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GM recalls challenge company, frustrate customers

May 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nine million parts. That's what General Motors needs to repair millions of cars it has recalled since Feb. 7. With ignition switches, power steering motors and other parts slowly arriving at dealers, frustrated drivers face waits of weeks or months, some while driving cars they fear are unsafe.

MLCCs with extended capacitance range and voltage rating designed for high volumetric efficiency options

May 8, 2014 10:00 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

 AVX Corporation (GREENVILLE, S.C.) has extended the capacitance range and voltage ratings for its X7R MLCCs, resulting in a much broader product offering with several new high volumetric efficiency options.  Available in sizes spanning 01005 to 2225, AVX’s X7R MLCCs exhibit high K and low ESR and are now available with capacitance values spanning 100pF to 47µF and standard voltage ratings spanning 4V-500V.

California Back in The Running for Tesla Plant

May 8, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California is back in the running for a massive battery plant that electric car maker Tesla Motors plans to start building this year, but CEO Elon Musk said the state remains in the "improbable" category for winning the plant because of the time it will take to win regulatory approval.

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ECN IMPACT Awards honors outstanding achievement in design engineering

May 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

On Tuesday, May 6th, ECN held its first annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design and headlining a marvelous EDS 2014. The awards recognized the top products and services across 18 categories spanning the design engineering landscape, and in 2013, the industry beheld no shortage of innovation....

Driverless car test site gets industry partners

May 7, 2014 11:08 am | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford and Toyota are joining the University of Michigan in establishing a testing site for driverless cars that will simulate a cityscape, and will work with the school to help make such vehicles commercially viable, officials...

Second GM engineering exec retires in recall wake

May 6, 2014 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another General Motors engineering executive is retiring in the wake of the automaker's mishandled recall of small cars. GM says Jim Federico elected to retire after 36 years with the company. Federico plans to work outside the auto industry...

GM Recalls About 60,000 Saturns to Fix Gear Shifts

May 6, 2014 10:53 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling nearly 60,000 Saturn Aura midsize cars because the automatic transmission shift levers can show the wrong gear, and says it has known about the problem for at least a year. The problem, caused by failure of the...

Terahertz Imaging on the Cheap

May 6, 2014 9:27 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Terahertz imaging, which is already familiar from airport security checkpoints, has a number of other promising applications — from explosives detection to collision avoidance in cars. Like sonar or radar, terahertz imaging produces an image...

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Paper Examines Clues for Superconductivity in an Iron-Based Material

May 6, 2014 9:22 am | by ORNL | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of...   

Photos of the Day: Electric dragster to break 200 MPH barrier

May 5, 2014 6:46 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Legendary racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits who, 50 years ago, broke the 200 MPH barrier in a gas-powered dragster, and now, at 82 years old, Garlits is set to beat 200 MPH again – this time in an electric dragster, the Swamp Rat 37. The Swamp Rat 37 features a lithium-polymer battery....

Widespread hydrogen fueling infrastructure goal of H2FIRST project

May 1, 2014 3:08 pm | News | Comments

As hydrogen fuel cell vehicles continue to roll out in increasing numbers, the infrastructure for fueling them must expand as well. To this end, a new project launched by the Energy Department and led by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will work in support of H2USA....

New revolutionary sensor links pressure to color change

May 1, 2014 3:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine an automobile crash test that uses test dummies painted all over with a substance that can change color according to the levels of stress that various parts of the dummies' bodies will endure. Such a "color map" could provide vital information to engineers designing safer automobiles....

Engineering Update #56: Building an interstellar Noah's Ark

May 1, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

UK scientists are busy developing a self-sustaining, bioorganic spacecraft described as an Interstellar Noah's Ark. And while this ark won't carry two of every animal, and none of the scientists involved in the project will live to see it completed, "Project Persephone," as they're calling it, could ensure the survival of humanity....

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Capacitive touch switch offers multiple options and features

April 30, 2014 12:35 pm | Cit Relay & Switch | Product Releases | Comments

CIT Relay & Switch (Minneapolis, MN) announced the addition of the ARL capacitive touch switch to its product line. This switch provides an embedded capacitive touch slider functionality with multiple options and appearances. Options include…

Dual-output sensor targeted at the automotive, industrial, white goods, and commercial markets

April 30, 2014 10:55 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces the release of a unique dual-output sensor solution, the ATS605, that provides a single IC to rotational position sensing applications with a ferrous gear target. Providing a single IC allows for uncomplicated mechanical design and installation....

High voltage Reed switch is presented as world’s smallest

April 29, 2014 2:47 pm | Standex Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics (Cincinnati, OH) announced the release of the world’s smallest high-voltage switch: the KSK-1A35/1 miniature reed switch. At a maximum glass length of 10.5 mm and an overall lead length of 34.5 mm, the KSK-1A35/1 can...

MakerBot 3D prints Toyota's FT-1 concept car

April 29, 2014 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York International Auto Show roared into the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this week and Toyota made a splash with 3D printed versions of its FT-1 concept car by MakerBot, a desktop 3D printing company. MakerBot was at the Toyota booth this week....

Nissan develops first "self-cleaning" car

April 29, 2014 10:28 am | by Nissan | News | Comments

Washing a car can be a chore – and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan in Europe has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again. The specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint ...

This vehicle gets 2,824 miles per gallon

April 29, 2014 10:22 am | by Shell Oil Company | News | Comments

After a nail-biting weekend of Université Laval and University of Toronto vying for the best mileage in the last Shell Eco-marathon Americas to take place in Houston, Université Laval's Alérion Supermileage team ultimately took top honors with an impressive achievement of 2,824 miles per gallon....

Manual, pneumatic, and cordless guns ideal for dispensing two-component adhesive materials

April 29, 2014 9:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD (East Providence, RI) introduces a new line of manual, pneumatic, and cordless guns for dispensing two-component adhesives. The guns make dispensing even the thickest materials easier and less cumbersome. A 26:1 thrust ratio enables a lighter touch to dispense more material....

Volvo Cars pave the way for improved safety by studying driver behavior in Chinese megacities

April 28, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

The China-Sweden Research Centre for Traffic Safety (CTS), with Volvo Car Group in a leading role, is now starting a close-up study of driving behavior in the Chinese megacities Beijing and Shanghai. The insight into how drivers handle these exceptionally busy traffic environments is an important part of...

Coin-type lithium rechargeable battery intended for high-temperature operations

April 21, 2014 4:11 pm | Seiko Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Seiko Instruments Inc. (Torrance, CA) announced a new coin-type lithium rechargeable battery, “MS920T”, which offers a higher operating temperature than conventional rechargeable batteries. Features include unique sealing technology which meets outdoors and inside vehicle applications....

Auto elocution: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication mitigates driving hazards

April 18, 2014 11:55 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

It’s not often that in-vehicle technologies take a sudden step. The automotive industry is, historically, quite conservative. However, in February, the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) announced its vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication initiative....

5 engineers with fatally terrible inventions

April 16, 2014 2:19 pm | by Aubrey Schaefer, Engineer Jobs | Blogs | Comments

If I stopped to count how many engineers have positively affected my life, I would have no time for anything else. Instead, let’s look at those other engineers – the ones with fatally terrible inventions.The staggering talent of thousands of engineers bears fruit with every processor cycle of the slick little laptop I’m typing this on....

The GM ignition switch recall: Too little too late?

April 15, 2014 1:18 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

How much stuff do you carry on your keyring? Besides keys, I mean. Some minimalists like my wife carry car keys separately from other keys, with nothing attached except maybe a small plastic tag to make it easier to find in her purse....

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