Times to Get Tougher for Tooling Firms

Harbour Results Inc. estimates decline in N.A. OEM tooling spend for 2020

Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Design & Production

Coolant-targeting Toolholders; Hybrid Metal Additive-Subtractive Machine; Fastems RoboCell

Coolant-targeting Toolholders; Hybrid Metal Additive-Subtractive Machine; Fastems RoboCell  

Lasers in Parma

To say that the GM Parma Metal Center is instrumental in the production of assembly and stampings for the OEM would be a huge understatement: at the 2.3-million ft2 facility the team processes over 1,000 tons of steel per day.
#Buick #GeneralMotors #GMC

Experience Results in Better Grinders

Fritz Studer AG has been producing grinding machines since 1912. During that time the Swiss firm has produced more than 24,000 of them. So when it redesigned two of its universal grinders—the S31 and the S33—it went at the task so as to increase the capabilities and productivity of both.

Speed Metal

The grail of metal additive manufacturing is the ability to keep pace with full automotive production. The quest continues.
#HP #GKN #Daimler

The Makino a500Z combines the technologies of the company’s 4-axis horizontals with the 4th and 5th-axis designs of its high-performance verticals. Machining

Makers of high-volume machining centers find ways to improve production time without sacrificing uptime.

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Flexible Turning

Lathe maker Index designs to get more types of operations out of each machine.
#HP #Mitsubishi #Siemens

2019 Acura RDX SH-AWD Advance

One of the most significant things about the 2019 Acura RDX is something that most people are not going to know about.
#engineer #Acura #oem

Canadian Union Won’t Give Up on Closed GM Plant

Canada’s Unifor union is hoping to somehow resurrect the Canadian assembly plant General Motors closed this week in Oshawa, Ont., after 112 years of operation.
#Oldsmobile #Buick #facilities

Tool and Die Sales Set to Plunge 24% in U.S.

Carmakers, who spent $8.7 billion on production tooling in North America this year, are likely to cut their investment to $6.8 billion in 2020 and $7.1 billion in 2021, predicts Harbour Results Inc.

Toledo Plant to Build Electronics Module for Jeep Hybrid

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV says the company’s machining facility in Toledo, Ohio, will produce the power electronics module for the plug-in hybrid variant of its new Jeep Wrangler SUV.
#Chrysler #Fiat #facilities

Detroit Manufacturing Founder Sells Stake in Company

Andra Rush, who founded Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC (DMS) in 2012, has sold her majority stake in the firm to Bruce Smith, the co-owner and CEO of Marysville, Ohio-based tooling maker BTM Co.
#DSM #people #Faurecia

Racing to Advanced Manufacturing

Brad Keselowski, who drives for Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is taking what he’s learned about the importance of advanced technology on the track to  manufacturing. 
#engineer #GE #racing

Nanoparticles Advance Aluminum Alloy Welding

Aluminum alloy AA 7075 is almost as strong as steel but weighs only a third as much—a dream material to use for lightweighting, you might think.

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.
#Microsoft #Siemens

Machine Learning in Manufacturing

Production equipment is beginning to autonomously learn from experience.
#ABB #Durr

Ultrafast Laser Welds Glass to Metal

A team of optical physicists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is experimenting with a femtosecond laser and has already shown that it can effectively weld glass to copper and glass to glass.