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Faced with tighter regulatory demands and growing consumer awareness of better fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, automotive manufacturers and suppliers are increasingly moving from traditional steel sheet or galvanized alloys to mixed and very lightweight metals that offer significant savings. Reducing a vehicle’s weight by just 10 percent can improve fuel economy by 6-8 percent! […]

High-quality die-cast metal components and electronic parts play a vital role in the automotive industry. The reliability and safety needs of today’s automotive industry requires all parts to be fully sealed against fluids, gases and other external influences. At the same time, the automotive industry is confronted with the increasingly demanding challenges of reducing costs, […]

Temperature is an important consideration throughout the entire vehicle development process. The most prominent example is inside the car where driver and passenger comfort are taken into account. This is far from the only example, though, especially today as lightweighting initiatives have introduced mixed material designs that cause a new set of challenges related to thermal […]

Today’s drivers are more used to digital technology in their cars than ever before. Music streamed from the cloud, real-time traffic information and personalized roadside assistance have become common. But there is certainly more to come. While the change to autonomous vehicle technology is influencing many aspects of vehicle development, the most noticeable area for […]

Finding the right adhesive for your lightweight component is dependent on the right chemical mix. Some adhesives are rigid. Others have high degrees of elasticity. Some offer increased energy absorption. How do you know which is right for the job? It starts with considering some basic questions. What are the materials you need to join? What are your […]

“Form follows function” is a maxim credited to early 20th century architect, Louis Sullivan, in relation to architectural and industrial design, inferring that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Form also follows function in vehicle lightweighting. With 2025 CAFE standards targeting 54.5 mpg per […]

Humans have been fascinated by electricity for hundreds of years. When Benjamin Franklin proved lightning and electricity were one and the same using a kite, key and a strong hypothesis, this force of nature became a prime candidate for experimentation rather than simple parlor tricks. More than 100 years later, Thomas Edison perfected the incandescent […]

Like the Tower of London, automotive shock towers are built to survive brutal conditions outside and maintain stability. Often referred to as the workhorse of a vehicle, this part of a vehicle’s suspension system keeps it supported and stable. It takes a great deal of load in harsh under-vehicle environment, while maintaining its structural integrity […]

With 2025 CAFE standards on the horizon mandating an average 54.5 mpg per vehicle, automakers and suppliers are examining every vehicle component and manufacturing process to subtract weight. Remove a few ounces here and a pound there, and suddenly an automaker may realize a vehicle weight reduction of 600 to 700 pounds. It’s not enough […]

Remember your first chemistry set? The white lab coat, mysterious chemicals and a microscope complete with a slew of slides? Maybe you found a butterfly and examined its wings. Or, maybe you inspected an egg shell to see the differences between it its bumpy and smooth surfaces. It was curiosity and the need to know […]