Exatec LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of SABIC
Innovative Plastics, and ULVAC are collaborating to accelerate cost-effective,
high-volume production of weatherable, scratch-resistant, plasma-coated Lexan
polycarbonate (PC) resin for vehicle windows. Under the agreement, ULVAC will
manufacture turnkey mass production systems that leverage its' expertise in
high-volume vacuum equipment and Exatec's proprietary plasma coating
The combined ULVAC and Exatec technologies will help
automakers and tiers replace heavier glass windows with Lexan resin glazing to
meet upcoming regulations for lower CO2 emissions and also provide greater design freedom and cost reduction
through parts consolidation. It also offers other industries - particularly
consumer electronics - durable and abrasion-resistant coating solutions for a
broad range of products.
More stringent vehicle emission restrictions are
planned in major automotive markets. In the U.S., new rules mandate
that by 2016, vehicles must get an average of 35.5 miles per gallon. In Europe,
mandatory reductions of CO2 emissions aim to reach 130gCO2/km
(.46lbs/mile) in 2015 for the average new car fleet, and 95g/km (.35lbs/mile)
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.