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WHO SHOULD ATTEND

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:

  • Material Manufacturers & Suppliers
  • Car Parts Manufacturers & Suppliers
  • Material Manufacturers & Suppliers
  • 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
  • Aluminium Suppliers
  • Magnesium Suppliers
  • Advanced Composite Suppliers(I.E. Carbon Fiber Composites)
  • Recycling/Scrap Metal

3 Day Business Conference Live In Detroit This August & New Technology Exhibit Showcase

The original networking hub for the automotive advanced material engineering community – OEMS and the entire multi-materials and joining solutions supply chain – returns in person to Detroit on 23 – 25 August 2022.

After 2 years of virtual initiatives for our growing GALM community, we look forward to hosting live discussions and providing the opportunity for delegates to benchmark and learn from other automotive OEMs on the core subjects of multi-material selection and utilization. Evaluation of the design advantages of alternate lightweight materials as a solution to escalating costs and supply chain sourcing challenges will be at the center of the conference as leading experts from the global automotive industry share their strategies, challenges and solutions.  


LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIAL SELECTION TO IMPROVE BEV RANGE AND PERFORMANCE

MULTI-MATERIAL SELECTION TO INCREASE THE RANGE OF BEV’S WITHOUT INCREASING BATTERY SIZE


In 2022, cost continues to be a major strategic driver for the industry to ensure that the next generation of lightweight vehicles are profitable for OEMS and affordable for customers. For example, certain grades of aluminium and magnesium are increasingly challenging from a supply chain and cost perspective. Solutions include utilizing alternate materials for specific applications and applying different processes to existing materials to make the vehicle lighter incorporating, for example, new additive materials together with innovative sandwich applications. Day 1 of the Congress will focus on the latest materials of interest to the industry including ultra high strength steel, the evolving aluminum series, reinforced composites, magnesium, carbon fiber and other sustainable bio-materials. 


WHERE DOES IT MAKE SENSE TO USE ULTRA HIGH STRENGTH STEEL OVER ALUMINUM IN MIXED METAL DESIGNS?


Identifying the most suitable material and joining technique for each part of the whole BEV architecture including body structure, battery enclosure, safety and reinforcement components is key - and Day 2 of the conference will also look at specific examples of how material selection can increase the range of BEV’s without increasing battery size.

Selection of joining methodologies for dissimilar materials, especially components with different thicknesses, will be the main theme of Day 3 with a dedicated section of the conference on technology and methodology innovation for mixed materials joining including welding, fastening, hot stamping, adhesives, hybrid techniques and forming. And the important subject of evaluating solutions for ultra high strength steel joining and addressing corrosion between mixed metal joints will also be covered.

The issue of B.E.V. range and light weighting is clearly a strategic issue for OEMS to address for many different market segments. For example, when considering a city car versus an electric SUV for longer journeys, how much range do customers actually want? Exactly how much light weighting is required to extend the range of a BEV without increasing the battery size? How are OEMS quantifying the cost of range extension exactly? And what are the latest engineering solutions to make cost competitive range extension possible without installing an even bigger battery?

These and many other questions will also be posed to the panel at the 2022 Global Automotive Lightweight Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Congress.  


LEARNING FROM INNOVATIONS IN OTHER INDUSTRIES


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. The application of emerging transformative technologies in joining and forming from different industries including military and aerospace will be presented to enable the GALM automotive community to explore the cutting edge forming solutions being utilized in military equipment and how they can be adapted for vehicle manufacturing.


Agenda at a glance:
 

Day 1 – Cost Competitive Material Selection & Design For Manufacturability

Day 2 – Multi-Material Selection For BEV’s & Multi Energy Platforms                                         

 Day 3 – Multi-Material Joining Technique Selection                             

COST REDUCTION Designing With Alternate Materials & Apply Innovative Processes To Existing Materials 

BEVS AND RANGE Calculations To Demonstrate How Much Range Could Be Gained Through Lightweighting Alone APPPLICATION OF EMERGING TRANSFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGIES In Joining And Forming From Different Industries Including Military And Aerospace

HIGH STRENGTH STEEL & GEN 3 MATERIALS How To Utilize For Chassis & Underbody Applications 

MIXED METAL DESIGN FOR WHOLE BEV BODY STRUCTURE Selecting The Most Optimal Material For Each Appropriate Location  DISSIMILAR MATERIALS WITH DIFFERENT THICKNESS Selection Of Joining Methodology For Materials Of Different Width & Thickness

DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURABILITY Making Architectural Design Decisions, Considering Manufacturability, That Supports Material Selection

BATTERY STRUCTURE DESIGN Evaluate Contrasting Methodologies To Optimize The Design Of The Battery Tray & Enclosure HIGH STRENGTH STEEL Evaluating Competing Approaches For Joining Ultra High Strength Steel To Other Metals 

MIXED METAL DESIGNS Design Of Chassis & Underbody Utilizing Mixed Ultra High Strength Steels, Aluminium & Magnesium

BATTERY HOUSING MATERIAL SELECTION Comparing Steel With Aluminium & Evaluating Optimal Joining Techniques For The Battery Enclosure  MIXED METAL CORROSION Addressing Corrosion Between Mixed Metal Joints

COMPOSITES – LEARNING FROM AEROSPACE AND MILITARY How Carbon Fibre & Reinforced Composites Could Be Cost Effectively Applied To The Passenger Compartment & Internal Panels

MULTI-ENERGY ARCHITECTURES Design & Material Selection To Accommodate Configurable Multi Energy Platforms & Modular Solutions Featuring Different Battery Sizes  WELDING TECHNOLOGIES FOR MIXED MATERIALS The Future Of Hot Stamping & Replacing Mechanical Joining

MULTI-MATERIAL SELECTION FOR BODY STRUCTURE, REINFORCEMENTS AND UNDERCARRIAGE Replacing Expensive Materials With Cheaper, Lightweight Alternatives

SYSTEM COMBINATIONS Assess Trade Offs & Evaluate Engineering Strategies For Combining The Battery With The Body Structure To Reduce Mass  JOINING TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION Technology & Methodology Innovation For Mixed Materials Joining – Including Welding, Fastening, Hot Stamping, Adhesives, Hybrid Techniques & Forming

PASSENGER COMPARTMENT AND INTERNAL PANELS Application Of Lightweight Sustainable Materials Including Composites & Carbon Fibre Manufacturing Solutions

ENSURING BATTERY AND CRASH SAFETY Material Selection To Maximize Safety And Ensure Side Protection Of The Battery  DESIGN AND TESTING FOR JOINING Simulating The Behaviour Of The Join  

 

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

See OEM Case Studies, Technical Presentations And Panel Discussion To Set Future Road Maps on:

DAY 1: Material Selection Process For Specific Structural Components

  • Compare Holistic Strategies – From Design To Manufacturing - On Best Practice Application Of Mixed Advanced Material Combinations Considering Cost, Sustainability And Compatibility For Mass Production

DAY 2:  Joining Methodology Selection

  • The Latest Innovations Advancements On Multi-Material Joining Technology & Process, With High Process Reliability, For Key Multi-Material Combinations

DAY 3: Improving The Manufacturability Of Lightweight Materials

  • Manufacturability - Considering All Costs & Risks When Adapting Manufacturing Process To Accommodate New Materials, Joining Technologies & Tooling Set Ups – How To Ensure Your Multi-Material Lightweight Design Is Manufacturable
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