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Improve Frame Assembly Flexibility with Low Investment

Ford Motor Company-Vitor Gutierrez, Winston Attrot
Published 2017-11-07 by SAE International in United States
Commercial vehicles are being developed for long decades in Brazil creating a deep background on manufacturing process. With the current scenario a variety of different vehicles specifications (weight capacity, load distribution, torque, size, etc.) are being required by the market. Joints with bolts and nuts are the engineering solution for the most of the problems found in automotive engineering regarding commercial vehicles. Screw processes were made during the last 150 years.Nowadays current frame modifications on aftermarket are made with arc weld process that affects directly the material properties and the process needs to be performed by critical personal with training and capacity. In addition cost and timing does not fit for the best equation on how to proceed with the modifications.The solution proposed brings more flexibility on frame assemblies that can be extended to other products. It brings an open space applicability to many opportunities without great impacts to manufacturing process and machinery in line with low cost and investments.
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