All Quality articles – Page 10

  • 8-Crash boxes ready for assembly to crash management systems. (Constellium White, GA)
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    White light

    2018-10-30T15:01:43Z

    Michael Nash visits Constellium’s new plant in White, Georgia, from where it supplies BMW with aluminium crash management systemsThe rise of electrification is having a huge impact on vehicle manufacturers and their product portfolios, with many promising to launch a wide variety of new battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid ...

  • Siemens FTI
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    Schedules to keep

    2018-10-29T15:50:44Z

    Raffaello Lepratti, vice-president of business development and marketing at Siemens, outlines the company’s SIMATIC IT Preactor planning and scheduling solutionCar buyers’ tastes are becoming more diversified. They are attracted by design and performances, but also by region-specific features and a touch of uniqueness. Cars are one of the few mass ...

  • Alpine A110 Dieppe
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    Alpine scales new heights

    2018-10-26T16:19:36Z

    One of the most interesting plant revivals in the last 12 months has been Renault’s overhaul of its factory in Dieppe, which now builds the A110 sports car. Nick Gibbs reportsThis is the home of Alpine, the revived sporting brand that Renault may or may not expand to become a ...

  • Audi artificial intelligence in press shop
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    Audi uses AI in press shop

    2018-10-22T17:25:04Z

    Germany - The company has worked with the production technology division of the equipment and metal forming technology competence center to develop software that automatically recognises and marks cracks in sheet metal parts in a matter of seconds. It is currently being tested at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, but could ...

  • John Savona Ford
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    Ford names VP of manufacturing

    2018-10-19T15:47:23Z

    US - John Savona has been appointed vice president of North American manufacturing. He is now responsible for the company's entire production footprint across the country, which consists of over 30 plants."John has nearly 30 years of experience in Ford manufacturing, having held leadership positions in many of our manufacturing ...

  • Vauxhall Vivaro
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    Vauxhall builds 250,000th Vivaro

    2018-10-19T10:07:26Z

    UK - The OEM recently hit the milestone at its Luton plant, where it has been making the second generation Vivaro since 2014."As a British brand since 1903, we are very proud to celebrate this milestone at our Luton manufacturing plant and handover the landmark vehicle to BT Fleet Solutions, ...

  • Novares plastics copy
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    Novares extends production footprint

    2018-10-17T10:54:46Z

    Serbia - The supplier has increased the size of its factory in Zrenjanin by a third. It is used to make complex plastics components for the automotive industry, including exterior and interior parts, body trims and engine parts."Zrenjanin site has proven excellent performance and quality records and this extension is ...

  • Audi A1 Martorell
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    SEAT plant starts Audi A1 production

    2018-10-16T10:30:17Z

    Spain - The compact car is now being made at the SEAT plant in Martorell, which is located about half an hour from Barcelona. It was previously made at Audi's plant in Brussels."Over the last years, the Martorell plant with its highly qualified employees has produced our Audi Q3 and ...

  • 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 production ...

  • GOM scanner
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    Advanced 3D metrology for car body

    2018-09-30T19:42:13Z

    GOM has worked on improving the speed and accuracy of its latest generation of optical 3D coordinate measuring machinesThe automotive industry has undergone many changes over recent years, and new technologies are influencing production processes with the aim of making manufacturing more efficient. The implementation of robotics on the assembly ...

  • Fronius weldcube
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    The perfect weld

    2018-09-30T19:14:21Z

    Fronius sheds light on how data documentation can improve industrial welding processes in automotive productionIn the increasingly digitalised and interconnected automotive OEM and supplier industries, one factor that is playing a growing role is the efficient acquisition and processing of the data generated in production. This enables manufacturers to optimise ...

  • Magna Comfort+ door latch
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    New door latch design to improve quality and cabin

    2018-09-25T12:56:36Z

    Magna claims to have recently developed the Comfort+ door latch to improve both the feel of a car’s door when opening and closing, and the quietness of the cabin.The company says this design turns sliding friction into rolling friction within the mechanics of the door latch, which reduces the efforts ...

  • 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 interface ...

  • Fanuc ARC Mate 100iD
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    Compact welding robot

    2018-09-12T13:30:24Z

    Claimed to be designed for manufacturers with compact floor spaces, but managing large workpieces, Fanuc says its ARCMate 100iD/10L is suitable for high-batch production lines where the quality and function of the weld are critical. The company says this robot has capacity for 10kg of additional tooling, such as welding ...

  • Josephine Payne, Plant Manager, Ford Craiova
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    Leading a winning team

    2018-09-12T13:05:34Z

    Nick Holt talks to Ford Craiova’s award-winning engine plant manager, Jo Payne, about the facility’s award-winning enginesJo Payne is no stranger to accolades, having been crowned winner in the manufacturing category of this year’s Autocar Great British Women in the Car Industry awards. She also won the award back in ...

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    Time for an upgrade

    2018-09-12T12:57:32Z

    As Toyota shapes up its global manufacturing network to build the new vehicle platform, Nick Holt visits the OEM’s Valenciennes facility to see the progress being madeTo meet the challenge of rapidly changing markets and segment volatility, the development and adoption of common, modular vehicle platforms is now a familiar ...

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    Porsche and Schuler build press shop

    2018-09-06T10:45:00Z

    Germany - The two companies have announced that they will work work together to construct a ‘Smart Press Shop’ as part of a new joint venture, the location of which is yet to be revealed. Both Porsche and Schuler will invest a double-digit million euro amount in the project. “Porsche ...

  • Coherent Rofin 1
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    Laser methods to support e-mobility

    2018-08-31T13:12:00Z

    Frank Gäbler and Dr Jürgen Uebbing of Coherent Rofin discuss the various use for lasers when building electric vehicles Compared to gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles, electrified vehicles are in their relative infancy, with metals and metal components being deployed in novel ways in order to increase range and improve ...

  • Zeiss 1
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    Quality is everything

    2018-08-31T12:51:06Z

    Volkswagen uses Zeiss AIMax digital-optical 3D sensor technology at its plant in WrzesniaFollowing a site analysis in 2013, Volkswagen decided to construct a new factory in Wrzesnia, Poland, to assemble the Crafter van. The speed at which this enormous factory – one kilometre long and 400 meters wide – was ...

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    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. With ...