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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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Ford and VW expand collaboration with plans for new electric model using MEB platform

2022-03-15T11:37:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Ford Motor and Volkswagen Group are growing their e-mobility partnership amid plans to produce a new electric model based on the MEB platform for the European market. Following plans to introduce another 7 EVs in Europe by 2024, Ford also aims to double its planned MEB volume to 1.2m units across six years.

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​Making the digital a reality: how AI and virtual reality are adapting automotive manufacturing to a changing world

2022-01-11T11:59:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Automotive manufacturers are facing the challenge of constantly changing vehicles, technologies and parts. However, stakeholders can increasingly plan and implement systems faster using real-time manufacturing data, digital twin simulation and training through augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). 

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Ford to double annual production of new fully electric Lightning truck as EV demand surges

2022-01-05T12:29:00+00:00By Jason Dunn

Ford Motor has announced that it plans to nearly double the annual production capacity of its upcoming electric F-150 pickup by mid-2023.

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Factory futures: networked, data-driven, flexibly automated

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Manufacturing experts share their vision for current and future automotive production technology, including leaders from Ford, Cognex, Symbio Robotics and Jay Global Techno Alliance

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Better than the real thing: digital factory simulations

2021-12-17T13:25:00+00:00By AMS

Increasing production of battery enclosures at scale will be essential to launching EVs in line with targets. ABB’s Patrick Matthews and Zeiss’s Paulo Cruz discuss automation and quality control opportunities.

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Ford to build first EV components in Europe at revamped Halewood site

2021-10-18T13:14:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Ford Motors will begin building its first electric vehicle parts in Europe at its Halewood plant on Merseyside, as part of a £230m ($315m) investment project. 

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Ford to build battery and assembly plants in Kentucky and Tennessee amid massive acceleration of EV output

2021-09-28T12:13:00+01:00By Jason Dunn

Together with South Korean battery maker SK Innovation (SKI), Ford is investing $11.4 billion on new plants, which aim to significantly increase regional battery cell production capacity in the US.

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AMS Lightweighting 2021 – Weighing the options

2021-09-27T07:00:00+01:00By AMS

This edition features insights on how manufacturing engineers and designers are taking new approaches to vehicle architectures and production to integrate lighter, more efficient materials – especially for EVs – to reduce weight and improve sustainability. Featuring Ford, Gestamp, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Dreistern and more

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