May 2012



Steel: Reduces Noise. And Mass. And Cost.

Although the material from Material Sciences Corp is named for one of its properties, what it can deliver goes well beyond its quiet characteristic

Interiors: Battle of the Bulk

By rethinking designs and working toward more efficient solutions, seats will be major contributors to vehicle downsizing and lightweighting

Autodesk Puts PLM in the Cloud

This PLM product has all the advantages of next-generation, cloud-based technology It’s also quick, easy, inexpensive

Acura: Getting Back to Engineering

Although it was the first Japanese luxury brand in the US market, Acura has not gained the sort of traction that a first-mover might achieve So with the ILX and new RDX it is working to improve its momentum

Improving Powertrains— Conventional and Advanced

Schaeffler Group makes products ranging from bearings to differentials Here’s a look at some of its recent developments

Reducing Mass and Cutting Costs with Steel

For the past few years, it seems like steel has become the dominant material of choice for automotive applicationsSure, there are exceptions to this


The Uneven State of the Truck Equipment Market

The automotive industry looms large in Michigan, but it is not the only vehicular game in town

On Mfg

Inserts for improved turning; thread tapping tools; interference-free five-axis machining

On Electronics

Intel Inside Your DashIn anticipation of the exploding growth of Internet content and mobile devices in motor vehicles that’s expected to continue to expand, Intel (intelcom) is putting its money where its market data is by establishing a $100-million Connected Car Fund

The Green Guide

A look at how some suppliers are developing sustainable products and technology to meet the needs of OEMs, consumers, and the environment


3D printing; optical measuring and data acquisition sensor; free interactive CAD plug-in tool; cast urethane molding; 3D/2D software

Politics, Production & Petroleum

Rising demand means rising prices at the pump Ipso facto


Bentley Interiors with Tech Specifications

Inside the Bentley Mulsanne

Material for an Audi Interior Component

Center console made with a resin from Styron Automotive for the Audi Q3

Safety, Sensors & Seats

Alan Taub, shortly before his recent retirement from his post as vice president of General Motors Global R&D, said that when it comes to vehicle-related safety, the last 50 years have pretty much been spent focusing on protecting the occupants of the vehicle and, more recently, pedestrians

Clean Foam Composites

Málama’s foams are made with polyols that are derived from domestically grown plant oils like soy and castor

Making a Knobless Center Console Controller

An innovative concept for vehicle interiors that replaces buttons, switches and knobs in the center console with a smooth injection molded surface has been developed and processed by Magna Exterior & Interior Systems and ENGEL

IQMS Develops Hardware Solution

Long known for its ERP software, IQMS (iqmscom) has decided that beyond providing its EnterpriseIQ software that it would be a good idea to provide some hardware specifically tailored to provide shop floor functionality, so it set about to develop the RTStation, a touch-screen device that is designed and engineered for at-machine useSpecifically, the RTStation displays machine information ranging from part counts and cycle speeds to downtime and job setup information via alphanumerics, images, and graphs