Tooling Shortage Looming? Lightweighting by Punching Holes, Green Manufacturing

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December 2013

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Automakers Face Tooling Capacity Constraint

Tooling capacity is becoming a serious issue for automakers, according to the 2013 Vendor Tooling Study produced by Harbour Results Inc. for OESA. By 2018 the required capacity of the vendor tooling industry will be $15.2 billion; the current supply is only $9.25 billion.

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Workhorse Automotive Machining and Turning Centers

Doosan CNC Machining Centers and Turning Centers are designed to stand up to punishing demands of automotive production. Available with linear or box guideways; vertical or horizontal spindles; and direct, belted, or geared headstocks, these workhorse machines deliver precision, high productivity, low maintenance, and exceptional flexibility. Machining centers are available with 3-5 axes; turning centers with 2-9 axes. Automation Solutions and engineered turnkey systems are also available.

Punching Holes in Standard Lightweighting Methods

To benefit most, contends Altair Engineering VP of Global Automotive, the industry should remove material, not just substitute one material for another. Optimization technology makes it possible to eliminate material where it isn't needed without sacrificing strength or performance.

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Shifting Gears

Federally-mandated fuel and emissions regulations are contributing to increased innovation in the design and manufacture of automotive transmissions, reports business intelligence research firm IBISWorld.

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Green Manufacturing

GM Director of Sustainability David Tulauskas reveals how sustainability drives General Motors' manufacturing efforts in a global sequence of constant improvement.

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SLM Delivers Speedy, Profitable Collaboration

Dana Holding Corp. has come across a software solution that allows it to collaborate with its customers by innovating in order to engineer products with higher quality and greater functionality.

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