TOLEDO, OH — Today, Dana Corp. unveiled a new Automotive Systems Group Technology Center, located near Toledo, Ohio.
The nearly 200,000 square-foot facility features advanced component and system engineering, along with housing testing and purchasing experts. In addition to supporting research and development activities across North America, the new center augments Dana’s technical centers in the Asia-Pacific, South American and European markets, according to Dana CEO and President Michael Burns.
“No matter what challenge they face, our customers rely on us for comprehensive solutions,” said Burns. “This new Dana Automotive Systems Technology Center supports our global network of resources that deliver effective, customer-focused innovations.”
The center’s research and development capabilities include total systems engineering, product prototyping services, three-dimensional computer modeling, drivetrain manufacturing and assembly support and advanced computer simulations.
“The Technology Center’s design resources enable Dana to refine its products long before manufacturing begins. This lowers costs and ensures the quality and durability that Dana products are known for and our customers have come to expect,” said Mike Laisure, president of Dana’s Automotive Systems Group. “This new facility is much more than an engineering center – it combines 100 years of design, material, and manufacturing knowledge to benefit the entire automotive industry.”
The facility features a gear-system development area complete with in-house blade grinding, gear cutting, heat treating and dimensional validation. Testing and analysis capabilities include a full metallurgical lab with X-ray diffraction and a scanning electron microscope; platform noise, vibration, and harshness analysis; data acquisition; and product validation.
Of the 500 Dana people working at the new facility, approximately 300 are designers, technicians and engineers. The remaining 200 employees are responsible for sales and marketing, finance, information technology, quality and assembly and manufacturing enhancement.
The facility boasts one of the most efficient LEED “green” certified heating and cooling systems, which requires 30 percent less energy to run than conventional systems. Water is also conserved through a unique design that recycles run-off water through a collection system that supports irrigation.
“We are extremely proud of this new center,” Laisure said. “We anticipate it will provide many benefits for our customers, employees, and the local community. We’ve already added nearly 300 technical jobs to the area, and those people are hard at work developing advanced technologies for our customers.”
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