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.
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Earlier this decade, the auto industry moved to lighten cars and trucks. It was supposed to be a competition between steel, long the dominant vehicle material, and aluminum. The latter got a boost when Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., bet big on aluminum, making aluminum bodies for its F-150 and Super Duty pickups.
General Motors Co. posted a lower third-quarter profit because of the 40-day United Auto Workers union strike.
U.S. manufacturing lost 2,000 jobs in September, paced by job cuts among makers of vehicles and parts.
Orders for durable goods fell in September paced by declines in orders for transportation equipment.
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Future challenges in the heavy-duty truck industry require continual evolution of materials and methods to give greater versatility in their manufacturing processes. This is due to advances in technology, the impact of regulations, demand fluctuation and competition, and customer expectations.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Thursday it wants to go to the merger altar again. This time, it’s with Paris-based PSA Group.
Much has changed in the world of automotive accessory designing, engineering, and manufacturing in the past few years. Sales and after sales of automotive parts have witnessed a surge in data-usage across the horizontal and vertical value chains between suppliers, business partners, internal departments, and the end-customers.
Simcenter Testlab enables better usage of test-based data, from design and simulation to validation and certification.