While the blades need periodic replacement, the wiper system itself is considered one of the most reliable of vehicle devices, with a design life average of 1.5 million wipes. Reliability and motorist safety are key tenets of Hyundai Motor Co., so it comes as no surprise that the windshield wiper has been the focus of considerable attention at the company’s R&D center.
While it once took up to 10 years to develop a new aircraft engine, the industry average has now shrunk to about two. Rolls-Royce is working to condense that time even further with the use of Isight and its drag-and-drop capability for creating simulation process flows.
Raymond Corp. turns to Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) software when performing a detailed part count reduction study and product design optimization of its Model 7400 Reach-Fork forklift truck.
For an AVL internal R&D project, a team was challenged to develop a battery pack configuration that would provide the most efficient battery cooling at the lowest possible cost. Key to this was a good understanding of what was happening inside the pack.