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Racecar with Composite-Intensive Suspension Gets Track Tested in 2015

The tangy yellow-colored 1986 Honda CRX emblazoned with SANLUIS Rassini on its hood uses a patents-pending rear suspension as a replacement to its most recent setup of...

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Automotive

Plastic 'Airbumps' Protect Citroën Exterior

For its quirkily styled new Cactus, Citroën uses UV-stable thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for unpainted exterior cladding called “Airbumps” to give protection against low-speed impacts...

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GM Announces LT1 Crate Engine Availability at 2014 SEMA Show

The basic architecture of General Motors’ small block V8 has remained the same since 1955, but now a new crate engine with modern-day advanced technologies is available on...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Connected Vehicles, Cloud Services Bring Big Data Issues to Vehicles

Connected vehicles bring many benefits, helping both drivers and traffic managers. However, it can be difficult for traffic managers to analyze and use the enormous...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Demos Highlight Ethernet’s Market Potential

A number of product introductions at SAE 2014 Convergence highlighted growing industry support for Ethernet. Support from chip makers and tool providers will help expand the infrastructure...

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Transportation

Dassault, BAE Collaborate on Next-Generation Combat Aircraft

Following the agreement announced earlier this year at the Farnborough Air Show, Dassault Aviation, BAE Systems, and their industrial partners have been awarded a €150...

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1550 nm Pulsed Laser Diode

OSI Laser Diode, Inc. (LDI) (Edison, NJ) has introduced a 1550 nm pulsed laser diode with an integrated micro lens that delivers a far‑field beam pattern. The beam pattern's divergence is equivalent in...

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White Light LED Source

Excelitas Technologies Corp. (Waltham, MA) recently announced the X-Cite® 110LED, a new compact white light LED source for fluorescence imaging applications. Using liquid light guide coupling, X‑Cite 110LED delivers...

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Terex Launches GEN2 Loaders, with Claims of More Than 100 Upgrades

Based on proven designs and engineering, the new Terex Generation 2 (GEN2) loaders feature more than 100 customer-driven enhancements from the previous models and are...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

Stanford Scientists Create a Smart Lithium-Ion Battery That Warns of Potential Fire Hazards

As the use of lithium-ion batteries continues to expand into millions upon millions of cellphones, laptops, and other electronic devices, their...

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Design

Ford Names New VP of Environmental and Safety Engineering

Announced as part of a large change in personnel, Ford has named Kim Pittel its Vice President, Sustainability, Environment & Safety Engineering, effective Jan. 1, 2015. In...

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Electronics & Computers

Next-Generation Level 2 Charger Is Grid-Smart

A Level 2 electric vehicle charger that can dispense power based on the available grid supply is undergoing its first field test in Detroit, MI.

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Supercar Concept Previews Lamborghini Plug-In Possibilities

The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4, revealed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, demonstrated how the Italian company could produce a plug-in hybrid supercar concept using technology...

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Automotive

2015 Mustang's Glovebox-Integrated Knee Airbag, Other Plastics Innovations Recognized by SPE

A Ford Motor Co. safety application took the grand prize at the 2014 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Innovation Awards gala on...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

GKN's New Two-Speed EAxle Powers BMW I8

The BMW i8 is the first production application of GKN’s new two-speed eAxle, which is used to drive the front wheels of the plug-in-hybrid sports car. The AWD i8, launched earlier this year, also...

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Automotive

Dodge Charges Ahead with SRT Hellcat

Dodge debuted the new 2015 Charger with refreshed sheet metal, updated cabin, and revised chassis, with a new top-of-the-range SRT Hellcat model serving as the new flagship of the line. The new sheet...

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Eaton Unveils DCT for Medium-Duty Trucks and Buses

Trucks were some of the first vehicles to adopt automated manual transmission systems in the 1980s, and Eaton was among the first transmission suppliers to launch such a system with its...

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Transportation

Toro Launches New Riding Trencher

The Toro Co. says it designed its all-new RT1200 riding trencher with versatility and productivity in mind, particularly for utility contractors.

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Defense

Embraer Debuts Its KC-390 Military Transport Aircraft

In late October, Embraer rolled its first prototype of the KC-390 military transport from its production hangar at Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil. The rollout was a first step in Embraer’s...

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Automotive

Mazda Reveals 2016 Global MX-5 Cup Racer at SEMA Show

Following the recent unveiling of its fourth-generation MX-5 Miata (see Mazda Trickles out More New MX-5 Details and Mazda Takes Wraps off 2016 MX-5 Miata), Mazda took the wraps off...

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John Deere Adds Three Models to Its K-Series-II Wheel Loaders Line

John Deere says it was armed with insights from loader owners and operators when it engineered changes to its K-Series-II loaders, such that they are now equipped with...

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Electronics & Computers

Automaker Group Commits to Privacy for Vehicle Personal Data

The Association of Global Automakers and its 12 member companies have unveiled auto industry consumer privacy protection principles for vehicle technologies and services. These...

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Defense

Boeing, Toray Industries Reach Agreement on Composites for 777X Wings

Composite supplier Toray Industries signed an agreement to expand its current contract for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to include the 777X wings. The addition of the...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Hyundai Controls CO2 Level Inside Genesis Cabin

Among the many premium interior features in the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is a “world-first” safety technology—an in-cabin CO2 sensor control system, located under the glove...

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3D Audio Research Helps Make Cockpit Safer

Imagine yourself in a cockpit, flying a mission, listening to a multitude of critical voices delivering vital messages, all at the same time and from the same direction. Now imagine the same...

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Aerospace

NASA Tests Revolutionary Shape-Changing Aircraft Flap

NASA's green aviation project is one step closer to developing technology that could make future airliners quieter and more fuel‑efficient with the successful flight test of a wing...

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Photonics/Optics

Supersonic Laser-Propelled Rockets Could Help Aircraft Exceed Mach 10

A new method for improving the thrust generated by laser-propulsion systems may bring them one step closer to practical use. The method, developed by physicists Yuri...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Remanufacturing Cited as Recycling Alternative to Materials Separation and Re-Use

Recycling has been embraced by engineers worldwide, and making the automobile ever more recyclable has become an engineering mantra. But there’s a...

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Electronics & Computers

Magnetic Field Lines Made Visible in 3-D and Real Time

Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, have developed a high-resolution magnetic line camera to measure magnetic fields in real...

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Automotive

Can Toyota’s Mirai Be the Next Prius?

A decade and a half ago, low gasoline prices and rebounding car sales did nothing to stop Toyota from introducing its fuel-saving Prius hybrid-electric vehicle. During those years the Prius, whose...

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Flat-Plane Crankshaft Spins 'Voodoo' into Ford’s New Shelby V8

So you think the Corvette Stingray and Jaguar F-Type play the wildest V8 soundtracks through their active-exhaust systems? Or you say nothing beats a Ferrari 458 for pure...

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Automotive

2015 GT350 Mustang Aimed at Track-Day Dominance

The original Shelby GT350 Mustang introduced nearly 50 years ago wasn’t built for comfort, or even street use. It was built to dominate the B-Production class in Sports Car Club of...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

Integrated Automotive Gateway Can Enable Connected Cars

Connected-car technology has become a key differentiator for carmakers and and their Tier 1 suppliers. One of the biggest challenges connected cars pose is the integration of...

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Automotive

Big Changes, and Challenges, Ahead for Automotive Industry

The rise of new geographical auto markets (and stagnation of others), the proliferation of new "connected-car" technologies including automated driving, and a diminishing...

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Transportation

Bridgestone Begins U.S. Production of Earthmoving Tires

Bridgestone Americas announced on Nov. 18 the opening of its off-highway radial tire plant in Aiken County, SC—the first plant of its kind for Bridgestone outside of Japan,...

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Transportation

TRW Stockholders Give Nod to Acquisition by ZF

TRW stockholders representing 79% of the company's shares outstanding have voted to allow the proposed acquisition of the company by ZF to proceed. Under the terms of the agreement, ZF will...

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Transportation

GM Shuffles Personnel to Improve Customer Satisfaction

General Motors on Nov. 20 announced four major personnel changes with the goal of improving customer satisfaction. The moves are effective immediately. All of the people involved have...

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Automotive

Kia Stiffens Sedona Body for Improved Safety and Driving Dynamics (Video)

For the new-from-the-ground-up 2015 Sedona multipurpose vehicle, Kia employs plenty of high- and ultra-high-strength steel in the body. To watch Kia Motors America...

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Green Design & Manufacturing

SEMA Moves Powertrain Parts Certification Program to Forefront

SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) long has stood for high performance, and although it's moving into the connected car area, performance remains a primary focus...

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Test & Measurement

Scientists Turn Handheld JCAD into Dual-Use Chemical, Explosives Detector

Scientists at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center recently gave the Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) the ability to detect explosive materials. The...

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Defense

Adaptive Zoom Riflescope Prototype Has Push-Button Magnification

When an Army Special Forces officer‑turned engineer puts his mind to designing a military riflescope, he doesn’t forget the importance of creating something for the...

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Communications

Killer Robots - Army Studies Challenges of Remote Lethality

The military has used and experimented with robots that perform functions such as scouting and surveillance, carrying supplies and detecting and disposing of improvised homemade...

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Electronics & Computers

Allison Transmission Expands Electrification to Accessory Systems

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. is now offering an option to fully electrify components used with its H 40/50 EP hybrid propulsion system for transit buses and coaches....

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Defense

Selective Laser Sintering System

3D Systems has developed its fastest fab-grade selective laser sintering (SLS) system yet, the ProX 500 Plus. Building upon last year’s ProX 500 release, the ProX 500 Plus continues the company’s efforts to redefine production 3-D printing, adding upgraded speeds, higher print resolution, and an expanded...

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Micro Machining Center

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...

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Quadrant Photodiode

The SXUVPS4 multi-element photo detector from Opto Diode has a 5 mm² active area in a quadrant configuration. Designed to resist radiation damage from high-intensity UV lasers, the photodiodes are suited for laser alignment applications. Offering good stability, the devices can withstand four days of exposure to...

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Electronics & Computers

Laser Measurement

Ophir Photonics’ 1000WP-BB-34 high-power water cooled thermal sensor is designed with the requirement that all materials coming in contact with the cooling water are either copper or nonmetallic. This eliminates the...

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Aerospace

Federal-Mogul Develops New Bearing Materials for Tougher Heavy-Duty Operating Conditions

The use of lead in engine bearings for light-duty vehicles was banned in the European Union from July 1, 2011, bringing about a widespread change in...

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RF & Microwave Electronics

A123 Systems Is Hot on 12-V Li-Ion for Microhybrids

Saying a lithium-ion battery would perform better than a lead-acid type if not for very cold weather is somewhat akin to saying your favorite sports team would have won the game had it...

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Transportation

'Reman' Engine Market Steady, but Complexity Challenges Production Efficiency

Despite their greater complexity, automotive engines are lasting much longer—250,000 mi (402,000 km) is not an outlier. Which raises the question about the...

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