Uses of CNC Machining In the Automotive Industry

Many car enthusiasts like to get under the bonnet and learn more about how their vehicle works, whether that is out of general interest or so that they can squeeze any extra power out of the engine. In this article we will look at how CNC machining is responsible for your car’s power output, it’s ignition system and much more.

Does Your Car Start First Time?

Many readers over the age of 40 will remember their first cars requiring a lot of TLC when starting up for the first time, especially in the cold. Often, not using the car for a week or so would mean getting out the jumper cables and asking your neighbour to help starting up when you need to get to work on a cold morning. Chances are, this is now a distant memory, and you’ll be more accustomed to starting your car without a key, let alone with a jump start. So how has this transition come about? it is down to the magic that is CNC machining.

The component in your engine that is responsible for starting your car is called the starter motor. Over the years, computer numerical controlled manufacturing has become more and more advanced, with higher precision parts being crafted by car makers. This fine quality has reduced the failure rate of starter motors, while at the same time requiring less energy to turn the engine on. So how is that? it is thanks to highly precise components that the starter motor has become more efficient over the years, with less potential points of failure. As a result, your car will now consistently start whereas as late as 20 years ago, your family car will likely have been a lot more troublesome.

How Much Horsepower Does Your Car Have?

Another department where cars have benefited from the wonders of CNC machining is in the realm of increasing power. Car enthusiasts will know of American muscle cars with engines as big as 6 litres or even up to 7 and a half litres, yet only developing a pitiful 250-350 horsepower. How incredibly inefficient! Yet at the time of writing in 2013, the Ford Fiesta ST has a 1.6 engine with approaching 200 horsepower, and the average 2 litre naturally aspirated BMW has 177 horsepower. In as late as the early 1990s, your average 2 litre engined car could only manage around 100 horsepower. So how have cars become so powerful with smaller engines? It is all down to CNC machining and the additional efficiency this can bring. Using this technology, car parts can be built to much tighter tolerances, meaning less wear on the engine, and therefore increased power and fuel efficiency.

Performance tuners also turn to CNC machining when they want to increase power in their vehicle. Racing parts must be designed to even tighter tolerances to produce the least energy wastage and highest power. In fact, modern Formula 1 engines are made to so precise tolerances that their engines cannot be started cold. Instead, their engine oil must first be heated to an optimal temperature. A similar phenomenon is seen in tuned road cars. As increased power requires a more efficient engine, more precise parts are required to eliminate any points of the engine that saps power. As a result, more power is generated, but in return the average performance vehicle or tuner car will need more maintenance and servicing as a result.

ISO/TS 16949 – The Cornerstone of Successful Automotive Supply Industries

The billion dollar automotive industry is rapidly evolving owing to the increasing demand and population. Of course like other industries, this industry also needs to conform to a quality management standard for it’s smooth operations. Automotive supply organizations that produce parts and sub-parts, process materials, sub-assemblies, etc., as well as service providers to OEM manufacturing locations need to comply with this management standard.

Created by the IATF (International Automotive Task Force) and technical committee of ISO, TS16949 is a quality management tool that focuses on continuous improvement by minimizing variations and waste in the supply chain.

TS 16949 principles are applicable throughout the supply chain management process within organizations of the automotive sector. It also applies to the functions like designing & development, production, installation, and service of automotive parts and related parts. Based on the ISO 9001 standard, TS 16949 aims to systematize country- specific regulations of QMS (Quality Management System). Since the OEM’s had asked many suppliers to build and certify their QMS in accordance with the rules and regulations specific to their country organizations like VDA of Germany, AIAG of North America, AVSQ of Italy, FIEV of France, and SMMT of UK, the urgency for harmonization was thereby accelerated.

How can these organizations benefit from TS 16949 registration?

1) Continuous improvement: The first and foremost advantage of being TS 16949 certified is undoubtedly the continuous improvement as well as communication via process approach.

2) Credibility: Your market value is enhanced as you’re perceived to be an organization that is aware of, understands, and is committed to practices that symbolize quality in every action and never settles for just average.

3) Enhanced product quality and reliability as well as improved on-time delivery.

4) Provides a competitive edge by placing your business in the elite category of businesses.

5) More emphasis on quality improvement efforts of suppliers.

6) When customer specific requirements are fulfilled, it prompts the audit process of TS 16949 to comply with the automotive mandates of IATF members globally.

7) Cuts down the need for a third party registration on a geographic basis.

8) During regular surveillance visits, the IATF approved registrar for TS 16949 enables organizations to automatically upgrade from QS-9000, VDA 6.1, etc.

9) Consistent audit performance: As the auditors of TS 16949 need to undergo an exhaustive training, testing and re-qualification measures to meet the stringent qualification criteria, your organization is rest assured to have undergone a consistent quality auditing process.

10) Cost savings: Nonconformities in products can be significantly reduced with a TS 16949 certification. After all, prevention always costs less than detection in terms of time and money.

Conclusion: More than 1/3rd of the existing automobile manufacturers globally have complied with the terms and regulations of TS 16949. The figures are slowly rising in proportion to the awareness of the many benefits attached to it.

Automotive Detailing; Cragar Car Care Products

We have been trying out Cragar car care detail products for our team. We have looked at the Premium FX Series. We tried the Speed Brite – Total Wheel Cleaner and the Tire Black on an NASCAR Truck and Trailer, both worked out fine and they kept up with other similar retail off the shelf products and could be considered very good second tier products for professional detailers and first tier for off the shelf automotive cleaning and detailing products for Do It Yourself car owners.

The Speed Brite total wheel cleaner worked as good as Auto Magic Brand’s EZ White whitewall cleaner on the alloy and chrome wheels, but we do not recommend it for polished aluminum Alcoa or specialty rims or on Plastic Coated wheel logo caps or wheels. By the way all these products can be further reviewed at

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Cragar Spray Gloss Super Shine sounds fancy and can hold it’s own against the Meguiars brand they sell at Wal-Mart, but did not do as good against the Boat and Marine Spray Wax from Meguiars Marine Catalog. We used some on the hood of the Blitzmobile;

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as well as on the hood of a passer bye who wondered who are those guys and what are they doing in that parking lot at the CES Show between seminars? We believe in Cragar’s motto for their Premium FX Series Products and that is “Superior Engineering Superior Results” and so we put their newest product the Brake Dust Barrier – Wheel Surface Protectant to work. The product worked great but we did not see the need for two products and we prefer one to do both jobs, for instance able to get into the spider web style BMW rims like on the 2002 BMW or the 3.18 BMW and remove and neutralize and clean off brake dust. Also using a pressure washer the product is not necessary for our team as the current products we use are fine. But the stuff did work well. We enjoyed it as we are moving away completely from any kind of acid to clean rims, for environmental reasons of the EPA and NPDES Permitting, but also due to possible lawsuits from workers and OSHA Standards mandated by some bureaucracy chief somewhere under some rock?

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We really enjoyed the Rain Repel – Glass Treatment and found it to be nearly as good as a Hydrophobic window treatment or a coat of Rain-X although it lasted almost as long as Rain-X it is also half the price.

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks Retail Product test and Automotive Detailing Product Review for Cragar Premium FX Series Car Care Products, because it is expensive for us to go buy this stuff off the shelf at retail to bring this data to our Do It Yourself clientele.