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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


2020 Summit Agenda

Day One: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Advances And Best Practices In Mixed-Material Forming, Joining, Welding, Adhesive Bonding, Additive Manufacturing, Simulation Of Processes For Greater Manufacturing Efficiency, Including Case Studies From Other Industries

07:30   Coffee And Registration

09:00   Chair's Welcome And Introduction

OPENING OEM PANEL: MULTI-MATERIAL MANUFACTURING & PROCESSES - WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM OTHER INDUSTRIES?

09:10  Emerging Transformative Technologies In Forming, Joining And         Processes For Multi-Material Manufacturing From Different Industries Including Military And Aerospace

Automotive manufacturing innovation and sustainability requires not only OEM competitor benchmarking but also an understanding of the latest thinking in related industries.  This opening panel includes case studies on key applications and how people are doing things differently in other industries that could benefit automotive industry processes and manufacturing.

  • Manufacturing technology advances to achieve safer, higher density in battery packaging and integration into the structure
  • What are the lessons from motorsports innovations?

Elie Tohme, Director, Body Engineering, Research & Development, Strategic Planning, Karma Automotive

Advances In Structural Adhesives And Bonding For Optimized Lightweighting

STRUCTURAL ADHESIVES

09:55  Working Towards Bonding A Complete Body Together With Structural Adhesives For Optimized Lightweighting With Minimal Use Of Fasteners And Riveting

  • Technologies towards the bonding of complete body structures
  • What is the future for bonding in the optimization of vehicle structures? 
ADHESIVE BONDING QUALITY CONTROL

10:20  Overcoming Quality Control Challenges And Optimizing Usage Of           Structural Bonding Materials

  • Best practices for high quality adhesive bonding - including adhesive use in welding processes
  • What are the challenges being encountered, what are others doing with bonding materials, and solutions being adopted?

10.55  Questions & Discussion

11.00  Networking Coffee Break In Exhibition Area

SIMULATION OF ADHESIVE BONDING PROCESSES

11:30  Advances In Simulating Crashworthiness Of Adhesives For Optimal Usage 

  • Simulation of adhesive characteristics under crash conditions
  • What savings in adhesive dispensing through optimal usage and increase in joint quality can be achieved?

11.55  Questions & Discussion

Solving Real World Challenges In Joining And Welding Dissimilar Materials Including Emerging Transformative Technologies

CLOSED LOOP SIMULATIONS

12:00  Novel Lightweight Highway Vehicle Development Via 'Closed Loop' CAE  Simulations And Physical Testing 

  • Using simulation of raw material characteristics for optimal component lightweighting
  • Innovations in predictive modeling of stamping and forming processes to reduce physical testing
  • Development of larger assemblies for more efficient manufacturing

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

12.25  Questions & Discussion

MULTI-SCALE MODELING

12:30  Multi-Scale Modeling And Simulation Of Vehicle Parts Development And Manufacturing Involving Composite Materials

  • Overcoming the challenges in more intricate modelling of structural parts with discontinuous, non-homogeneous composite materials including carbon or other bases
  • Case examples of modelling plasticity, damage, and failure aspects of metal alloys for use in automotive component development
  • Simulating the whole process including structural behaviour under both joining and crash,

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

12.55  Questions & Discussion

13:00  Networking Lunch In Exhibition Area

ADVANCES IN ADDITIVE

14:00  Manufacturing Process Enhancement Through Additive Applications For Prototyping And Low To High Volume Production

  • Experiences with the adoption of additive manufacturing with metals and composites
  • Where can additive manufacturing be integrated into serial manufacturing for high volume production now? In future?
  • Developments in additive with metals including selective laser melting, laser metal deposition and binder jetting
  • Potential for the manufacture of integrated complex structures with additive

14:25   Question and Answer Session

SIMULATION OF JOINING PROCESSES

14:30  Simulation For More Effective Modeling Of Joining Processes In            Manufacturing

  • Industry initiatives to create a methodology for multiple levels of joining technology
  • Considerations with durability and other characteristics in the joining processes

14:55   Question and Answer Session

MULTI MATERIAL WELDING

15:00  MultiMaterial-Welding - Next Generation Joining Technology For Lightweight And Multi-Material Designs

  • Can an innovation from the medical industry revolutionize the automotive world?
  • Adopting MultiMaterial-Welding technology to enable joining of different materials by creating a mechanical form-lock
  • Addressing the challenges of vehicle manufacture from lightweight design to cost reduction in manufacturing processes
  • MultiMaterial-Welding as a joining technology platform - multiple technologies, tools and software solutions for real-time, non-destructive quality control based on machine learning

Gregor Eckhard, CEO, MultiMaterial-Welding

Matthias Mitter, Category Manager, Bossard

15:25   Question and Answer Session

15:30  Networking Coffee Break In Exhibition Area - Sponsored by MuiltiMaterial-Welding And Bossard

FLOW DRILLING

16:00  Fastening And Joining Improvements

  • Flow Drilling innovation advances- FastFlow® FDS, FlowStud™ FDS®  and OptiCalc™ FDS® predictive software tool
  • Thread rolling technology for high strength steel materials and new technology advances

Dr. Brandt Ruszkiewicz, Lead Development Engineer,  Semblex Corp.

16.25  Questions & Discussion

MODELING OF WELDING & HEAT TREATMENT PROCESSES

16:30  Simulation And Modeling Of Welding And Heat Treatment In Real State To Overcome Manufacturing Challenges

  • Modeling of welding in real state in simulation driven design
  • Heat treatment to get the steel strength properties for optimal manufacturability                                

16.55  Questions & Discussion

ULTRASONIC WELDING

17:00  Taking Ultrasonic Welding To The Next Level For Composite Structures And Battery Pack Manufacture

  • Exploring opportunities to replace copper with aluminum for conductive applications in EVs
  • Robust high quality solutions for joining copper and aluminum in battery pack connectors and other electrical system applications
  • Overcoming the manufacturing and joining process quality challenges with ultrasonic welding

17.25  Questions & Discussion

WELDING BEST PRACTICES

17:30  New Developments And Best Practices In Laser, Spot And Arc         Welding

  • Optimizing the choice of welding technology

17.55  Questions & Discussion

18:00  Chair's Day One Closing Remarks - Followed By Networking Drinks Reception For All Attendees

 

Day 2: Thursday, March 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

08:00  Coffee and Registration

09:00  Chair's Welcome and Introduction

Reducing Cost Of Manufacturing With Industry 4.0 At Medium And Lower 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

FLEXIBLE PRODUCTION LINES AND CELLS

09:55  Optimizing Stability Of Flexible Lines And Cells For Production Of Multiple Customized Vehicles 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

10:20  Question and Answer Session

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND VISION SENSING

10:30  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

10:55  Question and Answer Session

11:00  Networking Coffee Break In Exhibition Area

Carbon Fiber And Composite Structures In High Volume Manufacturing

11:30  Adopting Structural Composites In The Manufacture Of Advanced Components With Low Cycle Times

  • Developments in compression molding
  • Advances in thermoset and thermoplastic resins with improed peformance
  • High pressure resin transfer molding (RTM) for thermosets and thermoplastics
  • Potential for optimizing body structures through integration of stress sensing  fiber optics for strain monitoring and measurement

11:55  Question and Answer Session

FTP MOLDING 

12:00  Fiber Tailored Placement (FTP) And Compression Molding As An Alternative To Traditional Metal Stamping

  • Optimized carbon fiber usage in structural applications
  • Developments in carbon fabric compression molding

12:25   Question and Answer Session

12:30  Networking Lunch In Exhibition Area

Processing, Forming And Joining Of High Strength Steels And Aluminum

PANEL - AHS STEEL STAMPING & FORMING

13.45  Improving The Manufacturability Of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS) Including Stamping And Hot Forming

  • 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

John Catterall, Executive Director, Auto / Steel Partnership (ASP)

STEEL-ALUMINUM JOINING

14:30  Innovative Approaches For Optimal Joining Of Aluminum And Steel 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

14.55  Questions & Discussion

15:00  Networking Coffee Break In Exhibition Area

PANEL - HYBRID AND LAMINATED SANDWICH MATERIALS INNOVATION 

15:30  Developments In Advanced Hybrid And Laminated Materials 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.

Engineering Polycarbonates Development And 
Automotive Applications

16:15  Manufacturing With Polycarbonates As An Alternative To Plastics For Sustainability 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

16:55  Questions And Discussion

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

17:00  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
  • Why the future maybe in polycarbonates instead of plastics
  • Implications of hydrogen fuel cell and solid state battery developments
  • What are the implications for manufacture of lower range, cheaper vehicles?
  • What is the potential of recycling for reducing composite materials costs?

17:30  Questions And Discussion

17:40  Chair's Closing Remarks - Followed by Apple TV and Champagne        Draw

17:45  End Of Conference

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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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