Featured in this issue:      E-T-A Circuit Breakers  |  George Brown College  |  Siemens PLM Software — LMS  |  Nord-Lock, Inc.  |  Renishaw  |  Buckeye Machine Fabricators, Inc.  |  CGI, Inc.  |  TorqMaster International
 
27 August 2014
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A Glimpse into the Rarefied World of Rare Cars
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A Glimpse into the Rarefied World of Rare Cars
 
By the time you read about the cars featured in this story, high-rolling automobile enthusiasts from around the globe will have paid record prices for the privilege of ownership. Gizmag highlights the prestigious vehicles featured at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance — cars from the past as well as new prototypes never seen before. It's a rarefied world of beauty held at a beautiful venue. Certainly, there's no harm in looking.
 
 
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Solid State ISO Micro Relay to 30A
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E-T-A Circuit Breakers
 
E-T-A's new ESR10 Micro all electronic relays offer silent operation, low power consumption compared to standard electromechanical relays, and a non-contact switching function — which allows a high amount of cycles and tolerance to shock, vibration, and dust.
 
 
 
 
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Renault Takes Control Over Simulation
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To streamline its development process, Renault has been pioneering system simulation for more than 10 years. LMS Imagine. Lab Amesim™ and LMS Engineering have been widely deployed across the engineering departments, reducing by 80% the time needed for model identification.

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Complimenary Washer Sample
Nord-Lock, Inc.
 
Nord-Lock washers prevent bolt loosening even in applications with extreme vibration and dynamic loads. Learn how wedge-locking washers work and request your complimentary sample at www.nord-lock.com/sample.
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
Siemens PLM Software
 
Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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The Polar Route to Position Accuracy
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The Polar Route to Position Accuracy
 
Designed for non-contact linear position measurements, these magneto-resistive sensors handle harsh and dirty environments that cause problems for optical sensors. The anisotropic magneto-resistive (AMR) devices sense the magnetic field along a magnetized scale embedded with alternating north and south poles. Simplifying and speeding assembly and production processes, the sensors now come in a DFN-style package allowing direct soldering onto a printed circuit board.
 
 
 
 
Programmable Magnetic Switch
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Programmable Magnetic Switch
 
Targeted toward automotive applications like seat position or seatbelt-latched detection, this Hall effect switch/latch IC simplifies wiring by working on a 2-wire interface (many other such devices need three wires). It also works across an extremely wide 2.7 V - 24 V supply voltage range. On-board programmable memory lets you make final calibration and compensation adjustments at the end of the assembly line instead of ahead of time.

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From Weeds to Rubber
 
The Russian dandelion, a pesky weed to most U.S. homeowners, could soon take on a much loftier role as a source of rubber for automobile tires and other uses. Indeed, this dandelion was brought to the U.S. during World War II as a possible alternative source of rubber due to the latex contained in its root structure. Now, a U.S. rubber products company has teamed with a European agricultural biotech firm to engineer and produce improved dandelion strains with superior agronomic performance, latex quality, and yields.
 
 
 
From Weeds to Rubber
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Cost-effective Composite Crashboxes
 
Because the automotive industry relies on low-cost, high-volume manufacturing, automobile passengers are protected by metallic crashboxes — stamped out at high rates. Lightweighting programs, however, have designers looking into composite crashboxes. SAE International explores one concept — a conical design made of composites — that might achieve cost and performance goals.
 
 
 
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Equator™ — the Versatile Alternative to Custom Gauging
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Equator™ — the Versatile Alternative to Custom Gauging
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Renishaw's Equator™ is a versatile alternative to custom gauging, offering inspection of an unprecedented variety of manufactured parts and installation in minutes. Developed to perform the same functions as thousands of measurement instruments, the Equator has proven itself on the shop-floor of industry-leading companies in multiple industries and applications.
 
 
 
 
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Compact HUD Keeps Eyes on the Road
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Compact HUD Keeps Eyes on the Road
 
This new head-up display (HUD) for motor vehicles takes up less space than previous windshield-based models. The combiner HUD uses a small transparent disc as a mirror to display information. HUD installs more easily into smaller vehicles and offers an ergonomic way for drivers to note information, such as vehicle speed, without taking their eyes from the road (see video).
 
 
 
 
Vane Anemometer is Portable
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Vane Anemometer is Portable
 
Not all anemometers live on rooftops. You can put this portable device into air ducts and wind tunnels to measure airflow and temperature for automotive, aerospace, and a wide variety of other applications. Battery powered and with a large easily readable display, it measures wind speeds to 0.1 m/s, and temperatures from 0° to 60° C (32° to 140° F).
 
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Free-piston Engine Generates Electricity
 
Toyota recently unveiled a free-piston engine that can be used in hybrid vehicle applications. The simple concept Free Piston Engine Linear Generator has a piston forced downward in a combustion chamber — where it passes through windings surrounding the chamber, generating an electric current. At the end of the stroke, a gas spring returns the piston (again generating a current) to the top of the combustion chamber for the next power stroke.
 
 
 
Free-piston Engine Generates Electricity
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"On the Cusp of the Hydrogen Age"
 
Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Sales (USA) Senior Vice President, Automotive Operations, offered some rather startling remarks at the recent J.P. Morgan Auto Conference in New York. As reported in Green Car Congress, Carter stated that "of all the advanced powertrain systems we have in our portfolio, we see hydrogen fuel cells as being THE no-compromise, primary-option vehicle for the next 100 years." This video explains the Toyota FCV concept.
 
 
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Precision Components for Automotive Industry
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Precision Components for Automotive Industry
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CGI Motion enables design excellence across a wide range of industrial applications, including the automotive industry. We thrive on customer driven innovation in delivering solutions ranging from aerospace systems to semiconductor applications. We are your design and manufacturing partner helping to differentiate your product, machine, or innovation.
 
 
 
 
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Online Technology Degrees for Working Adults
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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Spur and Helical Gear Design Guide for Vehicles
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Spur and Helical Gear Design Guide for Vehicles
 
AGMA 6002 provides information on the design of spur and helical vehicle power transmission gears. Load capacity, material and heat treatment considerations, mounting features, and typical design problems are addressed. This standard is intended for use by the experienced gear designer, capable of selecting reasonable values for the rating factors.

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