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Production Session: Optimization – the eternal quest

Gearbox production: Optimization – the eternal quest

”To achieve consistent quality, you need to continuously synchronize customer expectations and your search for optimization potential” said Tomoyoshi Sator, Senior Vice President Corporate Quality Assurance Division, Jatco Ltd. at the 11th CTI Symposium USA in May 2017 in Novi, Michigan. Jatco’s example is another clear reminder that tomorrow’s biggest challenge involves continuously self-optimizing internal processes (particularly in production), not meeting requirements in different markets or achieving breakthroughs in drive system frugality. That means manufacturers need to work out how to ensure consistent quality and efficiency across all international facilities – and also bring new and promising methods into production. Continue reading

Interview Fritz Indra

Formula 1 Expert Fritz Indra: The Automotive Sector is Under Pressure.

The automotive sector is under pressure. Aside from all internal trouble a considerable part of the pressure in the industry is caused by legislation, Fritz Indra says. All car manufacturers are currently pushing electrification, which may also be a strategy to take the bull by the horns. But in the opinion of the Austrian engine designer and Formula 1 expert, the current trend towards the electric car should be regarded in a more critical way than it currently is the case. Especially with regard to climate protection, he says, because electric cars aren’t as clean as they are expected to be. Continue reading

CTI Mag: P3 Hybridization of Manual Transmissions

CTI Mag: P3 Hybridization of Manual Transmissions

In terms of cost and fuel efficiency, manual transmissions still take a leading position. However, solutions are needed to make them compatible with future ADAS and powertrain hybridization. The GETRAG modular upgrade concept offers a scalable approach, adding automation and electrification on a common MT platform.

Dr Ing. Frank Casimir, Director, Product Segment Manual Transmissions, GETRAG Ford Transmissions GmbH, Magna Powertrain Continue reading

CTI Mag: Modification of Surface Structure and Geometry on Gears

CTI Mag: Modification of Surface Structure and Geometry on Gears

Walter Graf, Reishauer AG, Switzerland

Demands placed on today’s automotive transmissions include, among others, low gear noise levels (NHV), weight reduction, fuel economy, increased longevity and high power density. Modify¬ing the surface structures and flank geometry can lead to higher transmission performance in line with these demands. Continuous generating grinding can contribute to higher transmission performance in several ways. This paper touches on three relevant features that generating grinding contributes to ground gears, and by extension, to the entire transmission. Two of these features, Low Noise Shifting (LNS) and Polish Grinding positively alter the surface structure, and the third, Twist Control Grinding (TCG) adds control over the gear flank geometry and the surface bearing ratios. Continue reading

Olaf Bongwald Joins AAM as President Driveline – Europe

July 2017

Olaf Bongwald Joins AAM as President Driveline – Europe

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has named Olaf Bongwald President AAM Driveline – Europe. In this role, Bongwald will lead AAM’s European driveline business, succeeding Michael J. Bly who has been appointed AAM’s global sales lead for the Driveline Business Unit. In addition to his leadership of the European driveline business, Bongwald will also be responsible for profitably growing and globalizing AAM’s electric drive and hybrid drive business.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of Olaf to AAM’s executive team,” said David C. Dauch, AAM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Electric drive and hybrid drive systems are quickly becoming a critical part of our driveline technology portfolio. Strengthening AAM’s leadership capability in this area of strategic focus is an important priority for us and Olaf’s global technical and operational experience will be instrumental in advancing this global effort as well as our driveline business in Europe.”

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Michael J. Bly named Vice President of Sales for AAM’s Driveline Business Unit

Michael J. Bly named Vice President of Sales for AAM’s Driveline Business Unit

American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) has named Michael J. Bly Vice President Sales – Driveline. In this role, Bly will oversee all global commercial activities for AAM’s Driveline Business Unit.

“We are pleased to appoint Micky as AAM’s global sales lead for the Driveline Business Unit,” said David C. Dauch, AAM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that Micky will continue to ensure AAM is the supplier of choice for our customers as they look for the smartest, lightest, most powerful and most efficient driveline systems.”

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