All Materials articles – Page 5

  • Williams platform
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    Grid reference

    2018-10-22T14:28:10Z

    Mike Farish visits Williams Advanced Engineering to see how the company delivers a distinctive F1 take on an innovative electric vehicle platformOne of the implications of the growth of the market for electric vehicles is the opportunity it provides for newcomers possibly to become major players in the automotive industry ...

  • Kuka
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    Extreme flexibility is essential

    2018-09-30T19:56:00Z

    KUKA offers numerous solutions that are helping vehicle manufacturers to tackle several challenges The automotive industry is undergoing the biggest transformation in its history. Megatrends such as digitisation, autonomous driving and e-mobility have significant implications not only for manufacturers but also for suppliers. What is required are smart ...

  • Alicona µCMM
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    3D focus-variation measuring instrument

    2018-09-25T17:47:55Z

    Said to be suited to production measurement, the µCMM 3D focus-variation system offers users the advantages of tactile coordinate measuring technology with optical surface measurement to measure dimensions, position, shape and surface finish of components with the one optical sensor, claims Alicona. The company says it provides the ability to ...

  • continuous liquid interface production (CLIP
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    Fact, not fiction

    2018-09-13T12:38:00Z

    Mike Farish reports on a sci-fi inspired additive technique that’s gaining interest with automotive manufacturers New items of technology often get hyped as being like something from science fiction, but in the case of one of the most innovative and unusual additive techniques now on the market, continuous liquid ...

  • Chiron brake caliper
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    Making metal add up

    2018-09-13T12:30:55Z

    Additively manufactured metal parts present a challenge for high-volume production but at the other end of the scale, engineers are successfully developing the process for specialist, low volume parts. Mike Farish reports All over the automotive industry companies are exploring the potential of additive techniques to make parts in polymers ...

  • Volvo Cars recycled plastics
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    Waste not…

    2018-09-13T12:03:00Z

    Karen McCandless reports on vehicle-maker recycling projects ranging from plastic bottles to electric vehicle batteries As vehicle production numbers continue to increase, up from 11.9m in 2013 to 17m in 2017, so do the automotive industry’s waste management efforts continue to improve. The waste generated per unit produced in ...

  • Ultimaker-Portugal-9 2
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    From prototypes to production

    2018-09-12T17:32:00Z

    The use of additive manufacturing technologies has now expanded beyond their initial ‘rapid prototyping’ exclusivity. Mike Farish provides an insight As well as being used in limited production roles, additive techniques are still being applied in new and innovative ways as product development tools. One example is at the Plastics ...

  • Kasto materials handling for industrial saws
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    Robotic materials handling for industrial saws

    2018-09-12T17:22:26Z

    Kasto claims it can implement combined storage and sawing systems for its customers in which all processes are automated, from storage of the raw material to retrieval of the cut parts. The company says control software can be linked to existing ERP systems offering improved transparency and efficiency. Also the ...

  • TOYOTA Final Assembly
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    Expanding and restructuring

    2018-09-12T12:48:00Z

    As the move to electrified and autonomous vehicles accelerates, Toyota is expanding in both technology areas and restructuring its operations. Ian Henry reports Toyota is making a number of key organisational changes to simplify and rationalise its operations in response to the fast-changing automotive market. As of the end ...

  • Body_in_white_Topview_with_blue_pipes_v05
    Webinar

    Lower weight and higher strength in tubular vehicle structures

    2018-08-29T11:58:00Z

    This webinar provides an overview for automotive manufacturers looking to make effective use of high strength tubular structures in modern vehicle design. The presentation examines the possibilities offered by these materials as a high strength and low weight alternative in various structural applications. About ...

  • Article

    E-mobility and the role of steel

    2018-08-28T11:36:00Z

    With electrification shaping ideas in future vehicle structure design, ArcelorMittal explains why advanced steel grades remain the materials of choice While sales of battery electric vehicles (BEV) are still far behind conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, BEV technology and sales continue to improve at a rapid pace. Globally, BEV ...

  • Article

    Guiding lights for a smarter paintshop

    2018-08-28T11:34:47Z

    System experts at Dürr have developed a digital maintenance assistant designed to keep automotive paintshops in full effect With its digital@Dürr concept, Dürr is delivering an important smart factory module. In future, the company will be supporting customers in maintaining painting and sealing robots using a digital maintenance assistant. ...

  • Article

    Welcoming arms for Kirchhoff

    2018-08-28T11:34:09Z

    Dermot Healy speaks to CMM programmer James Mitchell about working with Faro Technologies at the Kirchhoff Automotive plant in Lansing, MichiganKirchhoff Automotive is one of the leading global suppliers of body structures, sub-assemblies and stamped products to major automotive manufacturers. Working closely with manufacturers from an early design stage the ...

  • Schenck N America supp
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    Industrial balancing goes e-mobility

    2018-08-28T11:32:00Z

    As EV makers develop smart-factories, efficient and flexible automation solution for balancing e-drives is at the top of the list, writes Schenck-USA ’s Tarek El-Sawaf Increasingly better range and output values of electric power units and, above all, the more stringent environmental regulations for internal combustion engines are increasing ...

  • Article

    Oxsilan expectations

    2018-08-28T11:29:00Z

    Engineers from GM’s Orion plant in Michigan describe a successful conversion to a thin-film pretreatment from Chemetall The Surface Treatment global business unit of the Coatings division of BASF, operating under the Chemetall brand, sets out the story of the highly successful conversion and launch to full production of Oxsilan ...

  • Forging the deal
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    Forging the deals

    2018-08-24T15:03:40Z

    Ian Henry examines the key trends in the North American automotive supplier sector where technological progress and feisty trade policies continue to present a range of business challenges With rapid technology change across the sector as the automotive market accelerates into the era of electrification, the uncertainty over the future ...

  • Cleveland DTNA
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    Spoilt for choice

    2018-08-24T11:19:00Z

    Eight different models are made at DTNA’s Cleveland plant, and a high level of customisation means that thousands of options are available to customers. Michael Nash reports

  • FCA Belvidere
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    A bigger, bolder Belvidere

    2018-08-23T15:31:39Z

    The transfer of the Jeep Cherokee production from Ohio to Illinois was the first part of FCA’s response to the growing demand for more SUVs. Mike Farish reports On 1 June last year production of the FCA Jeep Cherokee began at the company’s plant in Belvidere, Illinois, after transferring from ...

  • The 2019 XT4
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    The X Factor

    2018-08-23T15:09:45Z

    As GM Fairfax gears up to build the new Cadillac XT4 alongside the existing Chevy Malibu sedan, Gareth Price travels to Kansas City to speaks to plant manager Bill Kulhanek about the new era What sort of preparations have you had to make for the new process? Have there been ...

  • Stratasys Fortus 380CF copy
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    Stratasys starts shipping 3D printer

    2018-08-21T12:45:19Z

    Israel - The Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition was first previewed at the additive manufacturing event called Rapid 2018, and is now available to purchase for US$70,000. It is dubbed by the company as an "affordably priced additive manufacturing system dedicated for carbon-fiber-filled Nylon 12."The printer has already been used ...