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ZF’s CES blitz underscores industry shifts

The Consumer Electronics Show has become a centerpiece for advanced automotive technologies, highlighting the huge industry transition driven connectivity and convenience. Partnerships are now a central part of strategic plans, as are forays into new segments into the digital world.

China engine MRO market seeing major boom

While engine manufacturers fill orders from large operators for numerous new commercial engine types, maintenance costs of older, in-service engines will also continue to rise. Analysts currently estimate that engine maintenance and repair will contribute to nearly 30% of the predicted $25 billion 2018 maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market—with most of the growth occurring in the Asia-Pacific region.

Super vacuum die casting to the rescue via improved quality, reduced costs

Due to greater demand for lighter weight products to reduce fuel consumption, carbon dioxide emissions, and cost, industries are continuously improving existing products. The net shape capability of emerging technologies presents challenges to traditional casting design, which begs the question: can existing casting methods continue as an industry staple while methodologies improve?

Saving EV transmission energy and costs

A new transmission lubrication analytical technique can lead to significant energy and, ultimately, cost savings, according to experts at DSD. The technique reduced drag losses by almost 30% in the final iteration while maintaining satisfactory lubrication of all the transmission elements

Spain’s Indaero cuts cost, time with 3D printed tooling

Many of Indaero’s products require in-house tools for assembly. One of those products (for Airbus supplier Aernnova) is the NH90 helicopter. Before acquiring additive capabilities, the company was limited to producing flat shapes with traditional methods, which affected the performance of the final tool during production.

Moving swiftly to define the shared-mobility future

Public and private partnerships to standardize data, share data, and protect sensitive data are being formed to help understand—and at the same time define—shared-mobility’s potential to transform the transportation network.