The surge toward smaller, turbocharged automotive engines continues. Now comes word that a powerful four-cylinder engine from BMW with direct injection and turbocharger (designated X1 28i), has more torque than its six-cylinder predecessor; goes from 0 to 100 km per hour faster; and has a higher maximum speed.
One of the reasons is a Low-Emission Sealing Solutions (LESS) from Freudenburg, an automotive supplier specializing in materials technology. Friction is reduced at the crankshaft while at the same time increasing running performance.
Encoder technology, using precise magnetization technology, controls the combustion process in the engine. Freudenberg is using dynamic magnetization, which is used in encoders to give electricity impulses a magnetic pattern. This procedure allows for very accurate and highly variable signal transmission. This allows the signal from the encoder to be adapted exactly to meet the requirements of the sensor.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
At the JEC Europe 2015 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials, software, and process equipment showed off their latest innovations. This year's show saw some announcements related to automotive applications, but many of the improvements came in the world of aerospace.
The DuPont-sponsored Plastics Industry Trends survey shows engineers want improved performance in a broad range of plastics and better recycling technology. These concerns top even processing enhancements that improve productivity.
Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
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