Automotive Production

The Automotive Design & Production Production Zone consists of the hardware—tools, machining centers, grinders, etc.—that is used in automotive manufacturing.

Ford Going Fast

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 17, 2018 at 6:00 AM

Ford estimates that SUV sales could be half of all retail sales in the U.S. by 2020.

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SUR/FIN in Cleveland

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2018 at 8:49 AM

If you’re involved in surface finishing (yes, we are getting rather specific and technical here), as in processes including plating, polishing, anodizing and coating, for purposes ranging from corrosion and abrasion resistance to thermal management, then you really ought to consider traveling to Cleveland June 4 to 6 to attend an event hosted by the National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF), SUR/FIN.* According to NASF, surface finishing is a $28-billion industry, and auto is a significant part of that.

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Nexteer’s Approach to Manufacturing Data

By: Lawrence S. Gould - April 02, 2018 at 5:49 PM

This Tier One supplier is well on the way in its “advanced, holistic, integrative approach” to design and manufacturing.

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All About Achates

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 12, 2018 at 7:51 AM

David Johnson, president and CEO of Achates Power, knows that opposed-piston (OP) engines aren’t exactly new things.

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Vorsprung durch Technik & Composites

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 08, 2018 at 6:19 AM

Audi, not all that long ago, was pushing the utilization of aluminum in a massive way, pioneering the ways and means to deploy the light material in structural and closure applications.

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Magna’s 200,000-Unit Capacity: For Full Vehicles

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 01, 2018 at 7:28 AM

Generally automotive suppliers—even the giant ones—make parts, components and systems.

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Buick Gives the Envision a New Look

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 27, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Although the Buick Envision was launched as a model year 2016 luxury compact crossover, it hasn’t taken Buick long to do a refresh of the vehicle, both in terms of new sheet metal on the exterior as well beneath the skin.

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Fiat 500L Hits 500,000

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 22, 2018 at 10:11 AM

Today is a notable day in Kragujevac, Serbia, because the Fiat factory there produced its 500,000th Fiat 500L, a Sicilia Orange car with a glossy black roof, powered by a 1.6-liter MultiJet engine.

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Ford Invests $25-million More at Kentucky Truck

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 12, 2018 at 8:50 AM

To prepare the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant to launch the Lincoln Navigator and the Ford Expedition last fall, Ford invested approximately $900-million in the facility, putting in more than 400 new robots (mainly in the body shop), creating a robot lab to support all of that automation, installing a data analytics hub that allows supervisors and workers to be more efficient, and even a 3D printer to quickly and cost-effectively create tooling. “The response from customers regarding our new full-size SUVs has been exceptional,” said Joe Hinrichs, president, Global Operations, so Ford is investing an additional $25-million in the plant to help amp up the production of the vehicles.

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100-million Units and Still Going Strong

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 02, 2018 at 5:59 AM

In 1995, Java 1.0 was released, Internet Explorer 1.0 was introduced, and Intel brought out the Pentium Pro.

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Magna Manufacturing the Mercedes G-Class

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 19, 2018 at 6:48 AM

This is a 1979 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the first year the model appeared with its Schwarzeneggerian robustness, which happens to be incased in a block of amber-colored resin:   Unlike the insects that are sometimes found encased in actual amber, objects that you can hold in your hand, this object measures 5.50 meters long, 2.55 meters wide and 3.10 meters high.

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Adient: Lighten Up and Fly

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2018 at 8:51 AM

Seating supplier Adient is assiduously working to reduce the weight of seats.

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