Coating & Machining for Better Bores

Heller is working on productionizing what it calls “CBC”—Cylinder Bore Coating.


Powertrain Machining Approaches—Then & Now

Although production volumes are going up, the need for flexibility in powertrain machin-ing has grown more important. Here’s a look at how things have changed.


Coda Delays EV Launch

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Coda Automotive Inc., which had planned to launch an all-electric sedan in December, now says the car won't arrive until the second half of 2011.


EV Start-Up Seeks Seasoned Auto Execs for Long-Term Relationship

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Coda Automotive Inc. says it aims to build a new management team with deep manufacturing, marketing and sales experience after a management shakeup on the eve of launching its first model.


New Process Developed for Gear Machining

Heller Machine Tools and Voith, a Germany-based transmission manufacturer, have developed a process that permits the pre-milling and milling operations to produce bevel gears and gear components on a five-axis machining center rather than on a dedicated gear-making machine.To produce gears, they start with the drawing of the part.


Flexible, Capable, Production Machining

If you’re looking at running medium to high-volumes of powertrain components and don’t want to be stuck with an expensive monument when part requirements change, you might consider this new approach to flexible systems engineered by Heller.

Dudder: No Imagination = No Innovation

If there is one problem facing the auto industry these days it’s this: Transitioning from a rigid, high-volume production mindset to one that profitably can produce small lots while supporting a full vehicle lineup.


Taking A Look at Some New Chipmaking Tech (as in metal chips, that is)

Here are some new developments that you may find to be important for your machining operations.

Improving Crank Output

Heller Machine Tools (www.heller-machines.com; Troy, MI) is offering a new lineup of machines for heavy-duty crankshaft milling, the RFK series, which are available in two types: for external or internal cutting.


A Sampling of Speed: Some Fast Machining Centers

Although people often talk about the flexibility of machining centers, one aspect that shouldn't be overlooked is that some of them offer the ability to go fast. Here are some of them. None are particularly exotic, but they surely can be productive.

Materials & Lightweighting

Removing Metal

Although there is an increased use of non-metallic materials in cars and components, there are still plenty of steel, cast iron, alloys, aluminum, magnesium, and other metals being transformed into parts on the one hand and chips on the other. Here's an array of equipment that can help make metal removal fast, accurate andefficient.