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2012-02-20
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Taking aim at upscale vehicles, which have many features squeezed into their doors, the chip eliminates the electromechanical relays now used for window control.
2012-02-15
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A new concept for a 100% plastic prototype door panel has the potential to provide a weight reduction of up to 40% compared to conventional steel door panels but with equivalent performance (static strength), according to two JSP engineers who will present details of the prototype at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit.
2012-02-13
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The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE) on Jan. 4 published the 03 series of amendments to Regulation No. 29 on commercial vehicle cab safety which introduces some significant amendments to the pendulum impact test procedures, according to InterRegs, an online resource for global vehicle safety and emissions regulations.
2012-02-13
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Lola-Drayson’s 850-hp Formula E prototype sports active aerodynamics, wireless charging, and regenerative suspension dampers.
2012-02-09
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The use of a set of LED chips or arrays with individual switching phases, as well as the dimming factors and overlapping elements, leads to more flexibility to realize AFS and glare-free high-beam concepts. The major challenge will be to offer modularized parts of LED chips and carriers, as well as electronic-control elements, according to Dr. Rainer Neumann of Visteon Innovation & Technology GmbH.
2012-01-23
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Although motorsport technology has only a small direct influence on production vehicles, lighting used on race cars is an area that Audi sees as very useful for testing advances for road applications.
2012-01-23
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The VW Group brand provides a glimpse into its comprehensive portfolio of active safety technologies, some in series manufacture, some being developed for next generation models and, even further into the future, others that the company regards as likely to make it to production.
2012-01-13
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First-year production run of 10 units in a Series I is planned. Price is $225,000 for model with 7.0-L V8 rated at 620 hp. Ricardo supplies six-speed manual transmission.
2012-01-10
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Special emphasis was placed on achieving a torsionally rigid body to attain the desired driving dynamics.
2012-01-09
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IQ has seating for 3-4 people. HVAC case has blower integrated into center section case with evaporator and heater core, and glove box is removed, two design features that permit forward curvature of dashboard on passenger's side. This permits asymmetrical front seating so right side passengers have larger-car legroom.
2012-01-09
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The 2013 Cadillac ATS compact sport sedan is claimed to be the most mass-efficient car in its class, thanks to GM's new lightweight Alpha body structure.
2012-01-06
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NASA selected Airborne Systems North America of Santa Anna, CA; ILC Dover LP of Frederica, DE; and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. of Littleton, CO, to support agency inflatable aerodynamic decelerator research and development, including work on the Space Technology Program's Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) project.
2011-12-13
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Manufacturers of passenger cars are increasingly utilizing structural adhesives to provide added strength, durability, weight savings, and design benefits to vehicle body structure. And now the trend has extended to the commercial transportation market, according to an expert from Dow Automotive Systems.
2011-12-08
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Steel is a staple in the design of heavy-duty equipment and vehicles that carry heavy loads for a living. But that doesn’t mean these machines can’t stand to shed a few pounds here and there, especially if it means increasing fuel efficiency or upping payload capacity at no penalty to durability. That's exactly what Caterpillar is pursuing.
2011-11-21
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Light-emitting diode manufacturers are improving packaging, brightness, and other parameters as they push to displace conventional internal and exterior bulbs. As engineers make improvements so that LEDs can be used in the industry’s high-volume manufacturing environments, their role is expected to grow fairly rapidly.
2011-11-16
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Vistagy’s SyncroFIT streamlines the communication of fastener data to manufacturing systems.
2011-11-10
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Aluminum is better than carbon fiber for lightweight production vehicles in Ferrari's view because of the compromises needed to build carbon-fiber cars quickly.
2011-11-03
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In the automotive industry, the industrial robot is a common solution to achieve high-speed, repeatable processes. But due to its lack of accuracy and its compliant nature, use of robots has not been as successful in aircraft manufacturing. The use of force control with robots could change that.
2011-10-25
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The automaker will introduce its German-developed Door Edge Protector on the Focus in early 2012.
2011-10-10
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Solutia developed the Saflex S series solar-absorbing interlayer for automotive applications.
2011-10-05
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The latest version of the Bentley GTC convertible, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, incorporates a number of developments including an extensively redeveloped structure and body elements that make strategic use of steel, aluminum, composites, and magnesium.
2011-10-03
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The Timken Co. has agreed to acquire privately held Drives LLC for $92 million in cash. Drives is a Fulton, IL-based manufacturer of highly engineered drive-chains, roller-chains, and conveyor augers for the agricultural and industrial markets.
2011-09-30
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The decision by global automakers almost 10 years ago to design the front ends of SUVs and pickup trucks so their energy-absorbing structures would align better with those of cars has paid dividends in lives saved.
2011-09-30
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Lord Corp.’s heat-reflective coatings (HRCs) are designed for use on automotive suspension systems.
2011-09-11
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Specialist companies Exmac Automation and Expert Tooling provide turnkey sunroof installation system for the Land Rover Evoque.
2011-08-18
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PPG’s Opticor advanced transparency material is the first new transparent plastic developed in more than 50 years for aerospace applications, according to Anthony Stone, Global Director for New Business Development and Innovations for Transparencies.
2011-08-15
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Advanced measurement platforms are leading a growing trend in synchronization that reduces cabling, adds absolute time referencing, and optimizes data correlation for large systems.
2011-08-10
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Advanced solar-control glass can alleviate the A/C system’s workload and is about 10% lighter than similar-thickness tempered glass—both of which can contribute to better fuel economy/freight efficiency as well as increased range in electrified vehicles.
2011-07-12
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Hutchens Industries' Hutch 9800 series of heavy-duty trailer slider systems can fit requirements for a standard 49-in (1245-mm) tandem axle or a widespread axle application.
2011-07-07
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Helsinki, Finland-based Rautaruukki (Ruukki) will supply its wear-resistant special steel Raex 400 to Caterpillar for use in the main body structure of the company’s articulated dump trucks (ADTs), considered to be one of the most demanding applications for wear-resistant steel due to the continual impact and wear experienced.
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