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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer Issue 2015 / Vol 38 No3

10 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

10 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Laurence Claus Laurence Claus is the President of NNi Training and Consulting, Inc. He has 25 years of experience with a medium sized automotive fastener manufacturer, holding positions including Vice President of Engineering, General Manager, Director of Quality, Director of New Business Development and Applications Engineer. In 2012 he formed NNi offering technical and business training courses as well as technical consulting, expert witness and consultation work. He can be reached at 847-867-7363 or Lclaus@NNiTraining.com. You can learn more about NNi at www.NNiTraining.com. FASTENING INNOVATION IN RESPONSE TO LIGHT-WEIGHTING In January 2015 Ford Motor Company released its new aluminum bodied version Ford F150 pick-up truck. For many reasons this was a bold move by Ford and in many ways a game changer in the industry. Most notably it lightened this bestselling vehicle by almost 700 pounds. Testing shows that for every 100 pounds in weight reduction, one can expect to gain 1 to 2 percent improved fuel efficiency. Therefore, the new Ford F150, all else being equal, will be significantly more fuel efficient than the previous model. Beyond being a little scarcer at the gas pump, why is this important? Why has Ford taken such a gamble on their best-selling vehicle? The answer to these questions is really quite simple- CAFÉ or Corporate Average Fuel Economy. Shortly after the 1974 Fuel Embargo the federal government enacted CAFÉ regulations forcing auto makers to begin testing the average gas mileage of the vehicles they were producing and making sure that the net average of their fleet fell below the established CAFÉ standard. As the years have gone by the CAFÉ requirement has steadily increased. In 2012, however, new rules were written that boldly increase the CAFÉ target to 54.5 mpg by 2025, almost double what it was at the time. Although the auto makers will employ a variety of different strategies to achieve these goals, one of the hottest topics currently in OEM engineering circles is light weighting. While it is easy to conceive that this should be CONTRIBUTOR ARTICLE as simple as slapping aluminum body panels on a car where steel ones used to be or replacing some metal components with plastic ones, the reality is a far different one. Many of these conceptually simple and easy ideas are, in fact, very challenging in practical reality. Of course this is pretty much true at most inflection points in history and specifically when broad advancements in technology are involved. Often to make an idea practical, complimentary technology bringing the right things together must first be developed. Take for example the electric light bulb. We normally credit Edison with the invention of the first light bulb, but, in fact, other light bulbs had already been invented when Edison started his work. Edison, however, was successful and properly credited with inventing the first practical light bulb. It wasn’t, however, until Edison combined the right filament in a vacuum that a practical and modern lightbulb were born. In a more recent example, consider Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. The use of the new carbon fiber fuselage, a great leap in technology, was not practical until a variety of new technologies, including the fastening systems, made it possible. In like fashion, the success and pace of light weighting will come, to some degree, only as quickly as the fastener industry can develop new and better ways to address the challenges of the new materials or methods that will be used to achieve light weight items. CONTINUED ON PAGE 118

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