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CFD Yields EPA Okay
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Computational fluid dynamics software helped Volvo engineers create a heavy truck that meets clean air standards and does not gulp fuel
Software/Hardware
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Armed for Speed
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Engineers at CBW threw out the PLCs, motion controllers, and I/O modules controlling their retrieval robot and replaced them with a single PC.
Torque Up, Size Down
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A new line of motors is claimed to deliver 30% higher torque density, and at a lower cost
Motor Control Gets Easier
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Variable speed adds efficiency and energy reduction
Controller/Drive 'Sandwiches' Eliminate Wiring, Saving Time and Cost
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Direct connector mounting eases packaging complexity
Fluid Power
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CAD/CAM/CAE Software
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