As Goes Aero, So Goes Auto
As more product development in the auto industry is performed virtually and as material substitutions are becoming the order of the day, having reliable information about materials is crucial. So British firm Granta Design (grantadesign.com) has established the Automotive Material Intelligence Consortium (AutoMatlC), which looks to coordinate OEMs and suppliers in the on- and off-highway sectors in a way analogous to other consortia it has been involved with, like the aerospace-focused Material Data Management Consortium, which was established in 2002. What works for aero, they believe, can work for auto.
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.
Hyundai enters the American market with a new parallel hybrid system that uses lithium-polymer batteries and the same six-speed automatic found in non-hybrid versions of the 2011 Sonata.
Systems engineering in increasingly being recognized as a valuable approach to vehicle development - both in design and production. Siemens posits that PLM is the right software system for systems engineering.