All Cost Efficiency articles

  • LEVC VN5 electric van to be built at the company's Coventry factory
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    Can an electric van deliver for LEVC?

    2020-04-07T15:47:00Z

    Following its success in reinventing the iconic London black cab, Geely plans to produce a one-tonne electric van under the London Electric Vehicle Company brand

  • steel content breakdown
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    Steel makes the case as the mainstay material for vehicles

    2020-03-06T15:35:00Z

    With OEMs demanding vehicle-structure materials that are low in mass, crash-protective and economic to use, steel grades stay true to form

  • SinmotionBEV_Eur_BiW
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    Steelmakers keen to press home the BEV advantage

    2020-03-03T15:25:00Z

    Throughout the age of the mass-produced automobile, steel has been the principal material of choice for vehicle structures. Will it maintain its dominance as carmakers pursue new mobility concepts?

  • Bentley Reverse osmosis 1.jpg
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    New recycle system at Bentley puts waste water to work

    2020-01-27T13:46:00Z

    A paintshop water treatment innovation is helping Bentley achieve sustainability targets and reduce consumption

  • hot form quenching 3
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    Drawing attention: aluminium hot form quench

    2019-12-04T15:01:00Z

    Better known as a niche process for parts with deep-drawn and complex geometries in high-strength aluminium, hot form quench is now being adapted for high volume production

  • Electric fusion
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    FCA–PSA fusion: first of the electric shock waves?

    2019-11-04T05:00:00Z

    The merger attempt by FCA and PSA will be complicated but makes economic and operational sense, including for manufacturing efficiency. Whether or not it goes ahead, more consolidation is likely as the automotive industry gears up for electrification

  • predictive maintenance
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    A proactive approach

    2019-10-07T12:11:00Z

    Predictive maintenance offers big gains in production efficiency. Mike Farish looks at some examples of how these systems have been developed and applied

  • schwartz a
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    The thermal print principle

    2019-10-02T13:25:00Z

    Heat treatment specialist schwartz has enhanced its system for tailored tempering – one that is capable of ‘printing’ components

  • TPCA finish line inspection
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    Looking after ‘the triplets’

    2019-09-18T17:24:00Z

    The Toyota-PSA venture combines talents for the production of a trio of city cars. Gareth Price reports 

  • Skoda Superb 2019 Kvasiny
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    Bohemian prosperity

    2019-09-17T11:04:00Z

    After a record-breaking year, Skoda’s Kvasiny plant is aiming higher still, backed by industry 4.0. Gareth Price visits the operation in East Bohemia

  • SSAB EV AHSS
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    Steel stays the distance

    2019-09-02T14:16:00Z

    SSAB’s Thomas Müller explains how new high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels can assist OEMs in cost-effectively improving the range of electric vehicles

  • BMW engine assembly training
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    Quick learners

    2019-08-22T16:00:00Z

    From training, quality and work station design, OEMs are seeing a host of applications that can benefit from virtual and augmented reality technology

  • ZF eight-speed transmission assembly Saarbrucken
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    Easing into electrification

    2019-07-24T08:45:00Z

    ZF is offering both hybrid and pure electric powertrain solutions to its customers in order to encourage the auto industry’s transition to electrification. Michael Nash looks into its strategy…