John Pellettieri

New CGL to Meet Advanced High-Strength Steels Demand

By on August 1, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

United States Steel Corporation and Kobe Steel, Ltd. will begin construction of a new continuous galvanizing line (CGL) at their subsidiaries’ joint venture, PRO-TEC Coating Company in Leipsic, Ohio, in response to an increased demand for advanced highstrength steels (AHSS). The new CGL, an investment of approximately $400 million, will have a yearly capacity of […]

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GM Wins Altair Enlighten Award’s Full-Vehicle

By on July 30, 2018 in IN THE NEWS
GM Wins Altair Enlighten Award’s Full-Vehicle

This year’s winner of the Altair Enlighten Award’s full-vehicle category is General Motors’ 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, which weighed in at an impressive 450 pounds (204.5 kilograms) lighter than its predecessor. The award, given out by Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), honors the greatest achievements in vehicle-weight savings each year. Inspiring interest from […]

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McLaren CEO Touts Lighter Vehicles

By on July 16, 2018 in IN THE NEWS
McLaren CEO Touts Lighter Vehicles

The CEO of McLaren Automotive, known for its high-performance sports cars, is urging the British automotive industry to embrace lightweighting. Mike Flewitt said it is no longer a “power race,” rather a “weight race.” While powertrain innovation plays a key role, Flewitt maintains that aligning with lightweighting will improve performance while decreasing the ecological impact […]

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Eliminating a Vexing Problem — Fog on Headlights

Eliminating a Vexing Problem — Fog on Headlights

Imagine an automotive lamp that is fog free and weighs less than a conventional one. Hyundai Mobis did more than imagine. It developed new materials that fend off fog and slash weight by 20 percent. It took only 18 months start of finish for Hyundai Mobis along with Initz (SK Chemical’s subsidiary), a Korean materials […]

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Lightweighting While Restoring a 1990 Porsche 911

By on July 10, 2018 in IN THE NEWS
Lightweighting While Restoring a 1990 Porsche 911

Singer is in the business of restoring Porsche 911s. When a client said he wanted better performance and a lower weight in his 1990 Porsche 911, Singer set out to deliver. It  brought in Williams Advanced Engineering to achieve the modifications needed to make the car lighter while making it run better. Not an easy […]

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Honeycomb Board Auto Options

Honeycomb Board Auto Options

Mexico-based Fynotej is debuting various automotive applications for new ThermHex honeycomb technology from its partner, Belgium’s EconCore, at the NPE2018 Plastics Show. Fynotej is showing off its line of honeycomb boards, branded as Fynocore boards, which include thermally bonded, in-line skins. They are being sold as either solid PP sheets or with a non-woven surface […]

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ParaMatters Joins Techniplas Lightweight Design Program

ParaMatters Joins Techniplas Lightweight Design Program

Automotive product design and manufacturing company Techniplas recently announced a partnership with lightweighting software-design firm ParaMatters to bring that company into Techniplas’ open innovation program. ParaMatters will add a new cognitive design platform, intended to automatically generate additive manufacturing of high-performance, lightweight structures, to the Techniplas program. This will further advance Techniplas’ evolving Prime expanded […]

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Automating New Joining Technologies for Lightweight Materials

Automating New Joining Technologies for Lightweight Materials

Ongoing efforts to reduce vehicle weight by OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) create the requirement for new and innovative methods of joining in body-in-white (BIW) assembly systems. This article will discuss some of the challenges of integrating advanced joining processes into an automated production system based on our experience with such work at Comau, a member […]

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Material Card Data: The Foundation of Product Development

Material Card Data: The Foundation of Product Development

A critical and often underappreciated factor in successful product development programs is the availability and validity of material card information. The term “material card” refers to the collection of input data that design engineers must enter into their simulation programs prior to modeling their designs. As the level of complexity of the design exercise increases, […]

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GMC Sierra Goes on a Diet

By on April 11, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
GMC Sierra Goes on a Diet

Starting with its 2019 model, the GMC Sierra’s pickup box will be made of lightweight carbon fiber. Called CarbonPro, the box is more than 60 pounds lighter than previous steel versions. In addition, GM says CarbonPro will increase efficiency and durability. “In 116 years of making GMC pickup trucks, our industry-first carbon-fiber box is the […]

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