Featured in this issue:      Nylon Coated Handpoles Will Outlast Your Bus  |  SCR Coolant Control for the Off-road Market  |  Parker Adds EPDM Options for SCR Heated Hose  |  PEI-Genesis has Rugged Ethernet and USB Network Solutions from Amphenol  |  Parker's SureTorque Manway Gaskets — Engineering Intelligence  |  High Power Connector Stands Up to Abuse  |  Precision-engineered Control Solutions  |  Tilt-down Access from Accuride
 
16 March 2015
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Clipper Ship Comeback?
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Clipper Ship Comeback?
 
To save burning fossil fuels and cut emissions, the International Windship Association is promoting building wind-powered freighters. The group says a four-masted 453 ft (138 m) long Ecoliner cargo ship could use wind and ocean currents to achieve the same travel times as fossil fuel vessels. Smaller sail vessels, serving feeder routes for large container ships, would likely be built first. Handling containers on a masted ship must be accommodated, perhaps by shifting them on rails to hatch locations.
 
 
 
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SCR Coolant Control for the Off-Road Market
 
 
SCR Coolant Control for the Off-road Market
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Today's broad use of diesel exhaust fluid in off-road applications requires engine coolant valves designed and manufactured to withstand harsh environments. Parker's line of compact SCR valves offer durable, debris resistant, submersible solutions that can be remotely mounted or incorporated directly in the DEF tank header assembly for ease of assembly. Learn why more OEMs are choosing Parker Hannifin Corporation for its demanding transportation needs.
 
 
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Hyperloop Leaps Forward
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Hyperloop Leaps Forward
 
Elon Musk's Hyperloop high-speed tube transport system concept received a boost last month with Hyperloop Technologies being the first funded startup with $8.5 million. The group is initially focusing on cargo transportation before tackling the more complicated challenge of people moving (see video). Previously, Musk said Texas would be the location of a Hyperloop test facility with a 5 mi (8 km) circuit.
 
 
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PEI-Genesis has Rugged Ethernet and USB Network Solutions from Amphenol
 
 
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PEI-Genesis' Amphenol RJF series connectors allow for high-speed in harsh environments.

•  Now available with CAT6 or USB 3.0 connections
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Parker's SureTorque Manway Gaskets — Engineering Intelligence
 
 
Parker's SureTorque Manway Gaskets — Engineering Intelligence
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Parker's Sure Torque manway gasket for tank cars reduces NARs and loading times by 95%. It is reusable, approved for impact wrenches, and requires no retorqueing.

Does your current gasket guarantee any of these features? If not — why are you risking leaks and fines? More info...
 
 
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Volvo Tests V2V Winter Hazard Warning
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Volvo Tests V2V Winter Hazard Warning
 
Volvo has expanded its vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications test program to 1,000 vehicles. In this extended test, road condition information, such as icy conditions, is shared on a cloud-based network. With such data, other operators are alerted to potential hazards, and road crews can be directed to problem areas for treatment or plowing.
 
 
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Precision-Engineered Control Solutions
 
 
Precision-engineered Control Solutions
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J.R. Merritt's broad range of precision-engineered joysticks and armchair systems are developed for long life, high durability, ease of operation, and operator comfort. We manufacture 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-axis joysticks with custom grips for your requirements, as well as a full range of hall-effect joysticks, from finger-operated to heavy industrial.
 
 
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Tilt-down Access from Accuride
 
 
Tilt-down Access from Accuride
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Can't reach? Tilt it down with Accuride's new AL4190 Tilt Track System, a tilting slide that's perfect for accessing storage and components above shoulder height. Comprised of lightweight, corrosion-resistant aluminum tracks, roller wheel assemblies, and track rollers, the system is easy to install and fully adjustable. Learn more.
 
 
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Superyacht Presages Hybrid Shipping
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Superyacht Presages Hybrid Shipping
 
A portent of future ocean shipping, the luxury yacht Savannah uses energy-efficient hybrid propulsion for a claimed 30% fuel economy savings. A four-stroke engine drives three Caterpillar generators to charge Li-ion batteries. The captain can choose from diesel, diesel-electric, or all-electric power — depending on need or location — to minimize emissions.
 
 
 
Metal Foams Mitigate Railroad Crashes
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Metal Foams Mitigate Railroad Crashes
 
A North Carolina State University study for the U.S. Transportation Research Board found use of composite metal foam (CMF) materials on railroad cars can significantly reduce crash forces and damage. Application of CMF materials in structural members of passenger and freight cars results in "significantly higher" total energy absorption — both in low- and high-speed impacts.
 
 
 
Germany Sets Autonomous Vehicle 'Test Track'
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Germany Sets Autonomous Vehicle 'Test Track'
 
Germany plans to use a section of the A9 Autobahn public highway in Bavaria as a test track for self-driving vehicles. The project will be phased in to eventually allow vehicle-to-vehicle communications, as well as vehicle-to-infrastructure links for traffic and road condition updates. The government will evaluate benefits of autonomous technology to travel and commercial transport.
 
 
 
Ship's Hull Harnesses the Wind
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Ship's Hull Harnesses the Wind
 
The cargo vessel Vindskip will harness the wind with its specially-shaped hull to save fuel. To optimize this process, developers at the Fraunhofer Institute have created an algorithm that allows the ship's navigation system to program a route for the right combination of power and sail.
 
 
 
Diesel Trains Capture Braking Energy
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Diesel Trains Capture Braking Energy
 
The UK's DDflyTrain project uses a high-speed flywheel to store braking energy on diesel powered trains. The Ricardo TorqStorV 45,000 rpm flywheel is driven/tapped by an Artemis hydraulic pump-motor transmission to store/reuse energy. The acceleration boost from the system could permit increased railway line capacity.
 
 
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