Day: April 25, 2020

Cost Effective Material Application & Design

EU emission regulations have forced the automotive industry to adopt lightweighting strategies through material selection and design. There has been an industry focus on body in white lightweighting through the use of innovative materials, however, with manufacturing costs proving difficult to swallow, OEM’s are exploring other options to reduce weight and meet CO2 emission requirements.

With this in mind, the Automotive Lightweight Interiors Congress has been engineered to explore the opportunities for lightweighting by adopting material and design strategies within the interior components. With emerging consumer trends such as infotainment, noise reduction, luxury textiles and electronic air conditioning, interior lightweighting strategies face the challenge of meeting customer expectations, safety standards whilst being financially viable.


  • OEM STRATEGIES: How OEMs Are Balancing Costs, Carbon Emissions And Customer Expectations To Forge A Successful Interior Lightweighting Strategy
  • COST-DRIVEN SUPPLY CHAINS: Developing Partnership Strategies
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Inside the Canadian automotive industry’s mission to make more ventilators

Linda Hasenfratz, president, chairman, and CEO of Linamar, is photographed during a talk at the Rotman School of Management, on Oct. 23, 2018. Amid the novel coronavirus crisis, Ms. Hasenfratz and her company are engaged in what amounts to an unprecedented project.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

Linda Hasenfratz, chief executive of auto-parts giant Linamar Corp., a company from Guelph, Ont., known the world over for building engine parts and transmissions, is now suddenly and deeply immersed in the challenge of producing hospital ventilators.

It’s not a particular business line she had envisioned for her firm even a month ago. “We had identified medical devices broadly as a market that we are interested in and are looking to expand into at some point … we’re exploring the field but ventilators were not on the list.”

Amid the novel coronavirus crisis, Ms. Hasenfratz and her company are engaged in what amounts

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Guide to Choosing a Scope on a Budget – ScannerDanner Forum

Thanks for the write up, nice job! Love that pressure transducer. Any links on how to make one? (You must have know that someone was gonna ask!) lol

Given the fact that budgets are a relative term, I though I’d add my two cents here.

I bought my first scope last year. I was planning on buying a Uscope. I liked the size, the price, and the features. I was however, concerned with the fact that it only had one channel. I figured that I’d wait till a two channel version of the Uscope came out and buy that. However, it became apparent that AES had no plans for a two channel version.

Upon the recommendation of a popular diagnostician on YT and even Paul Danner himself, I bought a used, but like new, Snap-On Vantage Pro. It had somewhat older firmware but since my newest car is a 2009

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The Next Big OS War Is in Your Dashboard

Competition in automotive technology has long been about who’s got the most horsepower, the best towing capacity or the fastest acceleration. These days, though, it’s all about having the slickest infotainment systems and most-connected cars.

The shift in focus from what’s under the hood to what’s behind the dashboard has brought a largely covert war to the auto industry over the operating systems that will control these gadgets. As in the smartphone biz, the battle line is between proprietary and open source software. The outcome will determine what these systems look like, how they work and how distinctive they are as automakers embrace walled gardens or open ecosystems.

It would be difficult to overstate the importance of getting this right. The amount of software in the average vehicle has grown exponentially — a typical new car has about 100 million lines of code — with the advent of sophisticated, cloud-connected

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package com.troels.bicycle; import java.lang.reflect.Array; import java.util

  • package com.troels.bicycle;


  • import java.lang.reflect.Array;

  • import java.util.Arrays;

  • import java.util.Scanner;


  • public class Main {


  •     public static String stringInput = “”;

  •     public static int intInput = 0;


  •     public static void main(String[] args) {

  •         createBicycle();

  •     }


  •     public static void createBicycle() {

  •         Bicycle bicycle = new Bicycle();

  •         Scanner sc = new Scanner(;


  •         color(bicycle, sc);

  •         gears(bicycle, sc);

  •         wheelSize(bicycle, sc);

  •         System.out.println(“Your bicycle is ” + bicycle.color + “, has ” + bicycle.gears + ” gears, and has a wheel size of ” + bicycle.wheelSize + “!”);

  •     }


  •     public static void color(Bicycle bicycle, Scanner sc) {

  •         System.out.println(“Which color should the bicycle be?”);

  •         stringInput = sc.nextLine().toLowerCase();

  •         if (bicycle.isValidColor(stringInput) == true) {

  •             bicycle.color = stringInput;

  •             //System.out.println(“Bicycle is now ” + bicycle.color);

  •         } else {

  •             System.out.println(stringInput + ” is not a valid color! You can choose between these colors: ” + Arrays.asList(bicycle.colors).toString());

  •             color(bicycle, sc);

  •         }

  •     }


  •     public static void gears(Bicycle bicycle, Scanner sc){

  •         System.out.println(“How many gears should the bicycle have?”);

  •         intInput

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    Coronavirus: Shelter in place speeds up several major Bay Area transportation projects

    Nearly everyone in the Bay Area is sticking close to home during the coronavirus shelter in place, which has left the region’s roadways unusually empty and sped up typically congested commutes for the relatively few people still on the road.

    Caltrans is also taking advantage of the empty lanes, accelerating everything from guardrail installation and pothole plugging to big projects that typically tie up traffic for weeks or months. BART, which is stopping its trains hours early each night, is also taking advantage of the shelter-in-place slowdown by speeding up work to revitalize the region’s rail system.

    The goal for these agencies is to get construction work done before the Bay Area reopens and congestion starts to return.

    “This is getting a lot of talk in Caltrans and BART and other agencies as well,” said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “They want to get as much work

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    roundabout | BICYCLE DUTCH

    Roundabouts are much safer than regular intersections. There is not much debate about that fact in the Netherlands. But when it comes to the priority rules on roundabouts the opinions … Continue reading

    This is a little extra post for you. Last Friday was a lovely day so I just had to ride around a bit. I didn’t bring my camera as I … Continue reading

    The town of Boxtel has a most peculiar piece of infrastructure; a bicycle roundabout. It is silly, mainly because it is never a good idea to treat people cycling like … Continue reading

    Recently, I had to cycle all the way through the town of Boxtel, from north to south, on my way to film the fast cycle route between Oirschot and Boxtel. … Continue reading

    The train and the bicycle are a powerful combination in the Netherlands. This mode-combination

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    Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. Receives U.S. Dept. of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) Grant

    NORFOLK, Va., April 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Colonna’s Shipyard, Inc. is proud to be selected to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program. One of just 24 shipyard selected nationally, Colonna’s has been awarded $799,996 to invest in upgrading welding equipment to improve overall shipyard productivity. “We are honored to have been selected to receive the Small Shipyard Grant and we will be investing immediately in new equipment to allow our employees to be more productive in their work supporting our government and maritime transportation customers. Despite current challenges all businesses are facing with the pandemic, I am very proud of our employees as Colonna’s remains operational in support of the Defense Industrial Base. We applaud MARAD for their ongoing support of the important work being done by America’s shipyards, especially now,” said Colonna’s President & CEO, Tom Godfrey.

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    Like everything else, state’s transportation system likely to suffer due to COVID-19

    Wiki Commons

    If Mississippians aren’t driving, they are not buying as much gasoline, resulting in a reduction in revenue from the tax on gasoline.

    It is too early to see actual data, but it is highly likely that among the many negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the tragic loss of life, will be to Mississippi’s highways and bridges.

    The primary source of revenue for Mississippi’s Department of Transportation is the state’s 18.4-cent per gallon tax on motor fuels, primarily gasoline.

    With the state under a shelter-in-place order, it is logical to assume Mississippians are not driving as much. And if folks are not driving, they are not buying as much gasoline, resulting in a reduction in revenue from the tax on gasoline.

    Bobby Harrison

    If people are not driving as much, it also could be logical to assume damage is not being done to the state’s infrastructure system.

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    Burn the Ships! – Jim Bernardi        
    In 1519, the Spanish explorer Cortez sailed his fleet of 11 ships into the harbor of
    Vera Cruz, Mexico. It was common practice in those days to leave guards with the
    ships, as they might be needed to later return to the Old World for supplies or, if
    necessary, to retreat from the enemy…  
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    Why Managers don’t Take the Time to Develop Salespeople       
    Joe Verde
    Yes, I know that working with some of your salespeople is just an absolutely
    painful experience. Some resist everything you try to teach them, some seem to
    absorb less information than a rock, and some should be chopping trees in a
    forest instead of selling cars….
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    Timing is Everything!                                                    Nancy Phillips
    There will always be both buyers and sellers of auto dealerships.  But
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