The Missile Technology Behind the Malaysian Jet Tragedy
Machine Design - Industry Applications, July 18, 2014
While accusations fly about who''s responsible, technologists speculate about the technology used to down a Malaysian passenger jet over the Ukraine. There are several surface-to-air Soviet missle technologies capable of reaching the Malaysian passenger jet shot down over the Ukraine. Content Classi...
The Difference between Cartridge Heaters and Tubular Heaters
Machine Design - Industry Applications, July 18, 2014
Though they may sometimes have a similar appearance, cartridge heaters and tubular heaters each serve dramatically different applications. Cartridge heaters and tubular heaters are similar in make-up but have quite different application areas. read more
Drones learn to observe environment and steer clear
Machine Design - Industry Applications, July 17, 2014
Late in 2012, maker-tinkerer and technical writer Paul Wallich created a buzz when he wrote about the drone he built to walk his son to the bus stop each morning. Fast-forward to 2014: Now researchers think they have a new way to make such UAVs and other vehicles more nimble in the face of environme...
Ford Rouge Factory F-150 Assembly Line Tour
Machine Design - Industry Applications, July 11, 2014
We recently took a tour of Ford''s Rouge Factory F-150 pickup truck assembly line in Dearborn, MI. Electronic Design''s Bill Wong showcases the highlights from the tour, including the robotic automation involved in assembly and inspection, the "Living Roof", and more. Open In New Window:  No re...
Ford Introduces Jumbo-Sized Five-Row Airbag
Machine Design - Industry Applications, July 08, 2014
At the 2014 Go Further With Ford Trend Conference, Ford was showcasing one of its latest innovations: a 15 foot long side-curtain airbag that will provide protection across five rows of seats in their 2015 Transit passenger wagon. Open In New Window:  No read more
Ford Active Glove Box Knee Airbag to Debut on 2015 Ford Mustang
Machine Design - Industry Applications, July 08, 2014
At the 2014 Go Further With Ford Trend Conference, Sean West talks about the design and engineering of their Active Glove Box knee airbag system that will be debuting on their 2015 Ford Mustang. Open In New Window:  No read more
2015 Ford F-150 Features 360? Camera System with Integrated Washer
Machine Design - Industry Applications, July 07, 2014
It''s essential that drivers be aware of their surroundings, especially in a large truck like the new 2015 Ford F-150. To help with this, Ford has included a 360-degree camera system and a uniquely designed integrated camera washer, which comes in handy if the vehicle gets coated in mud. Open In New...
LED Side Mirror Spotlights on 2015 Ford F-150
Machine Design - Industry Applications, July 07, 2014
Taking cues from the spotlights on police cruisers, Ford has integrated LED spotlights into the side mirrors on the 2015 F-150 truck. Pam Tullo, Design and Release Engineer with Ford, talks about their patented technology and some of the scenarios where these spotlights would come in handy. Open In ...
Designing the Instrument Cluster on the 2015 Ford F-150
Machine Design - Industry Applications, July 07, 2014
Cary Diehl, Human Factors Engineer at Ford, shows some of the processes they used and the considerations they had for vehicle operators when designing the instrument cluster on the 2015 Ford F-150 truck. Open In New Window:  No read more
Ford Uses Robotic Driver for Durability Testing
Machine Design - Industry Applications, July 03, 2014
Ford''s Jeff Bledsoe showed us how they perform durability testing on their newest transit van at their Dearborn test track. The catch? We were just along for the ride - no one was actually in the driver''s seat. They''re using an autonomous robotic system to save their drivers from having to endure...
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