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SAE '00 International Congress and Exposition

SAE '00 International Congress and Exposition

SAE 2000 is an international showcase for automotive materials, components and services, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Its tradeshow exposition and educational/technical sessions attract over 1,300 exhibiting companies and 50,000 automotive designers, specifiers, and engineering managers.

With this year's host, BMW AG, the show will continue its international spin, pulling over 10% of its total attendance from outside North America. This year's theme is "Adding value to life through technology and advanced mobility."

New for this year's show will be the SAE Automotive Computer Technology Showcase, an interactive exhibit that will allow engineers and executives to experience the newest hardware and software, and see the latest applications for digital design and modeling, data storage and analysis, inventory, and plant floor control.

And attendees can visit the SAE Driving Experience, testing their driving skills on one of four test tracks in the latest cars from Detroit and around the world. Professional driving instructors will demonstrate the latest safety techniques.

Other special events at SAE 2000 include: the Blue Ribbon Panel, a career fair, family night, an engineering education luncheon panel, and sessions on "How To Do Business in Hungary" and "The Role of Women in the Auto Industry." Finally, the annual banquet will begin at 7 pm March 9 with the introduction of Rodica Baranescu--SAE's 2000 president elect, and chief engineer at Navistar International--before the address from this year's principal speaker, Lester C. Thurow, Professor of Management & Economics at MIT.

For more information on the show, visit

Non-contacting sensors

Three new non-contacting rotary position sensors offer active sensing technology at a low price. The NRPS1 is the standard model, with the smallest possible size, for TPS, EGR, valve position, etc. The NRPS2 is the smallest possible component that allows integration with a standard primary drive rotor and electrical and mechanical interface. The NRPS2-2 dual output sensor adds an additional magnetic circuit and sensing electronics, for redundant throttle or pedal position. For all three, rotation angle ranges from 40 to 1207 clockwise or counter-clockwise, operating temperatures run from -40 to 150C with an accuracy of plus or minus 2.5%, and storage temperatures are -50 to 165C.

Wabash Technologies
Booth 2301
1375 Swan St.
Huntington, IN 46750
FAX (219) 356-3846

Rapid prototyping processor

The new CE555 Precision Prototyping Processor integrates the Motorola MPC555 into the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) development environment, and expands its attributes by providing access to the internal processor operations as well as the I/O signals, allowing new control strategies to be tested at minimum cost.

Applied Dynamics Int'l
Booth 1864
3800 Stone School Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2499
FAX (734) 668-0012

Ball screws

The Value Priced Ball Screw has a ball circle diameter measuring 0.375 inch, and has a 0.0125 inch lead, available in various screw lengths. Prices are as low as $5 for this screw, with a dynamic load capacity of 170 lb, static load capacity of 1,600 lb, positioning accuracy of plus or minus 0.004 inch/ft, and repeatability within 0.000005 inch. It is designed for applications in control-by-wire for autos, trucks, and off-road vehicles.

Thomson Industries
Booth 2812
2 Channel Dr.
Port Washington, NY 11050
FAX (516) 944-1892

Heavy duty diaphragm

The DiaTuff line of specialty industrial diaphragms are composed of proprietary high strength fabric spun from a liquid crystal polymer and specialty elastomers including Aflas, Viton GFLT(R), Vamac(R), and Fluorosilicone. This fabric extends the customary temperature and pressure ranges for molded diaphragms, for temperatures up to 500F and pressures over 6,000 psi.

Booth 3615
5 Howe Dr.
Amherst, NH 03031
FAX (603) 880-7616

Rapid prototyping

PC-in-the-Loop(TM) enables control and DSP engineers to perform rapid prototyping and system-level testing of real-time embedded systems on a PC, before target hardware is available. It is designed for use in aerospace, automotive, communications and industrial automation, and allows software development and testing to happen parallel to hardware design, speeding the entire design process.

MathWorks Inc.
Booth 3183
24 Prime Park Way
Natick, MA 01760-1520
FAX (508) 647-7101

Automated testing system

The GR Versa features a 21-slot, 6U, PXI Compact/PCI backplane, and PXIscan, a patented flexible and modular signal switching architecture. PXIscan offers complete instrument resources to any Unit Under Test (UUT) interface pin, automating the switching process so you don't have to gather switch and system topology. Applications include automotive, datacom, or personal computers.

Booth 1389
7 Technology Park Dr.
Westford, MA 01886-0033
FAX (978) 589-2064

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