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The Engineer
January 2004 Online

  • Alstom to supply hydro turbine runners

    30 Jan 2004

  • Collision avoidance using lasers

    30 Jan 2004

    The US Navy is using specially designed laser proximity measurement system for maintaining a safe distance between ships during underway replenishment.

  • Copper contracts net ABB $21 million

    30 Jan 2004

    ABB has won two automation contracts worth $21 million to help boost production for the Chilean company Collahausi, the world's fourth largest copper producer.

  • Could plasma combustion improve fuel efficiency?

    30 Jan 2004

  • Growing chemicals in the UK

    30 Jan 2004

    UK chemical sector growth, including pharmaceuticals, is forecast at 3.6% for 2004, outstripping the more moderate 2.3% growth estimated for Europe as a whole, according to Oxford Economic Forecasting.

  • Busy yeast boosts drug creation

    29 Jan 2004

    Chemical engineers have shown how to make yeast cells double the activity and boost the productivity of a type of enzyme that plants need to create chemicals such as anticancer compounds.

  • L-3 and Link awarded $17 million simulator contract

    29 Jan 2004

    L-3 Government Services and Link Simulation and Training have today received $17 million from the US Naval Air Systems Command to develop a second F/A-18C Distributed Mission Training suite.

  • Fingertip vessel authentication

    30 Jan 2004

  • Surge protection

    30 Jan 2004

    The IEEE Standards Association has approved a new standard for surge protective equipment for AC rotating machinery rated at 1 KV or greater.

  • Dutch court rules against Lindows.com

    30 Jan 2004

  • All eyes on FG104 frame grabber board

    29 Jan 2004

    Parvus Corporation recently announced its FG104 video frame grabber board, a low-cost solution for capturing analogue broadcast signals across the PCI bus in an embedded computer system.

  • $65 million funds army base build programme

    29 Jan 2004

    Earth Tech Inc, a global provider of engineering, construction, water management, environmental and transportation services, has been awarded a $65 million contract to rebuild an Iraqi military base.

  • Going for mould

    28 Jan 2004

  • Accuracy in confined spaces

    26 Jan 2004

    The introduction by Kerk Motion Products of the Mini ScrewRail could give designers the precision they need when accurate positioning in confined spaces is a primary design objective.

  • Researchers aim for artificial liver

    27 Jan 2004

    Researchers in the UK are collaborating in an EPSRC-funded project to create an artificial glass liver that will improve understanding of how the organ works.

  • Laminate material becomes decoupling capacitor

    28 Jan 2004

  • Survey indicates end to manufacturing downturn

    28 Jan 2004

    Results from the CBI's latest industrial trends survey indicate an upturn in the manufacturing sector, with the strongest growth in total orders and output for over eight years.

  • Italy awards 25 million Euro communications contract

    28 Jan 2004

  • Buying lasers

    27 Jan 2004

    Finisar is to acquire Honeywell's Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VCSEL) Optical Products business, based in Richardson, TX, for approximately $75 million in cash.

  • Jet order lands Bombardier $637 million

    27 Jan 2004

    Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Mesa Air Group has placed a $637 million order for 20 Bombardier CRJ700(i) and CRJ900(i) regional jets.

  • Sensor Products adds to Pressurex line

    28 Jan 2004

    Engineers and technicians who need to measure very high kg/cm^2 or kN or MPa pressures may find a solution in Sensor Products Inc's new Super High tactile pressure sensor film.

  • Norway places $86 million Javelin order

    29 Jan 2004

  • ABB enters Japanese JV

    27 Jan 2004

    ABB has today entered into a joint venture with Japan's Meidensha Corporation (MEIDEN) to produce surge arresters for the Japanese power transmission and distribution market.

  • Infineon acquires ADMtek for 80 million Euros

    28 Jan 2004

    Infineon Technologies today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire ADMtek Inc, a fabless, integrated circuit design company based in Taiwan, for 80 million Euros.

  • BAE Systems awarded £100 million GR9 contract

    28 Jan 2004

    The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth about £100 million to continue the £500 million Harrier GR9 sustainment and upgrade programme.

  • Intel invests $20 million in EUV development

    27 Jan 2004

    Intel has signed an agreement to provide $20 million in funding over the next three years to accelerate the development of production-worthy extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography light sources.

  • Alstom to build Indian power plant

    28 Jan 2004

    Alstom announced today that it has been awarded an order worth 110 million Euros to build a 228 MW turnkey combined-cycle power plant India.

  • AirTanker prevails in £13 billion FSTA battle

    27 Jan 2004

    The Ministry of Defence announced yesterday that it has chosen AirTanker Ltd as preferred bidder for the £13 billion Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) programme.

  • Hazmat Cam

    22 Jan 2004

    Hazmat Cam is a lightweight wireless video camera system that is housed in a tough, waterproof flashlight body.

  • VME-to-PCI/X Bus Bridge

    26 Jan 2004

  • Britain's innovators receive £15 million

    19 Jan 2004

    Sixteen bidders have been awarded £15 million from the UK Government's Public Sector Research Exploitation initiative to help them turn their research into commercial reality.

  • Rayovac seizes Oriental opportunity

    20 Jan 2004

    Wisconsin-based Rayovac has signed an agreement to acquire 85 percent of the equity interest in China's Ningbo Baowang Battery Company for $24 million.

  • Westinghouse commissions PaR Systems deal

    21 Jan 2004

    Westinghouse and PaR Systems have signed a letter of intent calling for Westinghouse to purchase a controlling, 80 percent interest in PaR's commercial Nuclear Equipment and Services Group.

  • Simplifying superconductors

    21 Jan 2004

  • New algorithm speeds fluid simulations

    26 Jan 2004

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a geometric cluster algorithm that makes possible the fast and accurate simulation of complex fluids.

  • Neurons from nanostructures

    26 Jan 2004

    Scientists at Northwestern University have designed synthetic molecules that promote neuron growth, a development that could lead to the reversal of paralysis due to spinal cord injury.

  • BAE Systems awarded $107 million FAA contracts

    26 Jan 2004

    BAE Systems has been awarded two contracts worth $107 million by the USA's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide support services for the FAA's surveillance systems acquisition program.

  • Nortel to sell manufacturing assets

    22 Jan 2004

    Flextronics announced today that it is discussions with Nortel Networks to acquire nearly all of Nortel's manufacturing operations and related supply chain activities for $500 million.

  • Data transfer accelerated

    22 Jan 2004

    A 'transfer accelerator' technology that improves collaborative working via the internet has been developed by BIW Technologies, a UK software developer and application service provider.

  • Spacehab files $87.7 million Columbia claim

    20 Jan 2004

    Spacehab, a provider of commercial space services, today announced that it has filed an $87.7 million claim against NASA for equipment destroyed during the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

  • SCO Group files against Novell

    21 Jan 2004

    The SCO Group, owner of the UNIX operating system, has filed suit against Novell for its alleged effort to interfere with SCO's rights with respect to UNIX and UnixWare.

  • Chinese petrochemical firms turn to ABB

    21 Jan 2004

  • Raytheon lands $38.9 million Iraqi airports contract

    22 Jan 2004

    Raytheon has been awarded a contract worth up to $38.9 million to supply turnkey air traffic management systems for airports in Iraq.

  • Broadband from on high

    22 Jan 2004

    A 5.6 million Euro project involving 14 partners from across Europe and Japan aims to make Broadband available to remote rural areas and even moving trains by deploying High Altitude Platforms.

  • EC approves acquisitions worth $13.9 billion

    22 Jan 2004

    The European Commission has approved the $4.4 billion acquisition of Invista by Koch and the proposed $9.5 billion acquisition by General Electric of Amersham, the diagnostic pharmaceuticals and biosciences company.

  • Towards the paperless bridge

    22 Jan 2004

  • Relay race

    22 Jan 2004

  • Don't mess with Montana

    19 Jan 2004

    Rhodia has been fined $18 million for storing elemental phosphorus sludge, a hazardous waste, at its manufacturing facility in Silver Bow County, MT.

  • ABB to build compressor stations

    19 Jan 2004

    ABB today signed contracts worth $190 million with the Polish investor Europol Gaz and pipeline contractor Bartimpex for the construction of two compressor stations along the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline.

  • Royal Norwegian Navy sails with P&W

    19 Jan 2004

    Pratt & Whitney Marine Systems has entered into a $40 million contract with Norwegian shipyard Umoe Mandal to supply gas turbine propulsion systems to the Royal Norwegian Navy.

  • Shell to build world's largest solar power station

    20 Jan 2004

    Shell Solar and Gesellschaft für Solarenergie (GEOSOL) announced yesterday that they are to build the largest solar power station in the world, south of Leipzig in Germany.

  • Welsh Assembly awards Siemens £200 million IT contract

    20 Jan 2004

    The National Assembly for Wales has commissioned Siemens Business Services to renew and operate most of its IT infrastructure in a ten-year deal worth £200 million.

  • BAE Systems awarded $110 million controls contract

    20 Jan 2004

    BAE Systems has received $110 million from Boeing to produce flight controls and mission subsystems for 60 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft currently on order with the US Air Force.

  • Alcatel to partner EADS Astrium in SPIRALE program

    20 Jan 2004

    Alcatel Space has been chosen by EADS Astrium, the prime contractor for the SPIRALE ballistic missile early warning program, to build two demonstration satellites.

  • New chip offers faster virus detection

    20 Jan 2004

    Scientists in the US have developed the ViriChip, a new silicon device that is said to detect viruses faster and more accurately than before.

  • Conditioning the bridge

    23 Jan 2004

  • Chinese order nets Alstom consortium 180 million Euros

    26 Jan 2004

    Alstom, in consortium with Beijing Beizhong Steam Turbine Generator Company, has been awarded two contracts, valued at around 180 million Euros to supply six steam turbine generators in China.

  • Computer reads medicine

    23 Jan 2004

    Thanks to new software developed by bioinformatics researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center, scientists can now identify obscure commonalities in medical research data and directly relate them to their studies.

  • US Navy places $26 million SSDS order

    22 Jan 2004

    Raytheon has been awarded a $26 million contract by the US Naval Sea Systems Command for five Ship Self Defence Systems (SSDS) Mk 2 tactical ship sets.

  • Microsoft and Autodesk: what's it all about?

    22 Jan 2004

    Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) and Autodesk are to extend their current relationship to create tighter links between their respective software. Recently, MBS briefed the ARC Advisory Group on the key points and scope of the partnership.

  • mg sells Plastics

    3 Jan 2004

    mg technologies is selling Dynamit Nobel Kunststoff (DNK) to US automotive supplier Flex-N-Gate Corporatio for 430 million Euros.

  • Missiles from microbes

    7 Jan 2004

    The US Office of Naval Research plans to utilise microbes in a bid to reduce the costs incurred when producing missile propellant.

  • Keeping the Tank ticking

    9 Jan 2004

  • Italy opts for Traxx locomotives

    5 Jan 2004

    Bombardier Transportation has recently been awarded a 103 million Euro contract by Italian Railways for the supply of 48 Traxx electric locomotives.

  • Survey paints pessimistic picture

    5 Jan 2004

  • Kvaerner to supply Adriatic LNG terminals

    6 Jan 2004

    Aker Kvaerner has today been awarded $21 million to perform front-end engineering design work for a liquefied natural gas receiving terminal in the North Adriatic Sea.

  • Radar to warn of bio attacks

    6 Jan 2004

  • Marconi sells US access assets

    6 Jan 2004

    Marconi Corporation is to sell its North American Access business to Advanced Fibre Communications for $240 million (approximately £135 million) in cash.

  • Fast forward to patent litigation

    6 Jan 2004

    TiVo Inc has filed a patent infringement suit against EchoStar Communications Corporation, alleging that the satellite television service provider is violating TiVo's 2001 'Time Warp' patent.

  • Agilent on the offensive

    7 Jan 2004

    Agilent Technologies has sued PixArt Imaging in the US District Court for the Northern District of California for alleged infringement of Agilent 's patented optical mouse sensor technology.

  • Brain probes from nanotubes

    8 Jan 2004

  • Siemens TS awarded Indian rail contract

    8 Jan 2004

  • Opals manufactured by beetles

    9 Jan 2004

  • Sugar used in edible adhesives

    6 Jan 2004

    Researchers in the US are using sugar as the main ingredient in new, edible adhesives that will be used to attach straws to beverage cans, cartons and bottles.

  • Navy awards $60.4 million to Raytheon

    8 Jan 2004

  • Complex cockpits

    9 Jan 2004

  • Introducing the two hour chip

    12 Jan 2004

    Researchers have developed a new method to quickly and inexpensively create microfluidic chips, analytic devices with potential applications in food safety, biosecurity, clinical diagnostics and other industries.

  • Anti-missile devices to protect commercial aircraft

    12 Jan 2004

    Teams led by BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman and United Airlines are to determine whether a viable technology exists that could be deployed to address the potential threat that shoulder-fired missiles pose to commercial aircraft.

  • Auto-zero amp

    12 Jan 2004

    Analog Devices has unveiled what it claims is the industry's first digitally programmable, signal-conditioning auto-zero amplifier for strain-bridge and other sensors.

  • Rolls-Royce awarded Middle East gas contract

    13 Jan 2004

    Rolls-Royce has won a $107 million contract from Dolphin Energy to supply six Trent compression packages for the $3.5 billion Dolphin Gas Project in the Middle East.

  • Motorola to expand CDMA and GSM networks

    14 Jan 2004

    Motorola has been awarded $556 million to expand and upgrade China Unicom's Code Division Multiple Access and Global System for Mobile Communications networks in Beijing and 12 Chinese provinces.

  • Mothballs

    6 Jan 2004

    It's hardly an appealing thought, but the overpowering fragrance of mothballs in a large wind tunnel could provide the key to improving air quality in towns and cities.

  • Vishay releases silicon-based RF capacitors

    8 Jan 2004

    Vishay Intertechnology, Inc has announced the release of the industry's first silicon-based RF capacitors, a technology that boosts electrical performance while reducing the board space required for circuitry in cell phones.

  • Camera offers safety benefits

    9 Jan 2004

    A new kind of camera, called the flying spot or photothermal camera, is able to solve the problem of surface crack detection in the nuclear and aviation industries.

  • Hardcopy security

    13 Jan 2004

    Most organisations make computer security a priority, but few do the same for their networked printers. A new IEEE standard aims to fix the problem.

  • BASF sells phenoxy business for 42 million Euros

    14 Jan 2004

    BASF announced today that it is to sell its phenoxy agrochemicals business to Melbourne-based Nufarm Limited for approximately 42 million Euros.

  • Infineon increases foothold in China

    15 Jan 2004

    Infineon Technologies today announced the establishment of its latest IC Design Centre and new subsidiary, Infineon Technologies Xi'an Co, Ltd, in Xi'an, China.

  • SNCF confirms 310 million Euro TGV order

    15 Jan 2004

    SNCF, France's national railway, has today confirmed a new order worth 310 million Euros for 82 TGV Duplex trainsets with Alstom and Bombardier.

  • Alcatel Space to deliver hybrid satellite

    15 Jan 2004

  • 'Cruise missile' targets cancer

    16 Jan 2004

  • Flattened by bombs, rebuilt by Bechtel

    7 Jan 2004

    The US Agency for International Development has awarded Bechtel National, Inc a $1.8 billion contract to undertake Iraq Infrastructure II, a program to repair Iraq's infrastructure system.

  • NAND gets flashy

    7 Jan 2004

    Infineon Technologies today launched the world's first NAND compatible flash chip based on TwinFlash technology. Initial production has started in Infineon's 200mm DRAM Dresden facility.

  • Keeping the noise down

    7 Jan 2004

  • Free trials for SpacePC CPU Evaluation Kits

    15 Jan 2004

  • WestJet flies with Boeing

    7 Jan 2004

  • BOC awarded Chinese oxygen supply contract

    14 Jan 2004

    BOC has today signed a contract for the supply of oxygen to the Taiyuan Iron and Steel Corporation, located in the Shanxi province of north central China.

  • Goodrich lands Sukhoi supply contract

    15 Jan 2004

    Goodrich Corporation has been selected as a main systems supplier for the integration of the wheel and braking system for Sukhoi Civil Aircraft's new Russian Regional Jet Family.

  • New device defends against biological threats

    15 Jan 2004

    Defending against deadly biological agents has been improved with the development of a four-channel microphysiometer, a device that can monitor the metabolism of living cells in near real time.

  • New LNA fits between 33 and 36 GHz

    15 Jan 2004

    Rockwell Scientific, developers of GaAs and InP monolithic microwave integrated circuits, has introduced a Ka-band low noise amplifier (LNA) for use between 33 and 36 GHz.

  • Here Rover!

    16 Jan 2004

  • Unified theory

    14 Jan 2004

    Should we collaborate on large engineering projects in space? Should we work together on large engineering projects on earth? Dave Wilson weighs up the pros and cons.

  • Boeing awarded $9.6 billion aircraft contract

    5 Jan 2004

    The US Navy has recently awarded Boeing $9.6 billion for the production of 210 F/A-18 Super Hornets and the system design and development of the EA-18G airborne electronic attack aircraft.

  • Saab and BGT awarded 12.5 million Euro contract

    19 Jan 2004

    Saab and Germany's BGT have signed a 12.5 million Euro contract for the preparation and production of two electronics units for the short-range air-to-air missile, IRIS-T.

  • Cohabiting with Galileo

    16 Jan 2004

  • Simulating bomb blasts

    5 Jan 2004

  • Raytheon awarded $139.7 million JSOW contract

    5 Jan 2004

    Raytheon has been awarded $139.7 million by the Naval Air Systems Command for production of the Joint Stand-off Weapon for the US Navy and US Air Force.

  • From the country to the car

    6 Jan 2004

  • Tissue engineering heats up

    12 Jan 2004

  • Sale still on at Alcoa

    12 Jan 2004

  • 3M acquires Hornell for $100 million

    12 Jan 2004

    3M announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sweden's Hornell International, a supplier of personal protective equipment for welding applications, for approximately $100 million.

  • Chemist reveals secrets of natural adhesives

    13 Jan 2004

    The adhesive plaque used by saltwater mussels to fix themselves to rocks could soon find its way into medicine and industry, according to scientists in the US.

  • Killing birds for power

    13 Jan 2004

    A US-based environmental organisation has filed a lawsuit against the FPL Group and Danish wind power company NEG Micon for their part in the 'illegal killing of tens of thousands of protected birds' by wind turbines.

  • Who cut the cheese?

    13 Jan 2004

  • ARFL selects scramjet team

    14 Jan 2004

    Pratt & Whitney and Boeing Phantom Works have been selected by the US Air Force Research Laboratory to flight test the Endothermically Fuelled Scramjet Engine Flight Demonstrator.

  • Condition monitoring

    14 Jan 2004

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