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What Does "Solid State" Mean for Electrical Components?

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Sep 29, 2016 12:26:32 PM

Any purchasing department is familiar with the term "solid state." Solid state electronics and circuits are fairly common in automotive electrical, but how well do you understand how this technology works, as well as the benefits and drawbacks? So let's take a look at solid state components, and what they mean for vehicles and engineering.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, New Technologies, Relays, Solid State

Are Hybrid Vehicles Right for Your Fleet?

Posted by G. Christianson on Aug 9, 2016 10:01:20 AM

Rising fuel efficiency standards and memories of the days of $4-a-gallon diesel has many fleets considering upgrading to hybrids before the cost of fuel goes up or the inspector visits. The electrical supplies for hybrid technology are also improving constantly and becoming more appealing. But are hybrid vehicles a good fit for your fleet?

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Topics: Fleet Management, New Technologies, Green Fleets, Hybrids

Electric Vehicles: The Fleet of the Future?

Posted by G. Christianson on Mar 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM

New York City alone owns nearly 9,000 police vehicles, nearly a third of all vehicles of the state's municipal fleet, and spends a fair chunk of its $700 million yearly fleet budget on the fuel and repair for those vehicles. When considering costs like these, it's easy to see why many municipalities are looking to electric vehicles. But how, when and why will these be adopted? What about maintenance costs? Lets explore these questions...

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Topics: Industry Updates, Fleet Management, New Technologies, Green Fleets, Hybrids

SHIFTING PREFERENCES: Why the use of Electronic Controls is growing

Posted by B. Nowak on Jul 14, 2015 7:15:24 AM

The benefits of electronic controls align closely with the preferences of operators and fleet managers, as well as the OEMs and system integrators who design and build small and large vehicles. Consequently, electronic controls are increasingly used across a range of on- and off-highway vehicle applications, especially where uptime is key.

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Topics: Industry Updates, New Products, Resources & Tools, New Technologies, Vehicles

Electrical Terminal Blocks: Convenient, Space Saving Solution for Connecting Several Wires

Posted by G. Christianson on May 30, 2014 5:52:13 AM

Electrical terminal blocks provide a convenient way to connect individual electrical wires. Also known as terminal boards or terminal strips, terminal blocks are available in several electrical terminal configurations. The following terminal blocks offer different advantages depending upon your needs.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, New Technologies, Terminals & Connectors

Could Tape Actually Replace Mechanical Fasteners?

Posted by G. Christianson on Apr 17, 2013 12:23:19 PM

When you think of the manufacturing process in trucks, trailers, buses and other specialty vehicles, does tape come to mind as the primary method for bonding metals, glass and plastics? Most think of screws, rivets, welding and other mechanical fasteners. 3M has taken an innovative approach to enhancing specialty vehicle design with Very High Bonding VHB tape. It's hard to believe, but 3M has created a way for tape to replace mechanical fasteners.

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Topics: New Products, New Technologies


 

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