All OEMs articles – Page 4

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    Making gains at Genk

    2007-09-01T16:10:00Z

    At Ford of Europe’s flagship facility in Belgium investment in flexible production and supply has made the plant one of the company’s most successful operations Team work Cornerstone of production Stamping and construction Error-proofing and testing Paint shop perfection Three-step assembly Ford of Europe has increased the production and process ...

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    As the wheel turns for Ford

    2007-09-01T15:40:45Z

    Globalisation takes on a new dimension as Ford rationalises its platform strategy with baseplates from around the world, as international executive Bill Osborne explains Competitiveness is still a major goal Consolidations and restructuring Profitable product kept on the road A global focus on the future September 5 marked a full ...

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    Seamless integration at Jaguar

    2007-09-01T10:57:47Z

    When Jaguar closed down its Browns Lane facility in the UK recently, it had the daunting task of moving final assembly of its XK model to the nearby Castle Bromwich plant. It called on conveyor supplier Dürr to help solve the problem. Process of assembly has been improved Successes to ...

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    Trucking’s new titans

    2007-09-01T10:03:18Z

    China’s commercial vehicle market is keeping pace with the boom but don’t expect to see Chinese trucks in the West. Meanwhile, a robust economy and keen interest in Indian vehicles is driving sales for the country’s commercial vehicle makers Overloaded roads Technology transfer Brand loyalty Export markets With all those ...

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    Grand range of parts at Crewe

    2007-09-01T09:40:24Z

    While a Bentley may be something more than the sum total of its parts, making sure those parts are engineered, regardless of model year, to the company’s exceptional standards is a priority for continued prestige What’s in a name Parts and parcels Price and Application Key to the past Buried ...

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    Desmo dangers solved

    2007-07-01T15:23:26Z

    Ducati’s famed Desmodromic valve system allows its engines to reach tremendous speeds but demands absolute precision in machining and assembly Taking control Eye for detail Ducati has realised that the machining of valuable components for its Desmodromic engines must be carefully controlled. Different tools are used hundreds of thousands of ...

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    Qashqai on delivery

    2007-07-01T14:55:12Z

    Nissan has ensured a high standard in the launch of its Qashqai model with the use of manufacturing execution software from factory information expert Lighthouse Systems Pre-production trials Systems for new model introductions Flow of information Supporting the life cycle Nissan is renowned for its innovative designs and they reflect ...

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    Putting the VVA-voom into Lotus cars

    2007-07-01T12:29:59Z

    Lotus is renowned for its innovative chassis technology, and its flexible vehicle architecture uses leading developments in casting to enter new segments Light weight, but super fastVVA is a fast-to-market technologyA wide range of solutions for manufacturersSize of castings proved to be a challengeCastings match components wellAt the 75th Geneva ...

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    With powertrain comes responsibility

    2007-07-01T11:02:37Z

    When it comes to the latest progress in hybrid technology at Mercedes-Benz, Dr Thomas Weber is the man with his finger on the pulse DaimlerChrysler (as was) has been at the forefront of alternative powertrain vehicles for over a decade – the pioneers of the high-speed passenger car diesel engine ...

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    Big Three must adapt or die

    2007-07-01T09:46:56Z

    Analysts have warned that the Big Three vehicle makers have to examine and adapt their business models, or risk losing even greater market share to non-American OEMs New business model is necessary Getting the best out of suppliers What the unions really want New products may help regain market share ...

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    Culture club delivers

    2007-05-01T14:09:36Z

    With the launch of the new Freelander, Ford’s Halewood plant has come back from the brink of disaster to become one of best examples of quality manufacturing the company has Change for the better Gateway Process Meeting deadlines Quality supply Benchmark pressing Efficient welding Paint flow Trim and final assembly ...

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    Maximum overdrive for MINI

    2007-05-01T10:18:05Z

    BMW’s Plant Oxford is a benchmark for getting the most out of what you’ve got. AMS reports on a prosperous production strategy for the MINI Global success Customer-driven complexity Time management Brand buoyancy Restructuring at Oxford In a rare example of consensus, the automotive industry seems to have decided that ...

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    Cross-breeding the brand in Kentucky

    2007-03-01T15:36:40Z

    Toyota’s popular Camry now comes in a hybrid version thanks to innovations and investment in the assembly line at Georgetown, Kentucky. AMS looks at how the manufacturing process has been modified to accommodate the new, cleaner model. Smooth transition Designed with vision Minor changes Simplified assembly Bypass processes Toyota team ...

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    Northern lights

    2007-03-01T15:11:23Z

    Volvo’s new C70 convertible is a stronger car thanks to the application of four new welding techniques. Niclas Palmquist, Manufacturing Engineering, Volvo Cars, describes how the Swedish company has surpassed its standard Improved body features Laser station from Permanova A pillar access When Volvo Cars set out to develop the ...

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    Knock down construction

    2007-03-01T14:07:35Z

    BMW has pulled apart its Spartanburg plant in the US in order to convert it to a one-line flexible assembly system. New demands are defining the OEM's manufacturing infrastructure Flexible footsteps Expansion plans Robot build Time constraints New process efficiency Minutes after the last BMW Z4 rolled off the line ...

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    Welcome to the House of Flex

    2007-03-01T11:13:08Z

    Gary Cowger, Group Vice President for Global Manufacturing and Labour Relations at General Motors discusses the carmaker’s “avowed aim” of manufacturing flexibility using its Global Manufacturing System “House of Flex” Making flex work: a global initiative Moving east in Europe and beyond Cowger’s views on technology AGV applications Shifting bias ...

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    An ongoing legacy at Ascari

    2007-01-01T15:46:49Z

    Like increasing numbers of smaller and specialist engineering companies, supercar manufacturer Ascari Cars turned to Dassault Systemes CATIA V5 for high performance engineering and a scaleable PLM solution for the future. Full-scale support Ascari is an exclusive carmaker that builds high performance cars in low volumes. It will only ever ...

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    Root and branch reform at Renault

    2007-01-01T11:30:01Z

    Renault has implemented a new customer-focused strategy that makes quality the centrepiece of the company’s manufacturing system. AMS looks at the initiative and talks to senior VP for quality, Yann Vincent, about its effect on productivity Quality processes Palencia initiatives Supplier quality Customer quality management There is not an automotive ...