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Development & Test

ATS Mexico 2017 Special Edition

HYDROGEN FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY A future vision for zero-emission mobility

Show Guide | Automotive Testing | Vehicle & Powertrain | Environment & Emissions


WELCOME TO THE

William Fone Editorial Director wf@automaker.tv

AUTOMOTIVE TESTING SHOW & CONFERENCE AT QUERÉTARO, MEXICO

Text & co Graphic Design Saša Buterin International Sales Manager sasa@automaker.tv Mayank Chhatwal Country Manager India Vikas Patil Asia Project Manager Charles Adam Advertising Sales Rakesh Metha Event Production Manager India

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Exhibitors

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CONTENT Scared of the dark? You're not alone.

Ford introduces tech that can automatically brake for pedestrians at night; the system scans the road ahead – and pavement for people who might step into the road

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Volkswagen: solutions of the future Researchers from industry and the scientific community are jointly developing innovative materials and production processes

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Advanced safety and driver-assistive Millennial luxury customers rank safety features much higher on list of purchase priorities than older buyers

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FUEL CELL CONCEPT Latest hydrogen fuel cell technology delivers evolved performance and efficiency.

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Fossil free electricity Scania will globally utilise fossil free electricity wherever possible

Innovative automation Modernization of work efficiency of workforce.

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DAY 1 - MARCH 29, 2017 SESSION ONE WELCOME & INVITED LECTURES MORNING COFFEE BREAK 09:25 – 09:30

Welcome and proceedings overview William Fone – Director Automaker TV & Media Limited

09:30 – 10:00

Local development validation planning process, from complete vehicle to materials. Rainer Hofmann, CEO, Dirk Scheffler, Head of Laboratory EDAG Mexico S.A. de C.V

10:00 – 10:30

Increasing productivity for machining operations of aeronautical and automotive components by chatter suppression and optimization techniques. Dr. Prof. Daniel Olvera Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

10:30 – 11:00

Dynamic measurement of transmission error and backlash in automotive differential. Aldo Adrián García González CENAM, Mexico

11:00 – 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 – 12:00

Solutions to NVH Challenges using Laser Doppler Vibrometry. Mario Pineda, Director Polytech, U.S.A

12:00 – 12:30

Transfer Path Analysis on Rotating Systems. Stefan Kremer – Manager Mueller BBM, Germany

12:30 – 14:00

Break

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Advanced powertrain control unit calibration and testing methods. Oliver Rütten – Head of Calibration FEV América Latina, Brazil

14:30 – 15:00

Powertrain Integration Analysis using AVL EXCITETM Raul Gutierrez AVL List, Mexico

15:00 – 15:30

Embracing the connected car. Marisol Menéndez Huerta, Field Marketing RF and Test National Instruments, Mexico

15:30 – 16:00

Driving Innovative Powertrain Design through Upfront Simulation. Warren Dias Altair Inc, U.S.A

16:00 – 16:30

Afternoon Break

16:30 – 17:00

Using Fatigue Damage Spectrum for Accelerated Testing with Correlation to End-Use Environment. Andy Cogbill, Senior Application Engineer Vibration Research USA.

17:00 – 17:30

Ground Vehicles Durability Test Overview. Hartmut Schlosser, Senior Application Engineer, Ground Vehicle Team MTS Europe, Germany.

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Exhibition Visit time


DAY 2 - MARCH 30, 2017 SESSION FIVE LAB MANAGEMENT 09:25 – 09:30

Welcome Day 2 Vehicle Testing and Development. William Fone – Director Automaker TV & Media Limited

09:30 – 10:00

Innovative Vehicle Concept Development through Collaborative Simulation. Warren Dias, Business Development Manager-OptiStruct. Altair, U.S.A

10:00 – 10:30

Integrated Vehicle Testing for CO2 Certification of Heavy Duty Vehicles. Dr.-Ing. Jakub Vidner, Dr.-Ing. Sönke Treinies; Kistler Instrumente GmbH, Germany

10:30 – 11:00

Dynamic characterization of MEMS accelerometers embedded into IMU sensor Iris López CENAM, Mexico

11:00 – 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 – 12:00

Slow Motion Analysis Considerations for Automotive Applications. Andrew Bridges – President Photron , United States

12:00 – 12:30

Alistair Tofts Correlated Solutions

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch & Exhibition visit time

14:00 – 14:30

Inertial Systems with precise GPS for automotive testing. Dr Berthold Huber, Genesys Elektronik GmbH, Germany

14:30 – 15:00

Robots systems for test stands and proving grounds. Klaus Staehle – CEO Staehle, Germany

15:00 – 15:30

How to use GPS/Inertial Systems as a reference for vehicle dynamics and ADAS testing. Berthold Huber, Managing Director GENESYS, Germany

15:30 – 16:00

Afternoon Break

16:00 – 16:30

RF, Vision and Customized Simulation for the next generation of the HIL test. Arturo Vargas Mercado. Latam Marketing Manager National Instruments, Mexico

16:30 – 17:00

Performance Testing Overview. Hartmut Schlosser, Senior Application Engineer, Ground Vehicle Team MTS Europe, Germany

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FINAL COMMENTS & FAIRWELL

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SPONSORS AVL LIST GMBH Address: Hans-List-Platz 1, A-8020 Graz, Austria Tel: +43 316 787-0 Email: info@avl.com Web: www.avl.com

AVL is the world’s largest independent company for development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines.

CRYSTAL INSTRUMENTS Address: 2370 Owen St Santa Clara CA 95054 Tel: 408.986.8880 Email: dfraser@go-ci.com Web: www.crystalinstruments.com

Crystal Instruments specializes in handheld and high-channel count dynamic signal analyzers and vibration controllers. We have developed CAN-Busto simplify testing for the automotive industry and the Time Wave form Replication replication feature to reproduce field data in a testing lab.

MÜLLER-BBM VIBROAKUSTIK SYSTEME B.V. Address: Schwieberdinger Straße 62 70435 Stuttgart Tel: +49 711 136757-81 Email: info.de@MuellerBBM-vas.com Web: www.MuellerBBM-vas.de

Müller-BBM VibroAkustik Systeme is one of the world’s leading suppliers of vibroacoustic measurement technology, focused on the acquisition, analysis and management of dynamic data. Our tight partnership with the automotive industry has resulted in comprehensive testing solutions for

PHOTRON Address: 9520 Padgett Street, Suite 110 San Diego, CA 92126 USA Tel: +1 858-684-3555 Email: image@photron.com Web: www.photron.com

Photron provides high-speed cameras for slow motion analysis of events that occur too fast for the eye to see. Our cameras can record at speeds of up to two million frames per second (fps), and include low cost, mega-pixel, high-G and multi-head systems for on and off board slow motion analysis of every aspect of vehicle and passenger safety and component testing.

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POLYTEC GMBH Address: Lambda House, Batford Mill Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 5BZ Tel: +44/1582-71 16 70 Email: info@polytec-ltd.co.uk Web: www.polytec.com

Polytec is a global corporation with facilities in Europe, North America and Asia. With a reputation for innovative optical products, outstanding quality and world-class support, our success has enabled investment in the resources and flexibility to respond quickly to the ever-changing measurement needs of our customers.

EXHIBITORS AB DYNAMICS

Address: Holt Road, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, UK, BA15 1AJ Tel: 01225 860200 Email: info@abd.uk.com Web: www.abd.uk.com AB Dynamics supplies test equipment for vehicle suspension, handling and safety system development. Products include: Driving robots, Driverless test systems, Soft target vehicles and pedestrians for ADAS system testing, Wireless telemetry systems, The SPMM 5000 Kinematics and compliance test machine, The MIMS moments of inertia measurement system, The aVDS advanced vehicle driving simulator, The PLATO NVH analysis system for end of line power train component testing.handling and safety system development.

ACMAX

ALTRAN CONCEPT TECH GMBH

Address: Concept Strasse 1 8101 Gratkorn Tel: +43 (0) 3124 / 203-0 Email: office@concept-tech.com Web: www.concept-tech.com As a full-range provider of engineering, simulation, testing and tools for passive safety development, Altran Concept Tech is a leader in the fields of vehicle interior, pedestrian protection, crash/component test and test system development (renowned worldwide as “Microsys” equipment). With expertise and support globally available, Altran Concept Tech is the partner of choice for leading OEMs and Tier-1’s. We are looking forward to welcoming you at our booth to show you our latest developments in passive safety engineering and testing.

ALTRAN NORTH AMERICA

Address: Av. 5 de Mayo No. 127 - D Interior 8 Col. Centro 76000 Querétaro, Qro. México Tel: (52)4422124240 Email: info@acmax.mx Web: www.acmax.mx AcMax de México es una empresa tecnológica dedicada a ofrecer soluciones en Prueba y Medición, así como ser un centro de soluciones para nuestros socios de negocios en IoT e Industria 4.0. En AcMax de México ofrecemos soluciones eficientes, a la medida y rentables a nuestros clientes de negocios en diversos sectores tales como: Industria Automotriz, Industria Eléctrica, Industria electrónica, Educación Pública y Privada, Investigación, Gobierno, Integradores, entre otros. Somos distribuidores y representantes oficiales de las más reconocidas marcas, y contamos con un equipo de profesionales en capacitación constante para atender los requerimientos de nuestros clientes, entendiendo íntegramente sus necesidades y proponiendo servicios o productos con valor, esforzándonos en lograr la satisfacción de nuestros clientes.

Address: 1 Advantage Court Suite A Bordentown, NJ 08505 Tel: +1 855 4ALTRAN Web: www.altran-na.com Altran North America is an engineering consulting partner to businesses in Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Digital markets, Energy, Industrials and Electronics, and Life Sciences & Medical. We offer solutions that combine disruptive technologies, complex software development expertise, and innovative processes to solve the business and technical challenges inherent in conceiving, developing, and supporting the complex, connected systems demanded by markets driven by rapidly evolving technology. In North America, Altran serves our clients out of a network of offices in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

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ALTAIR

BRÜEL & KJAER S&V MEASUREMENT A/S

Address: Miguel Angel de Quevedo696, Villa Coyoacan,Coyoacan, Mexico DF, 04000 Tel: 55 56586808 Email: rgarza@altair.com Web: info_mx@altair.com

Address: Skodsborgvej 307 DK-2850 Nærum Tel: +45 7741 2000 Web: www.bksv.com

Altair empowers client innovation and decision-making through technology that optimizes the analysis, management and visualization of business and engineering information. Privately.held with more than 2,000 employees, Altair has offices throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific. With a 28-year-plus track record for highend software and consulting services for engineering, computing and enterprise analytics, Altair consistently delivers a competitive advantage to customers in a broad range of industries. Altair has more than 5,000 corporate clients representing the automotive, aerospace, government and defense, and consumer products verticals. Altair also has a growing client presence in the electronics, architecture engineering and construction, and energy markets.

AVERNA Address: 87 Prince Street,Suite 510, Montreal,QC, Canada,H3C2M7 Tel: +1 877-842-7577 Email: sales@averna.com Web: www.averna.com As a global Test & Quality Solution leader, Averna partners with product designers, developers and OEMs to help them achieve higher product quality, accelerate time to market and protect their brands.Founded in 1999, Averna offers specialized expertise and innovative test, vision inspection, precision assembly and automated solutions that deliver substantial technical, financial and market benefits for clients in the aerospace, automotive, consumer, defense, life sciences, semicondutor, telecom and other industries. Averna has offices around the world, numerous industry certification such as ISO, CSIA, and ITAR registration, and is partnered with National Instruments, Keysight Technologies and JOT Automation.

CAPE - CENTER FOR ADVANCED PRODUCT EVALUATION

Address: 18881 IMMI Way Westfield, IN 46074 Tel: 317-896-9531 Email: ktribbett@imminet.com Web: www.captesting.com Internationally recognized as the leader in safety testing, CAPE®, the Center for Advanced Product Evaluation, is a state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of North America in Westfield, Indiana. CAPE’s expansive capabilities include a wide range of testing from large vehicles to motorsports, as well as small component validation in children’s car seats. The most recognizable transportation manufacturers of heavy trucks, school buses, recreational off-road vehicles, military, and fire/EMS vehicles choose CAPE, the worldwide leader in safety validation, for premier testing and service.

CIATEC

BATTENBERG ROBOTIC GMBH & CO. KG

Address: Omega no. 201 Colonia: Industrial Delta C.P.: 37545 León, Guanajuato Tel: + 52 (477) 710.00.11 Email: atencionaclientes@ciatec.mx Web: www.ciatec.mx

Address: Zum Stempel 11 35043 Marburg Saksamaa Tel: +49 6424 92069 Email: g.battenberg@battenberg.biz Web: www.messrobotic.de/en/

CIATEC, A.C. es una institución que forma parte de la Red de Centros Públicos del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) que contribuye al desarrollo tecnológico, económico y social del País porque: Soluciona problemas de base científica en las industrias por medio de proyectos que generan y aplican conocimiento (Programas de Innovación) en las siguientes líneas de investigación: Salud e Higiene Laboral, Medio Ambiente y Sustentabilidad e Ingeniería Industrial y de Manufactura. Asegura la calidad de los productos y los procesos a través de pruebas de laboratorio normadas por organismos certificadores nacionales e internacionales.

Customers in many industrial sectors around the world trust the results of our measuring robotics systems to evaluate their product quality. This particularly includes the important evaluation criteria of perceived value, impressions, customer loyalty, and brand differentiation. The challenges of global quality evaluations taking different cultures and regions into consideration can be met by measuring robotics systems due to their conversion flexibility.

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Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S supplies integrated solutions for the measurement and analysis of sound and vibration. As a world-leader in sound and vibration measurement and analysis, we use our core competences to help industry and governments solve their sound and vibration challenges.


CIDETEQ

Address: Parque Tecnológico Querétaro s/n Sanfandila, Pedro Escobedo, Qro. C.P. 76703 Tel: +52 (442) 2-11-60-00 Email: repositorionacional@cideteq.mx Web: www.cideteq.mx Es el centro de investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico en Electroquímica. El 26 de septiembre de 1991, fue creado como una sociedad civil con el propósito de ser un Centro Público de Investigación con el reto de responder a la necesidad de vincular la industria con la academia y la investigación. Desde sus inicios, CIDETEQ, ha sido líder en la investigación y el desarrollo de Tecnología en electroquímica, además proporciona diversos servicios a la industria; tales como análisis de metales, análisis de aguas, caracterización de materiales y análisis de fallas.

CORRELATED SOLUTIONS, INC.

Address: Correlated Solutions, Inc. 121 Dutchman Blvd. Columbia, SC 29063 – USA Tel: +1 (803) 926-7272 Email: sales@correlatedsolutions.com Web: www.correlatedsolutions.com Our turn-key image correlation systems have been developed from the ground up with ease-of-use, reliability and accuracy in mind. Our company includes the people who invented Digital Image Correlation. Collectively, we have more than 80 years’ experience in this field, and we are the world leader in this technology.

CORPORACION DE EQUIPOS INTERNACIONALES SA DE CV

Address: 7b Sur No. 4309 Puebla, Puebla 72420 Mexico Tel: +52 222 211 541 Email: atencionaclientes@solutionscei.com Web: www.solutionscei.com Somos una empresa 100% mexicana , con más de 20 años de experiencia en el desarrollo de soluciones integrales para la industria automotriz e industria en general que requiera equipo, servicios o capacitación técnica, a través de nuestros expertos en las áreas. Somos Representantes Autorizados en México y Centro América de marcas mundialmente conocidas como: Sensor Development Inc., Tekscan, GTI, Tonichi, Uryu, GWK, Microcontrol entre otras. Algunos de nuestros productos ya cuentan con número de parte en VW.

DSPACE GMBH

Address: Rathenaustraße 26 33102 Paderborn Tel: +49 5251 1638-0 Email: info@dspace.de Web: www.dspace.com Our systems enable you to reduce development times and costs dramatically when you design ECUs and controllers, which systematically increases your productivity. The reason is our optimal mix of standard solutions for rapid control prototyping, automatic production code generation, hardware-in-the-loop simulation, and ECU calibration. There are 1,200 dSPACE employees worldwide. dSPACE systems are distributed by the headquarters in Paderborn, subsidiaries in the USA, France, the UK, Japan, and in China.

DTS - DIVERSIFIED TECHNICAL SYSTEMS

Address: 1720 Apollo Court Seal Beach, CA 90740 USA Tel: +1 562 493-0158 Email: sales@dtsweb.com Web: www.dtsweb.com DTS is a leading manufacturer of rugged data acquisition systems and sensors for vehicle safety and pedestrian testing. DTS specializes in onboard, miniature, high-speed measurement solutions for crash, blast, vibration and indummy applications. Integrated DAS and sensor solutions are available for WorldSID, THOR, FLEX PLI Legform, Free Motion & Pedestrian Headforms. Experience, innovative solutions and expert technical support make DTS a leader worldwide.

EDAG MEXICO S.A DE C.V

Address: Avenida Ebano S/N Lote A Parque Industrial Finsa, San Lorenzo Almecatla, Cuatlancingo, Puebla. Tel: +52 222 6413579 Email: lilian.ramirez.carcamo@edag.com.mx Web: http://www.edag.de/de/edag.html We are experts in the development of vehicules, production plants and the optimisation of your processes. When it comes to automotive development, you need someone with a fully integrated approach to the question of movility. With a passion for development.

ESPEC NORTH AMERICA

Address: 4141 Central Parkway, Hudsonville, MI 49426 Tel: 6168966100 Email: djung@espec.com Web: www.espec.com The widest selection of environmental test chambers.

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GENESYS ELEKTRONIK GMBH

INTREPID CONTROL SYSTEMS, INC.

Address: In der Spoeck 10 D-77656 Offenburg Tel: +49 (0)781 96 92 79 - 0 Email: mail@genesys-offenburg.de Web: www.genesys-offenburg.de

Address: 31601 Research Park Drive Madison Heights, MI 48071 USA Tel: +1 - 586 - 731- 7950 Email: moreinfo@intrepidcs.com Web: www.intrepidcs.com

Focusing on automotive testing GeneSys presents its inertial measurement system ADMA for six degree of freedom motion analysis in combination with high performance GPS position measurement. ADMA is designed for vehicle dynamics testing including deceleration/acceleration testing, tyres testing, road holding test, kinematic and elastokinematic as well as handling and track analysis, verification of simulation models and of driver assistance systems.

Intrepid Control Systems creates tools for engineers in vehicle, test, and embedded engineering. Intrepid provides embedded communication interfaces for AUTOSAR, CAN, LIN, FlexRay, CAN FD, Automotive Ethernet, Keyword, UART, J1939, ISO14229 and GMLAN. Intrepid is part of the Automotive Engineering Tool Alliance (www.aeta-rice.com), a comprehensive tool chain for automotive electronics development.

HANGZHOU JOYOUNG TRADE CO.,LTD

Address: Bld.4 Tianfucaizhi,No.1288 South Xingfu Road, Jianggan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang,310018, China Tel: 0086-0571-28935518 Email: chen.jun@ui-joyoung.com Web: www.ui-joyoung.com

Address: Gerhard-Juchheim-Str1,. 77960 Seelbach,Germany Tel: +49 7823 51-0 Email: c.walker@julabo.com Web: www.julabo.com

Hangzhou Joyoung Trade Co.,Ltd is located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, who mainly provide professional automotive testing equipments and testing system solutions. Including whole vehicle, braking system, steering system, transmission system, electric appliances, new energy and body accessories. Our HongKong office UI(China United Industrial Co.,Limited) is the international market office the under license of CAERI(China Automotive Engineering Research Institute) and TED(Chongqing CAERI Automobile Test Equipment Development Co.,Ltd). Our team, comprising of technically qualified engineers and technicians, we are always there to provide convenience and better service to our customers. All customers are most welcome to contact us!

JULABO units are used worldwide for a wide range of automotive testing applications in the range of -95 to +350°C. The dynamic PRESTO models with their extremely fast heating and cooling have become a standard for material tests and have revolutionised the idea of speed in temperature control.

HAIDAR, INC

Address: Av. Camino al ITESO 8900 Edificio 1B Parque Industrial TecnolĂłgico Tlaquepaque, Jalisco CP 45609 Tel: +001 800 254-2440 Email: lar_orders@keysight.com Web: www.keysight.com

Address: 565 Dakota Street Unit C - Crystal Lake, IL 60012 Tel: (815)788-1337 Email: info@haidar-inc.com Web: www.haidar-inc.com Haidar, Inc provides equipment and testing systems for the automotive, aerospace and hydraulics industry, as well as mechanical applications. Our mission is to inspire, equip and empower our customers to design and built better, safer, more reliable products with extraordinary performance.

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JULABO GMBH

KEYSIGHT TECHNOLOGIES

Keysight Technologies Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is the world's leading electronic measurement company, transforming today's measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With its HP and Agilent legacy, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace and defense and semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. The company's nearly 10,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries.


ETH-MESSTECHNIK GMBH

Address: Habana 145, Tepeyac Insurgentes, 07020 Ciudad de México, CDMX, México Tel: +52 (55) 5781 4385 Email: info@kimeca.com.mx Web: www.kimeca.com.mx Kimeca.NET®, S.A. de C.V. is a Mexican company leader in the product design and development. Provides engineering products and services to satisfy the national and international industry needs. Our solutions cover the virtual and physical testing. In the virtual field we offer PLM /CAD / CAM /CAE, for physical testin provides DAQs and sensors. The engineering tools we provide are the same tools we use for the engineering services we provide, more than 15 years using this tools. We provide the technical support to use the tools but also to design new products.

KISTLER INSTRUMENTS S DE RL DE CV

Address: Av. Fundidora 501 Cintermex - Local 11 Planta Baja CP 64010 Monterrey Tel: +52 (81) 4170 8075 Email: sales.mx@kistler.com Web: www.kistler.com Kistler is the global leader in dynamic pressure, force, torque, and acceleration measurement. Customers benefit from Kistler’s experience as a development partner, enabling them to optimize their products and processes so as to secure sustainable competitive edge With some 1 500 employees at 56 facilities worldwide, the Kistler Group posted revenue of USD 341 million in 2015.

KÜBRICH INGENIEURGESELLSCHAFT MBH & CO. KG

Address: Weißmühle 10 96170 Priesendorf Germany Tel: +49 9549 / 9877-0 Email: mail@kuebrich-ing.com Web: www.kuebrich.com Kübrich Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG develops and manufactures Test Systems for testing and ensuring the functionality and quality of complex mechatronic assemblies. Our customized solutions are designed for control and data processing in endurance test facilities for product development and End-of-Line test stations. Starting with the analysis of the given task, we develop an implementation concept where all factors are taken into account. Through the interaction of intelligent software, sophisticated hardware and high precision components, we create automatically operating test assemblies. Kübrich Test-Equipment is primarily used for testing of e.g. window lifters, seats, doors and to perform battery simulations.

MICROSYS TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Address: 3710 Nashua Drive Mississauga ON L4V 1M5 Canada Tel: +1 (905) 678-3288 Email: microsys@micro-sys.com Web: www.micro-sys.com Microsys Technologies Inc., part of the Altran Group, supplies the automotive industry with the leading test systems for integrated safety. Our range of products includes airbag and pretensioner test systems, pedestrian protection, interior (FMVSS201u) and ejection mitigation test systems. Our equipment is carefully designed with the user in mind. We are sure this is what makes, for example, the Microsys SureFire airbag test system the most popular development tool of its kind. As part of the Altran group, Microsys provides its products and services worldwide. We are looking forward to showing you our latest developments in passive safety test equipment.

MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION

Address: 14000 Technology Drive Eden Prairie, MN USA 55344 Tel: 800.328.2255 Email: info@mts.com Web: www.mts.com Measurement. Accuracy. Certainty. These concepts allow engineers in research, product development and manufacturing to turn mere ideas into tangible, working results. MTS Systems Corporation is dedicated to making this transformation faster, easier and more successful.

NTECH

Tel: (81) 8314 2734 Email: info@ntech-mty.mx Web: www.ntech-mty.mx Desarrollamos productos de diseño proprio para la industria local y nacional. Somos especialistas en productos y servicios tecnológicos y de automatización orientados a la industria en general y aplicaciones de medición, pruebas y control.

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NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS

Address: Av. Lincoln No. 1355 Local 2 Col. La Playa Ciudad Juárez, Chih. México 32317 Tel: 01 800 010 0793 Email: info.mexico@ni.com Web: www.ni.com Since 1976, NI (www.ni.com) has made it possible for engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges with powerful platform-based systems that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. Customers from a wide variety of industries - from healthcare to automotive and from customer electronics to particle physics - use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve the world we live in.

SITEC

TEKSCAN, INC.

Address: Av. 5 de Mayo No. 127 - D Interior 8 Col. Centro 76000 Querétaro, Qro. México Tel: (52)4422124240 Email: info@acmax.mx Web: www.acmax.mx TDK-Lambda Corporation, a group company of TDK Corporation, was established in Tokyo, Japan, in 2008. Founded through a merger with TDK’s power supply business, we now are a leading company in the manufacture of power supplies for industrial equipment. Although there are several thousand power supply makers operating around the world, TDK-Lambda is the only one with a fullfunction setup embracing everything from development and manufacture to sales and maintenance. We have R&D sites in all five key areas of the world―Japan, China, Europe, the United States, and Asia. By taking account of the special characteristics of each area, TDK-Lambda meets the various power supply needs of our customers.

TEKSCAN, INC.

Address: Sur 111 Mz31 Lt56 Col Juventino Rosas, Del Iztacalco, Ciudad de Mexico Tel: 52 (55) 5649 5685 Email: sitecinformacion@sitec.com.mx Web: www.sitec.mx SITec es una empresa que nace con la vocación de servir y atender las necesidades de nuestros clientes brindándoles soluciones de ingeniería que satisfagan sus requerimientos en el área de pruebas y ensayos para Control de Calidad, Confiabilidad, Desempeño, Inspección, Monitoreo, Investigación y Desarrollo de producto entre otras.

STÄHLE GMBH

Address: 307 West First Street South Boston, MA 021271309, USA Tel: (800) 248-3669 Email: info@tekscan.com Web: www.tekscan.com Tekscan's patented tactile force and pressure sensing solutions provide our customers with the actionable information they need to optimize product design and improve clinical and research outcomes. Our sensors and systems are used across a wide range of applications within test and measurement, medical, dental, and retail; as standalone solutions or as embedded technology to create better and differentiated products. Our passion for innovation, broad expertise and commitment to quality help turn your vision into reality.

TESTEQUITY DE MEXICO S DE RL DE CV Address: Maybachstraße 12 · 71299 Wimsheim Tel: +49 (0) 7044 91561-0 Email: info@stahle.com Web: www.stahle.com Stähle GmbH is a high-performance family enterprise using the most modern CAM-assisted CNC machinery. A high degree of manufacturing autonomy combined with modern cost-oriented management enables the company to offer high flexibility at favorable production costs. For research and development projects, Ingenieurbüro Kurt Stähle has the most modern CAD and CAE tools at their disposal. The only thing we see as conservative about ourselves is our obligation to be a competent and reliable partner for our customers.

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Address: AVE. San Lorenzo 425-B Col. Universidad Juarez, CH 32320 Mexico Tel: 656-406-7861 Web: www.testequity.com TestEquity con entidad legal Meixcana como TestEquity de Mexico S. de R.L de C.V. y con Centro de Operaciones en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahuay almacenesen Guadalajara,Reynosa,Tijuana,Chihuahuay Hermosillo,es un distribuidor de valor agregado de equipos de prueba y medición,y suministros para la producción y laboratorios de electrónica.


THERMOTRON INC

WEH

Address: 291 Kollen Park Drive Holland, MI 49423 USA Tel: 800-409-3449 Email: info@​thermotron.​com Web: www.thermotron.com

Address: 24903 Laguna Edge Drive Katy, TX 77494 USA Tel: +52 55 4169 1114 Email: sales@weh.mx Web: www.weh.us WEH has long set the benchmark for Quality. The innovative product range 'Made in Germany' is manufactured from highgrade materials and meets the highest quality standards. Our commitment to excellent quality is firmly embedded in our corporate culture throughout the whole life cycle of our products - from design through manufacturing to service. And last but not least the principles of sustainable development are part of all our business operations – from environmental protection to safety. WEH is aware of the fact that today‘s action will change the world of tomorrow.

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Address: 5802 Engineer Drive, Huntington Beach, California 92649 Tel: (800) 765-9997 Email: info@unitedtesting.com Web: www.unitedtesting.com With over 50 years in business, United Calibration Corporation has become one of the world’s premier manufacturers of state-of-the-art material testing systems. United offers universal testing machines for compression and tensile testing, hardness testers, material test fixturing, accessories and software and related calibration services throughout the U.S. and internationally through a network of factory authorized representatives. United customers have come to appreciate United’s dedication to quality, performance, value and customer satisfaction. Our experienced staff at the factory in Huntington Beach, California, and at our sales and service facility in Flint, Michigan stand ready to meet your material testing hardware, software and service requirements.

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Address: 3881 N. Greenbrooke Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 USA Tel: 1-800-368-4768 Email: sales.na@weiss-technik.com Web: www.weiss-na.com Weiss Technik North America is a global leader in the design, manufacture and service of environmental test chambers for the automotive industry. We partner with our customers in North American, Europe, Asia and around the globe to find the right solutions. Our wide range of products are used for design and validation testing in research, development, quality assurance and production. Solutions include testing systems for temperature/humidity, weathering, salt spray/corrosion, thermal shock, walk-in/drive-in systems, environmental stress screening and HALT/HASS vibration systems.

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Address: 3665 Washington Blvd Indianapolis, IN 46205 Tel: 888-225-5984 Email: support@wthgis.com Web: www.wthgis.com We're well known as the creators of a popular suite of GIS software products. Our flagship product, Think GIS®, is a powerful, easy to use geographic information system and it provides the foundation of all our location based solutions. That would cause most people to say that WTH is a software company. However, the truth is, our software products are merely a tool that we use to provide comprehensive services to our clients. The solutions we work with our clients to develop deliver a wide variety of functionality. Our goal is to design a set of deliverables including products and services that efficiently and effectively meet each client's specific goals and objectives.

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SCARED OF THE DARK? YOU'RE NOT ALONE. FEAR HANDED DOWN FROM CAVEMEN ANCESTORS CAUSES ON-ROAD STRESS; THIS NEW TECH COULD HELP Ford introduces tech that can automatically brake for pedestrians at night; the system scans the road ahead – and pavement for people who might step into the road.

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t’s not just children who are afraid of the dark. Whether preferring to sleep with a light on – or worrying about driving at night – grown-ups get scared too. Some experts believe fear of the dark, or nyctophobia, can be traced back to our cave-dwelling ancestors, who were more at risk of being attacked by predators in the dark. Today it affects us behind the wheel.

Worries over night blindness, and fear of hitting someone – or something – top a new poll of night-time driving fears, commissioned by Ford. * And for the latter at least, there is now a solution that goes beyond simply eating more carrots. The company is for the first time introducing new technology that is designed to detect pedestrians at night and then automatically apply the brakes if the driver does not respond to initial warnings. “We know some drivers find hitting the road at night a stressful experience. Especially driving in towns and cities, pedestrians – sometimes distracted by mobiles – can without warning step into the road, leaving even alert drivers very little time to avoid an accident,” said Gregor Allexi, active safety engineer, Ford of Europe. “Day and night, Pedestrian Detection is designed to help identify people already in – or about to step into – the road ahead.” Of thousands of drivers surveyed across Europe, 81 per cent admit to being scared on the roads at night, rising to 87 per cent for women. More than half say poor night vision is a source of stress, and more than a third worry they might be involved in an accident. Fears that they may hit a pedestrian were highlighted by one in five drivers surveyed.

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This is a global issue. In 2014, across Europe, more than 1 in 5 road fatalities were pedestrians, almost half of whom died following accidents that occurred after dark. ** In the U.S. in 2015, 3 in 4 motor-vehicle related pedestrian deaths happened during dark hours, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For the improved Pedestrian Detection technology, now able to work at night for the first time, the development team worked at night, sending life-sized dummies into the path of vehicles on closed tracks, and testing the system on public roads in busy cities including Paris and Amsterdam. How it works Pedestrian Detection processes information from a radar located in the bumper, and a windshield‑mounted camera; while a database of “pedestrian shapes” enables the system to distinguish people from objects such as trees and road signs. The camera delivers more than 30 snapshots every second – faster than a cinema projector. The video live-feed and viewing angle enables the system to pick out pedestrians, even in low-light conditions, illuminated only by the headlights. If the system detects an imminent collision with a pedestrian, it first provides audible and visual warnings to the driver. Should the driver not respond, the system automatically applies the brakes. Later this year, the more advanced Pedestrian Detection technology will be introduced on the next generation Fiesta in Europe – currently on show at the Geneva Motor Show. In North America, the new technology will debut first on the 2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ford Mustang. Driving at night hacks: Here are a few ways to make driving at night easier: Ensure windows and mirrors are clean and free of ice and condensation Clean all exterior lights and check they work, keep spare bulbs in the car On unlit roads, put headlights on full beam and dip them on seeing oncoming vehicles Don’t drive tired or for more than two hours without a break Schedule regular optician appointments to check your vision ### * Poll conducted by Opinion Matters from a sample of 5,030 drivers in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the U.K. ** European Road Safety Observatory. Traffic Safety Basic Facts 2016

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HOW THE VOLKSWAGEN GROUP IS WORKING ON THE LIGHTWEIGHTCONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS OF THE FUTURE Researchers from industry and the scientific community are jointly developing innovative materials and production processes.

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t the Open Hybrid LabFactory in Wolfsburg, industry experts and scientists are working on a common goal: They are developing materials and production processes that will enable our cars to shave off weight and, thus, reduce their environmental impact.

"Hybrid" – that is, a mixture – this is the idea that makes the LightweightCampus tick. The reason: The researchers there are mixing materials that have all sorts of different properties, like metal, plastic and textiles, in their hunt to find optimal solutions. The end products of their work will be components for use in serial production that are as light as possible while also being stable and economic. One glimpse into the heart of the research factory, the Technikum, shows just how this works in practice. One of the factory's halls is filled by a textile machine that covers a distance of 30 meters, the length of seven Volkswagen Golfs. The sides of the machine are equipped with high racks containing rolls of glass fiber that are fed into the machine by means of spools. The mixing process takes place in the middle section of this gigantic piece of equipment: At certain places, the machine combines the bright glass fibers with dark carbon fibers to create a stable fabric. "Carbon fibers are lighter and more stable than glass fibers. But they are also more expensive," said Felix Eichleiter, a member of Volkswagen component development and the Managing Director of the Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V.. "An optimal fabric will use carbon fibers in precisely those areas that are subject to special wear. These are exactly the places where they should be used. This is what we are working on here." A forming press as tall as a house that marries metal with plastic is located in the hall next door: With the force of 3,600 tons, it presses things like steel into a desired form. Afterward, the metal is introduced to hot liquid plastic, which then cools. "The seat developers at the SITECH company used this press to make the very first component of the Open Hybrid LabFactory – the prototypes of a lightweight-construction backrest," Eichleiter says. The Technikum is surrounded by 12 labs where experts analyze things like materials and test the quality of hybrid bonds.

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One of the special features of the Open Hybrid LabFactory that opened six months ago is the broad alliance that stands behind the research factory: It is a group of 28 partners who collaborate under the leadership of the Lower Saxony Research Center for Motor Vehicle Technology at the Technical University of Braunschweig. The partners include major companies like Volkswagen and ThyssenKrupp, universities and institutes that are part of the Fraunhofer Society. The consortium successfully applied for support from the German government's research campus program. The expectations that have been placed on the Open Hybrid LabFactory are high: This campus should set standards in the development of low-emission, safe and reasonably priced vehicles. In the process, it should be a pioneer in research on lightweight automobile construction. Eichleiter said the factory has accepted the challenge. "We are tackling this task head-on," he said. "Many projects and tests are already under way." About 130 specialists from the group of partners are currently working at the LightweightCampus. The number is scheduled to rise to more than 200 over the mid-term. Eichleiter knows that electromobility and digitalization will massively change the face of our vehicles in coming years. But he stresses that the strengths of new hybrid material combinations will not get lost in the shuffle. "Lighter components will always be a plus – no matter whether you are talking about the power plant or the degree of connectedness."

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100,000+ ACURA VEHICLES ON THE ROAD NOW FEATURE ACURAWATCH™ ADVANCED SAFETY AND DRIVER-ASSISTIVE Millennial luxury customers rank safety features much higher on list of purchase priorities than older buyers cura has surpassed the 100,000-unit mark in U.S. sales of vehicles equipped with the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. After the first two months of 2017, nearly half of all Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. this year have been equipped with AcuraWatch. Furthermore, Acura will advance the AcuraWatch suite of technologies with the introduction of Traffic Jam Assist technology on certain models later this year.

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"We are working toward a zero-collision society, and this approach is resonating strongly with younger luxury customers who show increasing interest in safety technologies," said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of Acura. "Deploying active safety and driver-assistive technology broadly is one way we are taking care of our customers and differentiating Acura." AcuraWatch employs advanced "sensor fusion" technology, using the combined sensing capabilities of millimeterwave radar and a monocular camera to help maintain the vehicle's position in traffic and to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision, representing a technological bridge to the automated driving technology of the future. Recent research indicates that younger, Millennial buyers of Acura's two top-selling models, RDX and MDX, put a greater emphasis on safety features, ranking it as their third most important purchase reason compared to older buyers that rank safety as less important. Supporting this finding, the RDX and MDX luxury sport-utility vehicles, both with AcuraWatch technology, are two of the top three luxury SUVs in the industry with under-35 buyers. 1 AcuraWatch was introduced to the Acura lineup in 2014 on the 2015 Acura TLX, and has steadily expanded to all core Acura models, helping Acura drivers more safely and conveniently negotiate traffic with advanced sensing and semi-automated braking, and steering assist capabilities. AcuraWatch is offered as standard equipment on all 2017 MDX and 2017 RLX models, and available on all 2017 Acura sedans and SUVs.

AcuraWatch Monocular Camera in the 2017 MDX

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The AcuraWatch suite of technologies includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), commonly known in the industry as Automatic Emergency Braking; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF). At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Acura signaled its intent to apply AcuraWatch as standard equipment on all core models, and announced it will add Traffic Jam Assist as an available technology on certain models starting in 2017, providing increased driver assistance and convenience in stop-and-go highway driving. With Traffic Jam Assist, vehicles will be able to come to a complete stop and accelerate again with traffic without any driver input, as well as steer the vehicle within certain constraints. Traffic Jam Assist has sensors and the functionality of adaptive cruise control with low speed follow, and lane keeping assist, extended by adding electromechanical steering. The components of Traffic Jam Assist include a mid-range radar sensor, long-range radar sensor, multi-purpose camera and stereo video camera. Current AcuraWatch ACC technology provides for semi-automated braking to a stop, but requires driver input to resume speed. Additional standard safety equipment on all models include Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); advanced front airbags; and front side airbags. All new Acura models also are equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment.

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HYUNDAI MOTOR REVEALS NEXT GENERATION FUEL CELL CONCEPT Latest hydrogen fuel cell technology delivers evolved performance and efficiency. yundai Motor unveiled its futuristic FE Fuel Cell Concept that looks ahead to the next generation of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Having established itself as a global leader for hydrogen transportation, the company has reaffirmed its commitment to fuel cell vehicle development. The FE Fuel Cell Concept represents the next step for Hyundai Motor toward realizing its ultimate ambition of creating a zeroemission Hydrogen Energy Society.

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In early 2017 at the Davos World Economic Forum, Hyundai Motor Company joined the launch of the Hydrogen Council, a global initiative to promote the development and commercialization of fuel cell cars as an alternative to fossil fuel vehicles. This follows two decades at the forefront of hydrogen vehicle development, most recently with the ix35 Fuel Cell (Tucson Fuel Cell in some markets), which in 2013 became the world’s first mass-produced hydrogen-powered vehicle, and is currently on sale in 17 countries around the world. Woong Chul Yang, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company, said: “Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles that advance the automotive industry’s environmental progress. Our FE Fuel Cell Concept is an important evolution of our pioneering hydrogen leadership, and moves us closer to our vision for a ‘Hydrogen Society’, where transportation is clean, efficient and enhances the lives of our customers.” The FE Fuel Cell Concept continues Hyundai Motor’s commitment to fuel cell vehicle development and is part of the company’s eco-vehicle program that will see 14 or more new environmentally-focused models introduced by 2020. Spurred on by greater global demand for fuel-efficient, eco-friendly vehicles, the program continues the example of innovation set by IONIQ, the first car to offer a choice of three electrified powertrains in a single body type. The FE Fuel Cell Concept’s flowing form is inspired by nature and water – the car’s only emission – with the clean and calm design emphasizing its non-polluting nature. Across the car, form follows function to deliver a minimalist style. Exemplifying this approach, the FE Concept features a dramatic and stylish rear air foil and integrated vents that provide aerodynamic efficiency through intelligent engineering.

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The concept’s name ‘FE’ stands for Future Eco, reflecting the innovative new technologies that complement the car’s eco-friendliness – a recognition of its unique fuel source. One of the most notable characteristics of the new concept is its internal air humidifier, which recycles water emitted by the car’s clean hydrogen energy circulation to create a more comfortable cabin environment. The FE Concept showcases Hyundai Motor’s fourth generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology, an evolution of research, development and real-world evaluation programs around the world. When compared with the current generation system used in the Tucson ix35 Fuel Cell, the new technology is 20% lighter, and achieves 10% greater efficiency. In addition, the power density of the fuel cell stack is increased by 30%, boosting the car’s range significantly. As another reinforcement of the car’s eco-credentials and focus on customer convenience, the FE Concept features portable battery packs – charged by the car’s energy output – to power passenger devices. Meanwhile, the trunk features an integrated storage and charging space for an electric scooter, demonstrating how Hyundai Motor is developing mobility solutions to match future lifestyles. The new concept car is more than simply beautiful and innovative; it is highly capable too. The car is designed to run for more than 800 kilometers between refueling, acknowledging the current limited hydrogen infrastructure. Elements of the FE Fuel Cell Concept will influence an SUV Fuel Cell model set for launch in 2018, which will feature advanced ‘Hyundai Smart Sense’ driver assistance technologies, alongside an extensive hydrogen-powered range.

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BMW GROUP HARNESSES POTENTIAL OF INNOVATIVE AUTOMATION AND FLEXIBLE ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS IN PRODUCTION Modernization of work environment increases efficiency of workforce. The BMW Group continues the persistent modernization of the work environment in the company’s production areas. Innovative automation and state-of-the-art assistance systems offer great potential for workstations. As a result, it will be possible to further reduce ergonomically unfavourable and strenuous tasks, giving workers an opportunity to apply their unique cognitive skills to the best effect. While in the past, man and machine worked in separated areas cordoned off by protective fences, the last few years have changed this setup: modern lightweight robots, smart devices and exoskeletons support workers as a direct part of people’s work environment in production, making the production system leaner and more adaptable.

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Christian Dunckern, Head of BMW Group Production System, Planning, Toolmaking and Plant Engineering: “The digitalization allows the BMW Group to tap a growing range of options on how to advance the production system in many respects. People are more than ever becoming the designers of their own workplaces and can provide answers to the questions of an increasingly complex automotive production.” Purposeful application of assistance systems and lightweight robots The allocation of roles between workers and available tools is clear: their high level of expertise, creative and cognitive skills make humans ideally suited for tasks that focus on actual value creation, specific precision work and quality management. Assistance systems, on the other hand, support people in carrying out strenuous and repetitive tasks that constitute a stereotypical strain. In production, lightweight robots do not require any additional fixed points and are relatively mobile in where they can be applied. Moreover, they can work directly with people. As a rule, the application of assistance systems is about finding reasonable solutions for the respective purpose, always with the focus on the specific benefit to be achieved. Man and machine bringing together their respective strengths As early as 2013, the BMW Group commissioned a first lightweight robot that took its place among the workers at the assembly line of BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the USA. Miss Charlotte, as the line crew calls their robot, is still in use mounting sound insulation to doors, but many things have changed since. Today, over 40 lightweight robots are in use at the BMW Group plants; a total of 60 will be in operation by mid-year. They assume tasks that would be physically strenuous for workers and often pose particular challenges due to the high level of precision required and the repetitiveness involved.


At BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, for instance, a ceiling-mounted lightweight robot in the axle transmission assembly lifts the bevel gears, which may weigh up to 5.5 kilos, and fits them accurately without any risk of damage to the gear wheels. In this production area, workers and robots work together “hand in hand” in a confined space without any safety fences. This collaboration gives people extra time to carry out tasks better suited to their capabilities while the lightweight robot applies exactly the force needed over a long period of time. Safety sensors monitor the functions at all times and stop the process immediately if an obstacle is detected. Equally demanding is the application of the adhesive to the front windows. What makes this task particularly challenging is that the viscous adhesive must be spread over the large glass surface in one go and without any fluctuation in film thickness. At BMW Group Plant Leipzig, this task is carried out by a lightweight robot that works directly at the line with the human workforce. But lightweight robots are also becoming more common in areas in which large robot facilities work behind safety fences. Their flexibility, modest space requirements and high level of safety grant people access to areas that used to be off-limits. Thanks to the broad range of possible applications, lightweight robots open up new potential in the field of traditional automation and give workers more leeway to implement improvements. Today, direct man-machine cooperation is also possible with the traditional, large-scale industrial robots. In the transmission installation unit at BMW Group Plant Regensburg, a worker leads a large industrial robot to the screw bonding station. While a laser-based system supports the process of placing the industrial robot, the exact position is determined by the trained worker. The idea for this application was developed by the on-site team itself. Like in other use cases, safety is always the top priority: should a person get too close to the robot while the latter gets into position, state-of-the-art safety technology slows down the movement of the robot arm, if needed to a total standstill, before any danger can arise. Due to the high forces required in the screw bonding process, this particular task cannot be assigned to a lightweight robot. Digital production assistants to strengthen workers Up until the beginning of the new millennium, phones were primarily used for making actual phone calls. Today, they fulfil a great variety of functions. And just like our everyday living environment changes, so does the working environment in production. Work gloves are fitted with barcode scanners on the back of the hand to omit the cumbersome steps of picking up the scanner, scanning an object and putting the device back. The scan process is now triggered by the worker pushing a button on the index finger with the thumb. This way, individual production processes can be improved and accelerated, leading to improvements in process quality and occupational ergonomics. 230 of these innovative work gloves will be in use at the BMW Group before the end of the year. Another example is the use of augmented reality applications on smart devices such as tablet computers, on which the image of a component can be overlaid with virtual specifications. The tablet computer then compares and evaluates the actual and target states, allowing the worker to determine whether the part matches the target requirements and identify and resolve potential issues early on. Augmented reality applications are applied at the BMW Group in early-phase concept validations, initial sampling inspections and tool acceptances at suppliers as well as in the maintenance of running systems. Innovative exoskeletons worn directly on the body can act like a second skeleton, i.e. as an external support structure for the body. The BMW Group uses both upper-body and lower-body exoskeletons. The exoskeleton vest for the upper body strengthens the movement of the upper arms of people who have to carry out tedious tasks. The vest’s joints have an integrated mechanical spring support that gives arms greater strength. 24 of these exoskeleton vests are currently in use in the series production of BMW Group Plant Spartanburg; 44 more will be added over the course of the year. Lower-body exoskeletons can be found in the production areas of several BMW Group plants in Germany. Acting as a chair-type support, this kind of exoskeleton improves workers’ posture and offers relief in carrying out assembly tasks that require crouching or remaining in other positions that might affect people’s health. On top of that, the leg support structure can transform prolonged standing into sitting and thus improve the comfort and flexibility of working conditions. The exoskeleton consists of movable splints that can be affixed to the legs or torso and locked in different positions. At present, the BMW Group’s German plants use a total of 11 lower-body exoskeletons. Efficiency and effectiveness at the workplace – more room for creativity The BMW Group aims to ensure an efficient, stable and flexible production. At the same time, the company pursues the goals of assigning staff according to people’s individual strengths and capabilities and of developing the work environment further. Being spared particularly strenuous activities, workers have the time and energy to tackle more demanding and creative tasks. Christian Dunckern: “In the time of smart devices and digitalization, we must still keep an eye on the added value the applied technology offers to the company. Nobody is better qualified to judge this than the people who actively shape our production system on a daily basis. This way, technology at the BMW Group actually serves the people and expands their creativity and efficiency.”

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SCANIA SWITCHES TO FOSSIL FREE ELECTRICITY By 2020, Scania will globally utilise fossil free electricity wherever possible. This is Scania’s pledge for Earth Hour 2017. All electricity supplied for its operations in Denmark, France, Norway, Poland and Sweden is already fossil free.

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cania’s efforts in driving the shift towards sustainable transport systems is about developing smart and energy-efficient transport solutions, but also about streamlining the company’s own energy usage.

”Scania itself must be a forerunner in this shift. We place high demands on our suppliers to adhere to the highest environmental standards and deploy new and innovative technology. Many of our customers also have ambitious environmental targets,” says Anders Williamsson, Executive Vice President and Head of Purchasing, Scania. Switching to fossil free energy leads to a significant reduction of the carbon emissions for a manufacturing company of Scania’s magnitude. Scania’s commitment however, is not limited to its production sites but includes all operations, not the least the hundreds of Scania workshops. In Scandinavia, the energy supplied to Scania is primarily sourced from hydroelectric power plants. In France and Poland, wind and solar power is most common. In countries without deregulated energy markets, Scania is unable to procure fossil free electricity. In these countries Scania will use available alternatives for carbon offsetting. Scania’s goal is to conclude the shift to fossil free electricity by 2020 in all countries where these alternatives exist. At present, 79 percent of the electricity Scania purchases or generates internally derives from fossil free sources. Countries that are next in line to switch to 100% fossil free electricity are, among others, Italy, Netherlands and the UK.

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