Quoting Competitively in Automotive Parts Machining
With growing regulatory and economic pressures, today’s automotive OEMs have prioritized their development of new, innovative vehicle design and performance. As a result, these companies expect their supplier networks to offer the highest degree of speed, efficiency and affordability in order to remain focused and competitive.
For tier suppliers in the automotive market, these OEM expectations should also be reflected in the selection of a capital equipment supplier. An experienced supplier should provide the technologies and expertise that enable automotive manufacturers to reduce costs, shrink lead-times and respond quickly to customer needs. Automotive manufacturers must be able to lean on their suppliers to develop flexible manufacturing systems that are reliable and stable enough to adapt quickly to changing part volumes and designs.
In lean manufacturing environments, internal engineering services are often stretched too thin, especially when the challenge is to specify and launch new manufacturing processes. As such, it is important for automotive tier suppliers to identify a machine tool and automation supplier with the ability to integrate all aspects of a project, providing a single point of contact with guaranteed results. In doing so, automotive manufacturers can enjoy efficiency and peace of mind.
When it comes to quoting and winning new automotive contracts, equipment suppliers should enable manufacturers to bid and win new business with confidence, responsiveness, reliability and performance. Makino Engineering Services is uniquely capable of delivering all of these benefits—and more.
While it is still early going, at this point in 2015 I have to say that of all of the vehicles that I have had the opportunity to drive, the Mercedes GLA250 4MATIC is quite simply the most enjoyable of all.
One might think that a concept motorcycle named the “BULLDOG” would have had as its design theme something along the lines of “Tough and tenacious.” Yet as is often the case with design programs, the development theme was rather, um, non-tough-and-tenacious.
So at the Geneva show Bentley exhibited a concept, the EXP 10 Speed 6: There is another relevant number to add to the 10 and the 6: it has two seats.