The Merritt Synergy system from J.R. Merritt Controls is engineered for continuous use in a variety of machine and industrial cabin applications from cab-operated cranes and mining dredges to drills and maintenance-of-way equipment.
An ultralight door architecture nets a 42.5% weight savings compared to a current production door, and that's enough to put this lightweight concept, developed via collaboration, in an enviable position.
The Boston-based start-up successfully completed test flights of the SX-1.2—a subscale, subsonic, unmanned demonstrator for its S-512 Quest Supersonic Jet. Competition from Aerion, HyperMach, and Boom points to supersonic commercial flight arriving earlier than thought.
The technology organization has developed an innovative process to help reduce the cost of composite component use. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be molded directly onto the back of high-quality composite panels, producing a more cost-effective part than a conventional bonded assembly.
Three SAE standards are to be incorporated in EPA regulations, including refrigerant identification, built-in or via USB on hand-held units, incorporated in requirements for recovery/recycle/recharge equipment. There's also a standard for testing internal heat exchangers in development.
OEMs can satisfy both increasing emissions requirements and keeping up with new product innovations by focusing their attention on the areas of the equipment that impact the operator experience on a larger scale, says Southco's Bob Straka.
Based in Frankfurt, Pierre Juan manages sales and technical teams across 19 countries as the Global Automotive Vice President at Styrolution. The company describes itself as the leading global styrenics supplier. He discusses the future of plastics in the automotive industry, including opportunities and challenges.
TRB Lightweight Structures recently released an aerospace-grade lightweight honeycomb composite panel designed for interior applications, expanding the application areas for its range of composite flat panels. Recent investments for manufacturing composites include the procurement of a new 3- x 1.5-m autoclave system.