All Lightweighting articles – Page 5

  • FW-EVX, Williams
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    Williams unveils lightweight EV platform

    2017-09-06T11:42:50Z

    UK – The FW-EVX concept features innovations in the battery pack, cooling systems and lightweight structures which are integrated into a scalable platform, says the company. A near zero-waste process and the forming of high-strength 3D structures from 2D materials are used for parts of its construction.The near zero-waste process, ...

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    Bi-metal challenges

    2017-07-03T11:42:43Z

    Bob Evans and Jon Plawchan of Quaker Chemical Corporation discuss some of the crucial performance and quality aspects required in bi-metal crank bore machiningA highlight of the manufacturing of the crankcase (engine block) is the precision machining of the crankshaft bearing bore. The cylindricity and resulting surface finish for this ...

  • PHS
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    ArcelorMittal webinar: Efficient Lightweighting with new press hardnable steels

    2017-06-05T16:15:00Z

    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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    Open-door opportunity

    2017-05-10T10:41:51Z

    Much R&D work has been done to reduce the weight of vehicle structures, but closures still represent a significant opportunity for weight savingsClosures are mounted after body assembly and can be built up off-line, meaning that they can be made of entirely different materials, such as aluminium, to the vehicle’s ...

  • Trumpf's I-PFO is suited to the laser welding of doors, seats, sun roofs and other large body parts 2
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    Under the spotlight

    2017-04-13T14:55:55Z

    With current demand for lightweighting so voracious, there are many applications in which OEMs are looking to spot weld mixed-material assemblies Trumpf's I-PFO is suited to the laser welding of doors, seats, sun roofs and other large body partsWith high thermal and electrical conductivity plus the very high electrical resistance ...

  • Dec 2016 TATA Steel , Wiilenhall. New Tailor Welded Blanks (TWB) line
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    Tailor-made

    2017-03-16T11:41:01Z

    With a total throughput capacity of 750,000 tonnes of metal per year, it is no surprise to discover the automotive industry is a major customer of the Tata SteelparkThe Tata Steelpark near Wolverhampton, UK, is one of the major steel processing sites in Europe. Inbound, coiled steel from the company’s ...

  • 3D printing of vehicle parts
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    It's time to get personal

    2017-03-14T18:01:35Z

    The advent of 3D printing has set the industry’s imagination racing with regard to how far this innovative technology could actually push technological boundaries, particularly concerning personalisation. We all love choosing the colour scheme, upholstery, wheels and trims for our new cars, so how great would it be if your ...

  • Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, Bitozeves, Czech Republic
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    Operation and cooperation

    2017-01-03T16:19:15Z

    The working relationship between design and manufacturing departments can optimise processes, reduce costs and make the most of the best ideasGenuine leather, synthetic leather, thermoplastic polyolefins and slush skins have become standard surface materials in cockpit production. These various surface concepts usually call for multiple-stage production processes, requiring specific tools. ...

  • S-in_motion_Midsize SUV
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    Metal futures

    2016-12-29T16:02:39Z

    Press hardenable steels enable automotive designers to find light and strong solutions. Now, the second generation of PHS will allow OEMs even greater scopeHot forming has become very important to the automotive industry as a way of meeting specific crash-performance criteria and ensuring low overall weight at an affordable cost. ...

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    Aluminium with form

    2016-11-11T16:19:26Z

    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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    Aluminium with form

    2016-11-09T17:12:05Z

    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 ...

  • Grainger and Worrall
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    GW’s cylinder-block process for JLR

    2016-11-02T11:49:44Z

    UK – In collaboration with the OEM and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), casting specialist Grainger & Worrall is working on a type of cylinder block with plasma coatings to reduce the size and weight of engines. The production process involves spraying an aluminum block with a low-friction, plasma metal ...

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    Aço é intensificado

    2016-10-24T08:39:58Z

    Graus e soluções avançadas estão fornecendo recursos que o mercado automotivo de aço exige para criar veículos mais leves, mais seguros e de baixa emissão do século 21A ArcelorMittal possui algumas das operações automotivas mais avançados tecnologicamente da América do Norte, incorporando uma gama de tecnologias de produção de aço ...

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    - 钢铁也奋进

    2016-10-22T20:04:08Z

    先进的材料的方案为汽车市场提供新的选择,大有从钢铁向21世纪更轻、更安全的低排放车辆转变的趋势ArcelorMittal公布了技术最先进的北美汽车工厂,综合了很多现代化钢铁制造技术。ArcelorMittal在加拿大、美国和墨西哥经营26个工厂,这样的战略分部有利于服务汽车市场。在印第安纳州的East Chicago,安大略省的Hamilton,公司有两个先进的研发中心,致力于板材产品的研究,引领世界生产工艺与产品开发。阅读全文[英文]

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    Infinite possibilities

    2016-10-20T13:50:00Z

    Mexico’s firm footing in the automotive industry makes it an ideal market for additive manufacturing technology Additive manufacturing, sometimes known as 3D printing, is a revolutionary technology able to produce complex shapes which cannot be produced by traditional techniques such as casting, forging and machining; expanding the possibilities of ...

  • S-in_motion_Midsize SUV
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    Steel steps up

    2016-10-20T13:47:36Z

    Advanced grades and solutions are providing features that the automotive market demands from steel to create the lighter, safer and low-emission vehicles of the 21st centuryArcelorMittal boasts some of the most technologically advanced automotive operations in North America, incorporating a range of modern steelmaking technologies. In Canada, the US and ...

  • S-in_motion_Midsize SUV
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    Steel stays at the forefront of mobility

    2016-08-30T16:13:30Z

    New methodologies and material concepts are helping OEMs to find opportunities in lightweightingThe task carmakers face is to create affordable, environmentally friendly, and safe mobility solutions. Without a shadow of doubt, steel is still the most affordable material to meet the challenge. It’s also one of the most innovative.At the ...

  • Agave, Ford
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    Ford looks to agave plants for bioplastics

    2016-07-20T15:46:02Z

    US – In a collaboration with the Jose Cuervo Tequila brand, Ford is testing the durability and heat resistance of agave fibre by-product for use in vehicle interior and exterior components including wiring harnesses, storage bins and heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. According to the OEM, initial assessments suggest ...

  • BMW 1 Series, BMW Plant Regensburg
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    Keeping finishes up to scratch

    2016-07-13T09:17:04Z

    As vehicle-makers add more innovative materials in body construction and change their production processes to meet new environmental regulations, paint suppliers are striving to match their requirementsThe majority of consumers take them for granted, but exterior coatings have to cover a lot of ground. Ray Schappert, global director of product ...

  • PACCS
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    Lightweight polymer A/C conveyance system

    2016-07-12T08:00:09Z

    Eaton has developed new Polymer Air Conditioning Conveyance System (PACCS) lines, which it claims are a lighter-weight alternative to traditional aluminium tubing or rubber lines.The company says the PACCS lines are up to 50% lighter than traditional air conditioning lines, provide improved gas tightness, and are 90% recyclable at end ...