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Trimming wiring harnesses becomes design focus

2014-08-29
Wires and cables help design teams add electronic features and functions, but networks and wiring harnesses add a fair amount of weight while their connections can be the cause of failures. That’s prompting developers to examine ways to reduce the size and weight of wires and cables.
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Powertrain sensors add functions, help reduce wiring

2014-08-20
Sensors have become central elements in powertrains as designers add functions from stop-start to double clutches. More stringent fuel efficiency and emissions requirements are driving many changes in sensor technologies as well as in cabling and standards.
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USB load cells

2014-08-18
LC411-USBH low-profile compression load cells from Omega enable 1000 readings per second and feature a USB output to connect directly to a computer.
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The science of eliminating EV “whine cellars”

2014-08-18
There is no excuse for gear noise in any electrified vehicle drivetrain, asserts an expert in driveline NVH. The solution is in a systems approach and thorough root-cause analysis at the design stage. (For more detailed images, click on the arrow at the upper right corner of this box.)
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Volvo, ABB partner on fast-charging electric buses

2014-08-18
Volvo Bus and Swiss technology group ABB are collaborating to develop and commercialize hybrid- and full-electric buses that employ “open standards-based” dc fast-charging systems. Buses will be charged quickly through an automatic roof-top connection system at bus stops, or through cabled charging systems overnight.
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Germanium meniscus lenses

2014-08-15
Edmund Optics’ TECHSPEC Germanium meniscus lenses feature a durable design that is ideal for use in a variety of demanding IR applications, including IR imaging or surveillance, remote sensing, and IR spectroscopy.
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Aluminum laser-welded blanks

2014-08-15
Shiloh Industries claims to offer the industry’s lightest aluminum door blank for mass production without compromising part integrity or formability, allowing automakers to further reduce mass compared to existing methods.
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Stable photodiode

2014-08-15
Opto Diode’s SXUV Ø2.5 mm photodiode features a circular active area and provides excellent stability after extreme ultraviolet conditions.
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Extended temperature crystals

2014-08-15
Fox Electronics offers two popular crystal lines as standard stock in the extended temperature range of -40 to +85°C, with a total of five packages and 14 different frequencies.
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Big performance in small packages

2014-08-15
By regulating light-duty engine variable speed fans based on heat rejection demands and ambient temperature, consistent power savings over the entire operating spectrum can be achieved.
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Ashok Leyland develops bimetal brake drum to improve heat dissipation, reduce weight

2014-08-15
To achieve weight savings in vehicles, OEMs and component suppliers are increasingly using ultra-high-strength steel, aluminum, magnesium, plastics, and composites. One strategy is to develop components using a multi-material concept. Ashok Leyland researchers used this approach when developing a bimetal brake drum with cast-iron inner ring and aluminum outer shell.
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