Beecham's Tech-Talk

By: Matthew Beecham

Matthew Beecham interviews automotive component industry specialists to learn more about changing technologies and new innovations.

Q&A with Mentor Graphics 18 Sep 2014

Mentor Graphics is a major supplier of software tools that help engineers design electronic systems and components. Headquartered in Oregon, US, Mentor generates annual revenues of some US$1bn. Its tools are involved in the design of almost every electronic gadget you can think of. To find out about its automotive business, Matthew Beecham spoke to Martin O’Brien, General Manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division Mentor Graphics.

Q&A with Evolution Time Critical 2 Sep 2014

The automotive industry is now using logistics in a more proactive way to provide the flexibility which is required due to diversifying model ranges. There is also the question of quality, of course. Components that have been acceptable in previous years are being failed by more stringent testing. Matthew Beecham spoke to Brad Brennan, managing director of emergency logistics specialist Evolution Time Critical.

Q&A with Drive System Design: Reducing warranty costs 26 Aug 2014

Though today’s new vehicle development programmes are more comprehensive than ever, using exhaustive virtual and ‘real world’ testing, issues can still escape into the market place. just-auto spoke to Mark Findlay of UK engineering consultancy Drive System Design about a new approach to reducing warranty costs.

Q&A with rFpro: Modelling the Nürburgring race track 12 Aug 2014

As automakers increasingly use simulation to supplement their vehicle test programmes, just-auto spoke to Chris Hoyle, technical director of rFpro, a UK company that has modelled the Nordschleife circuit at the Nürburgring, Germany, with unprecedented accuracy.

Q&A with Aha: Analytical data from the Cloud 28 Jul 2014

The IT industry has made much of the benefits of a Cloud infrastructure, offering better security and less complex networks in the workplace. Infotainment specialist Harman with subsidiary Aha claims its use in the car could be equally effective. It is now offering OEMs and service providers a chance to use the Cloud beyond downloading apps, navigation updates or music. Understanding what features are being used by the end customer, finding software bugs, removing unused features, reducing recalls or targeting specific customers with updates and advertising are just some of the ideas that Harman claims it can offer with its new Aha Cloud Platform Analytics and Updates Service. just-auto spoke to Siegfried Schuler, Director Centre of Competence Aha, about the service and find out what OEMs are most interested in.

Q&A with Han Hendriks, Vice President Advanced Product Development & Sales, Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors 8 Jul 2014

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Han Hendriks about consumer expectations of car interiors, JCI’s Interior Vision 2025 and their new operating model tailored at innovation management. Han represents JCI’s Interiors business worldwide and is the innovation leader of this business.

Q&A with Cruden 3 Jul 2014

Driver-in-the-loop simulation is becoming more widespread among automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, not least because the latest data gathering and modelling methods mean virtual road test routes can be created more quickly and accurately. Dutch company, Cruden, is a leader in the design and manufacture of vehicle simulators for automotive testing as well as the building of road, tyre and vehicle models. just-auto spoke to Nico Kruithof, a computer scientist working at the forefront of developments to make motion simulators an essential part of the vehicle dynamics evaluation programme.

Q&A with Torotrak 2 Jul 2014

Torotrak recently acquired Flybrid Automotive Ltd, the British engineering company pushing back the boundaries of hybrid vehicles. In this interview, Jeremy Deering, CEO and Jon Hilton, commercial director and formally managing director of Flybrid shared their objectives, challenges and realised benefits from the acquisition and plans for the future.

Q&A with Celestino Badiali, sales and marketing director, Eldor Corp 1 Jul 2014

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with ignition system manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Celestino Badiali, sales and marketing director, Eldor Corp.

Q&A with Delphi: Fuel injection systems and electric vehicles 30 Jun 2014

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers, Matthew Beecham spoke to James Zizelman, engineering director gasoline powertrain, Delphi about fuel injection systems and briefly with Andrew Lasley, director electronic controls advanced engineering, Delphi about electric vehicles.

Q&A with David Weill, Vice-President Marketing & Business Development, Faurecia Interior Systems 25 Jun 2014

Continuing just-auto's series of interviews with tier one manufacturers of cockpits and instrumentation, Matthew Beecham spoke to Faurecia's David Weill about consumer expectations, materials trends, touch screens, HUDs and tomorrow's instrument cluster.

Q&A with Jez Bell, CEO, rara 25 Jun 2014

Founded in December 2011, rara is a music streaming service offering some 22 million songs Ad-free from punk to classical. Matthew Beecham spoke to CEO Jez Bell about how this business is shaping up and what distinguishes it from the crowd.

Q&A with Daniel Ninivaggi, CEO, Federal-Mogul Motorparts 24 Jun 2014

Federal-Mogul’s Vehicle Components division was recently renamed Federal-Mogul Motorparts. This business manufactures vehicle braking, chassis, sealing and other service parts. Here, Matthew Beecham spoke to Daniel Ninivaggi, CEO, Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

Q&A with Stefan Seiberth, president, gasoline systems, Robert Bosch GmbH 23 Jun 2014

Continuing just-auto’s series of interview with tier one manufacturers of fuel injection systems, Matthew Beecham spoke to Stefan Seiberth, president, gasoline systems, Robert Bosch GmbH about market and technical trends in the gasoline direct injection sector.

Q&A with Envisage Group: Functional concept cars 17 Jun 2014

British design consultancy Envisage Group believes that the glamorous concept cars seen at motor shows often provide a poor return for their high build cost. For little more than the cost of a static model, the company is providing concept vehicles that can be driven at realistic road speeds. just-auto spoke to Paul Cerisola, Quality Manager at Envisage.

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