So now people are buying small cars.
Although this still may be in the conceptual stages, aggressive work is going on in the U.K. focused on alternative powertrains.
I never thought I'd live to see a repeat of 1976, but it is looking like we are about to enter a prolonged period of retreat on many fronts as the "malaise" of the recent years settles upon the electorate.
If it doesn't have enough problems, the auto industry is being vexed by another: a lack of good people-especially at the top.
Richard Gresens has always been fascinated with speed and movement.
It doesn't take much examination of the global competitive landscape to see that India is emerging as a formidable competitor to the United States.
People looking for either machining on six faces of a workpiece or for machining of two of the same parts at the same time or machining of two different workpieces at the same time or...well, you get it, there are plenty of options...should consider the Ideo 2 transfer machining system from Mikron Corp. (www.mikron.com; Monroe, CT). This machining system is capable of handling workpieces-be they steel, aluminum or something in between-measuring up to 250 x 250 x 250 mm.
Jim Farley has what some might say is the most difficult-yet possibly the most rewarding-job in the auto industry, if he can pull off a monumental task.
Reaction Design’s (www.reactiondesign.com) simulation tools designed to model fuel mixture chemical reactions during the combustion process have been criticized for taking too much time and draining computing resources, so its new CHEMKIN-PRO software package has been designed to operate at faster speeds. “Through a new algorithmic technique we can now take the run time down by a factor up to 20 from where we were just last year,” says Bernie Rosenthal, company CEO, who cites a recent benchmark study of the CHEMKIN-PRO software showing simulation time on a large gas turbine engine dropping to 13 minutes from 5 hours and an ICE engine simulation going to 3 minutes from just under one hour.
Something Really New is something really new, inasmuch as it is a book that, as its subtitle promises, includes “three simple steps” that can be used to create products. “Innovative products.” Denis J.
While the high-performance software package Maple from Maplesoft (www.maplesoft.com; Waterloo, Ontario) has long been used by engineers for solving mathematical problems and to create related technical documents, Jim Cooper, company CEO, says, “We wanted to make the product easy to use.” After all, the problems to be solved are tough enough.
While many automotive companies seem to be looking to places other than southeastern Michigan for facilities—and let’s face it, there are few companies nowadays that are looking to open anything—Kolbenschmidt Pierburg AG (www.kspg.com; Neckarsulm, Germany) has just opened a 60,000-ft2 technical center in Auburn Hills, MI.
Typically, drive torque is transmitted between the wheel bearing and the axle journal via radial splines.
Chances are, you’re in the meatball business.
Tighten the fuel economy standards, and diesels begin to appear in future product plans.
Siemens PLM Software has developed what it claims—and the patent is pending—is technology that provides history-free, feature-based modeling.
“I am working on cars for an international audience and I did not expect that would happen in my career, especially having grown up in regional Victoria in Australia.” —Warrack Leach.
When it comes to carbon fiber for vehicle applications, the definition of what constitutes a "volume" vehicle has a different meaning than most everyone understands.
Cost pressures, time, and timidity are keeping OEMs from realizing the full potential of leather trimmed interiors, says Seton Leather. "Suddenly, leather in non-seating applications is really taking off, so we are either lucky or smart that we made the decision 20 years ago to focus on wrapping interior components with leather," says Rodney Hammond, v.p. and general manager, Seton Leather (Farmington Hills, MI; www.setonleather.com). That decision saw Seton wrapping instrument panels for Mercedes and Volvo, and has expanded to include programs for Cadillac and Buick, an upcoming Chrysler model, and few of the transplant OEMs.
While Dassault Systèmes is all about 3D virtualization-create, share, and experience life through virtual design, production, testing, and simulation-the company's software products are anything but virtual.
Any doubts that technology could be harnessed to produce supercar-surpassing performance in a well-rounded package have been put to rest. "Mr.
Oliver Stefani has worked on a variety of vehicles for Volkswagen, from advanced studies to the New Beetle Convertible. He did the exterior design for the forthcoming Passat CC, a car that is unlike most other Volkswagen models-but still, he insists, a Volkswagen.
Ford Motor Company is aggressively pursuing the small - nano-scale improvements - in its quest to make better, lighter vehicles.
Since making its debut on the auto show circuit in 2001, Infiniti's FX has generated a love/hate relationship for its polarizing design. Now, it's time to diminish the hate.
Not only does this German company create clever concepts, but it has even launched into production of an Israeli-developed all-terrain vehicle—in metro Detroit.
Lightweight Rivet ToolEmhart Teknologies’ (www.emhart.com) new POP ProSet 3400 Rivet Tool can accommodate all size 4, 5, 6 and 8 blind rivets, including high-strength and stainless steel.