The Diesel Technology Forum — a non-profit group that works to raise awareness about the environmental progress of diesel engines — has reported that ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has become widely available at fueling stations nationwide. The development has calmed concerns over the availability and performance of the fuel for heavy-duty trucks designed specifically for ULSD.
More than 93 million gal of ULSD were refined in July 2007, up from 54 million barrels during July last year. ULSD now accounts for 75 percent of all distillate fuel production. The EPA estimates that 90 percent of all retail service stations that have diesel fuel are now carrying ULSD, exceeding the 80 percent minimum level. Over the last year, 838 million barrels of clean diesel have entered the U.S. distribution system.
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.