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  • 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
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    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
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    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 ...

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    能源管理智能化

    2019-01-11T12:41:00Z

    几十年来,能源管理一直是汽车生产的一个重要方面,但事实证明,能够相互关联的创新新解决方案非常有效 据估计,道路运输约占全球温室气体(GHG)排放量的17%。欧盟委员会的数据显示,欧洲大陆21%的温室气体排放来自乘用车和重型汽车。因此,汽车制造商不断受到政府的推动,以使他们的汽车更加环保。 但是对环境造成破坏的不仅仅是开车造成的。汽车生产也具有重大影响,因此,目前正在世界各地的制造设施中实施许多减少这种影响的方法。能源管理技术的使用就是一个例子,近年来取得了一些令人印象深刻的成果。 选择总监 数字化正日益成为世界各地生产设施的组成部分。尽管许多人仍严重依赖手工流程,但在数字工具的帮助下,工人们的效率正在提高,机器人也是如此。来自这些工具的数据可以证明对能源管理有用。 西门子最近安装了Simatic B。位于瑞士圣加仑的GF铸造解决方案工厂的数据能量管理系统,该公司在那里为汽车行业生产铝和镁合金压铸件。该系统允许GF跟踪在每台机器上使用的电力、水、气体或压缩空气的数量,以及使用时间。 例如,发现两台压铸机在周末消耗了4,500立方米的压缩空气,尽管没有使用。GF的能源经理伯恩哈德塞勒(Bernhard Thaler)解释称:“这么大的数字很难察觉。”然而,在一年的时间里,它很快就积累起来了。因此,公司能够通过突出和消除两台机器的浪费来实现显著的节能。 梅赛德斯-奔驰(Mercedes-Benz)在汉巴赫(Hambach)的智能汽车工厂中和二氧化碳 该小组还能够确定当他们的8个熔炉从燃烧石油转为使用丙烷气体时所节省的能源。仅在一个铝熔炼炉中,每吨能源消耗就减少了630千瓦时,二氧化碳排放量减少了16%,氮氧化物减少了40%。 GF表示,在实现了显著的节能减排目标后,该公司迫切希望研究在其其它设施引入该系统的可能性。塞勒强调:“其中一个有趣的好处是,这种能源管理解决方案不仅具有可扩展性,而且支持跨厂利用。”简而言之,GF可以将不同工厂的每个系统连接起来,让该公司能够精确地找出哪些表现良好,哪些可以改进。 GF的EDP和通信技术项目经理迈克尔内鲍尔(Michael Nebauer)表示,圣加伦工厂的安装过程非常简单,其他设备应该也很容易安装。每个压铸机和熔炉上都有控制箱和接口。它们收集有关流程和所使用的能量的数据,然后将这些数据发送到服务器并由标准web浏览器访问。他补充说:“由于在虚拟伺服器上安装及透过虚拟网络环境设定能源数据传送,我们得以为能源管理系统建立一个成本低廉的基础设施。” 由于安装在虚拟服务器上,并通过虚拟网络环境设置了能源数据传输,我们得以为能源管理系统实现一个成本低廉的基础设施 - Michael Nebauer, GF 描绘图片 ...

  • IAC-Halewood-AGV-cockpit-assembly-line
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    Dashboard meeting

    2019-01-11T10:43:00Z

    Switching from gantry line to a fleet of AGVs, an IAC facility near Liverpool has brought swift and smart adaptability to its instrument panel assembly process Specialists in interior components, IAC operates in all automotive manufacturing markets around the globe. But it was its production lines at ...

  • Automated_Interior_PaintApplication
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    Paintshop 4.0

    2019-01-10T14:54:00Z

    Nick Holt visits Eisenmann’s technology centre in Holzgerlingen, near Stuttgart, for a preview of the latest skidless paintshop technology prior to its installation at the Daimler plant at Kecskemét The skids used to convey vehicle bodies through the various coating and drying stages in the paintshop are seen as ...

  • Ford hotforming Saarlouis
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    Casting a duo

    2019-01-08T16:37:00Z

    Two innovative metal forming techniques could have a significant impact on the press shop of the future

  • Profil Earthing stud pic 2
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    Show and tell

    2019-01-08T12:22:00Z

    Cost savings and reduced installation time are the result of Profil’s self-piercing stud, as visitors discovered at the NEAA Expo 2018 A new earthing stud is allowing automotive global OEMs to achieve the triple benefits of reduced installation time and cost, guaranteed electrical earthing and a substantial reduction in parts ...

  • Coherent Rofin Hairpin_welded
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    A clean winner

    2019-01-08T11:54:00Z

    Coherent-ROFIN’s Frank Gäbler explains a new approach to laser welding problematic materials Fig 1. Hairpin welded with CleanWeld technology: excellent weld quality, low spatter and low porosity Although fibre lasers are widely utilised in the automotive industry, there are still some ...

  • ABB stamp app
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    Pressing matters

    2019-01-08T10:56:00Z

    ABB robots are helping IndiKar make advanced high-tech steel for special protection vehicles 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 ...

  • schuler_euroblech1
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    Smartly pressed

    2019-01-03T13:54:00Z

    OEMs and suppliers are teaming up to design and construct a state-of-art press shops, duly networked for an industry 4.0 approach More on Stamping Ford Saarlouis Gestamp Constellium, Georgia Skoda Mlade Boleslav Arguably the main technological factor most commonly associated with ...

  • Assembly A8 at the Neckarsulm site
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    New chapter, different story?

    2019-01-02T15:42:00Z

    International expansion continues but, as Ian Henry reports, Audi’s long-term role within the VW Group is now under scrutiny Audi is expanding globally, notably in China, as it seeks to escape from its recent controversial past. Having been complicit in the diesel scandal affecting Volkswagen Group, it has been ...

  • Audi_crossbrace copy
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    Um foco nas fibras

    2018-12-12T10:22:38Z

    Os benefícios de fibras leves e de alta resistência estão sendo compensados pelos custos de materiais e processos. James Bakewell analisa os desafios em tornar econômica a fibra de carbono Usado seriamente pela primeira vez pela Volvo, o plástico reforçado com fibra de carbono (CFRP) será usado no capô, ...

  • Audi_crossbrace copy
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    El valor de la fibra

    2018-12-11T07:43:38Z

    Las ventajas de un peso ligero y alta resistencia contrastan con los costes de materiales y procesos. James Bakewell analiza los retos para conseguir que la fibra de carbono resulte más rentable Volvo utilizará por primera vez este material, plástico reforzado con fibra de carbono (CFRP) en el capó, ...

  • Porsche test
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    Passing the test

    2018-12-03T10:23:00Z

    As modern vehicles become more sophisticated, production testing technologies and processes need to keep up. Mike Farish looks at developments with both carmakers and tier suppliers

  • ams_nov_dec_cover
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    High performance for next-gen at NIO

    2018-12-03T09:32:00Z

    Lightweighting, multi-metal compatibility and a focus on aluminium substrates is how thin-film, pretreatment technologies fulfil the requirements for NIO’s next generation of electric vehicles With its advanced thin-film Oxsilan technology, the Surface Treatment global business unit of BASF’s coatings division operating under the Chemetall brand, ensures a perfect surface treatment ...

  • Leadec cleaning paintshop
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    The clean machines

    2018-11-29T12:11:00Z

    Paintshop cleanliness is a vital aspect of the coating application process. Mike Farish finds out what it takes to keep the paint finish blemish-free

  • Eisenmann BMW Leipzig
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    Paint technology and investments

    2018-11-29T11:50:00Z

    We report on the new technology, techniques and investments in the world of paintshop being implemented by vehicle-makers around the world… Eisenmann’s E-Shuttle 200 pre-treatment/electrocoating system will be part of the Leipzig upgrade Expansion at BMW Leipzig Eisenmann says it has been given overall ...

  • PPG Ferrari
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    Cool paint for hot cars

    2018-11-27T17:18:00Z

    Ferrari is renowned for the high quality paint finish on its supercars. So creating a workable paint formulation that would cure at much lower temperatures without compromising these exacting standard would be a challenge. PPG’s Technical director, William Brunat, discusses the project with Nick Holt The project with Ferrari ...