The Environmental Protection Agency recently gave its nod of approval to Caterpillar's full line of off-road engines compliant with Tier 3 standards. Tier 3 regulations, which apply to clean diesel engines used in construction and mining machines and industrial power equipment, do not go into effect until January 2005. Caterpillar now has seven engine models certified under Tier 3 regulations, and these engines will be market-ready by this October. Caterpillar was able to meet these standards earlier by using ACERT technology. For more information on Caterpillar's clean engines, visit www.cat.com.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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