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“Deep down I am a truck guy, and there is no better truck than the F-150”- Shawn M. Morgans, Global Vehicle Architecture Manager, Ford
As a prelude to the 4th Lightweight Vehicles Manufacturing Summit 2017 to be held in Detroit, in February, Shawn M. Morgans, Global Vehicle Architecture Manager, Product Development Center, Ford Motor Company gives an insight into his thoughts about the conference and his presentation.
At the 4th Lightweight Vehicles Manufacturing Summit, Shawn will be speaking on a panel session along with two other leading OEMs to consider the potential of each joining technology to meet individual requirements of automakers.
Here is an excerpt from the interview he gave to The Global Automotive Lightweight Materials (GALM Series) Conference website:
GALM: Please tell us a bit about your background and your current role?
Shawn: I am a graduate of Binghamton University in New York with bachelor’s degrees in physics and mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. I started with Ford in 1994 after graduating from grad school. Over my 22 years at Ford I have held engineering and management positions in various departments within our Body Engineering community. I was the Technical Leader and Global Core Manager for the Body Structures organization for 10 years working to develop and implement new technologies and processes. Following that assignment I was the North American Applications Manager responsible for the engineering team that designed and released all front end and under body sheet metal. After 3 years in this role I moved to my current position as the Global Vehicle Architecture Manager responsible for Systems Architecture. The team I lead in this role is responsible for the early engineering and architecture development for all major sub-systems of the vehicle.
GALM: What has been the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
Shawn: During my time as the Technical Leader within the Body Structures organization one of my prime roles was providing technical support for all aspects for roof strength performance. In this role, I was a part of the team that evaluated the revisions to the FMVSS 216 requirement and assessed the impact the changes in the law would have on the vehicle. Also during this time we were evaluating the proposed IIHS Roof Strength standard. As a part of this work I led a small team that was tasked with improving the performance of our existing fleet to the new requirements with the minimal amount of changes to the production facility and the fastest possible implementation. These two requirements resulted in a strategy that was not typical of Ford design, but in the end met all of the requirements, both external and internal.
GALM: What lightweight technology are you most interested in at the moment?
Shawn: My focus has been on implication of mixed material designs. It is said a lot in the industry, but I am a firm believer in using the right material in the right locations. The challenges presented by this approach are great though, with a need to develop strategies for joining and corrosion mitigation to insure long term performance.
GALM: What breakthroughs in joining technologies can we expect to see in the future?
Shawn: I think the majority of the progress made in the area of joining will be related to the mixed material joints. There is a need for low cost and high speed applications in this area to allow for the full benefit that this type of design offers. Currently the prime path for these types of joints is a combination of adhesive and mechanical fasteners, such as self-piercing rivets or flow drill screws. While these technologies produce robust joints, they come with higher piece cost, longer cycle times, or both when compared with the resistance spot weld joining used on most steel joints in a body in white.
GALM: What is your favourite vehicle?
Shawn: This is a tough one for me to answer. I still have my first car, acquired long before I came to Ford. It is a 1969 Camaro, and is still high on my list of favorite cars. However, deep down I am a truck guy, and there is no better truck than the F-150.
(Interview published in collaboration with Global Automotive Lightweight Materials (GALM Series) Conference)
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