Japan-based Yokohama Tire Corp. has introduced a tire made of Super Nanopower Rubber (SNB), which is partially fruit. SNB is the catchy name for a rubber-like automotive tire substance that contains 80 percent less petroleum products than conventional tires. Yokohama has replaced the petroleum with citrus oil.
The new SNB tire features some green qualities beyond its environmentally friendly material. The tire contains a layer of air permeation suppression film, a polymer inner lining designed to reduce air leakage. This helps the tire maintain its optimum inflation, which reduces unnecessary fuel consumption from under-inflated tires. The new product is also a lot lighter, thus conserving gasoline by reducing rolling resistance by 18 percent.
Yokohama's first green tire will be introduced as a consumer passenger tire. The company also produces a full line of tires, including high-performance, light truck, commercial truck and bus products.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.