John McCaully is the owner of Industrial Automation and Control, a consulting outfit with customers in the air and water treatment industries. In his other life, he is owner of Our Gang Racing, which runs a Pontiac Firebird on the International Hot Rod Association's drag-racing circuit.
The car boasts a 1,380 hp, 700 cubic-inch engine, which allows it to reach over 200 mph on its quarter-mile runs. The team competes in the Top Sportsman class, which in drag racing circles is regarded as the last true "no rules" category—fewer limitations regarding body styles and engine components, and no limits on engine displacement. Thus cars in this class possess some of the most radical chassis designs and mechanical innovations. Regulations permit electronic driving aids and other leading-edge technologies not typical in other racing classes.
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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