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Precision Machining in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is the largest market for precision machined parts. See how shops are handling the large volumes, tight process control and high quality this industry requires.

On Automotive

On Automotive: Signs of the Times

A close look at Toyota in a period of industry-wide transformation, what will drive on the Moon, calculate your carbon footprint, a look at the Ford Maverick and more

on Volvo, VW, McLaren, Lambo, Buick, and more

Volvo wants to become a green vehicle manufacturer. . .VW brings a new compact SUV the Taos. . .McLaren does clever things with air. . .Lambo Countach design. . .under the VW Caddy. . .the new Buick Envision. . . .

On Electric Pickups, Flying Taxis, and Auto Industry Transformation

Ford goes for vertical integration, DENSO and Honeywell take to the skies, how suppliers feel about their customers, how vehicle customers feel about shopping, and insights from a software exec

Auto Buyers and Color Choices

Axalta 2021 Automotive Color Preferences Study shows Americans tend to buy solid, often black, cars.

What You Should Know About High-Speed Machining

The tools go a whole lot faster—40,000 rpm, perhaps—but the advantage is not parts per hour but in the ability to make precise parts with less induced stress

Machining Gummy Materials: A New Use for Sharpies

Organic films help metal removal Purdue researchers discover

Seven Cool Tools: Spindles, Quality & More

Increase operational productivity with these new developments

Lucid Factory—Phase One—Complete

They’ve built the beta test cars. Now they’re running the factory to test the tooling and equipment

Face Milling Aluminum Without Burrs

Sandvik has developed a face milling approach that is analogous to rotary broaching

7 Cool Tools: Laser Cutting, Fixture Modeling, and more

Increase operational productivity with these new developments for automotive manufacturing from Mazak, Renishaw, Omron, Marposs and more.

Cobots: 14 Things You Need to Know

What jobs do cobots do well? How is a cobot programmed? What’s the ROI? We asked these questions and more to four of the leading suppliers of cobots. 
#Automation/Robotics

Nissan Manufacturing Wish List

What are the sorts of things that people at Nissan North American manufacturing ops are looking for?
#Infiniti #Nissan #facilities

Seven Cool Tools

Increase operational productivity with these new developments
#Automation/Robotics #HP

C-19 Causes IMTS 2020 Cancellation

Massive manufacturing technology show has had a long run, now with a bit of an interruption
#covid-19

Tools You Can Use

Here are a few useful developments for your manufacturing operations, whether it is making components for electrical systems or camshafts or more.

Precise Engine Block Machining in Mannheim

How to get precise machined surfaces for commercial truck engines.

Advancing Metalcutting Technology

New designs, higher speeds, and added functions address changing automotive manufacturing dynamics.
#Citroen #Peugeot

Robot Developments for Automotive Applications

Spot welding continues to be a major application area in automotive and robot manufacturers are improving the tech to make that happen as efficiently as possible.
#engineer #Automation/Robotics #MINI

Times to Get Tougher for Tooling Firms

Harbour Results Inc. estimates decline in N.A. OEM tooling spend for 2020

Cold Facts on Hot Stamping

Process advances, new materials and tooling breakthroughs are advancing the state of hot stamping

High-Speed Machining Means More Than Quick Spindles

Data collection, networking and machine design options are driving notable improvements and cost savings.

HP Launches Industrial Grade 3D Printer

To get a sense of just how serious HP (www8.hp.com/us/en/printers/3d-printers.html) is about actually doing high-volume manufacturing with its new Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing system, know that when introducing the unit, which literally uses what can be considered print heads that provide a building speed on a machine of up to 309 in3/hr, Ramon Pastor, general manager and global head of Plastics Solutions at HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, talks about having a machine that has “industrial level overall equipment effectiveness,” the sort of thing that one might hear regarding a machining center, and points out that because HP is a mass manufacturer it understands such things as the process capability index (Cpk), so the company has devised process control software for the 5200 Series that includes a machine-learning algorithm, which means that the printer will get closer and closer to its target value. “We are delivering a Cpk of 1.3,” Pastor says, adding, “We ask our vendors for 1.3.” There are three machines in the series, the 5200, 5210 and 5210 Pro, which is a capability walk toward more functionality and capability. “We are building a new market, a digital manufacturing market,” Pastor says, so to that end they are assiduously working with other companies, be they users (e.g., Jaguar Land Rover, whose Ben Wilson, additive manufacturing manager, said, “Our work with HP to advance our knowledge and in-house capability in 3D printing has been an important step toward production of quality parts to support current and aftermarket customers.

Coolant-targeting Toolholders; Hybrid Metal Additive-Subtractive Machine; Fastems RoboCell

Coolant-targeting Toolholders; Hybrid Metal Additive-Subtractive Machine; Fastems RoboCell  
#Hybrid #Automation/Robotics

Lasers in Parma

To say that the GM Parma Metal Center is instrumental in the production of assembly and stampings for the OEM would be a huge understatement: at the 2.3-million ft2 facility the team processes over 1,000 tons of steel per day.
#GMC #Aluminum #GeneralMotors

Laser Texturing Speeds Up

The fastest way to put a texture onto an injection mold has long been chemical etching. Recent improvements in laser ablation have narrowed the gap.
#DMGMORI #tech