Battery Sparks Red-Hot Mystery
Sherlock Ohms 1/26/2012 39 comments Even the little 9V battery that we use in our smoke alarms and transistor radios delivers plenty of energy -- and can wreak havoc when crossed.
Ford Recycles CES Plastic for Car Seats
Engineering Materials 1/27/2012 24 comments Ford and Unifi, maker of Repreve, will gather and recycle 2 million plastic bottles at CES and other shows for conversion into the Repreve seat fabric used in the 2012 Focus EV.
Gadget Freak Case #203: Smart Recycle Can
Gadget Freak 1/17/2012 19 comments This recycler determines the type of material being entered, by scanning it in or entering it via a touchscreen; and an RC servomotor opens the trash flap, dropping the material in the can.
Chevy Volt Beefs Up Battery Safety
Automotive News 1/10/2012 18 comments General Motors said it will beef up the battery safety structure, add a sensor, and install a bracket in the Chevy Volt to prevent the type of post-crash fire that occurred in a Department of Transportation garage last year.
Jack 7.1 Explores Human Side of Simulation
CAD/CAM Corner 1/17/2012 14 comments With the latest release of its Jack human simulation modeling software, Siemens PLM is aiming to make it easier to conduct ergonomic and safety studies on the manufacturing floor and beyond.
MEMS Gains Respect at CES 2012
Blog 1/19/2012 14 comments As the MEMS industry spans a myriad of industries and markets, the future of MEMS in consumer electronics will enable a myriad of functionality, applications, and personalization.
PLM Startup Targets Efficiency
CAD/CAM Corner 1/11/2012 11 comments Positioning itself as the anti-PLM, Kenesto is readying a cloud-based process automation tool that aims to bring efficiencies to manufacturers' product development processes.
MEMS Will Set the World on Fire
Blog 1/6/2012 9 comments Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) were in focus at the Seventh Annual Livingston Nanotechnology Conference, with the news that the US has a competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing in nano- and, to some extent, microtechnology.
Virtually Perfect Pumps PLM 2.0
CAD/CAM Corner 1/10/2012 8 comments PLM veteran Michael Grieves's new book, Virtually Perfect, shines a spotlight on how manufacturing giants like Boeing and Apple are driving innovation and efficiencies through virtual product development.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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