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Making use of data-driven defence

Data is a critical asset for military organisations, but this data is only valuable if used effectively. With this in mind, Emma Cygan, design and development engineer at steering system supplier, Pailton Engineering addresses the need for data-driven design in military vehicle engineering. The military vehicle sector is rapidly adapting to changing security threats and

New custom elastomer-to-metal wellhead sealing solution

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has announced the launch of a new metal end cap seal specifically engineered for high temperature/high pressure (HTHP) wellhead tubing and casing hanger sealing environments. It combines the pressure and extrusion resistance of a metal-to-metal bonded component with the flexibility of an elastomer. The high performance elastomer-to-metal bonded sealing elements provide the

New rotational postion sensor for harsh environments

Rotational position needs to be detected in many applications. However, some encoders are not suited for the rough environmental conditions typically found in these applications where dirt, humidity and extreme temperatures are present and will force early sensor failures. ASM has launched posirot PMIS4/PMIR7, a non-contact wear-free magnetic incremental encoder solution which was designed to

A New 3D Framework from the Developers of KeyCreator

Kubotek Kosmos framework is designed to support fast evaluation of precise solid and surface models from any CAD system. (Image courtesy of Kubotek3D.) Kubotek3D, the developer of KeyCreator, announced that its new Kosmos 3D framework is now available for licensing. Kubotek Kosmos consists of several C/C++ software components meant to support developers of 3D design

New white paper to de-mystify the role of VCAs

Sensata Technologies has published a new white paper that explores how Voice Coil Actuators (VCAs) are increasingly being used in an expanding array of mission-critical equipment from ventilators that help patients breathe, to guiding the arms of asteroid-collecting spacecraft.   Entitled What engineers need to know about Voice Coil Actuator technology, the paper seeks to

DARPA's experimental new vehicles break cover

DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technologies (GXV-T) program aims to improve mobility, survivability, safety and effectiveness of future combat vehicles without piling on armour. Several Phase 2 contract awardees recently demonstrated advances on a variety of potentially groundbreaking technologies to meet the program’s goals. “We’re looking at how to enhance survivability by buttoning up the cockpit and

Making the most of legacy equipment

  According to the Annual Manufacturing Report, 2018, four in five manufacturers believe that smart factory technologies will improve their supply chain relationships. The proposed benefits of data collection from smart sensors are huge, but some manufacturers still feel that a smart factory is out of their reach.  Here, Nick Boughton, digital lead at systems

Mining truck gets fuel economy and speed boost

Terex Trucks has updated its TA300 articulated hauler with the introduction of a new and improved transmission. The 28-tonne (30-ton) workhorse will now incorporate the latest EP320 transmission from ZF. This results in a 5% improvement in fuel efficiency, as well as enhanced performance and productivity, when compared to the previous model working in the

For food, the right packaging is crucial to reducing returns

Treat the cause, not the symptoms. It's a phrase commonly used in healthcare, but as Anthony Debus from aluminium packaging manufacturer Advanta, explains, more food technologists are applying this mentality to the design and manufacture of packaging.  Consider this as an example. A food manufacturer is experiencing an unusual number of returns from the retailer,

Prototype SUV uses multi-layered regeneration

The Audi e-tron prototype combines power and efficiency. With a system output of up to 300 kW, the full-size SUV with a fully electric drive accelerates from 0-62mph in less than six seconds. In the WLTP test cycle, it covers more than 248 miles on one battery charge. One important factor for the long range