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Innovation station

2019-11-18T15:04:00+00:00By Dürr, sponsor partner

Downtimes caused by sudden malfunctions can be reduced, thanks to Dürr’s automated guided vehicles

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Lamborghini puts the AI in paint

2019-11-14T11:55:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Chief manufacturing officer at the Sant’Agata Bolognese plant, Ranieri Niccoli speaks to AMS about the smart features now employed in the factory’s new paintshop

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OEMs’ profit strategies today could hurt them tomorrow

2019-09-30T08:53:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Ahead of stringent EU emissions targets starting in 2020, some carmakers are pursuing strategies that actually go against what they will ultimately need to do to reduce hefty fines. This makes sense – but only for now

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EU fines and electric future not entirely in the hands of OEMs

2019-09-26T09:46:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

In the face of government and citizens’ rising concern over climate change, vehicle emission regulations around the world are tightening, especially in Europe. In our latest business intelligence report, we forecast that carmakers will face hefty fines under tightening vehicle emission targets, driven largely by factors outside their control.

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Re-tooling of manufacturing plants and supply chain for EVs pose investment risk for OEMs

2019-09-23T06:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Tooling and conversion of automotive plants are significant costs for OEMs as they invest in electrification, which some may struggle to afford, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.  

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Electrification production costs poses risk for automotive OEMs

2019-09-19T07:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

The high R&D, production and supply chain costs of electric vehicles could mean that OEMs will be selling most at a loss for years to come, according to a report by Automotive from Ultima Media.

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Audi tests new sealing process in paint shop

2019-09-13T10:11:00+01:00By AMS

Hungary - The new sealing process could soon be rolled out across all Audi paint shops

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Quick learners

2019-08-22T16:00:00+01:00By Gareth Price

From training, quality and work station design, OEMs are seeing a host of applications that can benefit from virtual and augmented reality technology

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Digitalised energy saving

2019-08-22T14:29:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Vehicle production has become increasingly digitalised, with a variety of different tools helping workers on production lines. These tools can also help reduce energy usage. Michael Nash provides an insight

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BMW Research & Innovation Centre Pilot Plant

2019-08-22T11:22:00+01:00By AMS

BMW provides a glimpse inside its Research & Innovation Centre Pilot Plant, which is located in Munich, Germany

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Automation advances

2019-08-14T13:41:00+01:00By Mike Farish

AMS investigates how robotics can be adapted to a wider range of applications and the potential offered by 5G communications

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Finding the right balance

2019-08-06T13:57:00+01:00By Schenck, sponsor partner

Schenck RoTec has created a balancing system for e-drive production lines, which is fulfilling the needs of EV makers seeking a flexible and efficient automation solution

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Powered up and fully prepared

2019-08-06T13:27:00+01:00By Rockwell Automation, sponsor partner

We need to be ready for electric vehicle battery demand, says Bill Sarver, Rockwell Automation’s senior industry consultant for global automotive and tyre

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5G networking spreads in car production

2019-07-30T11:52:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Certain companies have started leveraging 5G in their car manufacturing facilities in China with the hope of drastically increasing efficiency. Michael Nash provides an insight

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FCA starts building BEV production line

2019-07-15T14:20:00+01:00By AMS

Italy - The highly automated line will be used to make the Fiat 500 BEV

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Cutting battery production costs

2019-06-20T13:46:00+01:00By Michael Nash

Automation and economies of scale could see a reduction in battery production costs. Michael Nash takes a look

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Keeping in focus

2019-05-20T14:29:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Ford has invested in its Saarlouis plant to produce the latest generation of its popular Focus model. Nick Holt visited the plant to get a look at the upgrades to the production process

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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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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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The imitation game

2019-03-04T16:46:00+00:00By Mike Farish

Working with a local robotics start-up in Germany, Volkswagen is exploring a new programming technique that allows assembly workers to teach a cobot all the right moves

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