David Mason - Friday, September 4, 2015
The desire to reduce vehicle weight is as old as the vehicle itself. Henry Ford once famously said, “Excess weight kills any self-propelled vehicle” and “Strength has nothing to do with weight.” How fitting all these years later, that Ford Motor Company would win the 3rd annual Altair Enlighten Award after removing 700 pounds from their 2015 Ford F-150 truck.
David Caro - Thursday, June 4, 2015
As you know, CAFE 2025 standards are approaching quickly which means suppliers and OEMs alike are working rapidly for lightweighting solutions to improve fuel economy. What’s the latest material gaining popularity among OEMs? Magnesium.
David Mason - Friday, May 29, 2015
Following last week’s review of Dow’s runner-up entry, the final week of this look back at the 2014 Altair Enlighten Award brings us to the winner, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).
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.
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.
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.
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.