SAO PAULO -- DaimlerChrysler AG and Volkswagen AG are using ultrasound devices in place of crash tests to determine vehicle body resistance, thus reducing scrap at their factories. VW has introduced the system at its Sao Jose des Pinhais plant, where it produces the Golf and Audi. The auto maker estimates it has reduced the cost of annual waste by $4.5 million. Ultrasound can evaluate whether the welding on doors, columns, roofs and floor are within quality standards. Each Golf and Audi ...

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