The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program is an undertaking that has not only resulted in a whole new suite of cost-effective military aircraft, but has had an effect on the capabilities and functionalities of product lifecycle management (PLM) systems used in industries including auto. By the way: Think a car has lots of parts? An F-35 has about 1.5 million.
Lean initiatives to eliminate waste are not just for production and inventory management. They also apply to product development. Here's how PLM can make that happen.
The winds of change in the auto industry may blow some automakers off course, but TRW is preparing safety systems designed to keep them on track.
Seventeen years after its debut, Lexus, with the LS 460, is producing a product that is in no way a derivative of what other brands are building. It has established itself as a contender in the luxury segment in its own right.
As vp of Technology at AMT, Paul Warndorf is keeping tabs on what's going on in both the commercial and academic worlds when it comes to material processing. Here's some of the things he's seen of late.
Folding hardtops are becoming as common as iPods these days. Ford's 1957-1959 Fairlane Skyliner took technology originally developed for the Continental Mark II to production, but the complex and heavy mechanism never caught on. Years later, the idea was revived by the folding roof of the Mercedes SLK, and found its way into everything from the extremely rare Qvale Mangusta to Cadillac's XLR, before targeting more affordable offerings like Volvo's C70 and Pontiac's G6. Now VW enters the fray with its Eos, a Golf-based four-seater that adds a few tricks of its own to the mix.
Adrian Hallmark, executive vice president, Volkswagen of America, says that VW wants to be a volume player in the U.S. market.
Restructuring involves the creative destruction and reinvention of today’s top automotive OEMs and suppliers.
Having recently acquired a 2006 Dodge Ram with a standard 4.7-liter V8, I thought I would do my part to help the environment by using E85 as my fuel of choice.
Many successful business out-comes depend on a good assessment of the "window of opportunity." There is often an element of time that needs to be considered: Something can make perfect sense at one point in time but not another, or it can be a good idea for a while but not indefinitely.
With the ever-increasing sophistication of computational fluid dynamics (CFD), rather dismissively known as "Color For Directors" by some aerodynamicists, the role of the wind tunnel has been called into question.
"People don't need our s---. That's what I tell my people all of the time." So said Peter van Stolk to me in a conversation that I'd had the pleasure of having with him at the Management Briefing Seminars held by the Center for Automotive Research in Traverse City in August.
Sitting in the front passenger seat of my 2003 Mini Cooper was an engineer from one of the domestic automakers.
TOOLHOLDER FOR THREADING A tool-holder from Seco-Carboloy (www.secocarboloy.com; Warren, MI) for its Snap Tap thread turning inserts features an Anti-Twist insert locking system.
When Turbocam (www.turbocam.com; Dover, NH), a supplier of turbo machinery parts for ground and aerospace transportation applications, was tasked with producing a diesel engine turbocharger impeller for a customer, it installed a new production cell.
DaimlerChrysler’s new SMART ev, an electrically powered version of the fortwo model, will be offered to UK corporate customers on a lease basis as part of a trial marketing program starting this November.
The so-called "global economy" is pretty much like the weather.
George Pipas, U.S.
Honda has developed a new “bio-fabric” that uses PPT (polypropylene terephthalate) as its base material.
So what happens if you're a supplier and you don't think that your customer is being fair?