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The Enlighten Award in Review – Week 9: Dow Automotive Systems
Last week, I took a look back at Dow Automotive Systems’ first of two entries to the 2014 Enlighten Award where the company’s new chemical adhesive...
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The Enlighten Award in Review – Week 8: Dow Automotive Systems
Last week we reviewed the 2014 Altair Enlighten Award entry from Shiloh who developed an innovative new body panel process which allows weight reduction...
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The Enlighten Award in Review – Week 9: Dow Automotive Systems

David Mason - Friday, May 22, 2015

Last week, I took a look back at Dow Automotive Systems’ first of two entries to the 2014 Enlighten Award where the company’s new chemical adhesive product produced better mechanical joining thus allowing weight removal from the overall body.  This week, we’re going to look at Dow’s second entry which was the runner-up in last year’s award.


The Enlighten Award in Review – Week 8: Dow Automotive Systems

David Mason - Friday, May 15, 2015

Last week we reviewed the 2014 Altair Enlighten Award entry from Shiloh who developed an innovative new body panel process which allows weight reduction with significant NVH performance gains. This week, I wanted to take a look at the first of two entries from material and adhesives specialists, Dow Automotive System.


The Enlighten Award in Review – Week 7: Shiloh

David Mason - Friday, May 8, 2015

Last week we looked back at Grede’s 2014 Altair Enlighten Award entry where the company had developed a new material to take weight out of vehicle body panels. This week I wanted to continue to look at body panels with the entry from materials specialist, Shiloh.


The Enlighten Award in Review – Week 6: Continental Structural Plastics

David Mason - Friday, May 1, 2015

In last week’s post I took a look back at Grede’s 2014 Altair Enlighten Award entry in which the company had taken advantage of a new stamping manufacturing method that could accommodated more intricate, lightweight designs. This week, we’re going to review Continental Structural Plastics’ (CSP) entry which made use of a new material to drive down weight.


The Enlighten Award in Review – Week 5: Grede

altairenlighten.com - Friday, April 24, 2015

Last week, we looked back at Maruti Suzuki’s 2014 Altair Enlighten Award entry in which the company used design optimization technology to drive down the weight of a rear engine mounting bracket. This week, let’s review Grede’s work to reduce the weight of a truck spring hanger bracket.


The Enlighten Award in Review: Week 4 – Maruti Suzuki

David Mason - Friday, April 17, 2015

Last week, we reviewed MAHLE’s award entry where the company saved 31% of the weight from a powertrain connecting rod.  This week we will keep the powertrain theme and take a look back at India’s Maruti Suzuki’s nomination; the optimization of a rear engine mounting bracket for the Maruti Alto.


The Enlighten Award in Review: Week 3 – MAHLE

David Mason - Thursday, April 9, 2015

Last week, we took a look back at Multimatic’s 2014 Enlighten Award entry where the company had optimized a front lower control arm to successfully reduced weight by 30%. This week, it’s the turn of powertrain specialist, MAHLE North America.

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