PRODUCTION

Assembly

Why INEOS Is Smart

The start-up vehicle manufacturer buys a plant from Mercedes in France
#MercedesBenz #Geely #Daimler

Aluminum

Engineering the 2021 Acura TLX

The second-generation sport sedan is designed and engineered to perform.
#facilities #engineer #body

Interiors & Electronics

2021 Nissan Rogue: Five Ways They’ve Improved the Brand’s Best Seller

It is the ever-vexing challenge: Making something popular better—with what it takes to get new customers without alienating the existing ones. 
#Nissan

January 7, 9am CST

AutoBeat Live is a monthly 30-minute show featuring conversations with leading observers of and people in the auto industry. Each episode will include insights about what’s happening—things that may affect suppliers to the industry. 

Fuel Cells

The Future Is Electric and Now

Paul Eichenberg says suppliers need to be positioning themselves for a different automotive future—or ride their businesses to an inevitable end
#AutolineAfterHours #tech #GeneralMotors

Labor

Building Hondas and Acuras Is a Family Affair

First-hand insights into building NSXes, Accords and much more
#AutolineAfterHours #GeneralMotors #tech

Quality

Track-Testing Schaeffler’s e-Mobility Tech

For years Schaeffler Group USA has been helping carmakers make their powertrains more efficient through electrification, supplying everything from components to turnkey systems.
#GeneralMotors #Tesla #tech

Design

Akella on the Intersection of AI & Manual Assembly Ops

While there is an on-going pursuit of automation, Prasad Akella and his colleagues at Drishti Technologies believe there are big benefits to be gained by improving manual operations by using the power of AI

Machining

What You Should Know About High-Speed Machining

The tools go a whole lot faster—40,000 rpm, perhaps—but the advantage is not parts per hour but in the ability to make precise parts with less induced stress

Machining

Machining Gummy Materials: A New Use for Sharpies

Organic films help metal removal Purdue researchers discover

Business

Freudenberg Leans into Industry 4.0

CTO/COO Ted Duclos talks about dual roles and common objective
#tech #people #facilities

Business

COVID Exacerbates Supplier/OEM Relations

Improved communications and other best practices advocated
#safety #people #quality

Production

Proterra Launches Battery Production Line

Leader in electric transit bus production adds battery pack production to plant

Propulsion

BMW Embraces Cloudy Future with AWS Partnership

Improved results targeted with data-based decisions
#tech #BMW #facilities

Propulsion

Henrik Fisker on Design, Working With Magna & More

While the Fisker Ocean isn’t expected to launch until the end of 2022, the legendary designer talks about how his company is preparing to create compelling electric vehicles
#facilities #people #Magna

Steel

A Briefing on Hot Stamping

Yes, heat makes the material malleable. But it’s what happens in the die that matters
#Volkswagen #Ford

Production

Increasing Use of Structural Adhesives in Automotive

Can you glue a car together? Frank Billotto of DuPont Transportation & Industrial discusses the major role structural adhesives can play in vehicle assembly.
#Polestar #DuPont

Autonomous Vehicles

Conti-Nexteer JV Readies "Brake-to-Steer" Tech

Redundancy is good for automation 
#chassis