Four Ford Motors engineers were named Distinguished Inventors in the 25th Inventor of the Year competition held by Intellectual Property Owners headquartered in Washington, DC. Jeff Hepburn, Bob McCabe, Bela Povinger, and Ray Willey were honored for developing an ultra-efficient catalyst system and engine control strategy. Their creation enables the production of natural gas versions of Ford's F-250 pickup and Econoline van. These trucks are the world's first vehicles to be certified to California's Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) standards. The engineers placed a small conditioning catalyst before the oxygen sensor so that it reacts with the hydrogen before it reaches the sensor, allowing optimum performance of the sensor and the catalytic converter.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
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