Welcome to MetalFormingAutomotive, the latest enewsletter from MetalForming magazine and the Precision Metalforming Association. In each monthly MetalForming Automotive you’ll find a variety of news and information from this quickly evolving industry, including links to the latest information from our industry partners: AISI, Automation Alley, CAR and MEMA (formerly OESA).
Please share any questions or comments by emailing editorial director Brad Kuvin.
Dr. Milan Nedeljkovic from the BMW AG Production Board of Management presents the firm’s new virtual manufacturing plant, built using the Nvidia Omniverse computing platform, that its engineering teams will use to develop new factories more quickly, and produce more efficiently. BMW can use the platform to connect its global engineering teams and allow them to collaborate in new ways. The video showcases one such virtual planning session, where the teams leverage the virtual factory and digital-twin technology to develop a new body shop.
BLM Group’s new LS7 sheet laser cutting machine gives you the features and functionality of a high-end system at an attractive price. It’s super productive with 2g axes acceleration and up to 12 kW fiber laser source, highly dynamic with only a 9-second pallet change, extremely precise, easy-to-use and connected.
survey commissioned by ABB Robotics reveals that supply-chain
disruption and rising material costs has executives at automotive OEMs
and their suppliers reevaluating their lean-manufacturing principles,
shifting from just-in-time to just-in-case strategies. Manufacturers
are holding more stock to protect against unplanned disruptions, finds
the survey, produced in partnership with Automotive Manufacturing Solutions magazine.
When asked how significantly various technologies will change the
industry, 50 percent of respondents view digitalization and data
management as extremely significant, 43 percent say the same about
automation and robotics, and 39 percent of respondents view modular and
flexible manufacturing as extremely significant.
Position your company as an industry leader when you utilize PMA resources—ITR Econ Trends reports, trade publications, One Voice and FABTECH trade shows. A PMA membership will provide your company and all of its employees with a range of valuable industry resources that are designed to help you become more connected, more informed, more efficient, more competitive and ultimately more profitable.
new Aluminum Association survey of automakers and Tier One suppliers
confirms that aluminum use in new electric vehicles will continue to
grow through the end of the decade, largely fueled by demand for more
sustainable transportation. The report, prepared by Ducker, indicates
that the demand for more sustainable transportation will help drive an
increase in market share for aluminum content by nearly 100 net
lb./vehicle from 2020 to 2030.
your shop is experienced with automation and robotics or you're
contemplating your first foray, our latest online event, MetalForming LIVE on the Shop Floor/Automation,
promises to deliver a boatload of useful advice, tips and lessons
learned, from two metal formers offering to share their experiences.
During the event, on April 25, we'll talk with Sukup Manufacturing Co.
to learn how they automated 3 manual operations with a press-tending
robot; and hear about a new three-robot six-process production cell at
Clips & Clamps Industries.