Siemens Automotive has under development an advanced catalytic-converter module for passenger-car diesel engines that it claims will reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and hydrocarbon (HC) emissions up to 70%. Known as SINOx, the system uses electronics, sensors, and injection technology, along with a reducing agent, to trigger a chemical reaction that converts NOx and HC into non-toxic levels of nitrogen and water. SINOX incorporates a Siemens-developed exhaust-gas management system that consists of: the catalytic converter module, ECU, and sensors; a holding tank, mixing chamber, metering device, measuring unit, and sensor equipment for urea, the system's reducing agent; and a pump and pressure regulator. "The system uses a urea-water solution and injects it into the mixing chamber," explains George Perry, president of CEO of Siemens Automotive. "This results in a chemical reaction that releases ammonia, which, in turn, converts NOx and HC into non-toxic quantities of nitrogen and water." FAX (248) 253-2998.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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