All Tier suppliers articles

  • Presse-Information Fronius: Aluminiumteile punkten - Georg Fischer nutzt erfolgreich innovatives Widerstands-Punktschweiï¬verfahren
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    Solutions on the spot

    2014-06-27T16:24:39Z

    Recent innovations are ensuring that spot welding is a viable joining method for aluminium automotive parts and structures While spot welding has been the joining method of choice for automotive BIW applications, one area where it has shortcomings is welding aluminium. The use of this material in BIW structures ...

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    Part perfect for BWI

    2010-01-01T10:46:02Z

    Mount technology Variations on a theme Braking ground Test for success Design for Environment The latest part of Delphi to be sold to a private firm was its Ride Dynamics and Brakes unit, which has become Beijing West Industries (BWI) Group. Under GM, Delphi was of the world’s largest automotive ...

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    Fast finish

    2010-01-01T10:04:04Z

    Anything’s possible Return to racing The term ‘rapid prototyping’ is not popular among the companies that provide the relevant technologies, for two basic reasons: its association with the sophisticated but expensive techniques involving laser curing of resin materials that predominated when the concept first appeared a couple of decades ago; ...

  • pi1
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    Pigs in the paint shop

    2008-09-01T15:21:00Z

    VarioBell at Rehau Robots on the inside Plastic component supplier Rehau and BMW have both benefited from the latest paint line technology supplied by Eisenmann. And it’s based on a pigging system that enables rapid paint changes with little loss Surface finishing ...

  • mm1
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    New methods for manufacturing

    2008-09-01T15:05:05Z

    Welding robots Military spaceframes Throat size Moulding the liner PUR skin LFI Inmold Taking out the VOCs By-passing the bridge Research effort Scanning for accuracy Production future Tier suppliers and manufacturers of vehicles outside the passenger car market have long been pioneers in the adoption of new technologies. AMS examines ...

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    Tier suppliers under pressure

    2008-05-01T14:06:54Z

    Cost of raw materials is relentless The supplier base is shrinking Assembly integration Life’s a batch Getting up close and personal Consolidation could be the new trend The economic downswing means that more than ever, Tier Ones in the automotive sector are fighting for business, but there are a few ...

  • ve1
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    Light-weighting vehicle electronics

    2008-01-01T10:06:18Z

    Heavy metal The heat of battle Garry Myatt of Exception PCB takes a look at how saving weight and increasing durability in vehicle electronic architectures can draw lessons from race car technology developments The quest to develop more powerful, yet lighter, electronics systems for the motor industry is one of ...

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    The optics at Ogihara

    2007-09-01T16:54:42Z

    When Japanese Tier One parts supplier Ogihara introduced its revolutionary manufacturing system it needed to bring OEMs up to speed with a user-friendly measurement data solution. CogniTens’ Optigo technology provided the means at just the right time Ahead of the game Enter CogniTens Time-sensitive troubleshooting Re-engineering and Optigo Key benefits ...

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    Differentiation is key

    2007-09-01T12:20:37Z

    With the aid of specialist software from Dassault Systèmes, American Specialty Cars has come up with an innovative open air roof solution that will rejuvenate the SUV market Design agility accommodates a soaring market opportunity The right solution, used the right way Products are right the first time Aficionados know ...

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    Keeping the machines running

    2007-09-01T10:36:26Z

    Fastems has worked with Doesburg Components of the Netherlands to become more productive while remaining competitive with companies which have shifted production to the East Building for the future Quality recognition The art of flexibility Filling the gaps in the labour force What does a heavy truck parts supplier to ...

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    Auto wheel mounting and rotor-rooting

    2007-09-01T10:26:45Z

    A vision system assists in automated wheel fitting, solving one of the toughest final assembly challenges. Ever tried lifting 35-pound castings on to a machining line for a whole shift? Nor have the operators at TRW Automotive, because it has systems in place to do this How the camera system ...

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    Turning up the WiC

    2007-07-01T16:11:10Z

    BERU F1 is working in harness with carmakers to protect and package wiring solutions for today’s more sophisticated vehicles. Reliable protection Versatility Significant advances in the materials used in wiring harnesses offer the automotive industry opportunities to enhance the packaging, weight and functionality by combining composites and loom into a ...

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    From function blocks to engine blocks

    2007-07-01T15:09:42Z

    Schneider Electric has developed digital function blocks that allow cost efficiency and application support for major Tier One suppliers Ready for reuse Programming project book As Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) programmers know well, there are two schools of thought on how you program them. There’s the North American “ladder logic” ...

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    Spin doctors among the Tiers

    2007-07-01T11:43:17Z

    Major OEMs are turning to the expertise of established Tier One machine makers to meet time critical lathing needs Robot help Safety and quality Lathe components Grinding problems Winning back work Business boost Supplier performance Tapping on-line Banishing burrs While OEMs carry out a lot of their machining in-house, there ...

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    The pressures of the press line

    2007-01-01T15:00:38Z

    Consolidation in the pressing business, both in terms of process steps and suppliers, is seeing the development of smarter applications in body-in-white and door assembly. AMS looks at Stadco and its subassembly supply. Turning Japanese Cost and innovation Location, location, location Strength means complexity Quality through consolidation Bumper business There ...