All Materials articles

  • YASA P400_e-motor
    Article

    Your webinar questions answered: How tier 1 suppliers are responding to tough headwinds

    2020-02-16T18:55:00Z

    You asked, we answer. We return to the questions from our audience that we didn’t have time to answer in our live webinar, ranging from which parts of automotive tier 1 suppliers’ business models are at risk of commodification, to how tier suppliers are changing manufacturing processes

  • SSAB EV Docol
    Voice

    SSAB: Design concept – Battery pack protection for EV body-in-white

    2020-01-22T15:25:00Z

    Protecting battery packs is the fundamental first step when designing the body-in-white for BEVs. We talk to SSAB’s Robert Ström about the Docol EV Design Concept and platforms for new AHSS solutions

  • Grainger Worrall sand casting
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    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

  • Henkel cockpit
    Voice

    Talent on display

    2020-01-07T10:26:00Z

    Henkel’s Holger Scheufen examines the bonding and sealing solutions enabling more productive manufacturing in the automotive display market

  • Automotive Tier Supplier Profit Analysis 2020: Mitigating Margin Compression Whilst Navigating Unprecedented Industry Transformation
    Analysis

    Tier Supplier Profit Analysis: Mitigating Margin Compression and Manufacturing Costs

    2020-01-06T10:30:00Z

    Automotive tier 1 suppliers are facing unprecedented industry transformation in electrification along with economic uncertainty. Download this report on the top 20 global suppliers for a deep analysis of their historic margins, as well as solutions for how suppliers could cope with growing pressures and changes in manufacturing across the supply base

  • AM materials - Support-Removal
    Article

    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

  • 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

  • Porsche
    Article

    Creating strong bonds

    2019-10-09T09:33:00Z

    While mixed-material vehicle body structures yield impressive weight reduction results, the joining processes present a challenge for OEMs. How do they fix the myriad materials but still maintain the requisite properties and structural integrity?

  • Laness1
    Article

    Form and function

    2019-10-08T14:38:00Z

    Developments in composite parts are continuing to offer the automotive industry a variety of weight and cost advantages in high-volume production

  • schwartz a
    Voice

    The thermal print principle

    2019-10-02T13:25:00Z

    Heat treatment specialist schwartz has enhanced its system for tailored tempering – one that is capable of ‘printing’ components

  • Ultima-Supplier-pressure-BI-flash-3
    Article

    Suppliers will face squeeze as OEMs push to meet EU CO2 targets

    2019-10-02T09:58:00Z

    As carmakers strive to reach the more stringent CO2 emissions targets being phased in across the EU next year, we predict that many are likely to put more pressure on their supply base to help reduce emissions

  • Mobility alliance structural fig1
    Voice

    Weight out, strength in

    2019-10-01T09:15:00Z

    A strategic alliance between Henkel and RLE International is exploring the lightweighting innovations available when combining expertise in structural foam technology and engineering design. David Caro and Tobias Wigand describe the findings

  • ABB-stampapp-user-interface
    Article

    Pressing matters

    2019-04-10T13:31:00Z

    Our vehicles have all faced hazards at one time or another, from potholes in the road to rocks or broken glass. But what about protection when the hazards are ballistic threats to the safety of civil servants or service men and women? As a specialist for custom automobile protection ...

  • Hyster tug
    Article

    Tow tractor materials handling

    2019-03-19T13:30:00Z

    Designed to support manufacturing operations in transporting material to and from production lines, the new T7.0HS3 three-wheel and T8.0HS4 four-wheel rider tow tractors are capable of towing up to 7000kg or 8000kg respectively, claims Hyster. Both models feature an anti-roll back on ramps device and external ...

  • BMW_AM__mini-yours-customise
    Article

    Tornando a produção sob medida

    2019-02-20T09:25:15Z

    James Bakewell relata o uso crescente de peças produzidas aditivamente em aplicações de personalização para veículos e produção em série da BMW. Em 2006, quando Dominik Rietzel estava terminando sua tese de diploma na universidade, seu professor perguntou se ele gostaria de fazer um doutorado em moldagem por injeção. Rietzel ...

  • BMW_AM__mini-yours-customise
    Article

    Producción personalizada

    2019-02-19T08:54:23Z

    James Bakewell informa sobre el uso creciente de piezas de producción aditiva en BMW tanto para la personalización de vehículos como para las aplicaciones de personalización y producción en serie En 2006, cuando Dominik Rietzel finalizaba su tesis en la universidad su profesor le pregunto si quería realizar un doctorado ...

  • Factory VW Wrzesnia 7
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    VW sets out Wolfsburg upgrade

    2019-02-18T09:36:00Z

    Germany - New bodyshop AGVs, more automated assembly stations and a series of ergonomic measures will feature in a major upgrade at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant Announcing the new programme of improvements at this month’s site symposium, VW said that the changes will improve productivity at the Wolfsburg plant and ...

  • IAC-Halewood-AGV-cockpit-assembly-line
    Article

    Paneles de instrumentos guiados

    2019-02-05T08:28:00Z

    a La planta de IAC cerca de Liverpool sustituye la linea de grúas por una flota de vehículos autónomos guiados (AGV) para obtener una mayor flexibilidad a su proceso de ensamblado de paneles de instrumentos Más sobre vehículos autónomos Los vehículos automatizados se abren paso ...

  • BASF Elastoflex Thinlight
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    New foam for instrument panels

    2019-02-01T15:00:02Z

    A new series of systems in its Elastoflex E product group now allows weight reductions and foam densities of around 120g/L without sacrificing any of the material characteristics, claims BASF. Up to 30% of the foam weight is saved, says the company, depending on the component geometry. This Thin-Light system ...

  • MAPAL radial ISO indexable inserts
    Article

    Pressed, radial ISO indexable inserts

    2019-01-14T11:29:23Z

    Mapal says it now offers a milling programme with pressed, radial ISO indexable inserts. The new face, shoulder, slot and shell end face milling cutters are designed for roughing and for medium machining of cast iron, steel and stainless steel, says the company. It’s claimed the tool bodies are designed ...