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    Watch: Automotive suppliers charging ahead – Electrifying Production Series (Pt.1)

    2021-03-31T20:16:00Z

    In the first part of our Electrifying Production Livestream series, AMS explores how vehicle electrification is changing major tier-1 suppliers’ manufacturing engineering and design, plant equipment and manufacturing strategies. Featuring experts from automotive suppliers and production specialists including Gestamp and ZF, Henkel and ABB.

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    EV drivetrains inspire new production processes

    2021-03-29T18:02:00Z

    Boosted by the rapid shift towards electrification, powertrain production is finding new efficiencies. Götz Fuchslocher found out how manufacturers and suppliers are upgrading everything from soft- and hardware, to their processes and their staff

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    Building the battery pack

    2021-03-23T12:08:00Z

    While cell manufacture is still largely in the realm of specialist producers, more OEMs are now assembling the battery pack inhouse, but this can be a complex task requiring specialist tooling. Nick Holt reports

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    All systems go at Schaeffler

    2021-03-23T11:31:00Z

    E-mobility is increasingly changing Schaeffler from a component manufacturer to a full-system supplier. Matthias Zink, CEO of the company’s Automotive Technologies division, talks to Ralf Bretting and Pascal Nagel about how the supplier is preparing for the powertrain mix of the future and why the discussion about electrification could do with more honesty

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    AMS E-mobility 2021 – Electric vehicle production powers up

    2021-03-17T12:26:00Z

    Our latest AMS digital edition is out with a special focus on the acceleration towards an all-electric future for automotive industry. The issue offers in-depth insight into leading carmaker’s and tier supplier EV strategies, looking at drivetrains, battery assembly and specialist materials, with interviews featuring Schaeffler, Atlas Copco, Outokumpu and more.

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    Carmakers pledge to switch to all-electric vehicles

    2021-03-15T19:57:00Z

    The wave of electrification is slowly turning into a tsunami, in Europe at least. Illya Verpraet takes a look at some of the big manufacturing plans in 2021

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    Non-magnetic materials for EV motors

    2021-03-14T22:48:00Z

    The development of electric vehicles is seeing the increasing use of materials with particular properties. Stainless steel is one example that offers applications in body structures and drivetrains

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    SK Innovation banned from the US for 10 Years following LG lawsuit

    2021-02-15T13:34:00Z

    The US International Trade Commission has imposed a 10-year ban on SK Innovation for the importation, domestic production, and sale of electric vehicle batteries within the US because of intellectual property theft from rival LG Chem. It is a tough sentence, but perhaps unsurprising given the context of the global push to electrification.

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    AMS Tier Supplier 2021 – Adapt, survive and thrive

    2021-02-15T06:30:00Z

    Our latest AMS digital edition is out with a special focus on how tier suppliers are seizing the opportunities emerging from the shift to e-mobility. The issue features in-depth insight on EV drivetrains, chassis development, electronics supply and creating smart interiors, with interviews featuring ZF, Gestamp, Yanfeng and more.

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    Localised battery production key to EV penetration in North America

    2021-02-12T18:24:00Z

    Electric vehicle sales in North America have lagged other regions, but changing US policy and new technology is set to change that – as long as the region can develop a local lithium-ion battery value chain

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    Power is nothing without control

    2021-02-08T18:44:00Z

    Chassis components keep the wheels from falling off the EV revolution. Illya Verpraet found out how Gestamp is managing the change with material and quality control innovation

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    AI and automation in automotive production need people and quality data to succeed

    2020-12-23T16:19:00Z

    Experts from BMW, Ford, Symbio Robotics and Cosmo Tech discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in automotive production need fast ramp-up times and adoption by employees to succeed. High-quality data and use of simulation are also key.

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    AMS Winter 2020 – Supporting production through automation and AI

    2020-12-21T16:20:00Z

    The latest AMS edition is out with a special focus on automation opportunities, including for artificial intelligence and cobots. The issue features in-depth insight on robotics and new processes, with interviews featuring BMW, Fraunhofer, Drishti and many more.

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    Power to the people

    2020-12-20T19:01:00Z

    AI deployed in supporting manual assembly operations can be a powerful tool according to Dr Prasad Akella, CEO at Drishti

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    Advancing machine learning

    2020-12-20T17:48:00Z

    Assembly operations still offer a lot of potential for automation. A new project aims to take machine learning to the next level

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    Watch: Supporting production through automation – from AI to cobots (EP.2)

    2020-12-18T09:10:00Z

    This Livestream Hour episode discusses how automation and AI can support automotive manufacturing with technology leaders from BMW and Ford, together with systems and software specialists.

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    A collaborative approach to automation

    2020-12-14T15:22:00Z

    Now in the guise of ‘cobots’, robots often work not just alongside, but with their operations integrated with those of co-located people

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    Integrating robotics and electric powertrains in BMW production

    2020-12-14T15:01:00Z

    BMW is on an EV offensive and is taking the opportunity to revamp its plants with automation and digital twins. Mark Smyth spoke to the global boss of production, Milan Nedeljković, about the challenges and opportunities

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    The human side of artificial intelligence

    2020-12-07T15:39:00Z

    The robots are coming, and we should all be welcoming them, according to BMW, which has a plan to introduce AI to its factories, starting from grassroots initiatives. Report by Illya Verpraet

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    Can Tesla shift the balance of EV battery and cell manufacturing away from China?

    2020-10-12T13:43:00Z

    At Tesla’s recent Battery Day presentation, the company promised to shake up its battery supply chains by moving into cell production and even the mining of raw material, but how realistic are these targets?