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Automotive Industry: Technical Challenges, Design Issues and Global Economic Crisis
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Editors: Gordan A. Maxwell and Stuart K. Drummond
Book Description:
This book examines how the current global economic crisis has impacted the global automotive industry from an operations and supply chain perspective. It presents an empirical and theoretical background to help long and short term planning for organisations experiencing adverse trading conditions. Material innovations in automotive technologies are also presented in this book. The contribution of materials to automobile technologies ranges over driving performance, exhaust gas purification, and improved fuel efficiency. In addition to different types of new materials, the authors discuss innovative manufacturing processes that can be used to substitute current materials in modern motorcars to enable them to meet the technical and economic challenges that the automotive industry is now facing. A new low overhead hybrid assessment method that has been designed specifically for small-to-medium-sized (SMEs) organizations is analyzed. Moreover, automotive assembly plants are very unique as the variety, nature and frequencies of jobs are more extensive than those observed in other workplaces. As a result, automotive assembly workers are often exposed to major ergonomic risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders (MDD). The authors examine the aforementioned problem in terms of automotive assembly LBP prevalence, symptoms and risk factors. The role of ergonomics in shaping the evolution of the automotive assembly plant is discussed as well.




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Table of Contents:
Preface

Chapter 1. Surviving the Global Economic Crisis in the Automotive Industry through Sustainable Supplier Management, pp. 1-58
(Mario Binder, Ben Clegg, Automotive Practice, ZLU Consulting und Management GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin, Germany, and others)

Chapter 2. Material Innovations in Automotive Technology, pp. 59-98
(Akira Okada, Nissan Research Center, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Yokosuka, Japan)

Chapter 3. Future Fuels Quality and the Biofuels as the Chance for Reduction Exhaust Emissions and Increasing Work Jobs, pp. 99-140
(Radinko Gligorijevic, Jeremija Jevtic, Djuro Borak, IMR-Institute, Belgrade, Yugoslavia)

Chapter 4. AHAA: Integrated Assessment Tool for Plan-Driven and Agile Processes, pp. 141-172
(Fergal Mc Caffery, Minna Pikkarainen, Ita Richardson, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk & Lero, Ireland, and others)

Chapter 5. Quantitative Analysis of Materials Substitution in Motorcars: How can Light and Advanced Materials Help the Industry meet its Challenges?, pp. 173-190
(Mahmoud M. Farag, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt)

Chapter 6. A Commentary on Future Material Trends in the Automotive Industry: Environmental Regulatory Pressure and ‘End of Life’ Design Issues, pp. 191-203
(Mark Smith, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University, UK)

Chapter 7. Automotive Assembly and Low Back Pain: A Review of the Problem and Various Ergonomic Solutions, pp. 205-225
(Ryan B. Graham, Erin M. Sadler, Joan M. Stevenson, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada)

Chapter 8. Developments in the U.S. Domestic Automotive Industry, pp. 227-230
(Stephen Cooney, Brent D. Yacobucci)*

Index pp.231-246

   Series:
      Transportation Issues, Policies and R&D
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011 - 1st Quarter
   Pages: 246.pp
   ISBN: 978-1-60876-143-2
   Status: AV
  
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