All Kaizen articles – Page 2

  • Grainger Worrall sand casting
    Article

    Breaking the mould: Grainger & Worrall go beyond the block

    2020-01-08T12:04:00Z

    With the onset of the EV age, casting specialists are demonstrating versatility and diversifying away from engine block production. Mike Farish reports on the solutions Grainger & Worrall has developed to produce its new generation of cast parts

  • AM materials - Support-Removal
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    Material changes guide the new additive manufacturing routes

    2019-12-12T15:53:00Z

    Additive manufacturing is offering not only a wider range of application techniques but also materials with polymers now joined by metals and even ceramics

  • Audi exoskeleton 4
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    Exoskeleton trials underway at Audi

    2019-12-11T12:46:00Z

    Audi has begun testing the ergonomic benefits of exoskeleton systems for workers at its Ingolstadt plant

  • Audi A8 remote laser weld al u door
    Article

    Al around the weld

    2019-12-06T12:05:00Z

    Joining aluminium parts gives the bodyshop a number of challenges not encountered when welding steel. But a variety of weld techniques are helping OEMs to adapt and extend use of the lighter metal

  • hot form quenching 3
    Article

    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

  • Yanfeng Serbia -  Prefixing Station 2
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    Yanfeng Automotive Interiors – Kragujevac, Serbia

    2019-12-03T07:55:00Z

    Another major tier supplier has added its name to the list automotive players attracted to Serbia

  • skoda-side-dry-line-process-paint-shop
    Article

    Painting sideways

    2019-11-18T14:11:00Z

    With its new paintshop at Mladá Boleslav, Skoda is bringing some unique approaches to conveying, coating and curing 

  • Lamborghini front on
    Article

    Lamborghini puts the AI in paint

    2019-11-14T11:55:00Z

    Chief manufacturing officer at the Sant’Agata Bolognese plant, Ranieri Niccoli speaks to AMS about the smart features now employed in the factory’s new paintshop

  • The external exoskeleton devices help reduce stresses placed on the muscles of line workers
    Video

    Nissan puts exoskeletons to the test

    2019-10-31T17:04:00Z

    Nissan has been testing new ergonomic-assistance devices to be worn by assembly workers performing overhead tasks  

  • predictive maintenance
    Article

    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

  • VW Type_20_concept_vehicle--9991
    Article

    Design by data

    2019-10-02T13:47:00Z

    Mike Farish looks at two examples of how increasingly sophisticated data management is transforming manufacturing outcomes

  • Auria_Vráble__MG_9981
    Article

    Building to order

    2019-09-23T16:04:00Z

    JLR-interiors supplier Auria has big plans for its new facility in Slovakia, both with the fabric of the building and the technology it is housing. Mike Farish reports

  • TPCA finish line inspection
    Article

    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
    Article

    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

  • BMW engine assembly training
    Article

    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
    Article

    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…

  • Tucson HMMC
    Article

    Team building at Hyundai, Czech Republic

    2019-07-22T13:20:00Z

    Gareth Price reports on a collaborative approach to production quality that prompted Hyundai to locate assembly of its N performance brand in the Czech Republic

  • BMW 1 Series paintshop
    Article

    Supporting structures

    2019-04-29T13:29:00Z

    With capability and complexity within paintshops on the increase, Mike Farish speaks to suppliers about the more proactive and better connected quality control efforts taking shape As the materials and processes that underpin automotive paintshop operations continue to develop, so must relevant support services as demand for continuous improvement ...

  • Volkswagen Wandelbots
    Article

    The imitation game

    2019-03-04T16:46:00Z

    Working with a local robotics start-up in Germany, Volkswagen is exploring a new programming technique that allows assembly workers to teach a cobot all the right moves Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in the eastern German city of Dresden is arguably one of the more unusual automotive manufacturing sites in ...