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They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

9/1/2014

A new era has dawned in motorized vehicle manufacturing. Until recently the dominant trend has been the implementation of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement processes to make automotive production more efficient. The new trend also stresses efficiency, but now there is a sharp focus on fuel efficiency driven by government regulation. Full Article

Cooper Standard to Become Majority Owner of Largest Chinese Automotive Sealing Manufacturer



Press Release - Cooper Standard

9/4/2014

Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CPS), the parent company of Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. (“Cooper Standard”), today announced it has agreed to purchase an additional 47.5 percent of Huayu-Cooper Standard Sealing Systems Co., Ltd., its joint venture with Huayu Automotive Systems Co. Full Article

Mix and Match for Lightweight Autos



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

9/1/2014

It is common sense—a vehicle that weighs less requires less fuel to move it. A number of studies show that reducing the mass of a vehicle by 10% results in anywhere from 4.5 to 6% better fuel economy—well worth the effort. The dilemma for automakers is that mass reduction needs to happen without compromising safety, NVH, styling, or size. Full Article

Robots in the Auto Plant: What Are They Up to Now?



Contributing Editor Ed Sinkora

9/1/2014

In its latest commercial for the Cadillac SRX, General Motors shows a bevy of robotic arms happily dancing around the car as part of its summer sales event. Robotics have certainly come a long way from GM’s multibillion dollar attempt to go lights-out in the '80s, when robots infamously painted each other and welded doors shut. Full Article

IMTS 2014: Somewhat Unique, Always Challenging



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

8/1/2014

Gears are a somewhat unique product, said Alan R. Finegan, director, marketing, Gleason Corp. (Rochester, NY), however, “the processes used to produce them are still metalworking processes. Changes in gear making are likely to mirror those in the broader metalworking industry. Like many industries, gear manufacturing is a very mature industry and changes tend to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.” Full Article

Real-Time SPC Software Drives Bottom-Line Benefits



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

7/1/2014

Widely used by the automotive, aerospace and other mission-critical industries, statistical process control (SPC) software offers its users a simple way to monitor and analyze quality data from their manufacturing processes and machines using sophisticated statistical tools. Full Article

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