QUALITY

Marketing

Porsche Jumps to Top of CR Best-Car Ratings

Another year of surprising ups and downs

Business

Takata Recalls Another 10 Million Airbag Inflators

Takata—the bankrupt airbag supplier responsible for the world’s largest auto-related recall ever—is throwing another 10 million defective devices into the mess.

Cax

Scanning at la Sarthe

3D scanning system keeps competitors honest.

Production

GM Is Confident about Its QDR

Today General Motors announced that anyone who buys a new Chevy or GMC vehicle in the U.S. has the opportunity to add a “true, extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranty” that spans five years or 60,000 miles of coverage (whichever comes first) and that buyers of Buicks and Cadillacs can get six years or 70,000 miles added to their monthly payment plan.

Production

Renishaw's Four Stages of the Production Process for Comprehensive Quality Control

In the Industry 4.0 age, post-process inspection technologies aren’t enough.

Satisfying Vehicles

The AutoPacific 2018 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs) were announced last week.

Propulsion

Solutions for Success

Bosch has developed the Climo mobile air lab that provides real-time measures of city air quality so countermeasures can be taken sooner rather than later.

Volkswagen’s Warranty Power to the People

When you buy a new car or truck, chances are you do so for some reason that has to do with need—your previous vehicle is on its proverbial last legs or you have started a family and somehow that Miata just won’t cut it any more or some other external factor—or desire—you see that new model and know that you just HAVE TO have it because you just do.

Quality

Electronic Work Instructions Aid Quality

Providing electronic instructions not only helps operators, but because changes can be automatically made in case of quality glitches, they can maintain production flow.

Production

Tools for Improved Quality

Here’s a look at some recent developments in the metrology arena that can help you improve your production quality.

Quality

Better Inspection Software Improves Quality Management

3D metrology software can leverage the capabilities of measuring equipment in a myriad of ways.

Interiors & Electronics

Creating Quality for Leather Interiors

Although more and more OEMs have leather trim packages for vehicles at all levels, you might be surprised to learn about how some of that material is processed.

Production

Achieving Custom Measurements from Modular Components

While everyone wants a custom measuring system, full-on customization can be costly. A system built with modular components can fit the bill— in the quality and financial senses.

Production

Quality Assurance

Let’s face it: with the proliferating number of recalls, something is happening in the area of quality at companies both small and large—something that isn’t necessarily good. These tools may mitigate some of that.

Quality

Quality Tools

New developments that can help you assure part and/or assembly quality.

Quality

Direct from the Cloud: Quality Management Documentation

Software for automating the production of quality inspection packages can save manufacturing companies a stunning amount of time. That the software is cloud-based is merely a technicality.

Lasers Prove Fast and Accurate for Fiat (and Ram) Van Production

Here’s how the use of laser scanners on the ends of horizontal measuring machines are allowing the Fiat Doblò (and the Ram ProMaster City, which is based on the Fiat) to be manufactured with accuracy.

Business

VW’s Powertrain Approach, GM Recalls, IQS Numbers, & More

So there’s the new, but now-familiar Volkswagen GTI with its 2.0-liter, direct-injected turbocharged engine that produces 217 hp.

Business

Yes, It’s a Jeep

The 2015 Jeep Renegade, which will arrive in showrooms later this year—showrooms literally around the world—is in some ways quite unlike any other Jeep ever developed and built.

Business

Mary Barra Talks Culpability and Commitment

Yesterday, General Motors CEO Mary Barra held a town hall meeting for GM employees around the world to discuss the status of the ignition-switch recall and its consequences.

Building Them Like They Used To?

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to” is often said in the context of how things were better back in the day.

Design

Amelia Island & Automotive History

Bill Warner tells a story of how he was holding a seminar at which Sir Stirling Moss—was to speak.

Quality

Quality Tools: Digital & Physical

Looking to boost the quality of your designs or on parts being produced? Check out these developments.