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Five reasons to leverage PLM for enterprise quality management

By implementing a product lifecycle management (PLM) system, companies both large and small, benefit by simplifying and shortening each phase of the product development process. Chuck Cimalore reports

Steering wheel prototype delivered for supersonic car

Bloodhound Project is the UK’s attempt to build a jet and rocket powered car that will exceed 1,000 miles per hour

30 million tube bends

A tube bending cell based on a Unison all-electric machine has just fabricated its five millionth part at Olicana Products Ltd

Specific sound source analysis for the road ahead

Source Path Contribution determines the sources of the sound - or vibration - perceived by occupants of a vehicle and determines the routes they take

Leakage detection IC for automotive applications

Suitable for back-up power supplies in EVs and HEVs that contribute to greater system safety

Truck manufacturer adopts lightweight plastic for heavy truck oil pan

Oil pan is up to 50 per cent lighter than aluminium, and can resist stone and gravel chip impact

The car's the star when it comes to losing weight

Saving weight is almost as important as saving money in the automotive industry, as it can help to meet stringent new emissions targets. Lou Reade reports

3D model allows customer to visualise solution

SpaceClaim 3D Direct Modeling allows users to edit geometry, including large assemblies, fast without being a CAD expert

Additive manufacturing with metals in automotives

Additive manufacturing with metals. Ilona Scholl looks at the development of a metal laser melting machine for the automotive industry

The car's the star when it comes to losing weight

Saving weight is almost as important as saving money in the automotive industry, as it can help to meet stringent new emissions targets. Lou Reade reports

Colourful concept cars often come with a hint of 'green'

Recent history in the automotive industry has seen manufacturers creating the usual mix of concept cars, some of which are precursors of future models, while others are simply outrageous

Self-steering vehicle uses ant-based algorithms

Researchers study ants to develop optimisation algorithm

Panel access hardware tolerates misalignment

PEM floating panel fasteners can compensate for more than 1.5mm of misalignment, plus they benefit from anti-cross-threading technology

Market waits impatiently for wireless comms

Manufacturers in discrete manufacturing have to wait

Vulcanising silicone seals highly stressed joints

Ford's new one litre Fox engine uses Loctite 5900 silicone

Rugged angle sensors for vehicles

Non-contacting – rugged – reliable – extremely slim – maximum installation tolerance

Salt spray or cyclic corrosion analysis

Test chamber adpated to suit the testing requirements of major international car manufacturer, Renault

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