The assembly line that mass produces the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F150 is as innovative as teh truck itself. Two decade in the planning, it features precise computer-modeled stamping, rivets, flow-through screws instead of welds, and scrap recycling. Ford demonstrates these innovations in a new video.
Automotive Congress Presents Vehicle Lightweighting Strategies – Interview with Craig Renneker, Ford
The 3rd Annual Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit (GALM) congress will be held on August 20-21 in Detroit, Michigan. As OEMs seek to develop vehicle lightweighting strategies that will allow them to cost-effectively meet fuel economy targets, they are increasingly shifting their focus to incorporating mixed-material solutions at mass produced scales. The highly anticipated Ford F150 heralds the integration of lightweighting technologies into the vehicle with the highest volume of sales in North America for the last 36 years and is representative of an overall industry trend towards mass produced lightweight vehicles.
However, applying lightweight materials to mass produced vehicles comes with a fresh set of challenges. OEMs need to select the optimal combination of materials including aluminum, high-strength steel, composites, and magnesium, source them in the volumes and specifications required for high volume production, and then determine the optimal joining and casting techniques for mixed material manufacturing at scale.
To address these challenges, leading vehicle OEMs will be gathering in Detroit for the GALM congress to the share the latest advances in materials and manufacturing techniques that are having the biggest impact on reducing the cost of mass produced lightweight vehicles. Highlights Include: a Focus on Mass Production, Aluminum & Mixed Material Joining, Material Selection & Optimization, Corrosion Prevention, Vehicle Repair & Crash Performance, and Casting.
Interview with congress speaker, Craig Renneker, Ford
Craig Renneker, chief engineer – Component & Pre-Program, Transmission & Driveline Engineering at Ford, is one of the OEM speakers who will present at the Global Automotive Lightweight Materials congress. In his current role, he is responsible for the development of all new automatic and hybrid transmission programs within Ford, as well as all component engineering activities.
What are the main challenges you are currently facing at Ford in relation to lightweighting?
Delivering lightweight technologies to our customers at a good value. There are many great technologies out there that are simply too expensive for our market.
The 11th Australasian Aluminium Smelting Technology Conference (AASTC) will be held December 6-11, 2014 in Dubai, UAE.
Program organizers promise delegates a week filled with up-to-date technical information, research findings, and vigorous panel discussions on technical issues of concern to the industry. These sessions will be led by the world’s foremost exponents of smelting know-how, so delegates will once again have access to game-changers in the industry, as well as an exclusive opportunity to see up close the very latest in operating smelting technology.
Throughout the 33 years of this conference, there has always been a strong link between the UAE and Australasia — including conjoint development of technology and work practices. With the changing dynamics of the aluminum smelting industry it was considered an appropriate occasion to broaden this year’s “Australasian” conference to an “Austral-Asian” one and therefore it is being held in the UAE.
Jebel Ali Golf & Beach Resort — located a convenient distance from both Emirates Global Aluminium smelters, Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL), — has been selected as the venue for the 11th AASTC, so that delegates can visit the new state-of-the art phase 2 potline at EMAL. A limited group accommodation booking has also been made at the venue. Together with its beach-side setting and golf course, the resort offers beautifully appointed rooms, pool bars, entertainment zones and a range of culinary experiences.
Conference and social event registration, accommodation bookings and sponsorship opportunities are available on 11AASTC.com. Detailed information about the conference themes and submission of abstracts and papers can also be obtained from the website, when they become available.