In the days of the early 21st century, it was easy to tell if the Dearborn, MI-based automaker had a good month. You could check the US sales of large F-Series pickups and the Explorer sport-utility vehicle.
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A modern lightweight vehicle frame has been developed for builders of replica classic cars. The frame is comprised of aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and advanced high strength steel.
In 2017, the international automotive industry produced 73.5 million passenger cars, an increase of around 2.4%, compared with the previous year. In 2018, car sales are expected to continue to grow to about 81.6 million units, with China remaining the largest producer of passenger cars, according to a report on statista.com.
While 3D scanning has already been adopted by many automotive part manufacturers, the use cases in Quality Control (QC) have been limited.
Over its 140-year history, automotive manufacturing technology has evolved in parallel with progress in the vehicles themselves. Early automakers custom made individual “horseless carriages.” Later, standardized parts and moving assembly lines delivered mass-produced cars. Development of integrated transfer lines enabled part runs to extend for years.
Machine tool orders rose in May as the industry recovers from a two-year slump, the Association for Manufacturing Technology (McLean, VA) said in a monthly report.
Over the past decade, governments in North and South America, Europe, and Asia have enacted stricter fuel economy and emissions requirements.
Caterpillar Inc. (Peoria, IL), the maker of heavy equipment, reported its second-quarter earnings surged while automaker General Motors Co. (Detroit) reported its profit sagged.
Volvo Penta announced May 7 the commencement of a final assembly line for production of industrial versatile—or variable speed—diesel engines at its established engine factory in Lexington, TN. The move will improve customization of engine orders based on specific requirements and reduce delivery lead times for Volvo Penta’s growing customer base in the North American market.
US manufacturing strengthened in February, attaining its best level in 30 months, the Institute for Supply Management said today.