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CELL FOR PLASTIC PARTS

Three manufacturers—Stäubli Robotics (wwwstaubliroboticscom), BOY, a manufacturer of injection molding machines (wwwdr-boyde), and Ludwig Schleicher GmbH (wwwschleicher-gmbhde), a systems supplier—have gotten together and devised a fully automated standard injection molding cell for small parts production

CVTS GO OFF ROAD

While gaining acceptance in passenger car applications, continuously variable transmission (CVT) systems haven’t made much of a dent in the light truck and SUV market

DFMA UP TO DATE

DFMA—Design for Manufacture and Assembly—has been around for a long time

Big Apple Marks Season's End

As families begin thinking about summer vacation, auto show planners are getting ready for a long-deserved break as the domestic circuit wrapped up another season with the New York Auto Show

SPEED = MONEY. HOW FAST DO YOU WANT TO GO?

If you have a new supercar using Formula 1 technology, where would you launch it?

AUTOS & ROBOTS

There probably isn’t a single person who hasn’t seen one of the multitudinous photos of a robotic weld line in a plant, with the sparks a-flying, like the one shown here, which is a shot of Mustangs going together in the AAI facility in Flat Rock, MI

Intestinal Fortitude

At a time when there are more visible CEOs in courtrooms than in recent memory, the title and subtitle of this book, It Takes A CEO: It’s Time to Lead With Integrity, seems, well, somewhat mixed

Feature

The Inside Story: Why Interiors Matter

Not so long ago, being assigned to an interior design program for a Big Three vehicle was not unlike being put in a penalty box, at least compared to the people assigned to doing exteriors But driven by the need to catch up to the likes of Audi and Scion, all that’s changing

Acura RDX Purpose-Built For The Urban Environment (Where Most SUVS Tend To Tread)

Yes, it has all-wheel drive Yes, it is an SUV But when Acura planners and engineers looked at demographic data and saw that in many major cities young professionals are moving back downtown, they decided to address that trend with a completely new vehicle

Mass Produced, but JUST FOR YOU

Audi’s quattro GmbH subsidiary and Ferrari’s Carrozzeria Scaglietti and Special Equipment programs illustrate the lengths to which top line automakers will go to please their customers

QFD ANALYSIS: From Customer Needs to Design Specs

Translating customer needs and requirements into design and engineering specifications is mostly a matter of listening, seeing, quantifying the qualitative, and then figuring out the possibilities Yes, there are tools that can help

CX-7: Mazda's Take On A CUV

They didn’t want to build just any crossover So they took the Mazda6 platform and the car’s designer and devised the CX-7

ENGINEERING A 21ST CENTURY BUS

Although the attention of many in Detroit is on flex-fuel solutions for cars and trucks, there is another approach being worked in southeastern Michigan: A better bus

BMW SEARCHES FOR EFFICIENCY

What’s the next step for BMW?

'Safe' & Cooperative Robots

Historically, there has been a separation between worker and robot in industrial settings

A NEW HYBRID MOUSETRAP?

Building a better mousetrap can be a daunting task, especially since the one on the market since 1897 already has a kill rate of 80%-plus, which in itself would seem impossible to surpass

Columns

Insider: Like A Broken Record

Domestic automakers have been clamoring for years about the in-effectiveness of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations in the US

Profile: BMW’s David Robb & Two Wheel Design

Like his counterpart Chris Bangle, David Robb has taken some flak during his 13-year tenure as the design boss for BMW’s motorcycle business

Insight: Driven to Distraction

The auto industry is tough for OEMs and suppliers alike, but recent studies have shown that it’s a jungle out there for end users, as well

Dudder: Man vs. Machine

I have noticed a troubling trend in the industry

Marginal: (Un)Stuck in the Middle

Being on the edge sounds dangerous

On Strategy: Hybrids & Customers

With oil prices at a record high, global warming and depleting fossil fuel stocks, calls for efficient, environmentally friendly cars are becoming more frequent

EuroAuto: Advanced Material for Racing

Titanium aluminides have a high potential to be used as high-temperature structural materials due to their outstanding mechanical properties combined with low density