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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Network And Create Opportunities With


  • Local and International OEMs
  • Tier 1 Suppliers
  • Material Suppliers
  • Equipment And Service Suppliers
With The Following Job Titles:

Technical Directors, General Managers, Department Managers, Senior Engineers, Senior Specialists, Technical Specialists, Senior Researchers from...

  • Body Structures
  • Body In White
  • Joining
  • Welding
  • Bonding
  • Adhesive
  • Stamping
  • Forming
  • Corrosion
  • Coatings
  • Simulation
  • Self Piercing Rivets
  • Assembly
  • Implementation
  • New Technologies
  • Fastening
  • Technical
  • Frame
  • Quality
  • Sheet Metal
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Project Engineering
  • Product Engineering
  • Lightweight Engineering
  • Operations/R&D Centers
Plus:
  • Welding Suppliers(Ultrasonic Welding, Laser Welding)
  • Bonding Suppliers
  • Fastening Suppliers (SPRs)
  • Adhesive Suppliers ....
  • Forming Technology Suppliers
  • Coatings/ Corrosion Protection
  • Component Suppliers
  • Additive Manufacturing For Vehicle Components/DMLS
  • Steel Suppliers
  • Aluminum Suppliers
  • Magnesium Suppliers
  • Advanced Composite Suppliers(I.E. Carbon Fiber Composites)
  • Recycling/Scrap Metal


Day Two

Day 2: Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Optimizing Lower Volume Production With Industry 4.0, Flexible Cells And Lines, AI And Vision Sensing For Quality Control, Improving Metals Manufacturability And Sustainable Alternatives To Plastics

08:30   Virtual Event Platform Opens. Login and familiarize yourself with the platform features and introduce yourself to other participants

09:00  Welcome and Introduction to Day 2 by American Business Conferences

Reducing Costs And Increasing Efficiency Of Manufacturing With Industry 4.0 From Mass Market To Lower Customized Production Volumes

OPENING DAY TWO PANEL - OPTIMIZING BEV AND PHEV PRODUCTION

09:10  Effective Solutions For Production Of Customized, Affordable EV And Autonomous Vehicles With Increased Profitability

  • Exploiting the use of common vehicle platforms / single underbodies in manufacturing to increase viability
  • Adopting lightweighting technology and manufacturing innovation for EV chassis and vehicle platforms beyond the skateboard
  • Reducing part count for manufacture through functional integration of cooling and other systems into the structure
  • The future for pre-designed modules with proven techniques including chassis, suspension and powertrain

Dr. Youseff Ziada, Technical Specialist, Digital Manufacturing, Ford Motor Company

Antonio Mercado, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Karma Automotive

Dr. Ing. Fouad el Khaldi, Strategy and Innovation General Manager, ESI Group

09:40  Virtual Questions and Discussion

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND VISION SENSING

09:50  How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Be Used In The Manufacturing And Assembly Processes To Ensure Effective Quality Control

  • The role for integrated vision systems and lasers to optimize component positioning and joining
  • Learning processes on automated fit and assembly
  • Improving quality and reducing variability through automated inspection and self-learning with AI-enabled camera vision systems
  • Use of algorithms for control and monitoring during manufacturing processes
  • Cost effective solutions in the automation of non destructive testing (NDT) in the assembly plant

10:20  Virtual Question & Answer Session

FLEXIBLE PRODUCTION LINES AND CELLS

10:30  Implications Of Platform And Architecture, Including Skateboard, Uniframe And Unibody, For Vehicle Assembly And Manufacturing On The Same Line

  • The trend to more flexible production line technology with increasing customization and use of new flexible cells
  • Importance of the speed of switchover between vehicles on the same production line
  • Adopting artificial intelligence (AI) and jigless assembly for faster time to market and customization, enabling manufacture of different vehicle types from SUVs to trucks on the same assembly line
  • Maximizing manufacturing efficiency and flexibility with cobots and autonomous material handling robots
  • Realizing the potential of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to simplify integration and reduce process complexity

Edwin Pope, Global Lightweighting Principal Analyst, IHS Markit

11:00  Virtual Question & Answer Session

11:10  Refreshment Break. Participants can visit the Virtual Exhibition Area

HIGH STRENGTH ALUMINUM ALLOYS

11:40  Aluminium Innovations Towards Delivering Lighter, Stronger, More Sustainable And Higher Performance Vehicle Structures For The New Generation Of ICEVs, BEVs And PHEVs

Lauren Wilk, Vice President, Policy & International Trade, The Aluminum Association

Antonio Mercado, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Karma Automotive

12:20  Virtual Question & Answer Session

Carbon Fiber And Composite Structures In High Volume Manufacturing

PANEL - STRUCTURAL COMPOSITES

12:25  Adopting Structural Composites In The Manufacture Of Advanced Components With Low Cycle Times

  • Developments in compression molding
  • Advances in thermoset and thermoplastic resins with improved peformance
  • High pressure resin transfer molding (RTM) for thermosets and thermoplastics
  • Fiber Tailored Placement (FTP) as an alternative to traditional metal stamping
  • Potential for optimizing body structures through integration of stress sensing  fiber optics for strain monitoring and measurement
  • Looking to aerospace standardization to increase composite use

Dr. Venkat Aitharaju, Staff Researcher, Polymer Composites, R&D Technical Center and Principal Investigator, Department of Energy Project, General Motors

Dr. Raymond Boeman, Director, Vehicles Technology Area, Institute For Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

12:55  Virtual Question & Answer Session

13:00  Lunch Break.Participants can visit the Virtual Exhibition Area

Processing, Forming And Joining Of High Strength Steels And Aluminum

PANEL - ADVANCED HIGH STRENGTH STEELS

14.00  Improving The Manufacturability Of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS), Including Stamping And Hot Forming, For A New Generation Of EVs

  • Emerging transformative technologies in forming and joining
  • Achieving dimensional control with vehicle bodies and closures involving metal structures
  • Transforming 1020 steel into ultra-high strength steel that rolls and bends like 1020 using flash heat treating technology
  • Looking ahead: The potential for more agile manufacturing and lower cost processing

Moderator:

John Catterall, Vice President, Automotive Program, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)

Panelists:

Michael Davenport PE, Executive Director, Auto / Steel Partnership (A/SP)

Adam Ballard, Innovation Lead Engineer, Body Structures and Integrated Systems, Body SMT Innovations Team, General Motors

Hank Bonutti, Advanced Technology Manager, New Technology Vetting, Vehicle Materials Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Mahindra North American Technology Center

Dr. Hesham Ezzat, Senior Technical Consultant, Automotive Program (formerly Engineering Group Manager, General Motors), AISI

14:35  Virtual Question & Answer Session

STEEL-ALUMINUM JOINING

14:45  Innovative Approaches For Optimal Joining Of Steel And Aluminum To Overcome Process Defects

  • Adopting enhanced joining and manufacturing processes for integrating aluminum into mixed-material vehicle structures
  • Enhanced solutions to joining new high strength steels and aluminum to overcome liquid metal embrittlement (LME)
  • Optimizing the choice of new steels and aluminum alloys for high volume, lower cost vehicle production

Adam Ballard, Innovation Lead Engineer, Body Structures and Integrated Systems, Body SMT Innovations Team, General Motors

15:10  Virtual Question & Answer Session 

15:15  Refreshment Break. Participants can visit the Virtual Exhibition Area

PANEL - HYBRID, LAMINATED SANDWICH MATERIALS, ALUMINUM MATRIX COMPOSITES

15:45  Adopting A New Generation Of Hybrid, Laminated Materials And Aluminum Matrix Composites For Automotive Manufacturing Applications To Optimize Mass, Strength And Stiffness As Well As Reduce Material Costs

  • How hybridizing can reduce material costs significantly
  • Potential for honeycomb sandwich materials
  • Overcoming the challenges with exotic / hybrid materials in terms of incompatible chemistries, thermal loads, water absorption and corrosion
  • Composite sandwich construction without fasteners for low cost, thermally efficient lightweight body structures in commercial vehicles and class 8 trucks
  • Transforming the forming process using sandwich vacuum infusion and deep draw design to manufacture composite body structures

Dr. Andrzej Wylezinski PE, Structural Engineering Manager, Wabash National Corp.

Dr. Raymond Boeman, Director, Vehicles Technology Area, Institute For Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)

16:15  Virtual Question & Answer Session

Engineering Polycarbonates And Plastics Development For Automotive Applications

16:20  Manufacturing With Engineering Polycarbonates And Plastics For Higher Performance And Lower Costs

  • Adopting polycarbonates for exteriors as a low cost alternative to carbon fiber and aluminium for environmentally sustainable manufacturing
  • Benefits and challenges of using polycarbonates compared with steel, aluminium and composites
  • Surface coatings and treatments for polycarbonate durability in automotive applications
  • Use of graphene nano-polymer materials that can deliver high production volumes at lower cost

16:45  Virtual Question & Answer Session

Vehicle Development And Manufacture For Zero-Emission Lifecycle & Environmental Sustainability

PANEL - VEHICLE LIFECYCLE AND SUSTAINABILITY

16:50  Moving To Adoption Of A Zero Emission Overall Lifecycle In Vehicle Development, Manufacturing And End-Of-Life Recycling

  • Implications of zero-emission lifecycle vehicle development and manufacturing
  • Energy demand issues with materials production and joining
  • What is the future for polycarbonates and plastics?
  • Potential for natural fibers as a low cost carbon fiber replacement
  • What is the potential of recycling for reducing composite materials costs?

Lauren Wilk, Vice President, Policy and International Trade, The Aluminum Association

John Catterall, Vice President, Automotive Program, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)

Edwin Pope, Global Lightweighting Principal Analyst, IHS Markit

17:20 Virtual Question & Answer Session

17:25 Closing Remarks From American Business Conferences

17:30 End Of Virtual Conference

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LEARNING BENEFITS

Continuing Its Annual Output Of Technical Discussions And Networking Opportunities

This Summit Brings Together The Latest OEM Case Studies Looking At The Joining, Forming And Manufacturing Of Lightweight Materials

This exciting two-day agenda will feature the latest case studies on the practical application of the latest manufacturing technologies for joining, forming and quality assurance applicable to a wide spectrum of materials. Looking at the most suitable manufacturing processes for diverse strength aluminum, steel, magnesium and composites, no similar event will provide the same depth of knowledge and level of details to aid the cost effective and process efficient adoption of new technologies.

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