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Economics

VW: We Need a Green Kick in the Pants

“We are too slow,” admits CEO Herbert Diess.

Autonomous Vehicles

Valeo Whets Appetite for Robo Deliveries

Integrates current technologies into concept with Chinese partner

Business

Vietnam Carmaker Takes Aim at U.S.

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.

Interiors & Electronics

Former BorgWarner Exec Joins ZF Board

ZF Friedrichshafen AG has appointed Martin Fischer to its management board to oversee safety systems, electronics and advanced driver assist systems in the Americas.

Business

CEOs Say Shareholder Value Isn’t Everything

Publicly trade companies have a duty to do much more than deliver hefty dividends to shareholders, says the Business Roundtable.

Business

Austria’s AMS Offers €3.7 Billion to Buy Osram

AMS AG, an Austrian maker of high-tech sensors, has upped its bid for Osram Light AG to €3.7 billion ($4.2 billion).

Mobility

Hamburg to Test Autonomous Shuttle Bus

The Hamburg Electric Autonomous Transportation (HEAT) coalition plans to begin testing a self-driving shuttle bus on public streets in August.

Quality

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.

Mobility

Rolls-Royce Buys Siemens Electric Aircraft Business

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 Launches Its First Domestic Car

Vietnam’s Vingroup conglomerate has begun production of the country’s first domestically produced auto brand, VinFast.

Design

Flexible Turning

Lathe maker Index designs to get more types of operations out of each machine.

Cax

The Fourth Dimension in Additive Manufacturing

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.

Plastics

HP Launches Industrial Grade 3D Printer

“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.”

PLM

Does Computer Simulation Totally Replace Physical Prototypes in Product Development?

The reports of the death of physical models are greatly exaggerated. Digital artifacts and simulation do not replace physical models in all cases.

Materials & Lightweighting

Plug-and-Play Wheelsets; Rallying for Safety; Testable 3D; Self-healing Brakes

Rallying for Safety; Plug-and-Play Wheelsets; Testable 3D; Self-healing Brakes

Design

Partners Unveil Prototype 3D-Printed Aluminum Spaceframe

A team led by EDAG Engineering GmbH and Siemens AG have developed a prototype spaceframe with 3D-printed aluminum components.

Machining

Artificial Intelligence Advances into Production

Adopting new technology in design and manufacturing is usually a series of baby steps. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are no different.

Internet of Things

VW Connects with Amazon and Siemens on Manufacturing

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. 

Production

BMW, Microsoft Team on Digital Manufacturing Platform

BMW AG and Microsoft Inc. plan to develop a digital platform for “smart” factories.

Connectivity

Siemens Joins VW/Amazon Industrial Cloud

Siemens AG will be the integration partner for the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud platform the carmaker is developing with Amazon Web Services.

Production

Take a Look at Additive Manufacturing

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.

Design

AVL Appoints New Head of Powertrain Engineering

Engineering specialist AVL List GmbH has named Stephan Tarnutzer president of its Powertrain Engineering division in Plymouth, Mich.

Economics

Valeo Sales Up, Profits Down in “Challenging” Year

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.

Production

Robot Control from a Machine-tool CNC

One of the challenges of integrating robots and machine tools is that each has its own control system.