SAE International’s new book, Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Their Impact on Supply Chains, examines how counterfeit parts are negatively affecting the aviation, spacecraft, and defense sectors and what can be done about it.
Although in-vehicle vulnerabilities have been identified, others exist in cloud-based systems. Public facilities, from traffic-light-controlling central computers to non-automotive infrastructure, may have little or no protection, speakers asserted.
Toho Tenax has developed a new prepreg that offers super-high-heat and -oxidation resistance suited to aircraft and automotive engine compartments. The supplier also recently released a new rapid-curing prepeg for increased productivity.
"Futurist" Peter Schwartz at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show says car makers must gain enough of the increased value from connected car for the industry to succeed in producing an "intelligent fleet." Failure to take a leadership role was viewed as comparable to IBM leaving the development of the PC operating system to Microsoft.
At the recent 2014 L.A. Auto Show, various OEMs put their latest hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles on stage. Engineers developing FCEVs are working against overlapping regulatory clocks, and OEM collaborations are taking the some of the sting out of development time and costs.
China’s automakers are gearing up to take advantage of smartphones and Internet services as they attempt to match the connectivity capabilities of their international competitors. Expanding their development programs and partnering with outsiders are key elements in the efforts.
Ford has a lot riding on the new Mustang. It isn’t just another Ford model, it is a statement of capability and international intent, and no-one appreciates that more than Ford of Europe (FoE) Chief Operating Officer.
Dry drilling of composite-Ti stack-ups via CO2 avoids the problems associated with liquid coolants used in fuselage hole drilling, while delivering benefits in productivity, tool life, and hole quality.
Design and manufacturing challenges are becoming more complex and multi-dimensional, prompting design teams to expand their efforts to collaborate. This change is being aided by a shift to 3-D models, but that transition has issues that highlight the complexity of linking various groups.
The use of lead in engine bearings for light-duty vehicles was banned in the European Union from July 1, 2011, bringing widespread changes in coatings. Although heavy-duty engines have not yet been subject to similar legislation, Federal-Mogul believes that it is only a matter of time before they are.
High-tech design causes time to remanufacture engines to nearly triple and adds to cost, while used engines remain a competitive factor. However, Purdue University data shows remanufacturing is far more energy efficient than installing a new powerplant.
The YASDA YMC 430 Ver. II micro machining center from Methods Machine Tools, Inc. is suitable for the ultra-precise manufacturing and high surface finishes required on small, complex features in components and dies or molds.