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  • 2007 Aveo LS four door
    ) and 37 (highway) mpg. A four-speed automatic is optional. The four-door sedan looks something like a Honda Civic, and a bright "summer yellow " paint job makes it easy to find the little car in parking lots. Despite the subcompact classification, there's plenty of headroom and hiproom
  • Successful Automation Isn't Automatic
    involvement includes locating sewer mains, chalking out the footprint of the new machines and carefully cutting through concrete floors. That opens the door for the installers --probably contractors --to pour foundations and wire the new machines.
  • Rotary Indexing Machine assembles car-door hinge in 10-seconds!
    Manufacturing engineers have two options for obtaining an automatic assembly system. They can get each component - an automatic screwdriver, a rotary. indexing dial, a gripper - from individual suppliers and integrate the parts themselves. Or, they can ask one supplier to deliver a turnkey machine.
  • Hearing Despite The Din: The Proliferation Of Low Noise Amplifiers
    our cars and our garages using wireless remote controls;. automatic door openers in commercial buildings utilize Doppler sensors to detect our. approach; television and radio programs are delivered via satellite links. The advent and. adoption of smart energy systems - which utilize radio links
  • Vantage Point: With Mechatronics, the Sky's the Limit
    that evolved over the years. During the 1970s, it focused on servotechnology, where mechatronics simplified sophisticated controls in devices such as automatic door openers and autofocus cameras. In the 1980s, microprocessors imbedded into mechanical systems improved performance of systems ranging from
  • Evolution of The IoT as a Service
    The concept of connectivity that is at the heart of the Internet of Things (IoT) is not new. The X10 communications protocol, which enabled wireless control of in-home devices, made its debut in the 1970s. We are also long accustomed to automatic garage door and car door openers and-more
  • 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue -- Power to spare
    The midsized Intrigue from Oldsmobile has the generic look common to many four-door cars on the road today. Under the hood, however, lives a 3.5-liter twin-cam V6 that almost makes the car overpowered. (As a red-blooded American, I don't think any car is truly overpowered). Built on technology
  • Using Surge Testing as Predictive Technology
    We are all very aware of the advantages and the cost savings of using predictive maintenance technologies. The Surge test has always fallen into a go and no go test. With the updated AWA software, the pulse-to-pulse EAR (Error Area Ratio) has opened the door to make this a predictive maintenance
  • 2003 Mazda MPV
    spoiler (a $190 option), a racy front spoiler with fog lights, and a chrome-tipped exhaust. The inside of our test vehicle was laden with leather, a huge moonroof, and chrome touches on the door handles. The MPV is not all about looks, however. A 3.0-liter V6 provides 200 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque
  • 2000 Cavalier: Same old, same old
    that's a good thing. Not all changes that appear on the latest model are better. After all, the VW Beetle survived decades with only minor body and engine changes. That is, until the "new Beetle " came along for a generation of buyers with different expectations. The model I tested, a two-door Z24 coupe, came
  • 2006 Volkswagen GTI
    with a green light at the first intersection. Reportedly, the DSG transmission automatically shifts more efficiently and quickly than is humanly possible. It permits automatic or manual shifting using a twin-clutch, wet-plate design that is said to eliminate power interruptions typically associated
  • Kia Rio5
    with a walk-up to the five-door hatchback. The car looks sharp. Sculptured silvery headlights give it a wide-awake, ready-to-go look. And our review vehicle's bright copper color, dubbed sunset orange, turned a few heads. Getting in, as with most small cars, takes deep knee bends, but you'll be rewarded

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