All Ford articles – Page 11

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    Optical measuring machine for quality assurance (image-GOM_ATOS_Capsule_ProductImage_ScanBox.jpg) GOM says it is expanding its ATOS series with a new sensor for full-field digitising and inspection o


    Optical measuring machine for quality assurance (image-GOM_ATOS_Capsule_ProductImage_ScanBox.jpg)GOM says it is expanding its ATOS series with a new sensor for full-field digitising and inspection of contoured part geometries. The company says a fringe projection system is used for production quality assurance of small to medium-sized parts. The ATOS Capsule can be ...

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    VDL Nedcar to make BMW X1


    The Netherlands – The factory at Born will share production with BMW Regensburg, Germany, from August 2017. The X1 will be the fourth BMW Group model to roll off the VDL Nedcar lines and will be delivered to global markets.BMW said that strong worldwide demand for the X1required extra capacity ...

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    Lands of opportunity


    The strong growth in production seen in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania and Slovakia means eastern Europe is still a big attraction for OEMsIn the late 1990s and early 2000s, Eastern Europe up to the Russian border received substantial investment from European, Japanese and Korean vehicle companies seeking low ...

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    Workforce of the future


    Brian Fortney, global business lead, Workforce and Training Services, at Rockwell Automation tells AMS how automotive companies can prepare for a digitally connected era – and the arrival of the millennial generationJoanne Perry (JP): Can you explain what OEMs normally ask Rockwell to do as a training provider?Brian Fortney (BF): ...

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    Layer upon layer


    Researchers at Ford Dearborn are keen to see additive manufacturing move on from its prototyping origins and into the mainstream volume production processIn itself, there is nothing new about the automotive industry’s use of the set of techniques generally known as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, in which objects are ...

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    Korea: A question of cost


    The country’s automotive industry is once again fighting its recurring battle with the unions as it struggles to balance workers’ wage demands with the need to cap costs in an expensive country to build carsUnions have forced a series of stoppages this year at Korea’s biggest carmaker, Hyundai Motor, to ...

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    Aluminium with form


    New forming processes will further unlock the potential of aluminium as lightweight material for automotive structuresProduction operations have started with a new technique that promises major increases in the benefits that can be obtained through lightweighting using aluminium in vehicle body structures.Impression Technologies (ITL) was set up a little over ...

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    Lectra: An interactive roundtable on Operational Excellence in the Cutting Value Chain


    As the foremost authority on cutting room automation and digitalisation, Lectra has brought together a panel of lean-production experts to discuss best practice enabling suppliers to better cope with changing market demand while also containing costs.Register for our digital event today to watch video highlights and gain insight into ...

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    Putting in a shift


    OEMs are keeping options open on transmission supply. Many are moving from an established in-house option and increasingly looking to source externally Body panels, engines and transmissions are the three fundamental component areas that the major car makers tend to produce in-house. However, behind this established pattern there is a ...

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    Small motors, big potential


    An innovative electric drive, which promises significant savings in space and weight for off-road vehicle applications, could be on the market before too longCollaboration between US transmission specialist Oerlikon Fairfield and the UK’s Ashwoods Electrical Motors, has led to the development of a new, ultra-compact device that is up to ...

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    Toyota aims for top slot


    Toyota is by some distance the largest Japanese vehicle company but on the global stage it is engaged in a battle for primacy, alongside GM and the VW GroupGlobal production in 2015 totalled nearly 8.7m vehicles under the Toyota name, a fall of just over 290,000 units, damaging its attempt ...

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    ROFIN Webinar: How to select the most suitable laser for automotive applications


    As the importance of electric vehicles continues to grow so does the rate of their production.While EV battery technology regular prompts wide discussion there is also much to be explored around the other elements of the EV powertrain.In this webinar, we look at all the crucial elements in the electrified ...

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    Real recycling


    An innovative, closed-loop, aluminium recycling project for series vehicle production continues to developThe RealCar (short for: REcycled ALuminium CAR) programme has aimed to address two major challenges currently facing the automotive industry, namely sustainability and weight reduction. The project is a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Innovate UK, Novelis, Zyomax, ...

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    Creating kerb appeal


    Optare build bespoke buses, but the firm faces similar challenges to high volume car manufacturersBespoke isn’t necessarily the term you would associate with mass market public transport, but according to Optare president, Graham Belgum, it’s a key USP for the company’s work with public transport providers. Criteria such as low ...

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    The plan for Japan


    In the face of a strengthening yen and falling home sales, Japan is battling to keep its internationally admired vehicle production network relevant and cost-effectiveThe country last year made 9.28m vehicles, putting it in third place globally behind China and the US. However, the overall number was down 5% on ...

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    Heading in all directions


    While Mercedes has invested in and modernised its domestic plants, it is outside Germany where the most significant expansion of production has taken placeWithin Germany, Mercedes-Benz operates three car plants – Sindelfingen, Bremen and Rastatt – and two van plants – Düsseldorf, the main Sprinter plant, with special editions and ...

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    A call for Quality


    GM India plans to focus its production at Talegaon as they increase output and add new models This year the plant may become the company’s only production facility in India as it plans to closes the older Halol site in Gujarat. But this isn’t a reduction in operations, far from ...