Although you might think of product lifecycle management only in the context of a software package, that’s only half of it, as CIMdata’s Peter Bilello explains.
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group
Integrates current technologies into concept with Chinese partner
Vietnam’s first local carmaker, 2-year-old VinFast, aims to do something no Chinese OEM has yet accomplished: launch sales in the U.S.
ZF Friedrichshafen AG has appointed Martin Fischer to its management board to oversee safety systems, electronics and advanced driver assist systems in the Americas.
When you’re talking about a 21-month development from design to production, you’re talking about blistering speed. And that’s what a startup has accomplished.
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group
AMS AG, an Austrian maker of high-tech sensors, has upped its bid for Osram Light AG to €3.7 billion ($4.2 billion).
The Hamburg Electric Autonomous Transportation (HEAT) coalition plans to begin testing a self-driving shuttle bus on public streets in August.
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.
Aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Holdings plc has agreed to buy Siemens AG’s eAicraft unit, which is developing electric propulsion systems for air taxis and mid-range jets.
Vietnam’s Vingroup conglomerate has begun production of the country’s first domestically produced auto brand, VinFast.
Expand your thinking for process and quality improvement.
A new software suite for 3D printing analyzes, repairs, and prepares 3D models using the native file formats of a variety of CAD systems, saving the conversion to STL for last.
“Siemens and HP are thinking ahead to the future and are bringing together the best from both companies in a complete, industry-specific solution that will accelerate the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing and help our customers to increase flexibility, efficiency, and speed of digital manufacturing.”
The reports of the death of physical models are greatly exaggerated. Digital artifacts and simulation do not replace physical models in all cases.
Rallying for Safety; Plug-and-Play Wheelsets; Testable 3D; Self-healing Brakes
A team led by EDAG Engineering GmbH and Siemens AG have developed a prototype spaceframe with 3D-printed aluminum components.
Local Motors is making 90 percent of its autonomous minibus on a single giant 3D printer—and it is ramping up its output.
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Amazon is increasing its penetration into the auto industry not just through things like Alexa and its multi-million-dollar investment in EV developer Rivian, but also with its Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will be used for its “Volkswagen Industrial Cloud,” which will combine the data from all of the machinery and equipment in the company’s 122 facilities.
BMW AG and Microsoft Inc. plan to develop a digital platform for “smart” factories.
Siemens AG will be the integration partner for the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud platform the carmaker is developing with Amazon Web Services.
Giving the growing increase in interest in additive manufacturing in the auto industry, our sibling publication Additive Manufacturing held a conference dedicated to that subject at the 2019 North American International Auto Show.
Engineering specialist AVL List GmbH has named Stephan Tarnutzer president of its Powertrain Engineering division in Plymouth, Mich.
Acquisitions helped boost revenue for Valeo SA in 2018. But earnings plunged because of slow sales growth in China and emission-test disruptions to production in Europe.