DETROIT, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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) Bumper Group has released the 5th edition of the Steel Bumper Systems for Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks product manual. The manual offers an updated, in-depth report on steel bumper systems, including information on material properties, manufacturing and product design. SMDI is a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute.
"As bumper systems continue their constant evolution, automakers require current material, process and manufacturing information to develop the lightweight and affordable solutions required to be successful in today's automotive marketplace," said Ron Krupitzer, vice president, automotive market, SMDI. "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."
The latest edition of the Steel Bumper Systems for Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks product manual was developed as a resource to help automakers stay current with the latest automotive industry bumper developments, including structural requirements and test standards. The 5th edition of the manual provides updated 2012 market information on bumper system types, materials and manufacturing processes and includes recent benchmarking information for vehicles up to the 2013 model year.
Originally published in 1998, the current 186-page manual features sections on bumper systems and components, steel materials, manufacturing processes, manufacturing considerations, design concepts and relevant safety standards in North America and Europe. To the download the Steel Bumper Systems for Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks manual, please visit www.autosteel.org.
AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 123 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI's member companies represent over three quarters of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.
SMDI grows and maintains the use of steel through strategies that promote cost-effective solutions in the automotive, construction and container markets, as well as for new growth opportunities in emerging steel markets. For more news or information, visit www.autosteel.org or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/smdisteel. SMDI automotive investors include: AK Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, ArcelorMittal USA LLC, Nucor Corporation, Severstal North America, ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC and United States Steel Corporation.
SOURCE Steel Market Development Institute