GM Switches Materials to Cut Costs Soaring materials prices are triggering a new design approach at General Motors that allows substitutions once a vehicle moves into production. Example: Use of steel gas tanks.
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- PODCAST Hear GM executive Bo Andersson explain how the auto giant is building design options into new vehicle programs so that substitutions, such as steel for plastic, can be made.
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When considering overall product design and material requirements, engineers must carefully consider how best to join, attach and otherwise assemble multiple components. Part positioning, welding procedures and fastening methods can significantly affect product quality. Read More
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Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.