Automotive Supply Chain

User-programmable Hall-effect switches

The A1190/2/3 family, new from Allegro MicroSystems Europe, are a range of user-programmable Hall-effect switches that complement the company’s existing family of devices used in automotive seat-belt buckle, seat position, and gear-shift selector applications. These new devices incorporate…

🕘 26/01/2012

Boosting productivity with simulation

Modern supply chains in the automotive industry are inherently complex. Initiatives designed to reduce costs – single-sourcing, offshore purchasing, outsourcing, just-in-time delivery, lean manufacturing, and the centralisation of distribution and production – can also result in making…

🕘 26/01/2012

Hydraulic expansion holder ensures safety in steering systems

Modern steering systems are based on exactly tuned interaction between precise mechanics and finely controllable hydraulics or powerful electronics. ZF Lenksysteme manufactures highly precise pinions for passenger car steering mechanisms at its Schwäbisch Gmünd site in Germany, and puts…

🕘 29/11/2011

Audi customers go online with hi-tech infotainment system

Telit Wireless Solutions will be equipping the new Audi A8 with UMTS/HSDPA-based broadband communications modules. The two companies have announced that the new, third-generation ‘MMI Navigation plus’ infotainment system will be fitted as an optional extra from the summer with…

🕘 29/11/2011

Energy efficient hybrid car is a vehicle of ideas

Precision bearings and automotive engine components manufacturer, The Schaeffler Group, is continuing its drive towards greener automotive technologies with its hybrid demonstration vehicle, the Schaeffler Hybrid. Based on the Vauxhall Corsa, this fully operational hybrid vehicle is part of an…

🕘 29/11/2011

Engineering company races ahead thanks to CAM software investment

Investment in the latest CAM software from Open Mind Technologies has allowed Northampton-based GE Precision Engineering to continue to win new contracts in its specialist field of motorsport and also expand the business and explore new markets in a number of different sectors … When GE Precision…

🕘 29/11/2011

Control system for automotive production

Ubisense, the location solutions company, has launched its Ubisense Assembly Control System (ACS), designed to enable automotive manufacturers to reliably identify and precisely track the location of each vehicle and associated parts and tools throughout the assembly line process. In an ACS…

🕘 29/11/2011

Fifteen power trolleys installed on dashboard production line

Automation control system specialist Denca of Widnes, Cheshire, has assisted the supplier of mass-produced assembled components for the automotive industry, IAC Halewood, with the installation of an additional 15 power trolleys into its Land Rover dashboard production line. The overhead EMS…

🕘 29/11/2011

Automating transactions in logistics processes

Voss Automotive, manufacturer of line and connection technology for the international automotive industry, has automated its electronic business transactions that use its customers’ web portals and integrated them into its corporate IT processes and systems. With the help of Lixto…

🕘 29/11/2011

Handling system puts Jaguar Land Rover in the driving seat

Worcester-based Exmac Automation has completed a contract to design and install a materials handling system for a new Completely Knocked Down (CKD) facility at the Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plant at Halewood, where complete car sets are prepared for shipping to various locations around the world for…

🕘 29/11/2011