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Creating strong bonds

2019-10-09T09:33:00+01:00By James Bakewell

While mixed-material vehicle body structures yield impressive weight reduction results, the joining processes present a challenge for OEMs. How do they fix the myriad materials but still maintain the requisite properties and structural integrity?

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Form and function

2019-10-08T14:38:00+01:00By James Bakewell

Developments in composite parts are continuing to offer the automotive industry a variety of weight and cost advantages in high-volume production

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The thermal print principle

2019-10-02T13:25:00+01:00By schwartz

Heat treatment specialist schwartz has enhanced its system for tailored tempering – one that is capable of ‘printing’ components

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Suppliers will face squeeze as OEMs push to meet EU CO2 targets

2019-10-02T09:58:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

As carmakers strive to reach the more stringent CO2 emissions targets being phased in across the EU next year, we predict that many are likely to put more pressure on their supply base to help reduce emissions

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Weight out, strength in

2019-10-01T09:15:00+01:00By Henkel, sponsor partner

A strategic alliance between Henkel and RLE International is exploring the lightweighting innovations available when combining expertise in structural foam technology and engineering design. David Caro and Tobias Wigand describe the findings

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Pressing matters

2019-04-10T13:31:00+01:00By ABB

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 or service men and women?

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Tow tractor materials handling

2019-03-19T13:30:00+00:00By AMS

Designed to support manufacturing operations in transporting material to and from production lines, the new T7.0HS3 three-wheel and T8.0HS4 four-wheel rider tow tractors are capable of towing up to 7000kg or 8000kg respectively, claims Hyster.

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VW sets out Wolfsburg upgrade

2019-02-18T09:36:00+00:00By AMS

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

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New foam for instrument panels

2019-02-01T15:00:02+00:00By AMS

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 ...

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Pressed, radial ISO indexable inserts

2019-01-14T11:29:23+00:00By AMS

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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Dashboard meeting

2019-01-11T10:43:00+00:00By Gareth Price

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

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Paintshop 4.0

2019-01-10T14:54:00+00:00By Nick Holt

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

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Casting a duo

2019-01-08T16:37:00+00:00By Mike Farish

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

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Show and tell

2019-01-08T12:22:00+00:00By Profil

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A clean winner

2019-01-08T11:54:00+00:00By Coherent Rofin

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Pressing matters

2019-01-08T10:56:00+00:00By ABB

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Smartly pressed

2019-01-03T13:54:00+00:00By Mike Farish

OEMs and suppliers are teaming up to design and construct a state-of-art press shops, duly networked for an industry 4.0 approach

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New chapter, different story?

2019-01-02T15:42:00+00:00By Ian Henry

International expansion continues but, as Ian Henry reports, Audi’s long-term role within the VW Group is now under scrutiny

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Passing the test

2018-12-03T10:23:00+00:00By Mike Farish

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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High performance for next-gen at NIO

2018-12-03T09:32:00+00:00By Chemetall

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