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Automotive Design

Driving changes in automotive engineering

Automotive manufacturers are facing far greater challenges than ever before with a skills shortage in engineering, globally; combined with increased demand for customised cars. Thankfully, new technologies can plug the gap and reduce time to market. Stephen Dyson explains

Coupled inductors for automotive DC/DC converter application

Inductors are suitable for applications including lighting, hybrid car, start and stop vehicle, and electrical power steering

Automotive qualification added to capacitor

AEC-Q200 approved U2J Class-I MLCCs bring enhanced performance, stability and predictability to automotive applications


Sensor technologies to transform the driving techniques

Rising interest in autonomous vehicles creates vast growth opportunities for sensor developers, finds Frost & Sullivan

Automotive tapes deliver bonding solutions

Can be used with a wide variety of OEM paint systems and substrates, including painted surfaces, ABS, polypropylene, stainless steel, aluminium and chromed metals

Improving driver safety and efficiency with smart technologies

Peter Tillotson discusses the top three technologies set to revolutionise HGV safety in the next year

Silicone adhesive lowers costs

New Dow Corning EA-5151 Quick in Connect Adhesive accelerates assembly of automotive electronics

Touchscreen controllers designed for large-screen automotive HMIs

MXT1665T family from Microchip brings in-vehicle multi-touch HMI to drivers and passengers

High speed precision cutter

Creates efficient and consistent cuts in demanding environments

Specialist vehicle manufacturing: bespoke design creates a perfect fit

Designing and manufacturing steering systems for specialist vehicles shouldn’t be a case of placing an off-the-shelf product straight into your system layout

Voltage stabiliser for emerging markets

Designed for industrial equipment in the packaging, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, automotive and manufacturing sectors

Overmoulding and insert moulding—additional injection moulding functionality

Injection moulding is now even more versatile – when combined with overmoulding or insert moulding. Stephen Dyson explains how these services can improve part design, strength, functionality—in addition to reducing assembly time and costs

Outsourcing partnerships that prosper

Manufacturers now consider ‘outsourcing’ as a partnership, rather than a supplier relationship. Stephen Dyson explains why outsourcing projects with trusted partners makes sense

Solid-state electrolytes and the quest for a safer battery

2017 might mark a significant switch to new materials in the electrolyte compartment, with companies trying to bring inorganic and polymer electrolytes to commercial fruition. Dr Lorenzo Grande reports

Flexible mould making silicones

Offer excellent transfer of pattern detail along with long mould life and extremely high temperature resistance

Already available additive technology

Peter Cookson explains why vacuum brazing is a form of proven, high-performance additive manufacturing

Seal-less pumps for emissions control

Challenge of minimising the environmental impact of industrial processes has never been greater

Weight-reduced oil hoses for tempering batteries

ContiTech develops new solutions for efficient electromobility

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