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Content posted in October 2000
Internet boost for control and measurement software
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The simultaneous launch of National Instruments LabviewT Version 6 i and Labview PlayerT adds new capabilities to the graphical programming software.
CFD improves sun roof design
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One CFD package achieving success in the field of vehicle sound simulation is PowerFlow by EXA Corp.
Automaton mops miles of aisles
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Supermarket shoppers at Dutch retail chain Albert Heijn B.V. politely step aside as "Schrobbie" the robot passes by.
From concept to production
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The Chevy SSR pickup, first shown as a concept vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, has been approved for production.
Engineers assist open-source control effort
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Why is a system owned by nobody and free to everybody the most important thing to happen in the automation controls industry in decades?
Long-glass properties for less cash
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A recent technology agreement promises to change the price-performance balance of long-glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene.
SUVs safer, just don't roll 'em
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Ford used data from the U.S. Department of Transportation to make a case for the relative safety of SUVs.
Pump helps sculptors chill out
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A new pump from Rena OEM Sales is making ice sculptures crystal clear.
How YOU spent your vacation
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When we asked Design News readers where engineers like to spend high-tech vacations, the breadth of reponses couldn
Search for standards
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Engineering and manufacturing standards are not always easy to come by, which is unfortunate because they
Software tackles terabytes of maps
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Two new web sites have found solutions to sending large files over the Internet, both for a similar application-posting searchable, high-resolution topographic maps.
Head to the cubicle
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Most of us spend 40+ hours a week in them, but how about checking out the Internet for the Cubicle?
Sneak Previews
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Breakthroughs on the horizon
C-class gets an overhaul
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For the newly revamped Mercedes-Benz C-Class, it
Got site?
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Design News wants to know the websites you have bookmarked. We are asking readers to nominate the most useful websites.
Fuel with your fries?
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Check out how a couple of New Hampshire college kids spent their summer vacation-in a grease car!
Cyberpage
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Hot spots in cyberspace
Pressure regulator lets trucks track straight
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A new power steering system developed by River City Products uses "power centering" for keeping trucks on a straight path.
Dial-up rearview mirror
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Soon drivers will be able to access e-mail, make phone calls, get directions, and check carbon monoxide levels, simply with a word or glance to the mirror.
Insight—or out of mind?
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As an engineer and journalist who has written about the technology in the Honda Insight, I was more interested in how the hybrid power system would function and perform in normal driving situations.
Appliances hit the street
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The most unusual item at this year
Relay open-circuits car thieves
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The good guys have another weapon in the battle against car thieves-an anti-theft car battery.
Sneak Previews
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Breakthroughs on the horizon
Super-charged engine stresses belts
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The ultimate test of belts and other engine components may be the Bandimere Speedway outside of Denver.
Pickup and go a new way
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With the strength of a stallion and the nimbleness of a mare, the new 2001 Ford Explorer Sport Trac could win the best of breed at any show.
Montero makes the marriage work
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The 2001 Mitsubishi Montero engineering team has done a good job of combining authentic dirt digging, Paris-to-Dakar-rally winning heritage, and the comfort of a luxury sedan.
Too late for Jimmy Hoffa!
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General Motors engineers have come up with the auto industry
What car is this?
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On a recent trip, Senior Editor Rick DeMeis spotted this unusual car.
Block that airbag!
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One engineering firm has designed an infant car seat capable of deflecting the air-bag impact in a car crash.
Bad car day?
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Engineers may not care all that much about the label on their jeans, but when it comes to their cars, style is another story entirely.




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