All Steel articles – Page 3

  • Mazda Thailand
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    La otra gran potencia de Asia

    2019-01-21T09:16:06Z

    La industria automotriz del sudeste asiático, que ya es un centro de fabricación dinámico y de rápido crecimiento, está encontrando nuevas oportunidades gracias al crecimiento de la producción de baterías y vehículos híbridos Más sobre Asia Incertidumbre en oriente China planifica su futuro ...

  • Precision Micro photo etching
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    Photochemical etching for metal parts

    2019-01-14T14:30:46Z

    The use of photo etching offer OEMs the ability to produce aesthetic complex mesh patterns and high definition surface engraving, claims Precision Micro. The company explains that this process doesn’t require hard steel tooling, instead, it uses digital tooling that it’s claimed offers interior trim designers greater freedom to experiment ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Article

    亚洲其他经济体

    2019-01-04T15:58:42Z

    作为一个充满活力和快速增长的制造业中心,东南亚的汽车行业正在电池和混合动力汽车产量的增长中寻找进一步发展机会 More on Asia Unease in the East China charges ahead Asia Pacific 2017 东南亚汽车生产主要由两个国家主导,即泰国(每年约200万辆)和印尼(110万辆)。马来西亚有一个中等规模的生产国(50万辆一年),菲律宾产量较小(15万辆一年)。越南是这个集团的最后一个成员。 在该地区生产的绝大多数汽车是由日本汽车公司的全资或附属公司生产,或由一些欧洲公司的组装公司生产,主要是宝马,奔驰和大众。只有在马来西亚才有本国汽车公司,但宝腾(Proton)目前由中国吉利集团(Geely group)持有49.9%的股份,另一家Perodua 公司由大发(Daihatsu)持有部分股份,因此严重依赖大发/丰田的技术。 以下内容介绍了各国汽车制造业最近的主要发展。 泰国 泰国一直是日本汽车公司1吨皮卡的主要生产中心,尤其是三菱Triton/L200、丰田Hilux、五十铃D-Max和马自达b系列。日产目前在西班牙、阿根廷、墨西哥和南非也在生产Navara。此外,泰国制造的汽车种类也在扩大。在即将推出的新车型中,将有一款本土版的丰田C-HR紧凑型跨界车,该车型迄今为止已在日本和土耳其生产。 日产(Nissan)和本田(Honda)也在泰国进行电池和混合动力汽车的多元化生产。日产将在邦骚辛区开设一家工厂,利用其ePower技术生产混合动力车,包括在当地生产电池。本田在大城府(Ayutthaya)和普拉钦布里(Prachin Buri)的工厂也将采取同样的做法。日产将在新工厂投资约100万泰铢(合3.18亿美元),本田计划将其中的一半投在新工厂。 本田的Prachin Buri工厂据说是其技术最先进的工厂之一,它采用了一种可移动的电池结构,本田称之为组装革命电池(Assembly Revolution cell, ARC)生产线。这是传统生产线和组装单元的混合,工人在组装单元中有一系列的任务要完成,而不是在传统生产线上只执行每个阶段特定的单一标准任务。本田公司声称,这种安排的效率提高了约10%。比传统的线快)。系统的核心是将正确的部件直接交付到每个装配位置,从而节省工人在生产线旁的部件箱中寻找正确部件的时间;在这个系统中,工人也更加多才多艺,能够在整个工厂执行一系列任务,提高了生产力和灵活性。这家工厂的年产量高达12万辆(略高于本田在华42万辆总产能的四分之一)。这个新工厂生产的主要车型是思域轿车。 另一家日本汽车制造商马自达(Mazda)在发动机加工技术上投入巨资,扩大了在泰国的动力总成生产。约220亿泰铢将用于SkyActiv柴油和汽油发动机的机头和机座的新加工生产线,这些发动机在当地和马自达在该地区其他地方的组装作业中都使用。这使得发动机的年产量从3万辆增加到10万辆,增加了两倍。这些发动机中约有30%是出口的。该国制造的变速箱中约有80%是出口的。 从2019年起,宝马将在泰国生产PHEV电池,用于该国制造的少量宝马汽车。这家汽车制造商在泰国的产量将很快上升,X5将在泰国由美国生产,然后作为CBU车型运往中国。这将使宝马能够避免在中国对美国制造的汽车征收关税。根据这一安排,预计泰国将生产至多2万辆x5。奔驰采取与宝马类似的策略后,将投资约1亿欧元(合1.13亿美元),生产混合动力电池,用于C,E,S和GLE汽车装配。 多年来,日本一直是泰国的主要生产商,而欧洲高端品牌在一段时间内的组装量也很低,但中国企业在泰国正变得越来越活跃。例如,在2017年底,上汽集团在泰国开设了第二家工厂,目前在泰国生产的MG品牌车型已超过10万辆,主要面向该地区的多个右手驱动市场,也有少量车型出口回英国。 印度尼西亚 这是最大的区域市场和生产地点之一,出口比率强劲上升。例如,三菱从贝卡西工厂向菲律宾出口Xpander紧凑型MPV, 2018年的目标出口量为3万辆。该国还将向泰国(2018年为6000辆)和越南(2018年为1000辆)出口。该车型还将于2019年出口到中东和整个非洲,其中3至5万辆将用于东盟市场以外的出口。本财年Xpander总产量应达到12万台,明年将增至15万台。在总投资达到40亿日元(3,400万美元)之后,目前最大产能为16万辆每年。发动机来自尼桑在印尼的一家工厂,在当地的含量占80%。 丰田还在印尼扩展业务,目前主要是通过旗下子公司大发(Daihatsu)在印尼的子公司阿斯特拉(Astra)。生产力也在加大,足以生产Rush SUV,该车冠以Daihatsu Terio品牌。对菲律宾的出口热潮已经开始,未来几年,更多市场将接受这个车型。 丰田在印尼有5家工厂,都在雅加达附近;卡拉旺的两家汽车厂,同时在卡拉旺还有一家汽油发动机厂。Sunter有两家工厂及一家生产汽油发动机,一家生产冲压件和铸件。其他在印尼生产的车型包括丰田Sigra,据称其本地含量高达94%。还有两款车,Dahatsu Ayla和丰田Agya(尺寸与欧洲Aygo相似),也是由Astra Daihatsu生产的。除了日本扩大在印尼的产量外,中国企业也在印尼进行了投资,五菱在2017年投资7亿美元开设了一家工厂,DFSK汽车(DFSK Motors)目前投资1.5亿美元新建了一家工厂。 本田在该国有一家大型工厂,在西爪哇省卡拉旺的两家工厂生产7款车型,年生产能力总计20万辆。产品包括Mobilio、BR-V、HR-V、Jazz (Fit)、Brio ...

  • Böllinger Höfe
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    A high-performance build

    2019-01-04T12:10:00Z

    The Audi R8 series of sports cars is described as being closer to motor racing than any other on-the-road vehicles. Mike Farish takes a closer look at the manufacturing operation The latest versions of both the Coupe and Spyder convertible variants of the R8 are made at Audi Sport’s ...

  • Steel coil, Tata Port Talbot
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    Steel wars

    2018-12-05T11:19:00Z

    Bridges are being burnt in today’s automotive industry. Political decisions are having a significant impact on the price of vehicles, the way in which they are sold, and where they are made. One factor that could soon play a key role is the trade war between the US and the ...

  • 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

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    A focus on fibres

    2018-11-27T15:21:00Z

    Lightweight, high-strength benefits are being offset by materials and process costs. James Bakewell looks at the challenges of making carbon fibre cost effective Used for the first time in earnest by Volvo, carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) will feature in the £135,000 ($176,400) Polestar 1’s bonnet, boot lid, side ...

  • BMW Dingolfing
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    Sticking together

    2018-11-27T15:07:00Z

    The use of a wide variety of materials throws-up significant production challenges and chief among those is joining. How can this plethora of materials be fixed together without affecting their structural integrity or their individual characteristics? The automotive industry is mostly set-up for resistance spot welding (RSW) . This ...

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    Drive for efficiency

    2018-11-19T11:02:00Z

    How can tier suppliers deliver a fast and efficient project? According to SSAB a close partnership with a material supplier and early involvement is the key to success Today, the competition in the automotive industry is driving the need for efficiency more than ever. As a result, OEMs ...

  • Screen Shot 2018-11-12 at 08.50.11
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    Cool calculations - rapid welding

    2018-11-19T10:28:00Z

    Advanced rapid welding technology is helping to surpass challenges in series production at Voestalpine Fronius has recently added the successful CMT welding process to the company’s most modern power source, the TPS/i. The second generation of the “cold arc” allows robotic welding in many applications with unprecedented levels of ...

  • Screen Shot 2018-11-12 at 08.50.11
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    Weld the right result

    2018-11-19T10:19:00Z

    Welding zinc coated steels presents a variety of challenges. Lincoln Electric’s Global Industry Segment Director for Transportation Tim Hurley explores the solutions As engineers and designers respond to the need to decrease vehicle weight while maintaining or improving crash worthiness, automotive manufacturers are using more high strength steels ...

  • coherent-rofin
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    Clean and tidy

    2018-11-16T10:11:00Z

    Coherent-ROFIN’s Frank Gäbler describes how the CleanWeld process can garner greater results in fibre laser welding While automotive manufacturers have successfully employed fibre lasers in metal welding for over a decade, efforts still continue to improve their utility and extend the results they deliver in terms of ...

  • IAC FastKast on MINI Countryman IP
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    Getting beneath the skin

    2018-11-12T08:45:00Z

    Specialists in automotive interiors have long been at the sharp end of sustainability issue. Gareth Price looks at the controls and techniques that are helping IAC Group improve process control and lower energy consumption Ever since environmental impact became a hot topic for discussion and action within the automotive ...