The amount of software and data used by more sophisticated digital systems is likely to surpass the capabilities of flash embedded on microcontrollers, forcing engineers to add discrete flash memory to the BOM.
The American Chemistry Council and researchers at Michigan State University have demonstrated that a new “reversible” adhesive for multi-material joining actually gets stronger after use and repair/rebonding.
The new Volvo VNL series is the beneficiary of the truck maker's SuperTruck program, applying lessons learned and advanced technology to achieve an up to 7.5% improvement in fuel efficiency. Driver comfort and productivity, active and passive safety systems and enhanced vehicle uptime through over-the-air updates were other high priorities for engineers and designers of the next-generation long-haul tractor.
Dr. Xinqun Gui, manager of technology, control systems and emissions compliance for John Deere Power Systems, considers himself to be “fairly conservative” in terms of his powertrain outlook: “I think the internal combustion engine as we know it today still has a pretty long life ahead.” Even so, his expectations for improvements in engine “intelligence,” aftertreatment packaging, and machine electrification are anything but conservative.