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.

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Improving Production Quality

Researchers in the U.K. may have achieved line-rate BIW inspection

How Software Tools Can Advance Autonomous Vehicle Development

Autonomous vehicles are both technologically broad and complex. So is the software used to design, train, test, and certify them.
#ANSYS #Toyota

Testing EV Systems for Leaks

Nobody wants water leaking into electric car battery packs. But keeping them dry can be a challenge, says Thomas Parker, North American automotive sales manager for Inficon Holding AG.
#tech

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.
#Jaguar #HP #BASF

A Revo five-axis multi-sensor system deploys an SFP2 probe to make surface finishing measurements on an engine block. Simulation

In the Industry 4.0 age, post-process inspection technologies aren’t enough.
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Testing the Building Blocks for Self-Driving Vehicles

VSI Labs helps developers of technologies for self-driving cars better understand how their products affect the vehicle’s overall performance.
#tech

Production

Leak-Testing for EV Batteries

Leak-testing expert INFICON Holding AG can help carmakers keep moisture out of electronic devices, including under-floor batteries for electric cars.
#tech

Design

Verifying Prototype Parts Faster

A big bottleneck in testing prototype parts is verifying that the component actually matches the original digital design, notes Jeff Schipper, director of special operations for Proto Labs Inc. in Maple Plain, Minn.
#tech

McLaren Hybrid Tests on the Space Shuttle Runway

Yes, if you’re going to test a car that goes 250 mph, odds are you want something straight and smooth to run it on
#McLaren #racing #HP

UL Goes EV

The well-known testing and certification firm is building a big EV test lab
#Tesla #engineer

Boeing Joint Venture to Test Autonomous Air Taxis

New Zealand program promises to be a world first for tests involving consumers 
#AstonMartin #Audi #Daimler

Michigan Mobility Proving Grounds Adds Tech Park

Fledgling autonomous vehicle test center seeks tenants, increased utilization  
#Visteon #Ford #Toyota

Gentex, Aston Martin Concept Takes Integrated Approach to Rear Vision

When you’re driving a super-expensive supercar, maybe you want something more than just traditional sideview mirrors. Gentex and Aston Martin are testing a new approach that provides camera-based views too.
#Gentex #tech #AstonMartin

California Approves Testing of Autonomous Delivery Trucks

Starting next year, Californians will be able to have groceries and other goods delivered to them via a self-driving vehicle—with or without an onboard backup driver.
#Ford #Waymo #GeneralMotors

Crash Tests in Europe and the Tesla Model 3

The Euro NCAP tests on the Tesla Model 3 ought to give Elon something to Tweet about
#PSAPeugeotCitroen #MercedesBenz #Kia

Dexterous Cobot Speeds Inspection

On one of its lines at its Youngstown, Ohio, facility, contract manufacturer Comprehensive Logistics Inc. builds both gasoline and diesel engine subassemblies.

Looking at the Renault R.S.19

As the Formula 1 season is now underway, it is worth a moment to consider the technology of the type of vehicle that is exotic yet, in the words of Jérôme Stoll, president of Renault Sport Racing, “a laboratory for our future road-going technology.” If you have to test the tech out somewhere, the premier motorsports stage certainly isn’t a bad venue.
#Renault #Carbon #racing

Machine Learning in Manufacturing

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

The Transformation of the Auto Industry

One of the ways that Karma marked its fifth anniversary was announcing that it has invested $7.5-million in its Irvine, California, facility, including a powertrain test facility.
#oem #Karma #Fisker