EWI (www.ewi.org) will host a conference on fuel cell manufacturing March 8 at the St. John's Conference Center in Plymouth, MI. The program, "The Future of Lasers in Fuel Cell Manufacturing," will precede the Automotive Laser Applications Workshop running through March 10 in Plymouth. The fuel cell program will be chaired by Stanley Ream, automotive market leader for EWI, which is researching alternative methods to assemble fuel cell components with adhesives, brazing, and laser welding. Registration is available online now through March 5 at http://cpd.engin.umich.edu/programs/index-conferences.html.
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.