General Motors has finalized the production process for its
compressed natural gas-(CNG) powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size
vans. The automaker plans to deliver these vehicles with a fully integrated and
dedicated GNC fuel system to its fleet customers this fall.
The vans are designed to meet all Environmental Protection
Agency and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements,
and will be fully compliant with applicable vehicle safety standards, according
Green Fan Cord Reduces Energy Costs
GardTec Inc. of Racine, WI has introduced a thermostatically
controlled AC Green Fan Cord designed to reduce energy costs while extending
the life of the fan. Thermostatic control is critical, since most industrial
fans operate 24/7, according to GardTec. As the ambient temperature rises from
continual use, the circuit component life is reduced by up to 45 percent for
each additional 10-12 degrees rise.
The Green Fan Cord was designed to easily replace an
existing cord, requiring no wiring, circuit boards, control boxes or design
changes. The company says that multiple fans can be controlled with a single
Green Fan Cord thermostat without additional controls.
Nissan Rolls out Zero-Emissions Leaf
Nearly 17,000 U.S. consumers have
already placed orders for Nissan's all-electric, zero-emission Leaf, which will be available to consumers in
December in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. These areas
were chosen because they're home to the EV Project, an initiative to create a
charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Nissan says the Leaf's
lithium-ion battery pack will carry a warranty of eight years or 100,000 miles.
Nissan also released data on the
consumers who have placed orders for the Leaf. Reasons for ordering the
all-electric vehicle included a desire for U.S. energy independence (35
percent), environmental consciousness (34 percent) and cost/fuel economy (20
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.