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Digital tools connect plants to low energy operations

2020-01-15T11:53:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Big opportunities to reduce energy consumption in car manufacturing facilities are waiting to be explored. AMS looks at carmakers taking the path to becoming more eco-friendly

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Is Sony’s Vision S a scary sight, or a revelation for carmakers and suppliers?

2020-01-13T06:00:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

Should automotive manufacturers fear or embrace this surprise announcement from the consumer technology giant?

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Setting the pace – AP Racing speeds up smart production

2020-01-09T16:05:00+00:00By Mike Farish

A new €1m assembly line is helping UK-based high-performance brake component supplier AP Racing take a smarter approach to production

Automotive Tier Supplier Profit Analysis 2020: Mitigating Margin Compression Whilst Navigating Unprecedented Industry Transformation

Tier Supplier Profit Analysis: Mitigating Margin Compression and Manufacturing Costs

2020-01-06T10:30:00+00:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Automotive tier 1 suppliers are facing unprecedented industry transformation in electrification along with economic uncertainty. Download this report on the top 20 global suppliers for a deep analysis of their historic margins, as well as solutions for how suppliers could cope with growing pressures and changes in manufacturing across the supply base

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Building Volkswagen’s Industrial Cloud

2019-11-18T06:30:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

Volkswagen Group’s landmark project with Amazon Web Services will help to connect all its global factories, and eventually the supply chain as well. At the core of the project is a drive to establish a standard software stack that will transform the way production IT is developed and implemented across Volkswagen locations.

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Suppliers will charge the change: opportunities in the EV value chain

2019-11-07T05:30:00+00:00By Daniel Harrison

While much focus is put on OEM plans to launch more electric vehicles, a great deal of the technology, value, production and services will come from both existing and emerging suppliers across the value chain. We expect many new opportunities for these companies over the next decade.

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A proactive approach

2019-10-07T12:11:00+01:00By Mike Farish

Predictive maintenance offers big gains in production efficiency. Mike Farish looks at some examples of how these systems have been developed and applied

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Parts sorting and storage system

2019-03-22T14:30:00+00:00By AMS

Said to have been developed to meet the needs of the automotive industry, Daifuku’s SPDR temporary storage and sortation systems for spare parts features an automated robotic arm, which automatically lowers and raises to grasp a range of tote sizes, and it’s claimed is suitable for kitting operations. Daifuku says ...

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New piston developments

2019-03-21T14:30:00+00:00By AMS

MAHLE says it is developing a new generation of piston coatings that are intended to guide and reduce the heat entering the pistons. The company claims this initially reduces the demand for piston cooling, and the increased exhaust gas temperature allows a higher quantity of energy to be extracted by ...

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Variable valve timing system

2019-03-18T16:54:00+00:00By AMS

Variable valve timing that is adapted to the different engine operating conditions can be achieved with its Shifting Roller system, claims Mahle. It features an adjustable cam follower, that can be brought into contact with one of the two cam lobes, which have different profiles, says the company. Depending on ...

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Sealant dispensing system

2019-03-13T17:44:00+00:00By AMS

The preeflow eco-DUO600 is a volumetric metering, mixing and dispensing unit which uses a progressive cavity pump principle to deliver precise amounts of the mixed sealant, says Intertronics. The company claims these systems provide precision control of the material output (which can be dynamically changed). This means that the FIP ...

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Assembly line automation

2019-03-13T17:40:00+00:00By AMS

Nextsense says its Calipri systems can be used to monitor the process of car assembly from body-in-white to end-of-line final assembly. The company claims its fully automatic C12 cobot systems allows human workers and robots to work side by side in a continuous production line – without separation, mechanical barriers ...

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Shift of power

2019-03-04T15:21:00+00:00By Gareth Price

Emobility may be flourishing but the internal combustion engine still has a long way to run. Gareth Price speaks to leading powertrain component suppliers endeavouring to make a smooth transition

On a twinning streak

On a twinning streak

2019-03-04T12:29:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Creating a digital twin of manufacturing operations can deliver development and efficiency benefits. Mike Farish reports 

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At the leading edge

2019-03-04T12:18:00+00:00By Steed Webzell

Steed Webzell looks at edge computing and the hardware requirements for those looking to digitally monitor, measure or control their machining operations

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Augmented assistance

2019-03-04T11:36:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Fraunhofer IPA Smart System Optimization tool

Identifying errors in manufacturing systems

2019-02-02T10:00:00+00:00By AMS

Smart System Optimisation

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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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PSA juggles engines and motors

2019-01-23T12:01:00+00:00By Michael Nash

Engine manufacturing facilities around the world are changing. Pressure from governments and changes to legislation are pushing carmakers to develop new internal combustion engines (ICEs), the production of which often requires new assembly lines and equipment.

SICK vision-guided part localisation systems

Vision-guided part localisation systems

2019-01-17T15:00:06+00:00By AMS

The PLOC2D and PLB 520 are 2D and 3D vision-guided part localisation systems from SICK. The company says these are designed for the set-up of robot picking from a belt, bin or stillage, and are suitable for both cobots and conventional industrial robots.