In a demonstration of its clean diesel-power engines, Caterpillar recently asked President Bush — who visited the company when they debuted cleaner engines — to hold a white handkerchief over the exhaust stack of a truck as the engine was revved. After the demonstration, the handkerchief was still white.
The reduction in particulate matter in the Caterpillar engines slotted for 2007 equipment is significant. "In 1988 the average EPA-compliant heavy-duty on-highway truck traveling 120,000 miles in a year emitted about 470 lb of particulate matter," explains Dough Oberhelman, Caterpillar Group president with the responsibility for Caterpillar's engine business. "The engine we demonstrated to President Bush — and the engines that our customers will use in 2007 — will emit less than 8 lb of particulate matter a year, a reduction of approximately 98 percent."
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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