Faurecia's ASDS NOx reduction technology wins UK air quality award

Faurecia's ASDS NOx reduction technology wins UK air quality award

A panel of UK air quality experts have awarded Amminex, a Faurecia-owned company, for its innovative ASDS solution removing NOx from the streets of London.

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Amminex has been awarded the 2017 National Air Quality Award. The award is given in the Innovation category for the ASDS solution which removes NOx from diesel engines under difficult city driving conditions.

ASDS stands for Ammonia Storage and Delivery System. The technology is a new and improved way of distributing the chemical needed for removing toxic NOx emissions from diesel exhaust.

The National Air Quality Awards is a yearly initiative from the UK-based media Airqualitynews.com, and the award in the innovation category is given "...for the product or innovative process which is seen as producing a notable benefit in moving to better air quality."

Within a realistic electrification timeframe of eight years, retrofitting a city bus fleet with ASDS will remove 30% more NOx, three times faster and at only three percent of the cost of replacing the fleet with electric buses.

Lars Tinggaard Johannesen said the recognition of ASDS as the most innovative air quality solution in the UK is pointing the way forward for improving air quality in large cities.
"Traditionally, NOx emissions have been worst in slow, congested traffic. Unfortunately, this is exactly where the NOx emissions hurt the most, since more people are affected in densely populated areas. By keeping the SCR catalyst on the vehicle active at all times, ASDS can make a major difference in cleaning the air we breathe in city centres."

The technology is proven on the road with 300 buses in Copenhagen and so far, 70 buses in London have been upgraded with the ASDS technology under the Transport for London NOx abatement programme. Together with retrofit partner Eminox, Amminex will provide the ASDS solution for the upcoming Clean Air Zones in the wider UK.

Data from the London buses show that in just over a year, ASDS has spared the Londoners from breathing 55 tons of toxic NOx, whilst saving the bus operator for downtime and costly repairs. Over the coming years, up to 1000 buses in London will be upgraded with ASDS, essentially meaning their exhaust will be cleaner than the strictest emissions class, Euro VI.

Valeo/PHC to create Valeo-Kapec torque converters joint venture

Valeo/PHC to create Valeo-Kapec torque converters joint venture

Valeo and South Korean partner, PHC have obtained regulatory approvals to create a joint venture in torque converters for automatic and continuous variable transmissions.

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The company will employ around 3,150 people and will be controlled and fully consolidated by Valeo. It is forecast to generate sales of around €1 billon ($1.191 billion) on an annual basis and will be accretive to Valeo's operating margin from its first fiscal year.

Valeo-Kapec will capitalise on the two partners' geographic, product and business complementarity to create purchasing, manufacturing and, above all, R&D synergies.

"By strengthening our ties with our long-standing South Korean partner and creating this joint venture, we will double our sales of torque converters for automatic and continuous variable transmissions and become the world leader in this high-technology product line," said Valeo chairman and CEO, Jacques Aschenbroich. "And by stepping up our presence in South Korea and increasing sales to Hyundai-Kia, we expect our sales in Asia to increase by around €500 million."

Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award 2017 winner revealed at SMMT Dinner

Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award 2017 winner revealed at SMMT Dinner

The winner of the prestigious Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award 2017 has been named as Tom Lingard, a mechanical engineering graduate from Teeside University, in the UK.

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Currently working as a validation engineer, Tom (25) scooped the award by proposing an idea for an exhaust gas driven power generator for downsized engines. The innovative power generator, driven by exhaust gas, could generate enough power to top up the charge of a hybrid car's battery or drive ancillaries like coolant and fuel pumps.

The Next Generation Award offers the winner a platform on which to build or develop a career within the automotive industry. The announcement of the 2017 winner was made at the annual Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) dinner on the evening of November 28 in London. Tom will now start a six month work experience journey with award sponsors including Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren Automotive, Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Horiba MIRA.

Tom, from Stockton on Tees, said: "It is an honour to be announced as the winner of the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award 2017. It has been a fantastic experience – from the intense judging process to the mentoring programme.
"It's extremely exciting to have won the internship rotation and to be able to experience everything over six months right at the beginning rather than over the space of 20 years, it's an incredible opportunity."
Tom's idea was considered innovative and topical by the Award judges, coming at a time when huge effort is being made by the whole industry to improve the efficiency and performance of hybrid power units.
In his pitch, Tom argued that when his exhaust gas driven generator is applied to a range extender like the BMW i3, whose charge engine operates in a restricted speed range, the system could improve efficiency by as much as 25%.

Two other finalists were also recognised for their innovative proposals, aimed at improving vehicle performance and the sustainability of the motoring network.

Jack Levy, a mechanical engineering student at Cardiff University, submitted a plan to introduce a network of contactless charging roads to UK motorways, to reduce current range anxiety with electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, Stephen Crossley, an automotive engineering student at Oxford Brookes University, set out to improve handling, traction, cornering ability and tyre wear rate by altering the camber based on a driver's requirements.

(pictured above from left to right, Jack Levy, Tom Lingard and Stephen Crossley)

Industry 4.0: Siemens says the hour of implementation has arrived

Industry 4.0: Siemens says the hour of implementation has arrived

Among many other exciting initiatives, Siemens has launched a new partnership financing service to boost the implementation of Industrie 4.0.

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Siemens will be showcasing a range of innovations at the SPS IPC Drives 2017 show designed to shorten the time to market and to improve flexibility, efficiency and quality in the process and manufacturing industries. They range from the new Version 15 of the Engineering Framework TIA Portal through the IoT concept for motors Simotics IQ to the new Version 3.0 of the open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere. Siemens is also offering financing services such as pay-per-use models designed to simplify the implementation of digital solutions, aimed in particular at medium-sized enterprises.

Featured on the Siemens booth at the show is the new MindSphere Version 3.0. Now available for the first time on Amazon Web Services (AWS), it links the global scalability of the leading Siemens automation portfolio with AWS, the leading provider of cloud services. The new version features a more efficient development environment with an open API (Application Programming Interface), advanced analytics and extended connectivity, enabling the faster development of robust Industrial IoT solutions.

Also new is Version 15 of the Engineering-Framework TIA Portal (Totally Integrated Automation), with the focus on new practical digitalisation functions to shorten engineering times. These include the integration of handling functions and the connection and programming of robots.

With the introduction of Simotics IQ, Siemens has created an IoT concept for motors. This allows users to transfer data such as the operating and status parameters of low-voltage motors to MindSphere. Based on this data, the Simotics IQ MindApp delivers valuable analytical results and is able to provide useful information such as recommended actions for the timely planning of maintenance work, or rapid response warnings to prevent costly plant standstill. The transparency gained in this way helps enhance efficiency and increase productivity. The new generation of Simotics SD motors will be the first to benefit from Simotics IQ.

Study affirms annual productivity increase due to digitalisation of up to 9.8%

Manufacturing companies around the world are facing the challenge of financing the digital transformation, in some cases involving significant investment. The enormous gains in productivity made possible by digitalisation are outlined in a new study entitled "The Digitalisation Productivity Bonus: Sector Insights" from Siemens Financial Services (SFS). According to the paper, manufacturers can generate an annual increase in productivity through decreased manufacturing costs adding up to as much as 9.8% of total revenue. This is achieved by automating and digitalising their production systems and so improving manufacturing productivity.

Companies can use this released liquidity to invest in other areas such as new technologies and also to finance them over time. Under its "Financing 4.0" scheme, SFS offers tailored pay-per-use models and financing for software solutions that allow companies to make the long-term transition to new-generation digital technologies.

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