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 […]

Imagine planning a summer day at the beach. With a heavy beach bag in tow, you arrive at the water’s edge only to discover that noise from speedboats are poking holes through your vision of a relaxing and quiet day. What’s wrong with this scenario? Let’s remove the weight of the bag and the irritating […]

Just as a knight protects itself with the use of a shield, vehicles are shielded from corrosion through the use of coatings. In an effort to meet CAFE standards, new metals are being used in engine and powertrain designs. According to the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), using lightweight components and high-efficiency engines enabled […]

You wouldn’t want a gas leak in your house – the same holds true for your car. The auto industry holds this same quality-focused mindset, and is taking on this notion to ensure that lighter, reliable cars are held to the highest quality standards.   The Effects of Lightweighting 2025 CAFE standards are influencing a […]