2014 and is ...

  • Ford EcoBoost Engine Technology (China)

    Setting the standard


    As Ford expands its powertrain production in China to meet rising local demand, Indy Singh, director of Powertrain, Ford AP manufacturing team, explains how the company is applying its global standards there AMS : How has the One Ford programme been applied to powertrain manufacturing in China and is it ...

  • 3D core

    Perfect casting


    Executive director Ed Grainger explains how Grainger & Worrall has transformed the ‘black art’ of casting into a high-tech operation to meet the demands of clients including F1, NASCAR and supercar makers AMS : Could you provide an overview of how the company has developed? Ed Grainger (EG): The ...

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    A cut above the rest


    Milling operations face the challenge of high volume and quality requirements in the automotive industry Supplying machined parts to the automotive industry brings a unique set of challenges, due largely to the combination of high volumes and meticulous quality demands. The problem is exacerbated in milling operations by the prismatic ...

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    GM: Chasing Chinese capacity


    Phil Kienle, vice-president of Manufacturing for GM International Operations (GMIO and GM China) discusses the production challenges of meeting rising demand in China AMS : How has GM standardised its manufacturing operations globally and is China now operating at a level comparable with GM’s other high-volume production regions? Phil Kienle ...

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    Aluminium's arrived


    Lionel Chapis and Andreas Afseth, respectively Constellium's MD and R&D market manager for Automotive, explain how the lightweight alternative to steel is now fulfilling its potential – and not only in the USIt is an exciting time to be supplying aluminium to the automotive industry, according to Lionel Chapis, Constellium’s ...

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    Audible progress


    With sales, revenue and production investments all on the increase, Audi is really making some noise Production sites in this article: Ingolstadt , Germany Muenchsmuenster , Germany Neckarsulm , Germany Martorell, Spain Brussels, Belgium Gyor, Hungary Bratislava, Slovakia Changchun, China Foshan, China San Jos é Chiapa, Mexico S ão José ...

  • Gear shift, KWSP

    KWSP's 3D printing makes 1920s car parts


    UK – Engineers from KW Special Projects (KWSP) in Brackley used their additive manufacturing capabilities and high-performance engineering experience to design and manufacture missing parts for the restoration of a 1927 Amilcar C6, based on a black-and-white photograph. The car had featured an extended selector housing, adapted from the ...

  • FCA resin axle

    A new dimension


    Additive manufacturing is seeing wider use across automotive production, from prototyping to tooling Despite all the efforts of the automotive industry to develop more economical engines or aerodynamic body shapes, one of the most basic determinants of the efficiency of vehicle performance remains the consistency with which lubricant fluids are ...

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    Waupaca celebrates sustainability success


    US – The Hitachi Metals company has been admitted to the state of Wisconsin’s Green Tier programme, which is run by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to recognise businesses that voluntarily meet environmental targets. Waupaca Foundry has also won two awards for its reuse of metal-casting byproducts. Waupaca ...

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    Joined up thinking


    A multi-disciplinary approach is enabling Cadillac to combine aluminium and steel for the new CT6 For its forthcoming CT6 large saloon, US luxury brand Cadillac has married new bodyshop techniques that will “take craftsmanship and manufacturing technology to a new level,” according to the GM brand’s president, Johan de Nysschen. ...

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    The aluminium age


    The main alternative to steel is becoming more popular with vehicle-makers for its lightweighting potential but there are challenges in its wider use, including the need to secure a steady supply of recycled contentThe use of aluminium in automotive applications is poised to explode over the next five to ten ...

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    Application centre for advanced materials


    Avure Technologies has established an application center to assist fabricators utilising advanced materials in the development of hot and cold isostatic pressing applications. The company says this new facility is equipped with two Hot Isostatic Presses (HIPs) and one Cold Isostatic Press (CIP). Currently hosting projects related to densification ...

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    Swedish Steel in India


    Swedish steel specialist Uddeholm has built its reputation as a global supplier of tooling materials and services. The company’s vice-president for sales and marketing, Pär Emanuelsson, talks to automotive writer Dermot Healy about the company’s strategy for India. Dermot Healy: To begin with, what can you tell us about Uddeholm’s ...

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    T Sarangarajan, Hyundai Chennai


    The vice-president – Production discusses operations at the OEM's very modern plant at Chennai, where the bodyshop is almost fully automated and there is an in-house aluminium casting capability AMS : Could you tell us about the aluminium casting facility at this site? T Sarangarajan (TS): It is a very ...

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    Interview: Dileep Naik, Tata Motors


    The head of auto projects and production engineering discusses the manufacture of CVs, passenger cars and powertrains at the company's plant in Maharastra, plus its in-house production engineering capability AMS : Which vehicles are you currently producing at Pimpri? Dileep Naik (DN): Here we manufacture both commercial vehicles ...

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    Honda's Indian future


    The OEM hopes to transform its newest plant in the country, Tapukara, into a major regional production hub In the case of Honda’s latest plant in India, at Tapukara, appearances can be deceptive. At the time AMS visited, this huge facility was largely underutilised, producing just one model, the ...

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    Maruti: Inspired by Japan


    By strengthening its focus on quality, the OEM aims to keep its 44% market share despite more competition With sales of over 1.15m vehicles during 2013-2014 – encompassing hatchbacks, sedans, vans and SUVs – Maruti Suzuki is by any standards a major carmaker. As its name indicates, Maruti Suzuki is ...

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    Developing real drive


    Complex nine- and ten-speed gearboxes are requiring fresh investment in manufacturing capabilitiies When Mercedes came to develop its innovative 9G-Tronic transmission, it required an entirely new development process. For the first time, an intensive, computer-based systems analysis and synthesis was used to define the gear set concept. From a ...

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    Alabama: A sweet home for Honda


    The OEM's Lincoln plant has upgraded its powertrain and stamping capabilities with greater automation Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) was selected to make the Acura MDX, which is the most technical product built at the plant. Classed as a light-truck facility, HMA builds three models: Odyssey, Pilot and MDX. ...