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Audi AG ) is a German automobile manufacturer that designs, engineers, produces, markets and distributes luxury automobiles. Audi oversees worldwide operations from its headquarters in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. Audi-branded vehicles are produced in nine production facilities worldwide.Audi has been a majority owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group since 1966, following a phased purchase of Audi AG's predecessor, Auto Union, from Daimler-Benz. Volkswagen relaunched the Audi brand with the 1965 introduction of the Audi F103 series.The company name is based on the Latin translation of the surname of the founder, August Horch. "Horch", meaning "listen" in German, becomes "audi" in Latin. The four rings of the Audi logo each represent one of four car companies that banded together to create Audi's predecessor company, Auto Union. Audi's slogan is Vorsprung durch Technik, meaning "Advantage through Technology". However, since 2007 Audi USA has used the slogan "Truth in Engineering". Audi is a member of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers, along with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which are the three best-selling luxury automakers in the world. Wikipedia.

A deep drawing die is provided having a top die with a hold-down clamp, a bottom die with a die plate, and at least one device arranged in a flange region, by which the distance between the hold-down clamp and the die plate can be modified in portions or partially. A method for deep drawing a workpiece with a deep drawing die includes inserting a workpiece between top and bottom dies, deep drawing by closing the dies, and controlling at least one actuator to generate a holding force during deep drawing. By selectively increasing forces in the flange feed at selected locations between hold-down clamp and die plate, it is possible to control the flow of material into the die plate and relieve load on regions having high deforming work, so that tears or cracks at these points in the finished component can be prevented.

Audi AG | Date: 2015-10-06

A chassis control arm includes an air-guiding device, wherein the chassis control arm has at least one terminal bearing section and a middle section, wherein the at least one terminal bearing section has supports for supporting the chassis control arm on a further vehicle component (such as for example a wheel carrier, a subframe, or directly on a vehicle body), wherein the air-guiding device has a flat air-guiding element and a connecting section, wherein the connecting section has at least one elastically bendable connecting element which is detachably fastened on a contact section of the supports, and wherein the contact section protrudes from a side web of the chassis control arm.

Audi AG | Date: 2015-04-22

A rotary damper includes a damper motor and a damper housing in surrounding relationship to the damper motor. The damper housing has a connection piece for mounting the damper housing to a first mass. An articulated lever is swingably mounted in relation to the damper housing and connected to a second mass. The articulated lever has a lobe which is movable during a swinging motion of the articulated lever in relation to the damper housing along a movement path between two stops which are connected to the damper housing. A gear mechanism transmits and/or converts a relative rotational movement between the first and second masses to the damper motor for vibration damping.

In a method for preparing a workpiece for subsequent laser welding, a recessed structure in the form of at least two grooved line elements is formed by a laser beam in a surface of the workplace, with the line elements having a common starting point from which the laser beam moves onwards to produce the line elements. Solidifying material melt of the workpiece is hereby accumulated in an area of the starting point to produce a nub-like elevation sized to extend out beyond the surface of the workpiece.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-28-2015 | Award Amount: 15.72M | Year: 2016

Bringing flexible organic electronics to pilot innovation scale (PI-SCALE) is a highly needed response to bridge the gap which exists today between promising laboratory scale results of highly efficient flexible OLED modules and mass manufacturing of high value-added products. The project will integrate existing European infrastructures into a European flexible OLED pilot line, which will operate in an open access mode and serve customers from along the value chain with individual product designs, validation of upscaling concepts, and system-level flexible OLED integration. The Consortium will connect the most advanced pilot line facilities with the best material providers and equipment manufacturers, creating a service that will offer substantial numbers of flexible OLEDs that can meet efficiency, durability and cost requirements of end users. Together with end-users for various markets, such as automotive and designer luminaires, PI-SCALE will demonstrate the capabilities of this pilot line doing process optimisation for product demonstrators to enable cost efficient production and facilitate an effective market introduction. In addition PI-SCALE will include a number of outreach activities to actively engage and educate interested users and suppliers for flexible OLEDs in interactive product concept development. PI-SCALE will not only support the market acceptance of flexible OLED products, but it will also ensure that prototype ideas from European companies will have the possibility of reaching a semi-industrial scale in a very short time.

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