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Tale of Two Manufacturers: Caterpillar, Ford

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

Caterpillar Inc. and Ford Motor Co., in reporting fourth quarter and year end financial results, illustrated the split in manufacturing. Full Article

High-Volume Shop Thrives on Tooling Success



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2016

Vickers Engineering (New Troy, MI) is a Tier I supplier of machined castings mainly to big automotive OEMs such as Toyota and Honda, as well as to the energy and other industries. Producing five-million parts a year, Vickers continuously strives to improve cycle times and tool life, whether to win a new job or to improve upon one that’s been recurring for years. Full Article

In-Process Inspection Saves Powertrain Time



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

2/1/2016

Northern Tool, a division of Star Cutter Co. (Farmington Hills, MI), is well-known for designing and producing special carbide cutting tools—often for automotive powertrain production—that accomplish more than one cutting operation in a single pass. With its CNC tool grinders, OD grinders, roughing OD grinders, and edge prep machines, plus blank prep machines and a cutoff and laser-etching machine, the company produces carbide drills, reamers, end mills, and form tools. Full Article

Ford Ohio Assembly Plant Adds All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty Chassis Cab



Ford Motor Co. press release

1/25/2016

Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant to support additional production of the all new 2017 Ford F Series Super Duty chassis cab. Full Article

DOT, Automakers Agree on Proactive Safety Principles



US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

1/15/2016

DOT and 18 automakers are taking a strong stand for a new proactive, collaborative approach to safety. We have finalized a historic agreement on a set of actions to help make our roads safer. The commitments will help catch safety defects before they explode into massive recalls. They will help improve the quality of data that automakers and NHTSA analyze to identify defects. DOT has experience with this kind of approach. In aviation, for example, we already have a model of industry-wide collaboration to support safety.
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US Plans to Spend $4 Billion on Development of Autonomous Vehicles



Press Release - US Department of Transportation

1/14/2016

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today revealed a proposal for a 10-year, nearly $4 billion investment to accelerate the development and adoption of safe vehicle automation through real-world pilot projects. Secretary Foxx also announced that the US Department of Transportation is removing potential roadblocks to the integration of innovative, transformational automotive technology that can significantly improve safety, mobility, and sustainability. Full Article

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