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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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Top speed on Mars: 0.1 mph

2015-04-24
The six-wheeled Curiosity rover exploring Mars' surface gets its instructions from a lead driver working inside the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Matt Heverly, Curiosity’s lead driver, spoke to 2015 SAE World Congress attendees gathered Wednesday afternoon inside the Tech Hub on the main show floor.
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HMI’s simple challenge: control everything possible without any difficulty

2015-04-24
Car buyers want a human-machine interface that lets them bring in personal devices and perform all kinds of tasks whenever they want, and they don’t want to have to read a manual or spend time learning how to manage their many options. Panelists grappled with solutions to this vexing challenge during a 2015 SAE World Congress panel.
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Continental's Matschi: mobility is changing

2015-04-24
Traffic gridlock, accident fatalities, and vehicle emissions are not good things. So the underlying challenge for the auto industry is to develop and use technologies appropriately for society. Matschi was the Thursday morning keynote speaker in the AVL theater inside Detroit’s Cobo Center at the 2015 SAE World Congress.
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GM prognostics use 4G for data acquisition, cloud analysis

2015-04-24
Initial focus is on battery, starter, and fuel pump to provide early warnings of impending issues with starting a car, as discussed in a 2015 SAE World Congress panel. The 4G connection in 2016 Chevrolets obtains data, cloud server holds the analysis algorithms.
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Road Rules, a San Francisco start-up, explores world of car APIs

2015-04-30
A key to connecting smart phones to third-party software developers' mind-boggling array of mobile applications is the application programming interface. The husband and wife team behind Road Rules discuss discuss a range of topics from car hacking that is mostly overblown to apps that use more car data.
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ExxonMobil predicts heavy reliance on petroleum

2015-04-24
There’s been a push to wean vehicles from petroleum, but fossil fuels will contain to power the transportation field for the next few decades, according to the Exxon Mobil researcher who advises the company’s corporate executives. He spoke at the 2015 SAE World Congress.
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Additive manufacturing and materials a prime focus for GKN Aerospace

2015-04-29
GKN Aerospace recently announced two collaborative research projects related to the advancement of additive manufacturing (AM) within the aerospace industry. One is a program to develop titanium powder specifically formulated and blended for AM of aerospace components. The second is a strategic partnership with Arcam to develop and industrialize a promising new additive process, electron beam melting.
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Flexible, ‘invisible’ assembly lines gain popularity

2014-12-16
Interest in automated guided vehicles to convey product from one station to another on the plant floor assembly line continues to grow as manufacturers look for greater flexibility, scalability, and sustainability in their operations, says RedViking.
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Measurement software update

2014-12-12
PC-DMIS 2014.1 from Hexagon Metrology is a significant update of measurement software used for the collection, evaluation, management, and presentation of manufacturing data.
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Triaxial angular rate sensor

2014-12-22
The ARS3 PRO triaxial angular rate sensor from DTS (Diversified Technical Systems, Inc.) permits measuring the durability of a lever or capturing driveshaft speed in a manufacturing machine without the need for a slip-ring.
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Lightweighting, safety drive steel development at ArcelorMittal

2014-12-17
At any one time, up to 80 new steel grades are under development at ArcelorMittal. The person responsible for these advanced-development activities is Greg Ludkovsky, Vice President of Global R&D. Ludkovsky spoke with Automotive Engineering this fall at the AM/NS Calvert plant in Alabama, which the company touts as “the world’s most advanced steel finishing facility.”
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Amplifier modules

2014-12-17
HBM has introduced three new amplifier modules for its SomatXR data acquisition system.
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