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Steel group updates manual on bumper materials, design

Keywords: Tags  Steel Market Development Institute, SMDI, steel bumpers, car bumpers, Ron Krupitzer, Corinna Petry

LIVONIA, Mich. — To assist engineers and automakers in applying the most lightweight and cost-effective steel bumpers in passenger cars and light trucks, the Steel Market Development Institute’s (SMDI’s) Bumper Group has released the fifth edition of its product manual.

The manual, "Steel Bumper Systems for Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks," offers an updated, in-depth report on steel bumper systems, including information on material properties, manufacturing and product design.

"As a resource dedicated to providing the latest steel bumper options to its automotive customers, SMDI’s Bumper Group conducts research and publishes information to ensure steel maintains its leading position as the preferred material," SMDI vice president for automotive Ron Krupitzer said in a statement.

SMDI displayed several bumpers using advanced steel grades and forming technologies during the Great Designs in Steel conference in Livonia, Mich.

The latest edition of the manual was developed as a resource to help automakers stay current with bumper developments, including structural requirements and test standards. It provides 2012 market information on bumper system types, materials and manufacturing processes, and includes recent benchmarking information for vehicles up to the 2013 model year. The 186-page manual also features sections on bumper systems and components, steel materials, manufacturing processes, manufacturing considerations, design concepts and relevant safety standards in North America and Europe.

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