SLK + 6 spd = fun
News 11/20/2000 Post a comment With Mercedes 2001 SLK320 roadster, I found you can indeed have fun driving without getting into difficulty-with either the car or the law.
Composite nut doubles actuator output
News 11/20/2000 Post a comment Most hollow-shaft stepper motor actuators use a bronze drive nut with a stainless steel leadscrew. The relative softness of bronze compared to the hardness of stainless steel causes nut wear even after minimal usage.
Elastomer adds spring to latches
News 11/20/2000 Post a comment The latest latch from Elastolatch Injection Molding Inc. bears out the idea that just a little bit of the right material can go a long way toward simplifying mechanical design.
Foam helps recover naval treasure
News 11/20/2000 Post a comment Archeologists and other researchers are much closer to unlocking the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of the H.L. Hunley, the first fully submersible submarine to sink an enemy ship in combat.
Jackscrews move with the tides
News 11/20/2000 Post a comment Engineers designing a new gangway for the Port of Seattle faced a formidable challenge. They wanted to make sure that passengers had as smooth a time boarding and disembarking the cruise ships as they did on their seagoing vacations.
MuCell process saves energy
News 11/20/2000 Post a comment An engineering study recently commissioned by Western Massachusetts Electric Company found that the MuCell process could save over $16,000 annually on a new 400-ton molder.
Fuel cells struggle to beat a bad rap
News 11/6/2000 Post a comment The U.S. Department of Energy is challenging the assumption that fuel cells are expensive and weigh too much through a government/private industry project called the Solid state Energy Conversion Alliance.
Automotive Hall of Fame
News 11/6/2000 Post a comment The Automotive Hall of Fame has inducted a wide range of contributors to the automobile industry ranging from Enzo Ferrari to Douglas Fraser, labor activist and former president of the UAW.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.