Assessing the Potential of Additive Manufacturing for Lower-Cost Tools in the Automotive Industry

Additive manufacturing (AM) is making inroads into the automotive industry. Historically, AM was used primarily to produce prototype parts and models. Today, AM is also used to make tooling for assembly lines or to produce vehicle parts. One of the advantages of AM is conquering complexity. Additive manufacturing can create complex or simple shapes using the same process and with the same level of effort.

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TUC RAIL

TUC RAIL is an engineering and project management office specialised in rail technology. On the Belgian market, TUC RAIL is working mainly for the Build Department of rail infrastructure manager Infrabel. For over 20 years, it has collaborated on major rail infrastructure projects: high-speed rail network, Regional Express Network, Brussels Airport rail link, Liefkenshoek rail link in the port of Antwerp.

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Engineering Data Management and Document Control

whitePaper | February 20, 2020

Engineering Data Management is all about the creation, version control and fast retrieval of documents. It has little or nothing to do with formal change management, or building a reliable audit trail. Engineering Data Management Systems should make life for the engineer as simple as possible without introducing too much complexity. Document control on the other hand, is the management of documents through their life cycle with a much higher degree of reliability for security, version control, review cycle, visibility, availability and, most importantly, for a controlled and reliable audit trail.

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Introduction to the Construction Readiness Assessment

whitePaper | February 9, 2021

Construction projects have always faced pressure to begin early mobilization of the construction phase which can result in out-of-sequence work leading to cost and schedule overruns. The decision to proceed with construction requires a standard, objective process that easily identifies the gaps that must be addressed to achieve construction readiness and supports the decision of when to move forward. CII's Construction Readiness Assessment is a game-changer to guide project teams in achieving construction readiness with confidence. Their research shows that construction-ready projects outperform projects that are not ready with 20% better cost performance and 22% better schedule performance2.

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Rules for successful Integrated Planning as part of BIM

whitePaper | May 31, 2021

he digital planning, which can now be found in architecture and design offices, at general contractors or via prefabrication, bricklaying robots and GPS-based excavators already on the building site, is characterized by Building Information Modeling (BIM). Yet, BIM is only really an efficient and commercial option if it is paired with the integrated working method.

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Designing Steel to Concrete Connections

whitePaper | May 1, 2021

Designing steel to concrete connections is a key, safety critical task on many construction projects. Correctly done, these connections can ensure a structure remains serviceable for ma ny decades.

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Solving the Challenge of a Growing Shortage of Engineering Expertise

whitePaper | January 9, 2020

Trained and experienced designers are your greatest resource. With more employee retirements in the near future, and with complex technologies being implemented, graduate engineers without specific application experience are finding it difficult to step into the shoes of those retirees easily. Companies are having to deal with these situations right now.

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Top seven tips to increase engineering productivity by frontloading CFD

whitePaper | November 1, 2019

The global competitive landscape for manufacturing is squeezing everyone – from the Tier 1 automotive companies to electronics goods manufacturers. It is shortening the required time to market and with little warning. This high-pressure environment requires high productivity from its players resulting in either doing things faster and leaner without compromising quality or giving the game away to a hungrier competitor who is willing to do whatever it takes.

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TUC RAIL

TUC RAIL is an engineering and project management office specialised in rail technology. On the Belgian market, TUC RAIL is working mainly for the Build Department of rail infrastructure manager Infrabel. For over 20 years, it has collaborated on major rail infrastructure projects: high-speed rail network, Regional Express Network, Brussels Airport rail link, Liefkenshoek rail link in the port of Antwerp.

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