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MagneRide Manufacturer BWI Cuts Ribbon on First US Production Facility

BWI Group, maker of MagneRide suspension systems and magneto-rheological powertrain mounts for the automotive industry, has
opened a new manufacturing plant in Greenfield, Indiana which
becomes its first plant in the US and second in North America.
The 276,000-square foot facility is the third plant erected over the
time BWI has operated in the global automotive market, after the
Fangshan, China plant in 2009 and the Cheb, Czech Republic plant
in 2016. "The Greenfield operation will be BWI's most automated
and high-tech plant, "says Tom Gold, vice president of operations.
BWI Group is a China-based chassis supplier that designs and
manufactures an extensive line of brake and suspension systems
for the global transportation market. It was established in 2009
when BeijingWest Industries Co., Ltd. acquired what was formerly
the Chassis Division of Delphi Corporation.

It is a well-known tuning tool for ride and handling development.
Vehicle body and suspension motions are used as inputs into a
control algorithm that determines optimum damping levels for each
corner, 1,000 times per second, providing variable damping. Each
suspension damper in the system employs a magnetic field within
the piston to vary the damping force. Instead of mechanical valves
within the damper, the strength of the magnetic field operating on
the magneto-rheological fluid determines the optimal damping force
every millisecond. Available exclusively from BWI Group, MagneRide is employed in various product configurations and available for
all classes of passenger cars, light trucks, sports cars and SUVs.

The new plant will conduct full-service manufacturing of all type of
suspension systems that BWI Group offers including MagneRide, a
magneto-rheological suspension damping technology used especially by premium car manufacturers.

One model of MagneRide suspension system

Unlike passive dampers that have only one performance characteristic, MagneRide dampers can develop an almost infinite number of
force characteristics within a very large damping force window.
Operation-wise, it is deceptively simple, exploiting the novel characteristics of MR fluid. Damper valving is eliminated. The damper
piston and rod assembly is the only moving part within the damper
working chamber.
In the presence of a magnetic field, the MR fluid will stiffen. In the
absence of a magnetic field, it will flow like a normal liquid. The

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