Motor suppliers shouldn't overlook automotive innovations

Innovation is becoming more and more important for the automative industry as power/performance differentials become smaller and smaller for vehicles.

12/12/2011


IMS Research LogoAttend any motor show and you’ll see vehicle manufacturers parading their latest slick design, complete with advanced HMI and connectivity solution. The ubiquity of consumer electronic devices is driving great change and innovation in this part of the automotive industry. This innovation is a great way for vehicle manufacturers to differentiate and keep consumers in love with the driving experience. After all, it’s getting harder for vehicle manufacturers to differentiate on power/performance, and consumers are expecting more from their vehicles, particularly with regard to connectivity and in-car entertainment.

However, the other way for vehicle manufacturers to differentiate is to focus on features that physically manipulate the driving environment. These might be ‘comfort’ applications such as individual climate zones, electronic seat positioning systems, or panoramic windows; or they might be ‘convenience’ applications like power tailgates; or ‘efficiency’ applications like automotive grill shutters.

Manipulating the driving environment in this way requires the use of motors or actuators, critical products that are often overlooked in favour of the sexier consumer solutions. In IMS Research’s latest report on the use of electrical motors in automotive, it was forecast that the number of motors used per vehicle will increase by around 15% by 2018. Over the same period, the average value of electrical motors per vehicle will reach nearly $400. From an application perspective, by 2018 the use of electrical motors for electric seats will treble, with two-fold and four-fold increases seen for electric roof systems and adaptive headlights.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
The true cost of lubrication: Three keys to consider when evaluating oils; Plant Engineering Lubrication Guide; 11 ways to protect bearing assets; Is lubrication part of your KPIs?
Contract maintenance: 5 ways to keep things humming while keeping an eye on costs; Pneumatic systems; Energy monitoring; The sixth 'S' is safety
Transport your data: Supply chain information critical to operational excellence; High-voltage faults; Portable cooling; Safety automation isn't automatic
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Maintaining low data center PUE; Using eco mode in UPS systems; Commissioning electrical and power systems; Exploring dc power distribution alternatives
Synchronizing industrial Ethernet networks; Selecting protocol conversion gateways; Integrating HMIs with PLCs and PACs
Why manufacturers need to see energy in a different light: Current approaches to energy management yield quick savings, but leave plant managers searching for ways of improving on those early gains.

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.