Motor Coach Industries (MCI) of Schaumburg, IL, finished a 54-day cross-country eco-journey that covered 8,600 miles and visited 26 U.S. cities, six national parks and six Native American communities. The bus builder teamed with Vermont’s Lamoille Valley Transportation and took 13 scholars from the Udall Foundation on a promotional tour to show off “green” transportation.
The students rode in an MCI J4500 LX motor coach equipped with a 2007 clean-diesel Caterpillar engine fueled with a 20-percent biodiesel, 80 percent ultra-low sulfur diesel blend. The bus also featured tools that monitored its emissions levels. Those who traveled on the bus posted video blogs about the journey on its website: Udall.gov. The American Bus Assn. claims even using conventional fuels, fully occupied motor coaches use less energy per passenger mile than planes, trains or cars.
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.