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Munro Behind the scenes – FFQ on a FF 91 Prototype

Munro Behind The Scenes Faraday Future FF 91

In today’s episode of Munro Live, our viewers get a glimpse behind the scenes of Munro working with Faraday Future doing an FFQ on a FF 91.

We are first greeted by Dan Todd who is the Director of Quality Operations at Faraday Future. Dan explains that Munro is benchmarking not only the FF 91 prototype but also a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and a few other competitors. This will allow Faraday to find key issues between the vehicles – both wins and gaps for improvement for Faraday. Munro will be looking at Fit and Finish, Function, and User Experience; everything that Faraday’s customers would care about. Faraday is committed to getting things right for their customers and are taking a bold steps to achieve this.

Chris Ferland of Munro & Associates then takes the viewers on a tour of the vehicle and explains how Munro will analyze and evaluate different sections of the car. Specifically Chris points out features with the door, the charging lights on the lower portion of the car, and inside the drivers side of the vehicle including looking at the instrument panel, infortainment system, and the “propeller” display. From there, Timonthy Atchinson takes over and explains how Munro analyzes gaps in panles and trim pieces of the car. Leonard Page then shows us how we use an effort gauge on different controls in the vehicle as a part of the FFQ study. Every button is measured in Newtons to determine how much force is needed to operate each button, lever, and other controls.

We are then joined by another veteran of the Munro family Rich Szajewski who is a senior consulting engineer with a specialty in materials and new technologies. He continues the tour showing the viewers how we use digital gap gauges to measure door gaps.

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2022 Mini Cooper SE Electric Ride & Drive

2022 Mini Cooper EV Ride and Drive Munro

In this third installment of the 2022 Mini Cooper SE EV our team comprising of Cory and Paul take this vehicle on a Ride and Drive experience. Paul reveals to our audience that he has previously owned four original style Minis as well as two newer ones, making this ride and drive experience his seventh.

Cory starts off navigating to a local charging station. Along the way, Cory points out his first issue with the cars navigation system which sort of obscures the path under, “a mess of yellow and green.”

Cory continues to find places for improvement including questioning when the resolution or look of the dash screen vs. the navigation screen has a more muted look as opposed to the glossy vibrant images of the navigation.

There is also a stiffness to the vehicle and some apparent NVH experienced in the passenger side door. Probably not a surprise to anyone, but if you happen to be a taller person, the Mini Cooper SE will be a bit of a cramped ride.

Overall though the team is happy with the interiors and feel of the car.

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Frigidaire vs Sub-Zero: Epic Load Test

Frigidaire vs Sub-Zero Munro's Epic Load Test

In this third installment of Munro Lives series on comparing the Frigidaire vs Sub-Zero refrigerators, Cory and Adam are back at testing the structural integrity of the shelving found in these refrigerators. Off the bat the two waste no time loading up 108 lbs or approximately 49 kilograms onto one of the Sub-Zero shelves by stacking milk jugs all the way to the top. But instead of repeating this same test on the Frigidaire, the two associates then pull the viewer over to look at a comparison of the shelving construction with the shelves attached to a wall mounting for ease of viewing.

We find that both units shelves are made with steel support arms and glass shelves. The Sub-Zero attaches the glass to it’s frame using a plastic over-molding. Inside the molding is most likely found notches in the metal that create added strength when the molding is introduced over it.

While both units have the same thickness of steel, the metal stamping in the Frigidaire has some superior strength features by stamping in gussets to increase the cross sectional width of the shelving arms. This allows the hook part of the shelf to actually be small on the Frigidaire than the Sub-Zero unit. Adam also remarks how he likes the rivets that are used on the Frigidaire shelving making for a stronger connection between the support and base of the shelf.

But, for the moment that all have been waiting for, a potential 571 lbs of milk jugs awaits to be tested on the shelves. Will it be the superior stamping design of the Frigidaire that will win out, or the thicker hook of the Sub-Zero unit?

Find out by clicking below to watch the enthralling showdown of the Frigidaire vs Sub-Zero refrigerators when comparing shelf strength:

Mini Cooper SE EV Undercarriage Analysis

Munro Analyzes the 2022 Mini Cooper SE EV Undercarriage

In this next installment of the 22′ Mini Cooper SE EV series, we introduce another long time Munro Associate, Jordan Arocha, who has been with the company for 10 years and has been a consistent provider of ideas for talking points on the Model Y and other vehicles. Cory explains some of Jordan’s background and then moves on findings they and the team have observed on this Mini Cooper SE EV.

The pair first have a look at the huge galvanized leading triangle which protects the battery behind it. This is an improvement from an earlier model which could experience damage to the battery if the car ran over something that reached and impacted the battery box. They then look at the battery box tunnel itself and find that it is basically an adaptation of an ICE architecture underbody, utilizing existing space that would be normally taken up with the exhaust system, brakes lines, etc.

The housing of the battery box is a steel stamping with robotically applied body sealer on the bottom to protect the housing from corrosion and possible to reduce NVH. One observation that shocks our group is that some of the high voltage lines are not hidden within a rail or some other structure to protect it, but instead are somewhat haphazardly tied to the undercarriage.

Moving on, looking at the K member or craddle, this large stamped steel weldment is tied into the battery pack with creates structural support and rigidity by tying the 4 bolts into the weldment. Typically we see K members/rear craddles isolated in vehicles and rarely solid mounted.

Cory finds the place where the “noise maker” of the car is mounted, sitting in the middle of the space for a spare tire underneath the rear of the car. It does have a space smaller diameter “run-flat tire” as opposed to a 15″ spare tire, but this is purchased separately.

The team then moves on to talking about the suspension which is fairly simple in nature. Then they discuss what we find when comparing European cars, how companies approach converting existing vehicle product lines to EV. Then on to the front suspension, aerodynamics, and other features we find, but to see all of our findings, you will need to watch the video by clicking below:

Munro and Sabic Explain New VW ID.4 Battery Tray

Sabic and Munro Associates Innovation Workshop VW ID.4 Weight Reduction

Munro and Sabic Explain New VW ID.4 Battery Tray

In this fascinating long-format episode, Sandy along with John Waters (Technology and Innovations Leader) from Sabic begin by telling stories about the EV 1 battery tray which both of them worked on in the past.  Sandy talks about how the OEM slowed down the process and caused Delco, where John used to work, to jump through several prototype hoops which were unproductive, but eventually the Lean Design, weight-reduced and fire-retardent superior design was chosen.

Moving on, the group meets up with Dave Sullivan (Leader, Americas Automotive Marketing as Sabic) and they walk through the new project and discuss the combined efforts of the group (over 40 people total) who came together for the Munro Sabic and VW workshop as well as suppliers.

The episode then winds through the innovation workshop and highlights the findings and process that culminated in a 53% weight reduction of the battery tray.  If you are a product design engineer, you don’t want to miss this episode.  Click below to watch the full video:

Happy New Year 2021 – What’s Next?

New Year Munro 2021

Happy New Year 2021 – What’s Next?

Well… 2020 has come and gone, leaving the world a very new and different place.  Some companies did not survive the transitions that all were forced to face, but some survived and grew and we are proud to say that Munro & Associates is one of the survivors!

But what is going to come next in 2021?  With lot’s of uncertainty in manufacturing markets and even a new US government, there are many questions hanging in the air.  But one thing is for certain, Munro & Associates is poised to bring you more great content – the leading edge of technologies in the burgeoning EV industry, as well as many others.  So this is your time to give us input and feedback as to what things you would like to see next?

To have your voices heard, please let us know what you are interested in seeing/learning about next by contacting us at sales@leandesign.com

From all of us at Munro & Associates, we wish you a better year in 2021.  May you all stay safe and we hope we can provide you with continuing quality content!

Munro Does a Tesla 4680 Battery Pack Mockup

Munro Does a Mockup of the Tesla 4680 Battery Pack

Munro Does a Tesla 4680 Battery Pack Mockup

In today’s Thanksgiving episode of Munro Live, Sandy and the team have put together a life-size mockup of the newly announced 4680 Tesla Battery pack.

Sandy starts off explaining some battery basics and then dives into why we think the battery system is laid out the way that it is.  No spoilers here, you have to watch the video.  Click below to watch:

Three-Wheeled EV – Introducing the Nobe Car

Nobe Car USA Munro & Associates

Three-Wheeled EV – Introducing the Nobe Car

Munro & Associates is proud to announce that they are working with the Nobe Car company on their new vehicle launch.  The Nobe Car is a modern classic design on a three-wheeled EV platform.  The original design comes from Estonia, now brought to the US, and all done within the short time span of a few years (compared with the usual decade or more found with new vehicle lines in other car or sport vehicle companies.

In this reveal video, Sandy Munro presents several aspects of the Nobe car in tandem with the President of Nobe Cars USA, Inc. Mati Otsmaa.  Munro will be working with Nobe to improve its design and make it easier to manufacture while saving costs in order to help bring this car to market even faster.

The Nobe car is electrically efficient while bringing style and nostalgia.  It can go 180 miles on one charge making it practical while having better handling than motorcycle in the snow (you have to see the video to believe it!)

Click here to watch the full interview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4OjSJrgn4A&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=MunroLive

What is in the box? Munro Reveals Its Newest Project

What is in the box NOBE MUNRO ASSOCIATES

What is in the box? Munro Reveals Its Newest Project

Exciting times at Munro & Associates today as we release our newest project – the Nobe car!  Over the coming weeks, we will be covering all of the interesting features of this beautiful little car and Sandy is pumped to not only analyze the existing vehicle but to show how we will improve the design through our time tested methodologies.

As this is just a teaser you will have to stay tuned to find out where this takes us, but in the meantime, please watch this unveiling vignette that in true unboxing video fashion is satisfying to watch:

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Live Stream on Munro Live YouTube with Frost & Sullivan TODAY at 12:00PM EST!!!

Munro Associates Live Stream with Frost and Sulivan

Live Stream on Munro Live YouTube with Frost & Sullivan

Tune in today at 12:00pm for a live stream with the Munro team hosted by Frost and Sulivan.  Click here to watch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrVAZmVeOHg

Frost & Sullivan invites you to a joint briefing with Munro & Associates on “Tesla Strategy ‘Unbundled’: Creating a ‘New Industry’ Based on ‘Networked Energy'”, to be held on 28 July 2020 at noon EST (9 a.m. PST; 6 p.m. CET). Benny Daniel, Business Unit Leader – Mobility, Aerospace & Defense Practice (NA) and VP – Consulting, Frost & Sullivan, together with Sandy Munro, CEO, Munro Associates, will provide strategic insights into the key technical and tactical factors that distinguish Tesla from its competitors.

Key topics discussed include:

-The seven strategies at the core of Tesla’s master plan

-What it takes to go beyond cars to create a lifestyle product

-Tesla’s approach to ‘total cost of ownership’ (TCO) and its subsequent marketing messages

-Future high-performance computers and how they can enable customized strategies