UQM Technologies signed a development agreement with Meritor to jointly develop E-axles for the medium- and heavy-duty EV commercial market, according to a February 2 announcement. Prototypes are expected by early fall of 2017.
As ground vehicles employ more electronic sensing, control and communication systems, design engineers are increasingly utilizing more commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) modules. Though COTS slashes development time and costs, it’s still difficult for many military users to find COTS boards that meet their low-volume demands for ruggedization and redundancy.
The PD Series Plasma Deposition Systems family from Nordson MARCH uses plasma polymerization to deposit thin films uniformly during precision manufacturing and assembly processes to change the surface characteristics of a substrate.
Diversified Technical Systems' (Seal Beach, CA) SLICE PRO LAB system offers the same electronics and flexibility as its crash-hardened SLICE PRO data acquisition modules, but in laboratory enclosures, making it suitable for a variety of static testing such as crash test dummy calibration.
The fully integrated ADXC150x series of inertial combo sensors from Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood, MA) brings together reliability and accuracy with shock and vibration immunity at a reduced footprint.
Ford is to introduce a cylinder deactivation version of its 3-cylinder EcoBoost triple. It will enter production by early 2018 and it is expected to deliver up to a 6% fuel saving with associated CO2 emissions reduction.
COMSOL made its name with an emphasis on multiphysics CAE simulation in an era of single discipline codes. Advancing the size of models and a specialized Rotordynamics module, the company is continuing to emphasize power along with convenience in solving complex, difficult simulation problems.
One of the biggest issues in bringing forward new designs is the length of time that it takes to agree to a new specification, research and evaluate the alternative features and configurations, and then embark on a development program that will take the design to flight testing and ultimately operational service.
Swamy Kotagiri will discuss how to foster an innovative organizational culture during a Leadership Summit roundtable, April 4 at the SAE WCX17 in Detroit. He spoke recently with Automotive Engineering on this topic at Magna’s Troy, MI, offices during the company's annual Innovation Awards activity.