PROCESSES & FABRICATING

Digital Validation & Beyond

By on September 10, 2018 in PROCESSES & FABRICATING
Digital Validation & Beyond

Lightweighting, Safety and Dimensional Compliance Driven by lightweighting and safety needs, the application of press hardening steels to Body-in-White components has exploded in recent years. Product design, manufacturing engineering and production technologies have witnessed tremendous innovation toward producing parts with optimally developed and tailored properties. Digital engineering and validation tools have also kept pace with […]

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Smart Machinery: Critical to Running Your Business

By on September 7, 2018 in PROCESSES & FABRICATING
Smart Machinery: Critical to Running Your Business

Many machinery production lines continue to use aged manufacturing processes with little integration of modern data analytics and decision-support tools. The history of materials is filled with transformational advancements catalyzed by increasingly lighter materials that have made it possible to achieve more functionality with less. Recent fuel-efficiency improvements in the automotive and aerospace industries and […]

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Noise, Vibration & Harshness Challenges in Vehicle Lightweighting

By on September 3, 2018 in PROCESSES & FABRICATING
Noise, Vibration & Harshness Challenges in Vehicle Lightweighting

With consumers and government regulators demanding greater fuel economy and fewer CO2 emissions, reducing vehicle weight remains a global megatrend and a key goal in new vehicle development for manufacturers and component suppliers. As the vehicle body structure represents a significant percentage of total vehicle mass, much of today’s engineering efforts focus on lightweighting the […]

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Tier I Supplier Upgrades IMMS

Tier I Supplier Upgrades IMMS

Mitsubishi, wishing to overhaul its injection molding machines (IMMs) for bumpers, brought in Patti Engineering. As reported by Automation World, the Detroit-based company was charged with replacing Mitsubishi Electric A Series programmable logic controllers (PLCs) with Mitsubishi’s Melsec-Q Series PLCs. Patti Engineering also was to upgrade the machines’ human-machine interfaces (HMIs) to the InduSoft Web […]

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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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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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New LIFT Machining Facility

New LIFT Machining Facility

Detroit’s Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) manufacturing institute and Michigan’s Heller Machine Tools revealed a plan to invest $1.5 million in a five-axis Heller FP 6000-based machining facility at LIFT’s Lightweight Innovation Acceleration Center in Detroit. The goal of the new facility is to develop new machining techniques for lightweight materials used in a variety […]

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Recycling Plastic Parts

A recent report from the Plastics Industry Association has results from the first phase of the association’s End-of-Life (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project. The project examines the viability of collecting and reprocessing plastic auto parts so that they can be recycled into other automotive applications. The project, which will continue into two more phases, looked at […]

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