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2008-03-31
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In a move to protect the environment through self-regulation, SAE International, on behalf of industry, is pursuing a voluntary program under which automakers could tout compliance to an evaluation procedure outlined in an SAE standard (J2727) aimed at reducing refrigerant leakage from vehicle A/C systems.
2008-03-31
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At a recent session of the World Forum for the Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (also known as WP.29), amendments to ECE Regulation No. 13 were adopted that will mandate the fitment of electronic stability control (ESC) systems to all goods vehicles and trailers with a gross vehicle weight greater than 3500 kg and to all buses and coaches with more than nine seats, according to InterRegs.
2010-03-04
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Next-generation automotive systems will increasingly require microcontrollers (MCUs) with more computational performance, better power efficiency, and greater memory content to meet new requirements in areas such as safety, emissions, and driver-assistance systems, according to STMicroelectronics.
2009-08-19
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Northrop Grumman Corp. Aerospace Systems is strongly encouraging its supply chain to explore the use of Siemens' Sinumerik 840D solution line CNC and Sinumerik Volumetric Compensation System (VCS) to achieve high-tolerance machined parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
2008-12-15
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The EPA recently approved rules that require heavy-duty trucks over 14,000 lb to be equipped with an onboard diagnostic system. The rule applies to trucks with a gasoline or diesel engine. Trucks under 14,000 lb already are under EPA mandate.
2008-06-30
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Eclipse Aviation will use an integrated software suite from Right Hemisphere to generate consistent and transferable manufacturing and maintenance procedures for its production facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and for its various service centers in the U.S.
2008-06-30
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Reducing cycle time and time to market while improving quality and efficiency are the benefits customers of Intercim’s Pertinence Suite can expect, according to the company. The Suite manages the entire production process, from design through final inspection.
2008-05-07
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Schneider Electric recently launched what it calls the Automation and Control Innovation Center, a hands-on demonstration area at its facility in Raleigh, NC, designed to highlight the company’s ability to provide industrial solutions, not just products.
2008-06-30
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For the average person, what constitutes a hot day is subjective. The same with a cold day. For aerospace engineers, though, it’s not subjective—and there’s a new SAE standard to prove it. The S-15, Gas Turbine Performance Simulation Nomenclature and Interfaces Committee, recently published ARP210, “Definition of Commonly Used Day Types (Atmospheric Ambient Temperature Characteristics Versus Pressure Altitude).”
2008-06-30
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Renishaw says early adopters of its ultra-high-speed scanning system for coordinate measuring machines are achieving good productivity gains. At the heart of the Renscan5 system is the infinite-positioning REVO head. The system is being applied to complex parts that take long to manufacture.
2008-06-30
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Two recently published SAE International standards (AS5725 and AS5653) address communications between aircraft and weapons systems. AS5725 concerns the interface for miniature mission stores, and AS5653defines a high-speed fiber channel network to improve the capability of MIL-STD-1760 to transfer digital data between aircraft/platforms, carriage systems, and mission stores.
2008-03-31
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At the November session of the World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (also known as WP.29), the 04 series of amendments to ECE Regulation No. 48 was adopted, according to InterRegs.The amendments mandate the fitment of daytime running lamps to all motor vehicles.
2008-03-31
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Called the Nano, Tata Motors' one-lakh ($2500) “people’s car” can "comfortably seat four persons” in its four-wheel, four-door, rear-engine, rear-drive package, according to the company. The long-awaited unveiling of the car took place in January at the Auto Expo in New Dehli.
2008-03-31
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The European Commission in December said that soon it will propose a regulation on “the carbon content of fuels, notably through a greater use of biofuels.” The commission also expects to propose a rule on the efficiency of tires and other components (aside from the engine) that contribute to improved fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.
2008-03-31
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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters is blasting a congressional committee’s proposal to raise the federal fuel tax 5 to 8 cent/gal per year (from the current 18.4 cent/gal) over the next five years to generate revenues needed for improving the nation’s surface-transportation system.
2011-05-13
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As it prepares to issue an official proposal this September on corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for MY2017-2025, NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) is now seeking public input on a complementary report that the agency must complete.
2008-03-31
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The European Union recently published a draft regulation containing proposed emissions limits for heavy-duty vehicles, known as Euro VI. According to InterRegs, the requirements will be applicable to all goods vehicles with a GVW exceeding 3500 kg and to all passenger vehicles with more than nine seats. 
2008-03-31
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According to InterRegs, China recently has implemented a new standard, GB 20997-2007, which specifies mandatory fuel-consumption limits for both goods vehicles and buses with a GVW not exceeding 3500 kg.
2008-06-09
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The Tau V8 engine powering Hyundai’s Genesis sedan is the first in a family of “premium” engines up to 5.5 L.
2008-06-30
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Machine tool makers, software developers, and companies involved in other facets of manufacturing are gearing up for the Westec show later this month in Los Angeles.
2008-06-30
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Delivering ahead of schedule, GKN Aerospace recently supplied Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) with the first blended winglets for the Boeing 737-300/500. Under a multi-year agreement finalized in April 2007, GKN is to deliver 200 737-300/500 blended winglet aircraft sets over several years.
2008-06-30
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The world’s largest titanium producer, VSMPO-Avisma, has ordered four three-spindle MAG Cincinnati Ti (titanium) profilers for its plant in Verkhnaya Salda, Russia. The three-spindle machines will be used to produce several parts, including large landing gear components, for Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
2008-06-30
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Boeing announced another three-month delay—from the end of the first quarter in 2008 to the end of second quarter—for the first 787 flight. Boeing is pushing back first delivery from late 2008 to early 2009.
2008-07-07
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According to InterRegs, the European Commission (EC) recently published a consultation document containing proposals for new minimum efficiency requirements on automotive air-conditioning systems. The proposal goes to the European Union’s goal of reducing fleet-average CO2 emissions from new passenger cars to 120 g/km by 2012.
2008-05-28
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BMW is banking on its new 1 Series to open doors for new customers seeking a lower-cost sporty machine with a badge of exclusivity.
2008-06-30
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Among Aerospace Recommended Practices (ARPs) recently adopted by SAE International is ARP 5757, Guidelines for Engine Component Tests. It was developed to provide a standard for substantiation of aircraft engine component airworthiness, according to ARP5757 sponsor Jim Schmohe of GE-Aviation.
2008-06-19
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Great Wall Motors highlighted its engineering acumen by introducing two full-electric vehicles, one hybrid-electric vehicle, and several new powerplants at Auto China.
2008-06-30
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The new EC-630PP (PP for pallet pool) horizontal machining center from Haas Automation Inc. was one of the company’s highlighted products at the recent Westec show, where the company’s sprawling display was front and center. The company says the machine tool dramatically expands the production capability of its EC series of horizontal machining centers (HMCs).
2008-06-30
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The idea behind SAE International’s Aerospace Manufacturing and Automated Fastening conference and exhibition slated for September 16-18 in Charleston, SC, is to round up a bunch of manufacturing engineers in an appropriate venue, provide them with some organized learning and sharing opportunities, then turn them loose.
2008-06-30
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SAE International has formed a new committee, E-1, to address all facets of how the aerospace industry responds to environmental requirements contained “in rules, regulations, and law.”
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