Laser tailored blanks are produced by taking (usually) steel of different gauges, grades, and/or coatings and welding them (usually) with a laser to that the result is a blank that can be formed that will have the necessary characteristics in the right locations.
Although it has been known as the "T-Box,*" according to Mark Spain, senior director, Microsoft’s Automotive Business Unit, that’s simply been the internal name of this system.
"This new manufacturing facility reaffirms Hyundai's commitment toward investing in the U.S. economy, as well as its commitment toward U.S. consumers," said Mong-Koo Chung, chairman of Hyundai Automotive Group, on May 20 in Montgomery, Alabama.
Cobasys (Orion, MI) is a joint venture of ChevronTexaco Technology Ventures and Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) that arose out of ECD's involvement with GM's EV1 electric car program.
Through testing, both virtual and actual, Delphi Corp. (Troy, MI; www.delphi.com) engineers have discovered that combining an energy absorbing steering column, collapsible knee bolster and an energy absorbing pedal structure into a single unit lets them: (1) improve occupant kinematics in a crash to the extent they can significantly reduce lower extremity injuries, and (2) reduce vehicle assembly time while improving quality.Delphi claims its Driver Protection Module (DPM) can reduce serious injuries—especially those to the lower extremities—by as much as 27% which, in some instances, may allow OEMs to use a less-aggressive airbag deployment protocol.
Prognosticators have talked of the day when an automobile’s various computers and sensors would work together to provide functionality greater than the sum of the parts.
LED lighting is becoming more common, but it is by no means commonplace.
After more than 100 years, you wouldn't think the lowly gas cap would be a problem.
Finite element modeling and analysis is common in vehicle and component development.
In the Bubble: Designing In a Complex WorldJohn Thackara, The MIT Press ($32.95)John Thackara is a designer's designer, one of the "inside" people whose imagination and critique make him someone whose ideas have more resonance and meaning for those within the practice rather than for those on the outside.
The last six months have been a very odd time for the automotive industry.
When Honda and Toyota launched their hybrid vehicles in 1999 and 2000, no one could have predicted that they would have such appeal for American consumers.
"Past performance is no guarantee of future results," the investment warning has it.
Long-time readers of this column know I consider the industry's fascination with both MBAs and what Wall Street thinks to be major impediments to building great product, and may jeopardize the OEM's very survival.
Taking advantage of the continuing trend of outsourcing sections of the vehicle to the full-service suppliers, the Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business group of ArvinMeritor (www.arvinmeritor.com) has unveiled its suspension module product portfolio for the first time in Europe.
Ring gauges are pretty much the industry standard for checking doors.
Artificial intelligence, expert systems, fuzzy logic, neural nets, and rules-based algorithms for factory control. Although the buzz is quieted, all of it is still around. You just don't notice it.
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Can the German vehicle manufacturer overcome the resistance to the hatch with design & technology?
Honda of America Mfg. has reconfigured its plants to conform to Honda's global New Manufacturing System while quietly re-focusing on manufacturing fundamentals.
Turn back the clock some 40 years and you discover the genesis of the Dodge Charger, a name that 70% of the people Chrysler recently surveyed remembered (or knew).