All Interiors articles – Page 6

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    Magna and Chongquing Trim form JV


    China – The 50:50 partnership between Magna Exteriors and Chongquing Guangneng Rongneng Trim, called Magna Guangneng Automotive Trim System (Hangzhou), will supply the Chinese automotive market through a greenfield facility that will assemble and sequence front-end modules (FEMs). Joe Pittel, global president at Magna Exteriors, Interiors and Seating, said his ...

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    Hyundai Motor India


    AMS visited the company’s impressively modern facilities in Chennai, where petrol and diesel engines can be manufactured on the same lineHyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL) is the second largest automotive manufacturer in India, established in 1996 by the Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) of South Korea when the Hyundai brand was ...

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    Turning painting green


    The BMW Brilliance Tiexi plant in China is leading the way towards more environmentally friendly paintshops'Best-in-class technology''The most sustainable plant in China'Developing key workforce competenciesNew standards & future plans"The world’s most environmentally friendly paintshop” is currently being ramped up towards full production capacity at BMW Brilliance Tiexi, Shenyang. So says ...

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    Ditching the dirt at Ford


    A European innovation which has been rolled out at Ford plants in the US European origins, American implementation Processing power & performanceAlmost every freshly painted surface on a vehicle will attract airborne contaminants; tiny particles of dust will stick to the wet paint and, as it dries, become part of ...

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    UV cure at Fehst


    Ralf Wassermann, responsible for technical sales at Sprimag, discusses the company’s all-new UV coating systemThree-axis coating machineConveying & positioningAlthough UV coating processes have been around for some time, there are still manufacturing companies that have reservations about the technique. However, there has been a recent exception to this trend. Component ...

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    Mass is the driver for composites


    Though tooling costs and shorter production runs bring advantages, reduced mass is pushing developmentCompared to steel or aluminium body structures the number one advantage of composites is mass reduction. “That is really the single most important driving factor that is leading to the drive to include more composites,” says Will ...

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    True to form for IAC


    Ford’s new compact MPV’s architecture is unique and required a high-quality cockpit solution. Simon Duval Smith travelled to Romania for the launch of an exciting new moulding process at supplier IACThe B-Max features 1.5 metres of unobstructed access to the cabin, its central body pillar uniquely integrated into the hinged ...

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    Plastics evolution


    Lightweight and strong, plastic composites are increasingly used in automotive manufacturing but is Henry Ford’s all-plastic car concept coming any nearer to reality, asks Malcolm WheatleyLocated in a leafy suburb of the Canadian capital of Ottawa, the country’s National Research Council (NRC) is one of the world’s premier scientific and ...

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    Digital comes to life


    Steed Webzell reviews advanced digital reality technologies available for automotive manufacturers looking to expedite product developmentFor modern automotive manufacturers who must deliver high levels of innovation and flexibility in shorter cycles at the lowest cost and highest quality, digital manufacturing tools present a significant opportunity to improve productivity, streamline compliance ...

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    Supplying Sturm solutions


    The modern manufacturing industry relies on reliable, innovative, cost-effective solutions to produce quality products. The demands can be challenging, with economic and environmental pressures to contend with. We talked with Wilhelm Sturm, CEO of Sturm-Gruppe, and take a look at the systems and solutions being developed and engineered by the ...

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    Vauxhall Luton UK van plant – a car finish on a commercial


    Primer and basecoat – premium processEnergy saving and environmental concernsLearning in Luton – Vauxhall’s undergraduate schemeGaining with the groupMick Bewley’s manual spraying masterclassesThe Vauxhall Van Plant in Luton, some 50 kilometres north of London is home to production of the Vauxhall Vivaro, Nissan Primastar and Renault Trafic vans. The present ...

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    In the comfort zone for assembly


    Full scale testsComplete measurementErgonomic pitfallParts presentationReducing non-value-adding timeSupply chain focusHuman modelling moduleOne of the persistent bugbears of the automotive manufacturing industry, most obviously in actual vehicle assembly operations, is the incidence of musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs) – in layman’s terms, pulled muscles and twisted joints – among assembly workers.Someone who confirms ...

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    Spatter protection in hollow workpieces


    Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik has developed a system to avoid spatter residues in component interiors created when hollow workpieces, in particular pipes, are welded together. This spatter protection tool is particularly effective for welding hydraulic cylinders using the MSG laser hybrid process. The new system is based on a 3D suspended ...

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    Plastic in flux as usage stalls


    Reduced demand?Innovation in seatingRecyclingNew technologies and processesHow to handle a polymerUnderhood, mechanical and bodyworke-vehicles: challenge and opportunityThe advance of engineering plastics such as PA6 and PA66 polyamides, the improvement in touch and feel, and the development of engineering materials with high heat tolerance, rigidity, impact strength and corrosion resistance, has ...

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    Inkjet interiors


    Multi-material mixingStreetScooter project3D printing has been much mooted as a consumer tool for creating objects in the office or home. Mike Farish reports on a company taking this remarkable technology one step further.An exciting new rapid prototyping tool for automotive designers has been shown off recently at a number of ...

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    Assessing Datacolor’s 45G portable spectrophotometer


    Datacolor has revealed its 45G portable spectrophotometer, which controls colour and appearance in complex manufacturing supply chains, producing measurement results that correlate better to visual assessment. For items with multiple visible components such as automobiles, achieving colour harmony is complicated by the need to visually match those components. For example, ...