In this first episode of Sandy Munro’s road trip from Michigan to California, Sandy talks about the road trip thus far and the purpose of making it.
Sandy has already travelled half way to the golden state and will have many more update on the way, but will let Sandy explain.
Munro would like to very much thank Hinduja Tech for sponsoring us on this trip! For those of you that don’t know Hinduja Tech is a long time strategic ally of Munro & Associates providing a vast array of core engineering and CAD simulations for clients.
2021 Tesla Model 3: E2 – Hoist Review & Some Cost Savings
In the second episode of Munro’s new analysis of the Tesla Model 3, Sandy walks us through a hoist review of the vehicle.
First, Sandy addresses a somewhat hidden front access cover under the car that (we think) might be for the euro towing package because you can access the internal front bumper from there. Why this would appear on a US model, however, is puzzling to Sandy as this would add cost to the vehicle. That being said, Sandy is very impressed with the snap fits that he finds. The precision of the snap fits is excellent, leading Sandy to further ponder why the rest of the fit and finish gaps exist on the doors and rear trunk/lights talked about in the last episode.
Next Sandy addresses some of the conspiracies, or at the very least, accusatory comments that we have been getting regarding missing nuts on the upper and lower control arms and the like. Sandy, however, doesn’t find anything out of sorts on the car like this and, to the contrary, praises Tesla’s suspension.
He goes on to reveal some parts that Tesla has decided to eliminate which, as the man who invented the Lean Design® methodology, Sandy is all too happy to find – discussing the cost savings of these design changes. But to learn what he found as he crunches the numbers… well you are just going to have to watch the video by Clicking on the link below:
Aptera Interview: Everything You Want to Know About This Ground-Breaking Vehicle
Sandy sits down for a video conference meeting with the creators and Co-CEO’s of Aptera, Chris Anthony and Steve Fambro.
Sandy starts off by complimenting the founders on the esthetics of this new generation of vehicle design. From there Sandy quickly gets into the meat of this vehicle including discussions on it’s solar charging capabilities including different climates/latitudes, the ability to charge the vehicle using just a regular 110V plug, performance, aerodynamics, skin cooling, and other cool tech, as well as there new manufacturing center upgrade and how to get involved with crowdfunding the car including discounts and incentives.
If you want to get a great sense of how this little gem of engineering works then I would highly suggest watching the full video here:
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 email@example.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!
Sandy Munro’s Christmas Episode & Tesla Parts Giveaway
Well, it is that time of year again. We have finally reached Christmas of this whacky and as Sandy puts it, “miserable” year. However, Sandy and the team at Munro would like to take some time to bring you a little Christmas joy with our Christmas special.
In this episode, Sandy has some spirited messages regarding this sobering year, but most importantly, he lifts our spirits and awards the winners of the many car parts and whatnot, so if you were near the top of that list getting us over the 100K subscriber mark please watch to find your name, because for many of you, there is only your YouTube name and not your real name, so we need to get in touch with the real people that won so that we can get your mailing addresses and send you your prizes. If you see your YouTube name at the end of the credits in the list of winners, please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This episode is seriously funny and heartwarming so please have a look, but either way, the team at Munro would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, etc., and a Happy New Year. We hope you are all safe and look forward to making many new videos for in the upcoming year… including the new Model 3 😉
Industry Week 7 Developments Shaping Automotive in 2021
Sandy Munro get featured in the Industry Week article “Back to the Future: 7 Developments Shaping Automotive in 2021 and Beyond” by Laura Putre. On page three of this seven slide article entitled, “Battery Battles Heating Up”, we see the familiar picture of Sandy Munro working on and explaining his mock up of the battery bay system using example replica’s of the new Tesla 4680 batteries.
The article goes on to explain why everyone is watching Tesla’s developments with both awe and fear and why Sandy thinks that the legacy automakers are going to have a hard time catching up. It’s a great article for some sobering statistics on Tesla’s new batteries as well as where the legacy automakers stand.
In this previously unreleased video, Sandy tells a few stories about Dr. Edward Deming that from personally working with him in the past. From funny to serious, this episode shares some insights and anecdotes that you will not find in any book or other interview.
The greatest take away from this video is how much Dr. Deming cared about the people on the factory floor and how much he detested when arrogance and greed creep in from management.
A few stories to warm the heart and lessons that stand to this day.
In this episode, Sandy builds a Tesla Battery Tray using Light Guide Systems. This ingenious setup allows an operator to assemble a complex series of parts with a great amount of ease and precision by giving the operator visual steps on the screen as well as on the parts themselves; shining a light in the shape of the parts and illuminating the places where pieces must be inserted/assembled.
The Light Guide System is the world’s leading software tool for Augmented Reality Manufacturing, enabling even a first-time operator to quickly and painlessly get trained and perform new processes and assemblies. As you can see in the video, Sandy is assembling the battery tray for the first time, but it takes him no time at all to figure out what he has to do in any particular operation to assemble the parts.
According to their website, Light Guid AR Software Engine enables and provides the following:
Install seamlessly onto single workstations or across entire assembly lines.
Project visual prompts in the form of text, graphics, animations, pictures, drawings, or videos.
Eliminate operator reliance on printed work instructions, computer screens or memory for guidance.
Provide operator guidance and confirmation that each step was properly completed.
Capture full digital traceability: automatically record cycle production times, defects, and variable part data to drive real-time data, analytics, and reporting.
Error-proof operations, even in high mix / high variation environments.
Interface across the Enterprise via realtime connectivity to both custom MES environments as well as standard platforms (ie, Siemens Mindssphere, Microsoft Azure, and PTC Thingworx
But don’t take my word for it, watch this fun video and be blown away by the innovative tool:
Sandy Munro Puts Battery Day Doubters In Their Place On E For Electric
Sandy once again appears on E for Electric to put the Tesla Battery Day doubters and naysayers in their place by going into depth about why the changes proposed by Tesla are groundbreaking and ultimately industry-changing.
Sandy starts off talking about the mega-casting and its importance to the Model Y and next-generation vehicles from Tesla as well as making the battery system an asset to the structural integrity of the cars going forward.
Then we get into the battery itself: From diameter to chemistry and configuration to going tabless, this battery is going to kick some serious butt! How is the market going to respond? How will rival battery manufacturers compete?