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Manufacturing & Prototyping

BMW Takes Multi-Modal Route to Manufacturing

BMW’s Munich factory remains the fertile root of a century of manufacturing, including its first R32 motorcycle in 1923. But the Bavarian automaker’s oldest assembly site is transforming...

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Test & Measurement

BMW Previews an HMI Future Without Dashboard Screens

The BMW i Vision Dee is an electric tease, dialed up to Las Vegas wattage for a provocative unveiling at CES 2023: A novel digital grille, wrapped with Kindle-style “E-ink”...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

A Divergent Approach to Vehicle Development and Production

Among the most intriguing vehicles on display at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance was a pair developed by an obscure brand, Czinger Vehicles, and its parent company,...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

Cadillac's Future-Tech Flagship

Restoring the Cadillac brand to its golden-age pinnacle, when it stood equal among Europe’s ultra-luxury greats, has long been an intermittent dream within GM. The grandiose ‘Sixteen’ concept in...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

FPT’s New EPowertrain Plant Commences EAxle Production for Nikola Tre BEV

Sustainability is an increasingly significant target for many commercial-vehicle manufacturers’ industrial activities and new products, and FPT Industrial is...

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Electronics & Computers

Keeping Your Silicon Cool

Onboard electronics continue to evolve rapidly. Components are smaller. Systems are more complex. The sophisticated electronics components that make up modern vehicles require precision heat dissipation for...

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Medical

Why Cleanroom Assembly of Plastic Medical and Electronic Devices Requires Ultrasonic Welding Technology

For years, ultrasonic welding has been used in cleanrooms where plastic components are assembled to complete medical and electronic...

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Software

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Executive Chief Engineer: New EV Her ‘North Star’

At the Cadillac Lyriq’s media drive program in Utah, SAE Media spoke one-on-one with Jamie Brewer, Lyriq executive chief engineer, about developing the...

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Energy

Faurecia Puts the ‘Wow Factor’ in Its Process Technologies

Faurecia is on a roll. The France-based Tier 1 has been expanding into clean mobility (including hydrogen storage systems) and recently acquired lighting systems giant...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

BMW 7-Series Drives Itself Through Own Assembly

The 1997 James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies” obliquely presaged current-day automated-driving technology when the hero remotely piloted his modified BMW 7-Series sedan through a...

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Automotive

Making Automotive Assembly Lines Safer

The moving assembly line remains an integral piece of most automobile manufacturing.

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Rivian R1T Analyzed by Teardown Expert

Rivian’s R1T is in big demand by both the public and the industry. OEMs are still scrambling to acquire their own examples of the pioneering, innovative electric pickup for competitive analysis...

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Sensors/Data Acquisition

Filter Enhances Robot Vision on 6D Pose Estimation

Robots are good at making identical repetitive movements such as a simple task on an assembly line. But they lack the ability to perceive objects as they move through an environment. A...

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Aerospace

Autonomous Assemblers Assemble

In-space and planetary surface assembly for human exploration is a challenging domain that encompasses various technological thrusts to support human missions. NASA is developing autonomous assembly agents to...

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Materials

Medical Plastics: Understanding Ultrasonic Welding, Part 1

Plastic consumables for medical applications are often very complex and sophisticated devices. Before these devices can be used by healthcare workers or home care patients, they...

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Transportation

‘Mixed’ Approach to E-truck Manufacturing

Electrification for truck, bus and off-highway equipment manufacturers brings more technology hurdles than for carmakers. Some of them are attributable to the issues involved with larger...

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Manufacturing & Prototyping

VinFast Brings New EVs, Assembly Plans to U.S.

The name VinFast isn’t likely to mean much to anyone outside Vietnam where the automotive startup launched four years ago. But by November 2022, the company expects to have two EVs, the...

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Aerospace

Inside Story, November 2021: Momentive Materials in Space, Defense, and Aviation

Thanos Yiagopoulos, Chief Technology Officer of Momentive Performance Materials, discusses how engineers can determine the best product for their application.

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Power

VW’s Newest Battery Pack Facility Is Production-Line Adjacent

The Volkswagen ID.4 electric vehicle (EV) is set begin localized production in the United States in early 2022. The MEB-platform, 2-row SUV will share an assembly line with...

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Energy

ABS Ramps up Commercial-Vehicle Battery-Pack Assembly

American Battery Solutions (ABS) is preparing for a big uptick in business with the increasing electrification of buses, medium- and heavy-duty trucks. “In order to be ready for...

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Electronics & Computers

Machine Condition Monitoring Keeps a Factory Running

Learn how to outfit your equipment with sensors.

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Unmanned Systems

Making the Case for In-Wheel Motors

Much of an IC engine-powered vehicle’s ride, handling, sound and overall character derives from the engine. Some believe that electric vehicles (EVs), propelled by electric motors with no intake or...

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Robotics, Automation & Control

System Provides Robots with Context Awareness

The system enables robots to predict what their human coworker will do next.

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Robotics, Automation & Control

Square Structural Joint with Robotic Assembly Tool

Applications include portable aerospace structures and terrestrial structures such as cleanrooms and field hospitals.

Technology Report
Connectivity

Toward an Electric Two-Wheeled Triumph

There is something of a TV series about Triumph Motorcycles’ radical TE-1 electric project. It’s an intriguing story unfolding through four episodes, or phases, following its conception. Phase...

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Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Bosch’s EV Efficiency Upgrade: Continuously Variable Transmissions

As electric vehicles (EVs) move from niche offerings to mainstream roles in the product portfolios of the world’s traditional automakers, research and development to...

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Photonics/Optics

Frequency Agile Plasmonic Antennas and Sensors

A new way of assembling individual nanostructures will facilitate better design principles for plasmonic photonic devices.

Supplier Eye
Mechanical & Fluid Systems

A Hard Look at New Sourcing Strategies

From COVID to chips: Just as the industry was beginning to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, it gets slammed with more supply-chain disruptions. Severe chip capacity issues out of China, Taiwan and...

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Energy

Atlis EV Pickup, Platform Targets Medium-Duty Market

Electric-vehicle (EV) startups no longer are a phenomena – and the subset of startups focused just on EV pickup trucks seems to add a new player nearly every quarter. The business...