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Foresight Vehicle: Large Area Flexible Circuits for Automotive Applications Manufacturing Technology - A Review of Process Options

It is the intention of motor vehicle manufacturers to achieve weight and cost savings by replacing wiring harnesses with flexible printed circuits in doors, roof liners, boots and cockpits. These circuits will be required in high volume and must meet the requirements of the vehicle and equipment suppliers with respect to cost effectiveness and reliability while presenting an achievable, economically sound manufacturing technology to the circuit suppliers. Design issues include requirements for CAN-bus1, EMC/RFI protection, 42 volt systems and the integration of functional modules 2,3,4. Alternative construction options and criteria for their assessment are proposed. The range of processes from which a manufacturing technology can be established are identified and discussed. The challenges presented to available processes and equipment by the potentially very large circuits are examined.
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Human Factors Issues in the Application of a Novel Process Description Environment for Machine Design and Control Developed under the Foresight Vehicle Programme

In the globalization of the automotive businesses, manufacturing companies and their suppliers are forced to distribute the various lifecycle phases in different geographical locations. Misunderstandings arising from the variety of personnel involved, each with different requirements, backgrounds, roles, cultures and skills for example can result in increased cost and development time. To enable collaborating companies to have a common platform for interaction, the COMPANION project at Loughborough University has been undertaken to develop a common model-based environment for manufacturing automotive engines. Through the use of this environment, the stakeholders will be able to “visualize” consistently the evolution of automated systems at every lifecycle stage i.e. requirements definition, specification, design, analysis, build, evaluation, maintenance, diagnostics and recycle.