General Motors and BMW will jointly develop refueling devices for liquid hydrogen vehicles. The companies are also inviting other automakers to join the initiative. The collaboration centers on setting global standards and specifications, says Christoph Huss, head of Science and Traffic Policy for BMW (see DN 08.05.2002, p 21). "So that customers will not be confronted with various systems, standardizing the refueler coupler is a must," he adds. Both companies are looking to have hydrogen vehicles for sale by 2010. www.bmw.com.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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