Manufacturing Technology http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53319/more en Mitsubishi Puts Aging Plant on Tech’s Cutting Edge http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mitsubishi-puts-aging-plant-tech-s-cutting-edge <div class="node-body article-body">The Okazaki plant produces Outlander, Outlander plug-in hybrid and RVR midsized CUVs . The RVR is sold in Europe as the ASX. More than 90% of output is exported, with Europe accounting for more than half of the total. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mitsubishi-puts-aging-plant-tech-s-cutting-edge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/mitsubishi-puts-aging-plant-tech-s-cutting-edge#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Asia Pacific Japan Mitsubishi Body Manufacturing Technology Vehicle Assembly Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:31:00 +0000 1334991 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Mitsubishi says continuous-dipping process cuts paint loss 50%.</strong></p> 3D Printing Will Change Auto Industry, From Manufacturers to Dealers http://wardsauto.com/dealers/3d-printing-will-change-auto-industry-manufacturers-dealers <div class="node-body article-body">Carlisle & Company predicts up-and-coming technology will allow auto dealerships to make about a third of their replacement parts.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealers/3d-printing-will-change-auto-industry-manufacturers-dealers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealers/3d-printing-will-change-auto-industry-manufacturers-dealers#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers Suppliers North America U.S. Dealerships Fixed Operations Manufacturing Technology Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:27:00 +0000 1331631 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>&ldquo;Changing just about every day,&rdquo; Crounse says.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Ford Ushers Assembly Into Virtual World http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ford-ushers-assembly-virtual-world <div class="node-body article-body">A new digital lab in Dearborn ramps up Ford’s ability to use virtual reality in solving problematic vehicle-assembly operations. Ergonomic issues are down 90%, and the number of days missed by injured employees has dropped 75%.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ford-ushers-assembly-virtual-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/ford-ushers-assembly-virtual-world#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers North America North America - Regional U.S. Ford Engine Manufacturing Technology Product Development Transmission Vehicle Assembly Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:49:00 +0000 1330271 at http://wardsauto.com <p><b><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif;">Ford employee attempts to virtually mount F-150 transmission to engine. Screen in background shows plant environment, which employee sees with head-mounted display.<u1:p></u1:p></span></b></p> Green-Car Patents Raise Old Issues, New Questions http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/green-car-patents-raise-old-issues-new-questions <div class="field-byline"> Andrew Burnyeat </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An automaker that can develop or license a unique technology essentially can claim a specific market segment for itself. This is difficult in the auto business, given its high level of differentiation based on well-known common technologies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/green-car-patents-raise-old-issues-new-questions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/green-car-patents-raise-old-issues-new-questions#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers Asia Pacific Europe Vehicles & Technology North America China U.S. United Kingdom Tesla Charging Electric Vehicles Globalization Manufacturing Technology Product Development Fri, 07 Aug 2015 10:28:00 +0000 1319711 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Tesla sharing patented EV-charging technology.</strong></p> Powertrain Diversity: ‘So Far, So Good’ On CAFE Future http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/powertrain-diversity-so-far-so-good-cafe-future <div class="field-byline"> Bill Visnic </div> <div class="field-deck"> 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars </div> <div class="node-body article-body">More than 10% of ’15 model-year vehicles already meet CAFE standards for 2020 or later, including many pickups and other utility vehicles. Automakers outline how a diversity of powertrain solutions has helped it all come about. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/powertrain-diversity-so-far-so-good-cafe-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/powertrain-diversity-so-far-so-good-cafe-future#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Politics Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. Auto Makers BMW General Motors Toyota Volkswagen Politics 2015 CAR Management Briefing Seminars Charging Diesel Electric Vehicles Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fuel Economy Fuel-Cell Vehicles Hybrid Vehicles Li-ion Manufacturing Technology Turbocharger Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:04:00 +0000 1326411 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Toyota&rsquo;s Ward slips Mirai FCEV sales pitch into speech.</strong></p> Full View Photography Ghosn: Nissan Eyeing Purchase of EV Batteries http://wardsauto.com/ghosn-nissan-eyeing-purchase-ev-batteries <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The Nissan CEO tells The Wall Street Journal the automaker may follow alliance partner Renault's lead and purchase batteries for its electric cars, rather than build its own in a joint venture with NEC.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/ghosn-nissan-eyeing-purchase-ev-batteries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Suppliers Asia Pacific Europe Vehicles & Technology Japan France Batteries Electric Vehicles Global Sources Manufacturing Technology Purchashing Fri, 17 Jul 2015 07:34:00 +0000 1315431 at http://wardsauto.com Ford India Raising Product Profile Locally, Globally http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-india-raising-product-profile-locally-globally <div class="node-body article-body">Ford President and CEO Mark Fields plans to transform the company’s India subsidiary into a multiproduct manufacturer with entries in several segments and aiming to grow volumes and profitability.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-india-raising-product-profile-locally-globally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/management-strategy/ford-india-raising-product-profile-locally-globally#comments Premium Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific India Ford Flexible Manufacturing Globalization Product Development Production Sales Results Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000 1312421 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Figo Aspire leads Ford India&rsquo;s new-product cadence.</strong></p> Shared Vehicle Architectures Increase Renault-Nissan Savings http://wardsauto.com/shared-vehicle-architectures-increase-renault-nissan-savings <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The automakers credit common vehicle architecture for increasing synergies, which include savings, new revenues and costs avoided through cooperation, with a 32% year-on-year cost savings in 2014. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/shared-vehicle-architectures-increase-renault-nissan-savings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Plants & Production Asia Pacific Europe Japan France Finance Manufacturing Technology Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:00:00 +0000 1312201 at http://wardsauto.com Honda’s Thai-Built Models Earn Environmental Honors http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/honda-s-thai-built-models-earn-environmental-honors <div class="node-body article-body">Honda thus far is the only automaker to win Green Label certification that indicates all of its vehicles have passed environmental regulations that cover production processes, uses and disposal as well as resource-management efficiency.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/honda-s-thai-built-models-earn-environmental-honors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/honda-s-thai-built-models-earn-environmental-honors#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Asia Pacific Thailand Honda Emissions Manufacturing Technology Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:45:00 +0000 1306101 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Cutting carbon-dioxide levels priority for automaker.</strong></p> BMW Plant Showcase for Carbon-Fiber Production http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production <div class="node-body article-body">The plant in Dingolfing, Germany, has upgraded paint and body shops and new “material trains” for moving components to the line as the sixth-generation 7-Series flagship sedan nears launch.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/plants-production/bmw-plant-showcase-carbon-fiber-production#comments Public Auto Makers Plants & Production Suppliers Europe Europe - Regional Germany BMW Rolls Royce Aluminum Body Carbon Fiber Employment Manufacturing Technology Product Development Steel Vehicle Assembly BMW 7-Series body panels camera gates Carbon Core Deggendorf Dingolfing EDP material trains Moses Lake semi-anechoic structural components wind chamber Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:12:00 +0000 1300271 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Warehouse at Dingolfing complex converted to carbon-fiber production for all-new 7-Series.</strong></p>