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In an effort to raise road safety, a new prototype for an airless tire was produced by Michelin, an automotive tire company in partnership with General Motors.

The prototype, called Uptis needs to be tested and approved before they become commercially available.  We expect to see them on models in 2024 at the earliest.  The partnership has plans to test the Uptis in Michigan on the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle within the year.

The Uptis prototype was created with two main objectives in mind. The first was to give the drivers of the road another layer of safety by eradicating the chance of flat tires or blowouts. The second was to reduce environmental harm by limiting the need for replacement or spare tires.

Uptis was first revealed in 2017 as Vision. The project hoped to develop the mobility of the future that would incorporate features like airless, 3D printed and renewable or bio sourced materials 

According to Michelin, the airless tires can work with all types of vehicles from autonomous self driving cars to all electric cars and many other applications.

The composite material that the tires are made of and the architecture removes the need for compressed air so the tires have an almost non-existent level of maintenance. There are around 200 million tires that are thrown away annually due to flat tires or penetrations from road hazards. Uptis removes the need to replace these 200 million tires, helping the environment by saving the raw materials used to make spare tires.

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Innovation
In Quarter 1 of 2019 FLIR systems received a 39.6 million dollar contract for their Black Hornet PRS(Personal Reconnaissance System) drones by the United States Army. These tiny drone systems are no bigger than a human fist being only 4 inches long and weighing 1.16 ounces. They are designed to be deployed and operated  by a single soldier.Their small size makes them easier for soldiers to transport, but their biggest edge against the competition is their unmatched line of sight distance that reaches up to 1 mile and their top speed of 20 feet per second even in winds gust reaching up to 20 knots.

In 2013, the British army had over 300 hornet nanos in its service. After hearing about this the United States Army quickly wanted to get into the game of small scale UAV’s so the Natick Soldier and Research, Development and Engineering Center looked into the PD-100 Black Hornet for their Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Program. They were impressed with the initial features but felt it still need some refinements like night vision and improved data-link and navigational capabilities. FLIR systems quickly delivered an upgraded version of the PD-100 and testing with U.S. troops begin in March of 2015.

 Towards the end of the year, the Black Hornet will make their premiere with the 82nd Airbone’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team as part of the US Army’s new Soldier Borne Sensor Program. One of the main benefits of the drone is its high-definition video and photography abilities which allow it to provide continuous data on the surrounding area of a soldier. These drones can scout surrounding areas and obtain data for 30 minutes with the reduced exposure to danger. In fact, the Army has stated that the Black Hornet reduces casualties by reducing soldier personnel usage in the battlefield. Usage testing shows that there is a fast learning curve for soldiers to master the controls, even if they had never flown a drone before. Because of this, the Army aims to introduce a Black Hornet Drone to every infantry squad.

 



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Press Releases
From IronWorkers Magazine – August 2015 Local 401 Member Invents the “Cable Vault” to Protect Ironworkers In March 2014, Tom Scannell, an 18-year ironworker member of Local 401 (Philadelphia), attended a foreman’s safety meeting at the Local 401 meeting place hosted by Steve Rank, executive director of safety and health for the Iron Workers International, Susan Dachowski of Northwest Erectors and Michelle Paxton of Berlin Steel. At that meeting was discussed the importance of maintaining the integrity of the perimeter cables on a jobsite, and the responsibility, man-hours and liability involved with maintaining the perimeter and interior safety cables. Everyone involved with the erection of a high-rise building is well aware these cables are often removed or altered during the construction process. There are many reasons to alter the cables, whether it is for loading materials, better access to a particular trades work, working with a Lull or to create head room for clearance for a crane pick. Unfortunately, there have been many fatalities and serious injuries attributed to altering perimeter cables. On Tom Scannell’s way home from the meeting he had an idea to design a product that could prevent the removal of cable clamps on safety cables. Tom developed a working draft and prototype of the cable vault and realized there was a great potential for the product to prevent incidents involving the alteration of safety cables. The cable vault can be easily slid over safety cables and clamps immediately after using a cable dog, come-along and installing the cable clamps. Once the cable vault covers the safety cable and clamps, it is locked and cannot be removed without a key. The cable vault is made from HDPE high density polyethylene molded plastic, colored yellow for high visibility, reusable and durable for a shelf life of 2 ½ years, and designed to withstand extreme hot and cold weather conditions. Enser Corp., located in Cinnaminson, New Jersey, fabricates the cable vaults, a family owned company for over 40 years and proud members of American Made Matters. Tom Scannell’s cable vault product helps to prevent workplace incidents attributed to unauthorized removal of perimeter and interior safety cable systems. Congratulations Tom, another great safety innovation developed by a union ironworker. For more product information and to view a photo gallery and video on the cable vault, visit Tom Scannell’s website at cablevault.net or call (215) 708-0189.
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Cinnaminson, NJ January 4, 2013 – ENSER Corporation, a 65-year-old engineering services company, is proud to announce that CDT, a Platinum Value Added Reseller of PTC® has acquired ENSER’s PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company, Value Added Reseller (VAR) for MCAD/Windchill sales, training and services business.

This acquisition allows CDT to more effectively service ENSER’s existing PTC customers, while ENSER continues its focus on the Engineering Services market by providing engineering, staffing and fabrication services. The synergy of the two companies offers to the PTC engineering community a strong, stable relationship built upon both company’s reputations for stellar client service.

“We are very excited the acquisition,” said TJ Dial, Director-CDT. “They have a proven track record of offering premium engineering services and PTC products to enable clients to meet their product development goals. This acquisition will be a key driver of our growth path to representing PTC across the United States and offering best-fit solutions to our esteemed clients.”

“This acquisition enables ENSER to re-invest in its core engineering and contract staffing divisions,” explained Marco Arnone, President, ENSER Corporation. “With more and more of our clients bringing back to United States, or “re-shoring,” their engineering and design, we look forward to building ENSER into one of the premier engineering services companies in the country.”

CDT was acquired in February 2012 by Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., a $1.6 billion diversified global supplier of manufacturing technology and services across a broad spectrum of industries. This merger makes CDT the largest company in the PTC Reseller Channel with expanded capabilities to offer world-class engineering and enterprise solutions. By leveraging the vast resources of the Barry-Wehmiller family of companies, CDT is now positioned to offer clients comprehensive solutions to increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve ‘time-to-market.’

“The acquisition reiterates the strong foundation in engineering and manufacturing that Barry-Wehmiller and ENSER share,” explained Jim Webb, VP of PTC Product Group and PLM for Barry-Wehmiller International Resources. “In today’s economy, companies are looking to bring efficiencies in their new product design, manufacturing and production through tight integration of their CAD, ERP and PLM systems. Our synergy with ENSER will further strengthen CDT’s expertise to offer comprehensive, cutting edge solutions to engineering and manufacturing clients across diverse industry segments.”

About ENSER

For more than 65 years, ENSER Corporation has been one of the premier providers of engineering and project management solutions offering unparalleled expertise and commitment. ENSER provides support throughout the engineering, design and build cycle. ENSER’s extensive experience as a leading engineering services company uniquely positions them to provide the best and most cost-effective solution. Further information on ENSER is available at http://www.enser.com.

About CDT

CDT provides products and services to meet the rapidly changing landscape of product development, product lifecycle management (PLM), and global project collaboration. As a “total solutions” provider, CDT offers the full-line of PTC software products together with a comprehensive suite of services including implementation, training and core engineering services. CDT is “National Reseller” for PTC spanning the entire United States and with offices globally. CDT has a unique perspective on manufacturing with more than 100 years of manufacturing technology experience from Barry-Wehmiller. For more information, go to http://www.cdtplm.com/.

About PTC

PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC) develops, markets, and supports software solutions that help manufacturers win with superior products. PTC is the world’s largest software company with a total commitment to product development. The company services more than 33,000 customers worldwide. Further information on PTC is available at http://www.ptc.com.

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Customers, Press Releases
Enser and Carpal Kinetics – Team up for revolutionary new design of product

Wristrac – The non-surgical treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other wrist related disorders

WristracTM was developed by Ronald M. Repice, M.D. and Ronald M. Repice II, D.C. back in 1995 to provide a non-surgical solution for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( CTS ) and other wrist related disorders. Wristrac is designed to reduce the compressive and contractile forces in the wrist specifically in the region of the Carpal Tunnel, where the Median nerve and surrounding muscles and ligaments become damaged.

WristracTM provides a directly controllable traction force across the wrist, causing a stretch on the bones, muscles and ligaments allowing more room for the median nerve as well as reducing surrounding scar tissue that may have formed, thus relieving nerve pressure in addition to increasing blood flow ( circulation of oxygen to the hand ) which will allow for normal nerve function.

  • Easy to use at home or work
  • Lengthen contracted & thickened tissue
  • Increase proprioception

  • 7 Powerful yet controlled traction settings

  • Provide patients with a non-surgical treatment for wrist pain

    For more information, visit their web site at www.wristrac.com.

     

     

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