dummies are crucial in evaluating the performance of side curtain air bags in a
rollover. First Technology Safety Systems Inc. manufactures crash test
dummies and computer crash simulation models for automotive, military and
aerospace applications. To confirm that the new design matched dummies
built from the original mold, FTSS used a hand held laser scanner.
In late 2009, the NASA
Engineering and Safety Center completed a series of critical, full-scale,
physical tests to help predict how the Composite Crew Module would
perform under simulated flight conditions. Performed at Langley Research
Center, the tests focused on material tradeoffs between metals and composites
in space structures.
On Jan. 11, 2010-exactly
three years to the day that the Chevrolet Volt concept car debuted-General
Motors manufactured the first advanced lithium-ion battery for the Volt at its
Brownstown Battery Pack Assembly Plant in Brownstown Township, MI.
For many years, OEM Sunnen has designed
customized, high-end bore sizing and finishing systems. In 2008, the company
decided to expand its platform to include honing equipment for resurfacing and
repairing hydraulic cylinders.
Several months ago, I wrote my first article for ASSEMBLY
magazine. The topic was product teardown and its many benefits for assemblers. This past summer I was required to do a little product
teardown of my own in order to better understand the inner workings of a couple electronics devices.
A rod end bearing, also known as a heim joint or rose joint, is a mechanical articulating joint. Originally used in aircraft, these bearings can be found in cars, trucks, lawn tractors, boats, industrial machines and other applications. This article explains how they work and how to specify them.
This article compares the myriad ways to mark wire, including labeling, hot stamping, ink-jetting and lasers. What are the benefits and limitations of each technology? When would one technology be used over another? This article provides the answers.
Burgess, a manufacturer of motion control components, recently implemented
lean-manufacturing initiatives at the warehouse of its Vandalia, OH, manufacturing
facility. To “lean” the order completion process, Saia Burgess has replaced the stockroom
shelving with four horizontal carousels that are integrated with
The second generation of Ford SYNC was recently
introduced and appears on 2010 model year vehicles. Ford
uses the MMTS Moving Video Test System from VI Technology to perform functional
tests on the SYNC system’s electronic components.