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 Institutes
(SMDIs) 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
"As a resource dedicated to
providing the latest steel bumper options to its automotive
customers, SMDIs 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.