Objects of Interest

Lathe Machine Clamping Unit

Sandvik Coromat's Capto lathe machine clamping units can be used for both turning and milling applications

Cable Processing Transfer Module

Schleuniger TransferModule 1500 offers a semi-automatic platform for linking automated production processes 

Indexable Drills

ISCAR's DR indexable twist drills are optimized for use on all steels, alloys and cast iron

Filling and Capping System

Ring Dex bench top filling and capping system provides true file-based control operation for processing small bottles, tubes and vials, eliminating the need for PC-based operation

Mold Protection Camera

PPT VISION's Sentinel Mold Protection Camera helps to prevent unexpected repairs and downtime

Large Envelope Machining Center

Nissin's MAX i-Series machining centers have the ability to access five sides of a part with completion in just one set-up

Large Footprint Vertical Machining Center

Toyoda's FV1480 and FV1680 vertical machining centers are engineered for the needs of large-parts industries

Electric Press Brake

Utilizing a direct-drive AC servo motor, ultra-precise ballscrew and absolute rotary encoder, Toyokoki's (wwwmitsubishi-worldcom) APB electric press brakes reduce the amount of oil used during operation because oil is fed only when the operator steps on the press brake pedal, all while ensuring a 1 micron ram positioning accuracy 

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Vibrational Power

During a one-minute cycle, the module is capable of churning up to 35 mJ (millijoules) from 1 grms (G Force root-mean-square) load acceleration at 120 Hz That translates to about 08 milliwatt in 60 seconds

Breaking the Reaming Bottleneck

Looking for a way to increase the productivity in your reaming operations? Check out the BAYO T-REAM, a high-speed system developed by ISCAR Metals (wwwiscarmetalscom) to specifically address what is typically a bottleneck operation in machining operations

Rethinking the Automated Manual Transmission

Dual-clutch gearboxes, which combine the attributes of a manual gearbox with the convenience of an automatic, are as efficient as a pure manual, but at least as expensive as an automatic This would suggest that automating a manual transmission would be the best of both worlds

Modular Conveyors Improve Efficiency

When it came time for North American Lighting (wwwnalcom) to invest in a conveyor system for its Flora, IL, plant, the automotive supplier selected Dynamic Conveyor’s (wwwdynamicconveyorcom) DynaCon modular conveyor system as a cost-effective, yet efficient, solution that fulfills current and future operational requirements

L.A. Auto Show

Los Angles in November: 80º and copious sunshine pitted against the testimony of Detroit’s CEOs in DC It was enough to steal its thunder, especially as the show biz capital was remarkably devoid of same

Valve-Controlled Exhaust System

Boysen’s (wwwboysen-onlinede) dual-line, valve-controlled exhaust system—mated to BMW’s 44-liter twin-turbo V8 engine—reduces noise and improves power output through the use of two close-coupled ceramic catalytic converters, two front silencers, a middle silencer—with integrated pressure equalization—and two rear silencers in each of the two tailpipes

Cluster Graphic Controller

Fujitsu’s MB88F332 graphics controller provides a single-chip solution for operating cluster instrumentation, heads-up display systems and central information displays, with a sophisticated sprite, or bitmap, engine for high-quality graphics

Designing, Engineering, Lighting

While designers, engineers and other technical personnel are supposed to work together in creating innovative, salable products, few examples are as obvious as the work that is being done at Audi AG in Ingolstadt, Germany Specifically, it’s work on lighting, on the deployment of light-emitting diodes (LEDs)

Design Tip #341

Although times may be blue in the auto industry, the color of the year is PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa “The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance, says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, which selected it as this year’s color “Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation” So maybe the use of this color in your sketches and proposals can help get you get the nod of approval 

The Aluminum Evolution

The fact is that steel has created a number of new grades promising greater strength and lightness, most OEMs aren’t about to incur the costs associated with tearing up their assembly plants in order to switch materials, and steel is a known quantity well supported within the engineering ranks

Better Cover

Environmental and process improvements have been made for steering wheel production by Autoliv, a supplier of interior products ranging from airbags to seatbelts It is a thermoplastic covering that replaces the more conventional polyurethane material

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BMW 335d

There is one change that falls into the "major" category, the addition of a twin-turbocharged diesel to the list of available engines As with its turbocharged gasoline engines, the small turbo spools up quickly and provides boost at low engine speeds, works in concert with the larger unit in the mid-range, and stands down at higher engine speeds

Icon A5 Light Sport Aircraft

Dr Paul Moller dreams of putting thousands of his "Sky Cars" into the skies as air taxis that will whisk people door-to-door on trips of up to 900 miles at speeds up to 400 mph As such, his idea is a potential competitor for both automakers and the airlines His is not the only dream involving airplanes and the auto industry, however

Bryant LL2U-MS Universal-Multi-Surface Grinder

One way to handle tasks like this is a modular multi-surface grinding machine from Bryant Grinder, a division of Vermont Machine Tool Corp The LL2U-MS can be configured as a chucker, shoe-type centerless, roll-type centerless, or center-type grinder, depending on your specific application Which certainly means that this machine is flexible in operation

Powertrains: Key Considerations

In addition to developing new technologies, the auto industry also must educate consumers and regulators as to what's possible, what isn't, and how to tell the difference

A Design Approach: Context Is Key

Designer and teacher Scott Klinker believes that the best way to design objects is to create the context before you design them And possibly what will result is something else entirely

On the 2009 F-150

Fast forwarding to October, 2008, and there's the 2009 F-150 Beyond the sheet metal and under the hood (there's now a base 248-hp V8), there's been a significant change in the complex of facilities used to produce the F-150: now there are two plants

Ford: Putting on the Top Hat

Now automakers can reuse the basic architecture and structure of a vehicle but then put with vastly different body styles, or top hats, over them Ford is the latest automaker to join the top hat revolution and it is moving aggressively forward with plans to use fewer global architectures over multiple vehicle segments to improve profitability and operational efficiency

The Aluminum Evolution

The fact is that steel has created a number of new grades promising greater strength and lightness, most OEMs aren’t about to incur the costs associated with tearing up their assembly plants in order to switch materials, and steel is a known quantity well supported within the engineering ranks

L.A. Auto Show

Los Angles in November: 80º and copious sunshine pitted against the testimony of Detroit’s CEOs in DC

Metal to Plastic Under the Hood

Several plastic makers are now producing components and subsystems once considered the sole domain of steel and-yes-even aluminum Thermoplastic can mean up to a 30 to 40% weight reduction over equivalent metal components in many under hood applications, but cost reductions have gained the most attention That's right: plastic components being cost competitive with metal

Introducing Product Portfolio Management

Project portfolio management (PPM) is a disciplined approach to objectively analyze potential investments, some requiring shared resources, against a common set of criteria so that a company can pick the right things to do

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Making Takeover Programs Profitable

For many companies, there is a heightened sense of urgency about bringing in more business in the near term to help cover overhead Many are looking for takeover business as a quick-hit solution, particularly as new programs that are the source of new contracts are now delayed or cancelled Conversely, with the uncertainty about what will happen with the Detroit Three customers and the negative trickle-down effect on suppliers, there may be more takeover business available than usual, as struggling suppliers end up needing to shut the doors

Bryant LL2U-MS Universal-Multi-Surface Grinder

Looking for an effective and efficient means to grind complex workpieces? One way to handle tasks like this is a modular multi-surface grinding machine from Bryant Grinder, a division of Vermont Machine Tool Corp The LL2U-MS can be configured as a chucker, shoe-type centerless, roll-type centerless, or center-type grinder, depending on your specific application Which certainly means that this machine is flexible in operation

Fixed. . .or Flex?

Those that have truly embraced flexible manufacturing are better able to accommodate the changes I emphasize truly because nowadays there are far too many executives at the Detroit Three who cite The Machine That Changed the World chapter and verse, who imagine they are lean and responsive, and who may have some wonderful examples of manufacturing flexibility, yet are fundamentally still operating in the mass mode

Steve Mattin: Taking Volvo Beyond Safety

It's been four years since Steve Mattin became the senior vice president of Design at Volvo, and while the brand has introduced several new or refreshed products under his direction-C30, S80 and C70, to name a few-yet until now, he has yet to flex his design muscle to its his fullest

How Do the Japanese Do It?

While this is being written before Congress has taken action on the requests of the Domestic Three manufacturers, regardless of what has-or hasn't happened-the questions remain: How do the companies avoid getting back in this position? What have the Japanese done to be positioned appropriately?

There's No Business in Show Business

"Why do I have to trudge through this snowy mess in the middle of winter to see a bunch of cars I've already seen, either in person or on the Internet?" It's in January for two reasons: January was once the official start of the model year, and the dealers that run the show use it to boost sales at a time when the market is soft

Is It Too Late?

If it weren't for the fact that the government reported more than 500,000 people had been sacked by their employers during the month of October, Detroit would have collapsed-a CNN/Opinion Research poll said more than 60% of Americans opposed a "bailout" of the auto industry