Enabling Car Body Customization through Automotive Framing Systems Design
In order to remain globally competitive, the automotive manufacturers implement unprecedented transformation of their operational practices, striving to assure world-class performance, both in product development and manufacturing. Some trends shaping automotive industry today, besides globalization, are growing customization and outsourcing of manufacturing functions. Manufacturing facilities have to possess high degree of flexibility enabling mass customization of production to achieve rapid response ability and cost-effective product delivery according to current market demand. This paper reviews current efforts used in automotive industry for manufacturing of vehicle bodies, including body-in-white modularization and growing reliance on collaborative digital manufacturing practices.
Key words:Automotive framing systems Car body customization Digital manufacturing
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