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Six-axis robotic waterjet trimming cell

Cuts wide range of materials for automotive, marine and aerospace applications

More than a weight issue

The main reason for specifying plastic in cars is to save weight – but they can deliver other benefits too. Lou Reade reports

Thermoplastic polyurethanes for automotive manufacturers

Materials for ABS wiring systems protection and soft touch injection moulding solutions for cup holders and key fobs

14-circuit hybrid connection system

Molex expands its Stac64 product family with introduction of 14-Circuit Hybrid System; meets increasing terminal requirements for expanding in-vehicle functionality

30 million tube bends

A tube bending cell based on a Unison all-electric machine has just fabricated its five millionth part at Olicana Products Ltd

Truck manufacturer adopts lightweight plastic for heavy truck oil pan

Oil pan is up to 50 per cent lighter than aluminium, and can resist stone and gravel chip impact

Will graphene supercapacitors be the best?

Contrary to teaching based on yesterday's understanding, supercapacitors are competitors of lithium-ion batteries. Dr Peter Harrop reports

Ultra-compact high efficiency power supplies for automotive applications

80 per cent fewer external parts and integrated phase compensation circuit simplify design

The car's the star when it comes to losing weight

Saving weight is almost as important as saving money in the automotive industry, as it can help to meet stringent new emissions targets. Lou Reade reports

Steam technology opens up new perspectives in industrial part cleaning

EcoCSteam system removes both particulate and film-type contamination from from parts and surfaces

Vulcanising silicone seals highly stressed joints

Ford's new one litre Fox engine uses Loctite 5900 silicone

Salt spray or cyclic corrosion analysis

Test chamber adpated to suit the testing requirements of major international car manufacturer, Renault

Foam for alternative drive concepts

Open-pored, easily shaped, electrically conductive metal foam is providing new opportunities - whether used as a gas diffusion layer in metal-air batteries or fuel cells, or as a current collector in super capacitors. Doris Schulz reports

Launching a flawless Fiesta

Carly Barry and Eston Martz explain how one car manufacturer eliminated last-minute defects and achieved a successful product launch

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