The Internet of Things

Dennis Hodges, CIO of Inteva Products, has plenty to smile about: responsive plant maintenance, worker safety, a modern ERP system that truly monitors and responds to the product floor, and low-cost IT operations. Related: Digital Domain Related Suppliers Plex Systems Dennis Hodges of Inteva Products (, doesn’t really use the term “Internet of Things” (IoT). […]

The CCV: Will This Change the Way Vehicles Are Manufactured

Related: Automotive Chassis Automotive Management Automotive Materials Automotive Production Automotive Supply Side In 1989 Fred Keller went to the massive international plastics exposition in Dusseldorf, K’89. He didn’t go as an interested visitor, although that is how he would ordinarily attend such events. Keller is chairman and CEO of Cascade Engineering, Inc. (Grand Rapids, MI), […]

The 2017 Genesis G90: A Substantial Sedan

The 2017 Genesis G90 is an all-new platform. The vehicle is designed and engineered to compete with sedans including the Mercedes S-Class and the Lexus LS460—and to put the Genesis brand on the map in the luxury vehicle category. Plenty of wood, leather and technology. The driver’s seat can be adjusted 22 ways. The front […]

Tenneco: Talking about Emissions

Tim Jackson, executive vice president, Technology, Strategy and Business Development, Tenneco: “Every time I think we’ve gone through an unprecedented period of change, we get hit with another level of regulation,” he says, speaking primarily of emissions regulations for vehicles, be they passenger cars or even locomotives. Tenneco is working with Gentherm on the development […]

Taking the Weight Off With Hydroforming

Examples of some hydroformed parts produced by Schuler Inc. include the roof- bow for the Chevrolet Corvette. The part is produced in both aluminum and steel. An employee oversees a hydroforming press line at Schuler’s hydroforming plant in Canton, MI. The company’s automated production line produces approximately 600,000 hydroformed components each year. Previous Next Related: […]

Stronger, More Formable Steel Developed

Vehicle manufacturers are increasing their use of high- and ultra-high strength steels, and so steel manufacturers are increasing their portfolio of products in this arena. One of the latest is a multiphase steel developed by Thyssen Krupp Steel of Germany ( and JFE Steel of Japan ( This steel has a minimum strength of 780 […]

Suzuki SX4 Sedan

The SX4 Sedan is the latest member of Suzuki’s growing family, and—with its AWD crossover brother—will replace the Aerio in its lineup. Though technically feasible, all-wheel-drive won’t be offered on the sedan due to doubts about customer demand for the system. What buyers get in return is a well-equipped vehicle with 17-in. alloy wheels, four-wheel […]

Simulation for Steel Stamping

Steel oil sump stamping simulation with PAM-STAMP 2G. Oil sump stamping produced with a sandwich-type steel. Previous Next Related: Automotive Body Automotive Materials Automotive Production During the development of a forthcoming vehicle, Tata Motors engineers determined that a major source of NVH (noise-vibration-harshness) from the engine was caused by the oil sump. So they decided […]

Serious About Steel

2018 Ford EcoSport will have its U.S. launch in early 2018. The 2018 Equinox is the third generation of the compact crossover. When you’re looking to help minimize vehicle noise, you create a solid structure. Which is exactly what’s been done for the LaCrosse. With three rows of seating, the Chevy Traverse can seat up […]

Robots in the First-Tier: What Do Suppliers Want?

Formet Industries, a first-tier supplier, has placed what is thought to be the biggest order ever for arc welding and laser cutting robots: more than 450 robots. The equipment will be used in the production of truck frames in a new St. Thomas, Ontario, plant. The robots are being sourced from Fanuc Robotics. Related: Automotive […]