Issue: Jun 2012


Delphi to Develop Innovative Manufacturing Technology with $3.7 Million Grant from U.S. DOE



Grant to fund development of innovative gasoline direct injection manufacturing process at company’s Rochester, N.Y. operations

by Jon Knox

Delphi Automotive (NYSE: DLPH) announced that the company has been awarded a $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a highly-versatile, energy-efficient method for micro-machining complex shapes. Utilizing ultrafast laser technology, the new manufacturing process will enable enhanced production of flow control holes in Delphi’s gas direct injection (GDi) fuel injectors.

This process will increase laser machining energy efficiency up to 25 percent over standard practices while eliminating secondary processes such as etching, deburring or surface cleaning.

Delphi is partnering with Raydiance, Inc. and Microlution, Inc. in the development of this new system. The project’s prototype platform will be developed and verified at Delphi’s Rochester facility.

“Delphi is committed to developing leading-edge technologies and processes which provide environmentally-responsible solutions to real-world challenges. We are very pleased to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy for these activities at our Rochester facility,” said Jeffrey Owens, chief technology officer, Delphi Automotive. “This project has energy-saving implications and applicability across numerous industries and our working relationship with the Department of Energy is critical to advancing these important initiatives.”

About Delphi

Delphi Automotive PLC (NYSE: DLPH) is a leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive, commercial vehicle and other market segments. Operating major technical centers, manufacturing sites and customer support facilities in 30 countries, Delphi delivers real-world innovations that make products smarter and safer as well as more powerful and efficient. Connect to innovation at www.delphi.com.

About Raydiance, Inc.

Raydiance develops and produces precision manufacturing solutions enabled by femtosecond laser technology. Our solutions comprise ready-to-integrate hardware and software packages that address complex manufacturing challenges. It is our commitment to deliver value—improved products and lower manufacturing costs—to customers in the medical, consumer, and industrial markets.

About Microlution, Inc.

Microlution Inc. is a Chicago Illinois based machine tool manufacturer specializing in building high performance manufacturing equipment that has been optimized for the fabrication of small high precision parts. Microlution’s mechanical milling and laser based machining centers are used worldwide in a variety of industries. Microlution systems are used to fabricate parts from a wide range of materials ranging from plastics, metals, glass, and ceramics and have shown to be a cost effective solution for both prototyping and high volume applications

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