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Marriage of Metals and Magnets

A new magnetic-pulse welding process for joining ferrous and non-ferrous metals is allowing Dana's Spicer Division to create lightweight bi-metallic driveshafts After seven years of research and development, a fully functional prototype machine is performing well enough that it's only a matter of time before a production version hits the factory floor

What's Happening to "Detroit Iron?"

Engine materials have certainly changed in the past decade, all in an effort to capture the holy grail of superior fuel economy and negligible emissions

Why Not Hire Mario Andretti to Run Your ERP System?

ERP outsourcing is currently gaining a tremendous momentum in industry because it frees up the intellectual capital of a company's senior management and Information Technology department, while ensuring the strategic goal of keeping the ERP system up and running

Beyond the Car Wash

There aren't too many cases when a company's name becomes synonymous with its product, but it is the case with the gaging systems created by Perceptron, Inc (Plymouth, MI) These sensor-based systems—often found at the ends of the lines in body shops, systems that have extensive rigging and frames to which the cameras are mounted in precise, defined orientations so as to capture specific data related to the bodies-in-white—are sometimes referred to as "car washes" because of the structures

Forward to Holography... & Back To Clay

Although there is a drive for more digital modeling, one scanning hardware/software company has developed the means to make accurate physical models faster, which may facilitate a return to fiberglass and clay models

Got Skill?

Part one of a three-part series by Colleen DeJong ERP outsourcing is currently gaining a tremendous momentum in industry because it frees up the intellectual capital of a company's senior management and Information Technology department, while ensuring the strategic goal of keeping the ERP system up and running

Can You Glue A Car Together?

I'm not talking about a plastic Revell model of a '57 Chevy, but a real vehicle, one that rolls off an assembly line in 1999 with another 99,999 just like it right behind Is it possible, or is this just a fantasy of the marketing department at Elmer's?

Getting Lean at Ford Windsor Operations

The popularity of trucks like the F-Series meant that the Ford Windsor Engine Plant needed to produce more engines The approach that's being taken to provide these engines is far from the status quo

Will We See Aluminum Fins?

New forming research shows that manipulating drawbeads can lead to greater formability of aluminum

Robotic Quartet: Digital & Real

Among some of the newer products being offered by robot companies are software-based systems, which shouldn't be too surprising nowadays Of course, work beyond manipulating digital information still needs to get accomplished, so there is also new iron

Marriage of Metals and Magnets

A new magnetic-pulse welding process for joining ferrous and non-ferrous metals is allowing Dana's Spicer Division to create lightweight bi-metallic driveshafts After seven years of research and development, a fully functional prototype machine is performing well enough that it's only a matter of time before a production version hits the factory floor

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The Kids are Alright

George Bernard Shaw once observed that youth is wasted on the young