All Machining /Powertrain articles

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    Automated fluid management


    High-pressure situations The daily grind With virtually all machine shops scrutinising costs, ways to make coolants and cutting fluids go further have taken a much higher priority. One such method is automated filtration and recycling. The inherent nature of cutting metal using machine tools leads to the ingress of contaminants ...

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    Fast solutions for hard materials


    Hard done by RF improvements With hardened parts increasingly being called on to provide the long service lives demanded by consumers, ways to improve the efficiency of hard turning and grinding processes are high on the agenda for many automotive manufacturing engineers. Auto components such as bearings, transmission gears, injector ...

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    v5.75 of Plato system for hot engine testing


    Anthony Best Dynamics (ABD) has released version 5.75 of the company’s Plato system, an objective noise/vibration/harshness (NVH) measurement and analysis system for powertrain and power-steering testing. Designed for end-of-line, off-line audit, R&D and durability testing, through to in-vehicle and pass-by-noise measurement and analysis, Plato provides a wide range of NVH ...

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    Shaping the future


    Uddeholm – Böhler Uddeholm Deutschland, Hall 8, Stand F49 FKM Sintertechnik, Hall 11, Stand D28 Haas Automation, Hall 9, Stand D66 Hexagon Metrology, Hall 8, Stand C85 Industeel ArcelorMittal Group, Hall 8, Stand C22 SSAB Tunplat, Hall 8, Stand D10 Stratasys, Hall 11, Stand 29 As centres of manufacturing technology ...

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    New power delivery


    Mild hybrids A different take Beyond series take Limited resources Any vehicle that has two or more sources for its driving power can be referred to as a ‘hybrid’, but carmakers are employing three general hybrid types. A mild hybrid is a vehicle driven by an internal combustion engine (ICE) ...

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    Forging ahead to reduce waste


    Alcoa helps reduce the weight Life cycle assessment Correct tool selection builds efficiency Solving large part size issues Building value into raw casts Blast finishing for complex casts Over 90% of manufacturers across all industries rely on metal castings or forgings for production of their engineered goods. Automotive industry castings ...

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    Tooling gets tough


    As the EMO tooling expo makes its biennial location switch from Germany to Italy, Julian Buckley looks at what buyers, exhibitors and attendees can expect at this year’s event. DMG, Hall 4, Stand TBA Schenck, Hall and Stand TBA Prima Industrie, Hall 18, Stand C14/C16 Hardinge Inc, Hall 6, Stand ...

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    Hard act to follow


    Tools of the trade Turning to hard turning Inserts shape the future Wet or dry? Many automotive parts require hardening to provide the long service lives demanded by consumers. The challenge for manufacturing engineers is how to finish-machine such parts to final geometric form after hardening. Until recently, grinding has ...

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    AMS 10th Anniversary: Machining


    Improving the quality Under pressure Easy to alter The machine tool industry has traditionally been the provider of dedicated lines (transfer and special machine tools) to handle the five ‘Cs’: cylinder blocks; cylinder heads; crankshafts; camshafts; and connecting rods. But these lines needed more flexibility if parts producers were not ...

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    Plus and minus for hybrids


    How carmakers and their partner companies are advancing towards the goal of bringing electric, hybrid-electric and other alternative powertrains to market Recharging Michigan’s battered economy The Renault-Nissan Alliance’s electric car infrastructure project Powering the Chevrolet Volt Li-Ion fires, short battery life and other challenges Toshiba – electric vehicle power on ...

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    Innovation in induction


    Engineers are using technology rather than displacement to achieve required levels of engine performance, and the changing designs have affected unit production Growth potential remains positive Complex technologies to achieve complex goals Engine management and monitoring capabilities Resurgent supercharging Packaging issues are crucial The future of forced induction So is ...

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    Going with the mold


    EuroMold, the world’s leading trade fair and exhibition for mould-making and tooling, and their design and application development, takes place at the Exhibition Centre in Frankfurt am Main from December 3-6, 2008. It’s hard to think of a trade fair that’s more important to its industry sector than EuroMold. It ...

  • td1

    The demands of machining


    Investment saves money in the long run Forging flexible machining The cost of flexibility It’s a grind for crankshafts Linear drive technology You’re only as good as the last great production run you had, and in an increasingly competitive market, having the right machines and processes to do the right ...

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    Living in a material world


    Lightweight end of life Reinventing traditional materials Time for magnesium Advances in steel Plastic potential Aerospace and automotive convergence Hybrid vehicles End-user benefit Developments in alternative materials are driving change in the drivetrain and bringing benefits to an industry trying to reduce emissions and improve performance Talk to anyone involved ...

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    Grinding down the expenses


    Competitiveness is keyThe rise of CGIVersatility in productionEliminating filtration problemsCutting down machining timeSaving pays for new investmentThe process of reducing weightIn the ultra-competitive machining sector, the investment levels required to meet cost and quality demands are not for the faint-heartedThe automotive supply chain is investing heavily to retain and attract ...

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    Wired into automation


    This year’s METAV show will take place from March 31-April 4. The trade fair is the largest international technology showcase in Germany and features the latest in manufacturing technology and automation The 2008 edition of the METAV show should be very attractive for both visitors and exhibitors, as it coincides ...

  • Article

    Flowing lines from Castrol


    Castrol’s real-time fluid monitoring system provides improved metalworking while cutting both waste and cost. Michael Dennison reports on how the company is helping carmakers control their fluid systems Real-time fluid monitoring Biological benefit Environmental and health benefits The increasing pressure on carmakers to reduce their environmental impact makes today’s manufacturing ...

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    A new design on production


    At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Renault proudly showed its latest-generation D-segment car, the Laguna III. AMS caught up with Jean-Louis Ricaud, Executive Vice President, Quality and Engineering (Vehicle and Powertrain) to learn how design for manufacturing is being implemented at the Sandouville plant AMS: As a member ...

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    Molding the future


    The world’s window on mouldmaking and tooling, design, and application development – EuroMold – is expected to attract 60,000 visitors to the Exhibition Centre in Frankfurt from December 5-8, 2007. Here AMS previews some of the products that will be on show EuroMold’s enduring success can be attributed in part ...

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    Licensed to drill


    Tornos MAG Industrial Automation Systems Asahi Diamond Industrial Europe Autodesk Beckhoff Automation Bystronic Laser CGTech Deutschland DMG Gebrauchtmaschinen EMAG Salach Maschinenfabrik IEMCA Division of IGMI SPA Gibbs and Associates KOMET GROUP Mikron Tool SA Agno Mitutoyo Corporation Prima Industrie Renishaw J Schmalz Schaeffler Schunk Stratasys Carl Zeiss Industrielle Meßtechnik The ...