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Corvette Brand Manager, Harlan Charles Talks Everything E-Ray

Corvette Marketing & Brand Manager, Harlan Charles returns to CORVETTE TODAY with your host, Steve Garrett, to talk about the new 2024 Corvette E-Ray. ; Harlan gives us an extensive overview is this revolutionary new Corvette and give us insight never heard before about the upcoming E-Ray.
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Corvette Today News & Headlines: Late January, 2023

With the announcement of the 2024 Corvette E-Ray, your CORVETTE TODAY host Steve Garrett, and Keith Cornett from CorvetteBlogger have a lot to tell you about !!!;
Plus, we get a possible glimpse into the Corvette future with Manny Katakis from Muscle Cars & Truck with what the C9 Corvette could look like. Besides the E-Ray, here are some of the other stories Steve and Keith will discuss....
1. Corvette beats the Porsche 911 as Consumer Reports most satisfying car to own.
2. GM delivers over 9,000 Corvettes in the 4th quarter of 2022
3. Corvette Racing debuts the GT3.R on January 27th at the Rolex 24
4. The Mecum Auction at Kissimmee sells the very first Corvette Sting Ray
5. The National Corvette Museum hosts exhibits to celebrate 70 years of Corvette
All the Corvette E-Ray news you want and need plus much more on next week's CORVETTE TODAY News & Headlines show!
Listen to the podcast, watch the YouTube video, join the Facebook group, sign up for email notifications and shop in the Merchandise Store at:
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2023 Corvette Info Including E-Ray, SR & Z06 Pricing, SR & Z06 Visualizers, 70th Anniversary Info, Press Releases for SR & Z06 & Their Build & Price, Order Guides & Visualizers

E-Ray Visualizer:
Official E-Ray Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
Official GM E-Ray Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...and-visualizer
+ 25 KEY E-Ray Components/Factors:
E-Ray Leaked Info/Visualizer: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...tte-e-ray-leak
Z51 & Z06 GM Track Specs: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ecommendations
Z06 Order Guide:
Z06 Pricing Spreadsheet: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...9Chvp%E2%80%9D
Z06 MSRP and Options Pricing: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...freight-charge
2023 SR Build & Price: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...up-and-running
*2023 SR & Z06 Official Owners Manual:; and,
* 2023 GM Bash Major Seminar with HQ video: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...ore-bash-video
*2023 Stingray Visualizer:
*2023 Stingray (ONLY Order Guide:
*70th Anniversary Combined Press Release For SR & Z06: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...iversary-model
*Z06 Press Release: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-press-release
*Z06 Reveal Pictures: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...eveal-pictures
*Z06 Visualizer:
Order Guide (unofficial): https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-action-center
*Z06 vs Z07 Aero Components: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...s-similarities
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Robo-Gloves In GM Assembly Plants?

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    Interesting upcoming testing using Robo-Gloves in GM assembly line manufacturing.

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    3D Printed Tools and Robo-Glove Makine Inroads at GM Assembly Plant (By Kami Buchholz) A few General Motors manufacturing plant workers are sharing space with collaborative robots, suggesting assembly line applications for 3D printed parts—and potentially in the future, some line operators will gain grasp-assist from a wearable device.

    “Technology is transforming our manufacturing environment. But this isn’t about technology for technology-sake. There are specific business applications and specific business reasons for why we’re making the investments we’re making,” Dan Grieshaber, Director of General Motor’s Manufacturing Engineering Integration, said at a recent media program at the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant in Michigan.

    One of the recent investments at the 3.6 million ft3 facility is a dedicated area for the 3D printing of parts via the largest 3D printer (bed and print size) among GM’s 18 North American assembly plants.

    Over the past two years, 3D printed parts produced at the plant have netted approximately $300,000 in savings versus vendor-supplied parts. It’s possible to design a 3D-part in three hours and produce it in a solid shape within three days, according to Zane Meike, additive manufacturing plant lead.

    “We’ve done many parts for many different applications, including production aids, ergo tools for operators, and prototypes,” said Meike. referencing the 3D printed parts made from various powders, including carbon fiber-infused nylon.

    On a weekly basis, Meike and hourly colleagues from other plants share 3D printing tips during a conference call. “We also have a dedicated website. So anytime I create a design, I put that on the website and make it available for others to use or modify for their needs,” Meike said.

    Problem-solving at the plant-level is more than just a cost-reduction opportunity. “It’s also about being able to apply a solution very quickly. It feeds on itself, so the number of applications will grow significantly,” said Grieshaber.

    Robo-Glove expands its grip
    This fall, GM launches a large-scale pilot program for the Robo-Glove, a wearable human grasp-assist device that uses actuators, pressure sensors and synthetic tendons to help prevent tendon stress from repetitive movements. GM engineers invented the Robo-Glove in collaboration with NASA researchers as an offshoot of the Robonaut 2 humanoid robot-in-space program.

    GM's glove-assist test program will involve at least 20 line operators doing various tasks, such as door assembly and roof rail airbag assembly, at a yet-to-be-named North American vehicle assembly plant. “We’ve already had multi-day trials at different powertrain and assembly plants, but we’ll do this pilot program for at least four months,” said Marty Linn, GM’s Principle Robotics Engineer.

    The Robo-Glove assist is being produced under license by Bioservo Technologies AB of Sweden as Ironhand® in a system that includes a backpack for servo-motors, batteries, and a control system. “We believe these gloves will assist operators in doing their jobs better and longer without the risk of injury and fatigue,” said Linn, noting the gloves are not an exoskeleton. “The glove simply uses your skeleton as we don’t want the forces to be greater than your skeleton can handle.”

    Grieshaber said that human-assist and other technologies have a crucial role in assembly plants. “This is being driven by our need to be much more responsive to lower volume product line-ups,” he said.

    “All of these technologies, to a large extent, are about making our people more productive. It’s about using technologies to help workers do their jobs more safely and more efficiently while helping them achieve higher quality products,” said Grieshaber, “In the end, it’s still a people business.”
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    Here's what Ford will be using soon , the " exoskeletons"
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