As OEMs and suppliers seek lightweight solutions to meet higher fuel economy standards through multi-material structures, conventional welding techniques are beginning to give way to new solid-state joining methods better suited for creating strong bonds between dissimilar metals.
Dana Corporation, the $7.9-billion automotive supplier, is headquartered in Maumee, Ohio.
A new magnetic-pulse welding process for joining ferrous and non-ferrous metals is allowing Dana's Spicer Division to create lightweight bi-metallic driveshafts. After seven years of research and development, a fully functional prototype machine is performing well enough that it's only a matter of time before a production version hits the factory floor.
While the world has focused on Chrysler's up-coming merger with Daimler, the company has also focused on its relationship with Brazil. In particular, the relationship between its newly dedicated Dodge Dakota plant and its suppliers, among others. --By Colleen Dejong, Senior Associate Editor
There is plenty going on in the pressworking arena. Here's a look at some of the developments that may help you improve your operations.
Please visit: Dana Corporation
Spicer Driveshaft Division
239 S Centennial Rd.
Holland, OH 43518 US