New Lightweight, Global Architectures Make Platform Sharing A Positive At General Motors

Platform sharing has been around since some of the earliest days of automobiles. Different vehicles used a common architecture, spawning a plethora of variants. However, General Motors got lazy, admittedly, and platform sharing quickly turned into “badge engineering.”

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GPtech is a pioneer company in the development of power electronic devices which uses the latest technology to provide new solutions to the Photovoltaic, Wind and Energy sectors. Nowadays, GPtech is present in four continents, either by means of offices or projects in which the company has collaborated. It has achieved a strong presence among fast growing PV countries in Europe and has become the leader company in Latin America.

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How BIM helps general contractors win more business

Article | July 14, 2022

No industry in the world remains untouched by digital technology. For the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, this holds especially true. Technology is making vast improvements in the way general contractors plan and build projects, paving the way for a reimagined future. One technology in particular Building Information Modeling is leading the way. BIM is an intelligent, 3D model-based process that helps general contractors become more accurate and efficient.

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Infrastructure Policy Watch: cost of climate change to UK finances, public views on New Zealand infrastructure

Article | July 11, 2022

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) in its latest Fiscal Risks Report has forecast the cost to the UK public finances from climate change (physical risks) and the transition to net-zero (transition risks) across a range of different scenarios. Describing the challenge, the OBR states: There are many other policy challenges to overcome, so the path to net zero can be expected to involve many policy levers on top of carbon taxes and emissions trading schemes, including bans and other regulations, and public subsidies and investment. These will all have economic and fiscal implications of one sort or another – either directly (via taxes and spending) or indirectly (via wider economic outcomes). Taking early action to achieve net zero would add 21% of GDP to public sector net debt by 2050, a smaller amount than that added by the Covid-19 pandemic. This amount comes from increased spending on net-zero investment, the loss of tax revenues (such as fuel duty), revenues from tax on carbon and other costs such as increased debt interest payments.

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Including STEM engagement in U.S. COVID-19 recovery efforts

Article | September 27, 2021

In addition to their core research work, many Federal science agencies have a mission to engage the public with current scientific research; educate Americans in science, technology, engineering, and math; and seed tomorrow’s workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic emphasizes the importance of providing tools for the public to evaluate scientific information, bolstering community science literacy, and engaging the public in conversation about scientific issues.

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Jigs and Fixtures: 6 Ways to Improve Production Efficiency with 3D Printing

Article | May 13, 2021

Whether it’s jigs, fixtures or grips, tooling remains a vital, if seemingly mundane, part of the manufacturing process. Regardless of the complexity of your products, the productivity and efficiency of your production depend on the availability of high-quality tooling aids. Maximising production efficiency and productivity is a key concern for manufacturers. Jigs and fixtures are manufacturing aids used to increase the reliability, accuracy and quality of the manufacturing process whilst minimising production cycle times and improving worker safety.

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GPtech is a pioneer company in the development of power electronic devices which uses the latest technology to provide new solutions to the Photovoltaic, Wind and Energy sectors. Nowadays, GPtech is present in four continents, either by means of offices or projects in which the company has collaborated. It has achieved a strong presence among fast growing PV countries in Europe and has become the leader company in Latin America.

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Are We In The Golden Age Of Badge Engineering?

Carscoops | January 17, 2019

Badge engineering is a dirty word in the automotive world as some automakers took the idea a little too far. General Motors is probably the best example as they cranked out a ridiculous number of badge engineered vehicles over the years. While it’s not unusual for Chevrolet and GMC to have their own version of the same product, the GMT360 platform of the early 2000’s spawned the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X. Things have come a long way since then and even badge engineered models from the same company now have more distinctive styling inside and out. While Ford and General Motors are best known for the practice, it’s become a truly global phenomenon.

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Are We In The Golden Age Of Badge Engineering?

Carscoops | January 17, 2019

Badge engineering is a dirty word in the automotive world as some automakers took the idea a little too far. General Motors is probably the best example as they cranked out a ridiculous number of badge engineered vehicles over the years. While it’s not unusual for Chevrolet and GMC to have their own version of the same product, the GMT360 platform of the early 2000’s spawned the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X. Things have come a long way since then and even badge engineered models from the same company now have more distinctive styling inside and out. While Ford and General Motors are best known for the practice, it’s become a truly global phenomenon.

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