SPE Automotive Division names Automotive Innovation Awards finalists : CompositesWorld

The winners will be announced on Nov. 6, 2019 during the 49th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.  SMC/LMC rear trunk components, a finalist for the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Source | SPE Automotive The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE, Troy, Mich., U.S.) has announced the finalists for its 49thannual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Nominations were first subjected to a pre-qualification review and then were presented before a panel of industry experts on Sept. 26-27, 2019. That panel sent forward the category finalists to the Blue Ribbon judging round, which was held Oct. 4, 2019. Category and Grand Award winners selected during the Blue Ribbon judging round will be announced on Nov. 6, 2019 during the 49th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.  Description: Additive Manufacturing was used to produce a single tooling insert (lifter) that replaced two conventionally machined lifters to mold an injection molded sunglass stowage bin. That enabled design changes to produce a deeper pocket with a heavier undercut that still could be molded without hotspots, warpage or demolding issues and without needing to switch to a m...

Leviton Type A & Type C USB Charger Outlet review: Not smart but handy as a pocket on a shirt

Leviton’s Type A & Type C USB Charger Outlet isn’t smart—it doesn’t connect to your Wi-Fi network, and it doesn’t have a Zigbee, Z-Wave, or Bluetooth radio onboard—but it will charge one or two smartphones, tablets, or other devices without need of a power adapter. It has a USB Type-A charging port on one side, and a USB-C charging port on the other, so you plug those types of cables directly into it. The duplex outlet makes a total of 5.1 amps available to its USB ports (up to 2.4 amps at 5 volts to the Type-A port, and a maximum of 3 amps at 5 volts to the USB-C port), enabling quick charging on the USB-C side with devices that support that technology. Leviton also manufactures a version of this outlet with dual USB-C ports with full support of USB Power Delivery (look for Leviton’s model T5635). Leviton describes its outlet as “shallow,” but it’s at least twice as deep as the conventional outlet it replaced. The outlet reviewed here is available in two configurations: If you’re replacing an outlet in a bedroom or living room, the Leviton model T5633 (about $36 on Amazon) is rated for use on 15-amp circuits. I wanted to eliminate wall warts in my kitchen, so I asked Levito...

Machine’s inventor with ties to Watertown died 100 years ago | Local History

Evening rain followed by a mix of rain and snow showers overnight. Low 33F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 60%.. Evening rain followed by a mix of rain and snow showers overnight. Low 33F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 60%. Margaret E. Knight’s paper bag machine on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Smithsonian As we prepare to put another year in the bag, it’s an appropriate time to recall Watertown’s connection to the paper sack. The paper bag has major roots in the city. The inventor of one of the first paper bag machines lived here for about three years and the city once made tons of the carriers. Times’ features editor Christina Knott recently came across the Dec. 2, 1919, Watertown Daily Times headline: “Bag Machine Inventor Who Formerly Lived Here Dies.” Charles B. Stilwell died Nov. 25 in Bryn Mawr, Pa. The inventor lived in Watertown in the 1800s while his invention was being developed and manufactured at the Bagley & Sewell plant. In 1883, he patented his automated machine, “The Stilwell,” which could make a bag from a roll of paper. According to papermart.com, before the paper bag, “baskets, bowls, and other cont...

Bali bombers’ brother, bomb widow become friends, seek peace

TENGGULUN, Indonesia — (AP) — The young Balinese widow stared across the courthouse at the man who had murdered her husband and 201 others, and longed to see him suffer. Ever since that horrible night, when she realized amid the blackened body parts and smoldering debris that the father of her two little boys was dead, Ni Luh Erniati’s rage at the men behind the bombing had remained locked deep inside. But now, it came roaring out. She tried to scramble over a table blocking her path to hit Amrozi Nurhasyim, whose unrepentant grin throughout the trial over Indonesia’s worst terrorist attack had earned him the nickname “The Smiling Assassin.” And then she felt hands pulling her back, halting her bid for vengeance. What would happen a decade later between her and Amrozi’s brother — the man who had taught Amrozi how to make bombs — was unthinkable in that moment. Unthinkable that they would come face to face in a delicate attempt at reconciliation. Unthinkable that they would try to find the humanity in each other. But inside that courthouse, and for years to come, Erniati wanted everyone associated with the 2002 bombings on the Indonesian island of Ba...

Tecumseh students write letters — ‘I love you Santa’ – News – The Shawnee News-Star

Note: Area students have written letters to Santa and these are from one of the schools. Watch online for others to post through the holiday or pick up a copy of the Christmas Edition of the News-Star. I love you. My mom already got me a lot of the stuff I wanted but I still wish I had an IPad. That’s all I want. I want Lol Surprise, Barbies, a tablet, a book, a crayon box with crayons, a coloring book, a Barbie puzzle, and a plastic plate with dry erase markers. I want a toy sniper, a wallet with some money, a Nintendo DS, a controller for my Playstation so I can play with my brother, and a card to put in my wallet. I love you Santa. I want a rock guitar, a drum set, a book, new Nike basketball shoes, and a speaker, and a toy helicopter and that’s all. I want a dragon with a blue egg and a remote control, I’ve seen it at WalMart. I want a bendy ramp-a big one that people can go on. I want a Hot Wheels Colossal Crash Track set and the Hot Wheels City Ultimate Garage. I also want a Power Rangers Dino Charge Gun. What I want for Christmas is a go cart. I want an RC car that goes on water. What I want is a motorcycle. I want a 4-wheeler that can go fast. That’s all. I wish for a u...

Greater cybersecurity for the financial sector | Security Beat | Security News

In the banking world, the threat of unwanted intrusions into premises leading to loss of property and even risk to life is always present. Small wonder then that banking institutions take so much care over their security systems and also over their choice of suppliers for those products. In the retail banking sector, requirements for intrusion detection and related security measures are necessarily more stringent and more specialised than in most other areas of business and commerce. The banks clearly need to work with suppliers whose integrity is beyond question. They should also be looking for organisations that can offer expert advice, gained through their knowledge of design and manufacturing security products. Systems need specialist installer partners in order to provide a seamless solution. These supplier organisations must also fully understand the special requirements of the banking sector and, ideally, should be able to demonstrate proven experience in that sector. They must also be willing and able to work with the bank as a partner, to find better ways of addressing old threats and to develop effective measures to counter new ones. Video is a big component of providi...

Rubber and elastomer technologies will feature strongly across the halls at the world’s largest polymer expo.

Rubber and elastomer technologies will feature strongly across the halls at the world’s largest polymer expo. Billed as the ‘world’s No. 1 trade fair for plastics and rubber,” K2019 will take place 16-23 Oct in Düsseldorf, Germany, with over 3000 registered exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors expected to attend. Over the eight days, participants from across the global plastics and rubber industries will meet here to show and learn about new materials and manufacturing technologies – and discuss current issues around sustainability and other challenges facing the polymer sector. While K stands for Kunststoffe, the German word for ‘plastics’, our quick stroll through the exhibition halls reveals a strong showing of rubber and elastomer technologies at the Dusseldorf expo: The company will showcase 3D-printed orthopedic insoles for shoes, efficiently produced using “an automated and completely digitalised process that generates almost no waste,” Covestro said in a statement. Traditionally, orthopedic insoles are often produced by hand through a time-consuming machining process. The new work cells, which can be combined with anthropomorphic and Cartesian robots can perform multipl...

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Welcome to our new and improved comments, which are for subscribers only. This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you. You do not need a Facebook profile to participate. You will need to register before adding a comment. Typed comments will be lost if you are not logged in. Please be polite. It’s OK to disagree with someone’s ideas, but personal attacks, insults, threats, hate speech, advocating violence and other violations can result in a ban. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. A 40-year-old door hinge factory along the outskirts of Montgomery is pouring $25 million into upgrades and expects to hire 51 more people.  Family-owned, St. Louis-based Hager Companies uses the facility to build and ship commercial hinges as well as several other products, including door closures, locks and even security systems. More than 240 people work there, but some of the metal-working equipment is outdated and space is at a premium. “We’re modernizing the facility,” said Bill Yeomans, the group vice president of operations. “It’s a lot of manual operations that need to be upgraded.” They’re addressing another pr...

Green Car Journal And The Washington Auto Show Announce Finalists For 2020 Luxury Green Car Of

Green Car Journal And The Washington Auto Show Announce Finalists For 2020 Luxury Green Car Of The Year And Green Car Technology Of The Year Nexen Tire, Purple Heart Foundation Select Retired Army Sergeant First Class Ken Cates As Recipient Of Nexen Hero Jeep Wrangler US Consumers Lag Far Behind Major Industrialized Countries In Embracing Electric/Hybrid Vehicles, According To Survey At SEMA and AAPEX 2019 in Las Vegas, lighting and electronics expert HELLA will be presenting new product for passenger cars and emergency vehicles (SEMA booth No. 20571, AAPEX booth No. 1625). The focus of the presentation will be on innovative product solutions that contribute to greater safety and comfort in road traffic and to an individualized vehicle design. HELLA has transferred EdgeLight technology from the automotive sector and then applied for patent approval for the optical warning system segment. The light emerges from a narrow, 8mm-high light band instead of through a dome. Whether it’s trucks and trailers, agricultural and forestry machinery or municipal vehicles, out in the fields, on the construction site or along the road are exposed to a great diversity of weather conditions, the l...

Understand the hidden costs of free 0-10V LED dimming drivers (MAGAZINE)

Roland Ledyard explains how 0-10V and digitally-connected LED drivers differ in functionality, and how those differences are manifested in commercial solid-state lighting installations. ROLAND LEDYARD explains how 0-10V and digitally-connected LED drivers differ in functionality, and how those differences are manifested in commercial solid-state lighting installations. One of the most persuasive words in marketing has got to be “free,” despite the fact that we generally know that nothing in life is truly free, especially when it comes to LED drivers. Dimming functionality in drivers, implemented based on 0-10V controls, is sometimes touted as free, but in reality nearly every technology decision has a cost associated with it. Read along to learn about the issues with 0-10V LED drivers that can lead you to optimal selection and understand how more-robust digitally-addressable drivers may ultimately prove more economical in an actual solid-state lighting (SSL) project. The adage that nothing truly comes for free is certainly true for 0-10V LED drivers. Many 0-10V LED fixture manufacturers offer dimming drivers as a no-cost upgrade versus what we will call switching dri...

China’s Most Controversial Luxury Incidents in 2019

Political tensions grew to new heights in China this year, yet few global luxury brands learned from Dolce & Gabbana’s infamous blunder in 2018. Brands continued to offend Chinese culture and display a lack of political awareness, illustrating they still have much to learn when it comes to China. Controversies kicked off when Burberry released its Chinese New Year campaign that was called out as cultural appropriation. Versace, Coach, and Givenchy were all entrenched in a T-shirt controversy; tops featured product designs and prints that challenged China’s territory and authority. Three days before its Spring 2020 fashion show in Shanghai, Dior was involved in a Chinese map crisis. As mainland China and Hong Kong’s conflicts escalated, products and campaigns targeting China’s market came under scrutiny. Below, Jing Daily’s selection of the top 5 China luxury controversies in 2019. For more of our 2019 year in review analysis, read on here. To usher in China’s Lunar New Year, Burberry launched a campaign that was criticized as unsettling on social media; Chinese netizens likened the images to Asian horror movies. This misinterpretation of Chinese New Year culture recalled Dol...

A Blizzard of Clicks: The Most-Read WW Stories of 2019 Featured Snow

Any time the word “snow” appears in a headline, Portlanders click like they’ve lost control of their car. That’s the lesson from the WW stories that drew the most traffic in 2019. Three of them were about forecasts of powder. (It might have helped that the top story, meant to warn of the biggest snowstorm in 19 years, instead was interpreted as predicting the most snow in 100 years.) Other topics piqued readers’ interest, too: taxes and Joey Gibson, especially. But mostly it was snow. Want to revisit these stories? Buy some kale, visit wweek.com, and settle in for a cozy winter evening, Portland-style. 1. February 8: New Portland Forecast Says Next Week’s Snowstorm Could Be Worst of the Century in Pacific Northwest – Elise Herron: 370,531 pageviews A company that provides Portland City Hall with weather forecasts sounded an alarm for a storm it thought would be worse than the record-breaking blizzards that hit Portland in 2008. (In fact, the storm largely missed Portland, but not before residents made sure to strip grocery shelves of kale.) 2. May 31: Stimson Lumber Announces It’s Pulling Timber Jobs Out of Oregon, in Rebuke to New Taxes...

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