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AMS Lightweighting 2021 – Weighing the options

2021-09-27T07:00:00+01:00By AMS

This edition features insights on how manufacturing engineers and designers are taking new approaches to vehicle architectures and production to integrate lighter, more efficient materials – especially for EVs – to reduce weight and improve sustainability. Featuring Ford, Gestamp, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Dreistern and more

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Stress test: new modelling approach for component fatigue testing

2021-09-16T18:36:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The development of lightweight structures and components for electric vehicles has created a demand for more comprehensive and modern test-and-measurement processes to evaluate component fatigue and service life. Lucia Barbu, research professor and project coordinator at Fatigue4light gives insight into the challenges and solutions

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Electrification and digitalisation go hand in hand at Ford and VW

2021-05-20T14:46:00+01:00By Illya Verpraet

As the automotive industry electrifies, manufacturing is changing dramatically and OEMs are using big data to keep pace with that change. Increasingly moving into the world of tech, old quality control processes may no longer suffice since a lot of EV components cannot be reworked like traditional equivalents. Manufacturing has to be ultra-precise like never before.

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Watch: Electrifying Production – How to build an electric future (Pt.2)

2021-05-06T19:10:00+01:00By AMS

In the second part of our Electrifying Production Livestream series, AMS explores how OEMs are ramping up EV production through modular strategies, data analytics and advanced joining and metrology tools. Featuring Volkswagen Group, Ford, Renishaw and Atlas Copco.

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AI and automation in automotive production need people and quality data to succeed

2020-12-23T16:19:00+00:00By Illya Verpraet

Experts from BMW, Ford, Symbio Robotics and Cosmo Tech discussed how artificial intelligence (AI) and automation in automotive production need fast ramp-up times and adoption by employees to succeed. High-quality data and use of simulation are also key.

The VET centre offers testing for a range of propulsion systems, including alternative fuel, electric hybrid, fully electric and hydrogen fuel cell

Allison Transmission starts vehicle testing at Indianapolis facility

2020-09-01T14:28:00+01:00By Nick Holt

The company has opened its new Vehicle Environmental Test (VET) centre to conduct year-round testing, replicating vehicle environments and duty cycles

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EV motors – measurement & testing

2020-07-20T11:26:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Improving the efficiency of the electric powertrains will require suitable test processes. To provide some insight into the requirements and challenges we spoke to Randy Beattie, president at SAKOR technologies

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Measuring success with ABB’s 3D robot inspection technology

2020-06-23T09:21:00+01:00By ABB, sponsor partner

The latest quality inspection system scans manufactured products 10 times faster than traditional measuring machines, while also offering more information for accurate analysis

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Do or die: quality and precision begins with the toolmaking

2020-01-28T14:44:00+00:00By Steed Webzell

Mould and die manufacturers reveal the latest solutions deployed to ensure quality control remains paramount

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Measure for measure: as vehicle tech advances, so do the test methods

2020-01-28T11:44:00+00:00By Mike Farish

To improve vehicle and component quality, and reduce time to market for new models, testing technologies need to be smarter and faster

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Measuring cost

2020-01-08T11:22:00+00:00By Simufact, sponsor partner

As pressure mounts for OEMs to reduce costs, Simufact explains why the design and development stages are crucial in making significant savings for complex assemblies

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Measuring success

2019-10-01T14:44:00+01:00By Renishaw, sponsor partner

Challenges lie ahead as electric vehicle development accelerates. Renishaw is supporting its global customers with fast, flexible and future-proof solutions

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Latest edition of measurement software

2019-03-20T08:30:00+00:00By AMS

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence (HMI) division says it has launched PC-DMIS 2018 R2, the latest edition of its measurement software, and the second of two major releases scheduled for PC-DMIS in 2018. The company says this latest edition introduces a new reporting workflow, making it possible to create customised reports with ...

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Combination sensor for thickness measurement

2019-03-18T17:19:00+00:00By AMS

A new sensor system that combines an eddy current sensor with a capacitive displacement sensor in a single housing has been launched by Micro-Epsilon. The company claims this sensor concept enables high precision one-sided thickness measurements of plastic film or coatings applied on metal objects, plates or sheets.

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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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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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Access to accuracy

2019-01-08T11:14:00+00:00By Perceptron

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The need for speed

2019-01-04T11:47:00+00:00By GOM

Faster measurement times and precise data quality are the result of GOM’s new generation of 3D scanners

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Optical 3D metrology in the automotive body shop

2018-12-18T13:01:00+00:00By Natasha Warne

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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