The engineering firm of Roush Industries Inc. has developed a propane- powered F-150 Ford pickup truck using an advanced liquid propane injection system. The Roush F-150 is designed and manufactured to operate solely on propane while providing the same horsepower, torque and drivability of an F-150 equipped with a gasoline-powered Triton V-8 engine. The goal of the propane conversion is lower emissions and reduced consumption of oil products.
The propane option is priced at $6,500 and includes a 20-gallon fuel tank mounted in place of the underbody spare tire. For customers needing increased range, a 50-gallon tank mounted in the truck’s bed is available.
The development of the propane-fueled F-150 was sponsored by the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), a group that funds research and development of new and more efficient propane equipment. Once PERC chose Roush to develop the propane-fueled truck, the engineering firm delivered the Roush F-150 in 14 months. Roush is taking orders for the truck.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.