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2014-02-26
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President Barack Obama on Feb. 25 announced that the creation of two “manufacturing innovation hubs” in which the public and private sectors will work together to “bridge the gap between applied research and product development by bringing together companies, universities, and other academic and training institutions.”
2014-02-26
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Technical sessions focused on interiors at the SAE 2014 World Congress span the designated technology areas, including electronics, materials, and safety/testing. One example in the electronics area, to take place April 8 at 9:30 a.m., covers multi-media systems. As part of the discussion, Takata researchers will present new touchscreen concepts such as a smart display surface that could benefit steering-wheel design.
2014-02-24
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Constellium N.V. and UACJ Corp. recently announced their intention to form a joint venture for production of aluminum automotive sheet for body-in-white (BIW) applications. The companies plan to invest $150 million in a new plant that will include a continuous heat treatment and conversion line with an initial target capacity of 100,000 t (110,000 ton) supplied by cold-rolled coils from both partners’ rolling mills.
2014-02-24
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Boeing has selected its Everett, WA, site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program. Boeing evaluated criteria that were designed to find the wing fabrication location that would best support the 777X business plan.
2014-02-18
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Sandvik 3R60, the manufacturer’s next-generation 316L grade straight length and coiled hydraulic and instrumentation tubing, will be launched to North American customers at this year’s IFPE 2014 in Las Vegas. An austenitic chromium-nickel steel, Sandvik 3R60 offers higher strength, better weldability, and improved corrosion resistance.
2014-02-18
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Grede is developing lightweight chassis, powertrain, and drivetrain components—including safety-critical systems—for several heavy-equipment manufacturers using a patented ductile iron alloy called SiboDur.
2014-02-14
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Hamilton Standard custom engineered an all-stainless inline caster for a major aerospace supplier.
2014-02-14
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The LUVOCOM 8000 series of PEEK wear compounds from Lehvoss North America incorporates proprietary additives that further elevate the wear resistance of PEEK compounds.
2014-02-14
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The ANKOR Hydraulics hard chrome process from Enthone delivers corrosion resistance while offering a more sustainable alternative to other high-efficiency, etch-free hard chrome processes for hydraulics/fluid power applications.
2014-02-14
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Multi-material vehicles are becoming more prevalent as automakers attempt to reduce vehicle weight and boost fuel efficiency. Selecting the proper adhesive is critical when bonding dissimilar materials.
2014-01-29
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Formula One rules for the 2014 season have changed in many areas, most notably the use of smaller-displacement turbocharged engines and a stronger hybrid-electric drive motor. Accompanying these changes are new gearbox specifications for 2014. The new rules call for eight forward speeds rather than the seven gears used in 2013.
2014-01-21
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The Hobart Element family of gas-shielded, flux-cored wires feature the lowest manganese levels of any similarly classified filler metal in the marketplace, the company claims, helping companies to address compliance with environmental regulations.
2014-01-15
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Composites are a game-changing technology in the aerospace and defense markets and increasingly in the automotive, consumer, and medical industries.
2014-01-14
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Volvo’s new SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) will make a major contribution to the company’s aim that by 2020, no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.
2014-01-14
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New energy-saving smelting process could cut titanium powder prices by as much as 75%.
2014-01-12
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Researchers at Ashok Leyland make a case for choosing stainless steel over galvanized steel and aluminum for the complete bus structure. Although the initial material cost is higher for stainless steel, it scores better in other areas including mechanical and thermal properties and optimized structure weight. On the whole, the lower life cycle cost (LCC) offsets the initial material cost and yields rich dividends to the end customer, they claim.
2014-01-08
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With the world's first pickup featuring an all-aluminum body and cargo box and full LED lighting, Ford leapfrogs its domestic and Japanese competition in the highly profitable full-size truck segment. The structures feature 5xxx- and 6xxx-series alloy sheet, the latter with a T4 temper.
2014-01-08
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A widely used material for lightning strike protection of CFRP structures within the aerospace industry is expanded metal foil (EMF). An issue with EMF is micro cracking of the paint, which can result in corrosion of the metal foil and subsequent loss of conductivity. Boeing researchers examined the issues of stress and displacement in the composite structure layup, which contribute to paint cracking caused by aircraft thermal cycling.
2013-12-06
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If smaller and thinner particles can be aligned in a certain way, it may be possible for a battery to hold a charge 50% longer than current batteries can.
2013-12-04
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While shifting the manufacturing process of a composite part from pre-impregnated to a new liquid resin injection process, the Composites Development team at Bombardier Aerospace had to redesign the component to a new set of design allowables. The Integrated Product Development Team was able to quickly provide a turnkey solution that resulted in a positive business case for both weight and cost.
2013-11-26
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ARPA-e targets "robust" batteries that not only bear loads but also absorb crash-impact energy to save weight.
2013-11-25
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A "stretchy" polymer developed by scientists at Stanford University and the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA, could open a path to self-healing electrodes in the lithium-ion batteries of future electric vehicles.
2013-11-23
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Minnesota Rubber and Plastics modified a transmission oil seal assembly design and material using a high performance plastic polyetherimide and a fluoroelastomer o-ring.
2013-11-13
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Graco Supply now offers extended shelf-life options on pre-mixed frozen sealants for aircraft applications.
2013-11-13
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If batteries could be integrated directly into car structures such as doors and body panels, EVs could weigh less and travel farther on a single charge, according to Emile Greenhalgh, a researcher at The Composites Center of Imperial College London. Volvo recently demonstrated in an S80 sedan a prototype underhood plenum panel that is made of carbon-fiber composites that contain lithium-ion batteries.
2013-11-04
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With its new line of automotive fabric and leather concepts for customers worldwide, Lear’s seat surface material capabilities now extend to a full range of custom finishing techniques, including laser etching, embroidery, embossing, perforations, and polymer printing.
2013-11-01
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Company's new hot-rolling and cold-rolling lines in Oswego are part of major initiative to increase its already large market share.
2013-10-31
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The interior supplier showed five concept seats featuring customization via various secondary processes at its fall 2013 fashion show. One such advanced technology, polymer printing, enables Lear designers to create a unique look that is then laminated onto the leather as a 3-µm (118-µin) thick film.
2013-10-30
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Tata Steel announced plans to build a vacuum induction melting (VIM) furnace at its Stocksbridge site in South Yorkshire, U.K., to enable it to tap into new market opportunities and develop innovative new products for the aerospace and oil and gas industries.
2013-10-28
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Heavy use of automation, a strong concern for environmental impact, and innovation in materials and processing technologies are major elements in the BMW i3 body manufacturing story.
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