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2008-03-31
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Chrysler’s traditional approach to vehicle development has taken a detour as engineers recently started using bio-mimetic topology optimization and an advanced engineering process as a means of designing safer, lighter automobiles. The new process helps to identify which body-in-white zones have the highest strain as well as prime locations for the various critical load paths on the vehicle.
2008-03-31
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When compared to its two-wheel-drive gasoline-only siblings, two General Motors hybrid sport utility vehicles notch 50% better fuel economy in city driving and an up-to-30% fuel economy up-tick in combined city/highway driving. Among the fuel-smart facilitators is a regenerative braking system.
2008-03-31
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A new collaborative program led by Prodrive and partially funded by the U.K.’s Technology Strategy Board has been launched in the U.K. to develop a dc-dc converter aimed at being more efficient, smaller, and more economical than others on the market. The converter would also enable regenerative braking to become more effective.
2008-03-31
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Valeo and Maxwell Technologies are slated to collaborate on the development of a new stop-start and regenerative-braking system with the emphasis on cost effectiveness. The aim is to create a system using ultracapacitors instead of nickel metal-hydride or lithium-ion batteries, achieving very significant cost savings but still achieving much of the benefit of a conventional mild hybrid application.
2008-03-31
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Audi’s new A4 represents a looks-to-legroom redesign that packages some interesting technology—but the launch models only give a hint of things to come. Next year, Audi will introduce the hybrid version of the Q7 into series production, and the company is set to expand its hybrid option into other model ranges, including the A4 and, eventually, the A1.
2008-03-31
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Using quartz and sapphire components, high-powered lasers, and scientific cameras researchers are able to see inside an operating engine, and that vision is proving to be a valuable aid for finding ways to reduce diesel emissions.
2008-03-31
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Transmission manufacturer Getrag has unveiled a new concept in hybrid drivetrains—a dry dual-clutch transmission linked to an electric rear axle—the first of a range of parallel hybrid systems to be developed jointly with Robert Bosch. The systems will feature Getrag PowerShift dual-clutch transmissions and Bosch electrical architecture for the alternator, electric drive system, and power electronics.
2008-03-31
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The bombardier beetle’s ability to spray a stinging 100°C (212°F) cocktail from its internal “combustion chamber” over a distance 10 times its own length was the inspiration for a team from Leeds University working to improve automotive fuel injectors using mist technology.
2008-03-31
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Valeo claims its electromagnetic valvetrain can help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15 to 20% and also deliver up to 15% more torque at low engine speeds by enabling technologies such as cylinder deactivation and infinitely variable valve timing.
2008-03-31
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Gasoline direct injection technology offers the potential to satisfy horsepower cravings or improve fuel economy, particularly when coupled with engine downsizing, turbo boosting, or even alternative fuels.
2008-03-31
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Cleaning paint fixtures is an important but often time-consuming aspect of the vehicle manufacturing process. KMT Robotic Solutions has launched a robotic cleaning system to remove excess paint on trolleys that transport parts to and from the paint shop, with the goal of reducing the possibility of fire when trolleys are in paint ovens.
2008-03-31
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Access to the Internet means Chinese consumers know about new product offerings, and they in turn want “those” products, not the products “that have been obsoleted,” Mei-Wei Cheng, Chairman and CEO of Ford Motor China, said at a recent Asia-focused conference in Michigan.
2008-03-31
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Brilliant black exterior paint with hints of shimmering purple makes this aged Czechoslovakian passenger sedan look brand new, but transforming this unique oldie into a focal point for modern interior technologies required 4 km (2.5 mi) of wiring and plenty of brainpower.
2008-03-31
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Undeterred by the fact that they have no product to sell in the U.S., five indigenous Chinese automakers are crossing seas to make a sales pitch at this month’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Whether any long-term good comes of it remains to be seen.
2008-03-31
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The good news is that by swallowing the reality of a 35-mpg fleet average by 2020, the auto industry may have insulated itself politically against additional carbon-dioxide emissions limits that some states, particularly California, want to impose.
2008-03-31
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Higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks are rearing their political head in a bipartisan greenhouse-gas bill heading for the Senate floor.
2008-03-31
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An interior products supplier recently clamped down on commodity craziness by eliminating more than 2000 fasteners from its design bins. IAC's purging process concluded with 39 different connecting devices being deemed cost- and performance-appropriate.
2008-03-31
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While traditional paint still dominates automotive-exterior coatings, paint film is steadily replacing it on those surfaces that must deliver high wear resistance. Made by Soliant and competitors including Avery-Denison, Decoma, and Mayco-Schulman, paint film is an ultra-thin painted elastic film that is bonded to plastic parts (in a variety of substrate types) during their molding.
2008-03-31
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Dürr has translated the common necessities of final assembly into a modular approach. Called FAStplant, it is based on standardized prefabricated and pretested modules. The company says that the typical range of productivity starts from 15 cars per hour and extends up to more than 40.
2008-03-31
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Undeterred by the fact that they have no product to sell in the U.S., five indigenous Chinese automakers crossed seas in January to make a sales pitch at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. Whether any long-term good comes of it remains to be seen.
2008-03-31
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ESI Group offers version 2.0 of the BioRID-II (Biofidelic Rear Impact Dummy) model for PAM-CRASH/PAM-SAFE 2G.
2008-03-31
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Version 37.0 of four D-Cubed component software products from Siemens PLM Software contains new enhancements to improve both function and performance.
2008-03-31
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To operate efficiently, diesel particulate filters (DPFs) need to reach their high operating temperatures quickly if they are to meet legislative requirements for reduced emissions levels. Zircotec thermal coating has been developed to reduce heat loss in diesel exhaust systems, helping DPFs to reach their optimum operating temperature faster.
2008-03-31
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With announcements about the release of Abaqus Version 6.7, a new multiphysics platform, and a strategic initiative to deliver solutions for simulation life-cycle management (SLM), last year was a busy time for Dassault Systèmes’ Simulia brand.
2008-02-14
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Kalmar is expanding its lineup of container handling equipment with the launch of the Autoshuttle, an automated self-loading shuttle carrier that can pick, place, and transport containers between ship-to-shore and yard stacking cranes.
2008-01-18
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Boeing and Textron have formed a teaming agreement to compete in the technology demonstration and system development phases and ultimately the production phase of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program for the U.S.
2008-01-18
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Club Car‘s newest electric vehicle, the Carryall 252 IQ Plus, incorporates a high-output charger and eight 6-volt battery configuration that provides a range of up to 86 mi (140 km) on a single charge.
2008-01-18
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Caterpillar has acquired the assets of Blount’s Forestry Division, and in a separate transaction, six Cat dealers agreed in principle to acquire certain assets of Pioneer Machinery, a distributor of forestry products in the southeastern U.S.
2008-01-18
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Hyster’s upgraded S80-120FT and H80-120FT lines of sit-down, counterbalanced lift trucks combine a robust powertrain with industrial-strength hydraulics, a re-engineered cooling system, and ergonomic features to allow operators to decrease downtime by as much as 30%, according to the company.
2008-01-18
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Designed to provide precision control for fine grading and leveling applications, Kobelco Construction Machinery America’s new SK260LC Acera Mark 8 hydraulic excavator features an innovative intelligent total control system that recognizes the operator’s moves and provides smooth hydraulic response.
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