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)
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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