Traditional ways of work simply aren't sustainable and effective because the still-ongoing technological revolution is reshaping all products and services that have been made before, creating new products/services, concepts and work titles.
Reports indicated that the U.S. auto industry was opening up beginning this week. Ford was scheduled to reopen May 18 along with Fiat Chrysler and GM. Volvo, Toyota, Tesla, Subaru and Honda began production May 11. BMW, Hyundai-Kia and Mercedes-Benz restarted production May 4.
Workers at aircraft manufacturer De Havilland Canada began returning to work on Monday May 4 at its Toronto plant. The first phase involved the return of 100 employees, concentrating on pre-flight activities and deliveries.
Scientists from the University of Southern California (USC) claim to have developed an inexpensive, safe redox flow battery. Iron sulfate – a cheap waste product of the steel industry – is utilized along with anthraquinone disulfonic acid (AQDS) organic material, which is already used to improve the stability and solubility of redox flow batteries.
In January, we reported that hydrogen was used to replace coal for the first time in a blast furnace, but the move to hydrogen is fraught with many challenges. It now appears that natural gas could be the easier fuel to usurp coal’s dominance in steelmaking.
We always like a good recycling story. Earlier this year, AMG Vanadium signed a long-term agreement to recycle oil-refinery and power-plant waste products into specialty metals used in automotive, energy transmission and infrastructure applications.
NASA recently released concept images of its first all-electric X-plane, the X-57 Maxell, in its final configuration. The plane’s high-lift motors will deactivate during cruise mode, and its propeller blades will fold into the nacelles to reduce drag. The motors will reactivate and use centrifugal force to spin the blades back out to provide necessary lift for landing.
Lordstown Motors, a startup manufacturer of electric pickup trucks, plans to introduce the first production-intent Endurance sometime in early summer, possibly via a virtual reveal from its Ohio headquarters due to COVID-19. The company expects first deliveries to take place in January 2021.
Check out the May 2020 issue of Industrial Heating, which features "Automotive and COVID-19: Radiators to Respirators, "Developments of Plasma Processing in Surface-Treating Technology", and much more.