Efforts to reduce vehicle weight have mostly focused on aluminum, plastics and composites, but another lightweight material is also getting attention: magnesium. The ninth most abundant element in the universe, magnesium is as strong as steel, but 33 percent lighter than aluminum, 60 percent lighter than titanium, and 75 percent lighter than steel.
If we are to build a better world, politicians tell us, power must be placed in the right hands. This statement will draw no protest from assemblers. After all, these skilled workers require state-of-the-art power tools to build long-lasting quality products on a daily basis.
Instant, reliable communication amongst plant managers is essential for them to coordinate and optimize their facility’s productivity and efficiency. Even a slight delay in relaying information can prevent a company from achieving these goals, especially if the delay results in unplanned downtime for equipment retooling or maintenance.
ARaymond Automotive has provided custom fasteners, clips, connectors, adhesives and other materials to OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers around the world for nearly 20 years. Its engineers specialize in three processes (fastening, fluid connections and bonding) that are used in all areas of a vehicle.
TEHRAN, IRAN--Tata Motors is talking to Iran Khodro Company for a joint venture to assemble knocked-down units of the petrol versions of its models, including the latest compact car Tiago, Bolt and Zest, say sources here. All three models are powered by the company’s new Revotron petrol engines.
LORDSTOWN, OH—This past weekend, General Motors celebrated the 50th anniversary celebration of its plant here, which has produced more than 15 million vehicles. The plant currently produces more than 400 vehicles per shift.
CHILLICOTHE, OH--The Kenworth plant here is getting a $17 million automated storage facility to bring cab parts inside, out of the weather, and add efficiency to assembly operations, executives said yesterday. They also foresee another healthy sales year for Class 8 trucks.