All Ford articles – Page 8

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    A cut above the rest


    A new digital approach to leather cutting is establishing greater levels of equipment reliability and material throughput making it a more viable option for the volume production of car interior elements Normally any visible blemish on an automotive component is a reason for instant rejection. But there is one circumstance ...

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    Joining forces


    Complex parts, precision fits, no margin for error; it’s no wonder automation is such a vital ingredient of successful powertrain assembly lines Modern lines are faster, safer and more reliable than ever before, thanks in large part to automation. While intensive, dedicated lines designed for high-volume throughput were the preserve ...

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    ArcelorMittal webinar: Efficient Lightweighting with new press hardnable steels


    ArcelorMittal – A new generation of high-strength, press hardenable steel (PHS) grades are coming to the automotive market. As well bringing significant weight savings in vehicle structures, particularly on crash applications, the new PHS grades enable OEMs to create parts with more complex geometries. In this webinar, we explore ...

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    An order for progress


    After the dips in demand of recent years, car makers in Brazil and Argentina anticipate an upturn in market fortunes and a boost in vehicle production Embattled vehicle makers operating in Brazil are predicting a return to growth in 2017 after the market sunk last year to nearly half its ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 OEMs In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Eastern Europe up to the Russian border received substantial investment from European, Japanese and Korean vehicle companies seeking ...

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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 generation Joanne Perry (JP): Can you explain what OEMs normally ask Rockwell to do as a training provider? ...

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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 process In 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 ...

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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 cars Unions have forced a series of stoppages this year at Korea’s biggest carmaker, Hyundai Motor, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 long Collaboration 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 ...

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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 Group Global production in 2015 totalled nearly 8.7m vehicles under the Toyota name, a fall of just over 290,000 units, damaging its ...

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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 ...

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    Real recycling


    An innovative, closed-loop, aluminium recycling project for series vehicle production continues to develop The 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, ...

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    Creating kerb appeal


    Optare build bespoke buses, but the firm faces similar challenges to high volume car manufacturers Bespoke 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 ...