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AMS Winter 2022-23 – M-power in Mexico

2022-12-18T17:55:00+00:00By AMS

In this latest AMS digital edition we have features on BMW’s San Luis Potosi facility in Mexico, Ford’s planned European Electrification Centre at Cologne, CATL’s battery cell production operations in Europe, ZF’s upgrading of its plants for EVs and electronics, and more.

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Engineering the future of manufacturing

2022-12-09T12:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Ford Research and Advanced Manufacturing Europe and Microsoft joined the ninth panel at Automotive Evolution Europe to discuss some of the steps Europe’s automotive industry is taking to future-proof factories and quicken the rollout of new technology, battery and EV production.

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Ford upgrades its Cologne plant to be the European Electrification Centre

2022-12-05T17:48:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Ford’s Rene Wolf talks about the company’s electrification plans and the imminent impact on its Cologne plant

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AMS Electric Vehicles – The road to e-mobility

2022-11-25T09:20:00+00:00By AMS

In this latest AMS digital edition we will look closely at how manufacturers are developing and finetuning their electric powertrain technologies, platforms and production processes, with in-depth features on Skoda, GM, Ford, Volta Trucks, REE Automotive and more.

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Ford fitting out Rouge plant to quadruple F-150 EV output after sales stampede

2022-11-16T15:33:00+00:00By Peter Murphy

The use of automated guided vehicles instead of a traditional assembly line format is a key enabler in the aggressive production ramp-up Ford is implementing.

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GM benefits from EV plant upgrades across North America in pick-up truck battle

2022-10-07T06:30:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

General Motors’ investments in EV trucks and pick-up manufacturing position it to capture growth in what is a fiercely contested segment in North America.

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Ford to invest $700m to boost output from Kentucky plant, advances battery site

2022-10-04T09:51:00+01:00

The investment will support production of the Super Duty from Ford’s high-volume F-Series of trucks.

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Framework for adapting passive grippers in the assembly line

2022-10-03T15:40:00+01:00By Hazel Southwell

Digital framework developed to support design of passive grippers and adaptive assembly operations

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AMS Autumn 2022 – Turning virtual into a reality

2022-09-22T16:46:00+01:00By AMS

The latest AMS digital edition details how digital tools are playing an increasingly important role in planning and improving production processes, featuring in-depth features on BMW, Audi, Skoda, Ford and more.

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Ford’s e-coating edge for the new Ranger’s chassis frames

2022-08-15T11:37:00+01:00By Mike Farish

Ford uses the latest e-coatings to ensure optimum  coverage on the chassis frames for the new Ranger pick-up

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Automotive battery manufacturing and supply chain 2022: Risks, regulation and resiliency

2022-07-28T13:15:00+01:00By Daniel Harrison

The latest AMS battery report forecasts production capacity, analyses suppliers and materials, and shows why OEMs and suppliers are forging new partnerships

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Lithium-ion battery gigafactory database 2022

2022-07-26T23:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Track electric vehicle lithium battery gigafactories by manufacturer, location, manufacturer, current and planned gigawatt (GWh) capacity.

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Ford secures new battery supplies, overhauls Cologne plant on path to producing 2m EVs a year

2022-07-26T10:00:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

With a $50bn investment, the carmaker aims to produce 600,000 EVs a year by late 2023 and 2m by 2026, incoporating new battery chemistries and updating plants.

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Man and machine: Using technology to push efficiency boundaries in logistics and assembly

2022-07-18T16:14:00+01:00By Peter Murphy, Christopher Ludwig

Experts discuss how they are using digital technology to streamline time-consuming and expensive processes from supply chain monitoring to assembly planning.

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UK automakers sound alarm on skills shortages, unfilled engineering roles

2022-07-12T10:29:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

The pace of electrification is getting ahead of the time taken to train the engineers with the skills needed for an auto industry transitioning to producing EVs.

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AMS Summer 2022 – BMW prepares for Neue Klasse EV platform

2022-07-08T15:06:00+01:00By AMS

The latest AMS digital edition details how battery, EV and digital production processes are reshaping automotive manufacturing, featuring in-depth features on BMW, Tata, ZF, Britishvolt, Ford, Bentley and more.

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How Ford will track production planning and suppliers like Uber rides

2022-06-24T14:47:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

 Ford is deploying digital twins and data analytics at factores in Asia, Africa and South America to bring real-time visibility to production planning and supply chains.

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Ford fully automates 3D printing

2022-06-13T18:06:00+01:00By Mike Farish

A new approach by Ford sees the combination of robotic and additive manufacturing technologies to facilitate the implementation of additive techniques in a completely autonomous and automated manner

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Ford to invest $3.7 billion at three US plants, create 6,200 full-time jobs

2022-06-07T10:10:00+01:00By Peter Murphy

The investments at Michigan, Ohio and Missouri plants will bring forth a host of new models, some EVs

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Watch: Connected factories, predictable futures

2022-05-25T17:42:00+01:00By AMS

This AMS livestream explores how Ford, Fraunhofer IPA and other OEMs are advancing smart factories to optimise assembly lines, improve quality and reduce errors, leveraging connected data for digital twins and AI-driven manufacturing planning. 

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