Harbour Results Inc. estimates decline in N.A. OEM tooling spend for 2020
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Design & Production
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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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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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.
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.