Thursday, August 27, 2009
To improve product quality and efficiency in production, automakers invest a large amount of time and money into developing and improving the manufacturing process, and rely heavily on research and technological innovation. Over the last 75 years, significant technological development has taken place, changing and reinventing how motor vehicles are produced.
Technology has increasingly altered the manufacturing process for motor vehicles. While cars are produced at faster rates, automakers must continue to balance increased productivity and efficiency with quality and innovation. Modern technologies used in advancing manufacturing for the automotive industry include:
- Programmable machines and tools;
- Near-Net Castry;
- High speed data communication and data management;
- Virtual manufacturing and complex visualization techniques;
- Advanced forging techniques.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Consumer durables and capital goods grew by 15.5 per cent and 11.8 per cent, respectively - the strongest expansion in several months.The trend in the first district, however, remained subdued at 3.7 per cent mainly due to lower production in the first two months of the period.
In the same month last fiscal, the industry grew by 5.4 per cent. However, the growth was 5.3 per cent in the first quarter a year ago.Commenting on the recovery of the industrial sector, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said, "I always expect the positive trend (in industrial growth) to continue. However, weak monsoon could have some negative impact on the overall GDP."
According to the IIP data, 12 out of 17 industrial segments during June recorded positive enlargement compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
FCVs like the one above use pure hydrogen as fuel, stored onboard the vehicle in highly pressurized tanks. Other FCVs are designed to use a liquid fuel such as gasoline or methanol, which is stored in a conventional, non-pressurized tank. FCVs using these fuels also need a reformer-a fuel processor that breaks down the fuel into hydrogen for the fuel cell, carbon dioxide, and water.
Although this process generates carbon dioxide, it produces much less than the amount generated by gasoline-powered vehicles.Fuel cell vehicles can also be equipped with regenerative braking systems that capture the energy usually lost during braking and store it in an up-sized battery.