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The Engineer
July 2004 Online

  • Pulling out of Britain

    30 Jul 2004

    American Electric Power today pulled out of the UK with the sale of two coal-fired power plants and related commodities contracts to Scottish and Southern Energy for $456 million.

  • Monitoring machinery forces

    30 Jul 2004

  • Meeting nitrogen needs

    30 Jul 2004

    BOC has received a contract to build an on-site generator to meet steel manufacturer TAGAL's increased demand for nitrogen at its $180 million steel manufacturing facility in China.

  • Green light for BioFoam

    30 Jul 2004

    CryoLife, a US human tissue processing and bio-surgical device company, is set to receive funding to develop BioFoam, a protein hydrogel adhesive that can treat gunshot and mortar wounds.

  • Nanotechnology uncertainty

    29 Jul 2004

    Nanotechnology offers many potential benefits, but its development must be guided by appropriate safety assessments and regulation to minimise any possible risks to people and the environment, according to a new report.

  • Relay race

    29 Jul 2004

  • Alternative to wirewound resistors

    29 Jul 2004

    Vishay has released a new series of thin film precision single in-line resistors with resistance tolerance down to +/-0.01% over a range of 50 kilohms to 10 megohms.

  • Tackling methane emissions

    29 Jul 2004

    The UK today joined the Methane to Markets Partnership, a US-led alliance that seeks to cut global methane gas emissions.

  • Go green or stop altogether

    23 Jul 2004

    Around 2500 UK workers making non-recyclable parts for the car industry face unemployment if the SMEs for which they work do not clean up their act to comply with new environmental laws.

  • Lighting up time

    25 Jul 2004

    A research team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has created a new type of reflector that has dramatically improved the luminance of LEDs (light-emitting diodes).

  • Fig rolls sold

    26 Jul 2004

  • Pigments get dispersed

    26 Jul 2004

  • x

    26 Jul 2004

  • Electronics you can wear

    27 Jul 2004

  • Accelerating drug discovery

    27 Jul 2004

    A newly developed 'nanocalorimeter' will enable researchers to measure the level and nature of chemical activity of pharmaceutical prototypes with unparalleled accuracy and speed.

  • Ireland lags behind

    27 Jul 2004

    An independent report commissioned by the Irish Higher Education Authority has found that Ireland is still lagging behind other European countries in terms of research.

  • Bombardier awarded $320 million rapid transit contract

    28 Jul 2004

    Bombardier Transportation has been awarded $320 million for its part in the construction and operation of a fully automated 18.5 kilometre rapid transit system in Yong-In, South Korea.

  • Changing lanes

    28 Jul 2004

    Infrared cameras that automatically count people in cars could soon be a feature on the UK's motorways, making it easier to enforce priority lanes for car sharing.

  • Code green

    28 Jul 2004

    John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister, said yesterday that a new drive to cut greenhouse gas emissions would be at the heart of an industry Code for Sustainable Buildings.

  • Great and small

    28 Jul 2004

    When Henry Ford drove his car out of his coal shed in 1896, no one-could have imagined the impact that the horseless carriage would make on the world so many years later.

  • $30.8 million for pulsed power

    29 Jul 2004

    Curtiss-Wright Corporation has been awarded $30.8 million for the design, development, build and test of a compact pulsed power supply in support of the US Army's Electromagnetic Gun program.

  • Closing the loop

    29 Jul 2004

    Engineers have developed a new data-driven, closed-loop control technology that could significantly improve the manufacture of printed circuit boards.

  • Matrics bought for $230 million

    29 Jul 2004

    Symbol Technologies, a wireless information services company, has reached an agreement to acquire Matrics, a designer and manufacturer of EPC-compliant RFID systems, for $230 million.

  • Pace of manufacturing recovery eases

    29 Jul 2004

    The CBI's Quarterly Industrial Trends survey has found that manufacturing recovery has slowed with growth in orders almost halting and output growth slipping back.

  • Software checker finds bugs

    22 Jul 2004

  • Can you trust electronic documents?

    23 Jul 2004

    A new ISO technical report on electronic storage has a huge potential for use in situations where the trustworthiness of electronic information may need to be demonstrated.

  • MPEG video chip market grows

    19 Jul 2004

    The MPEG video IC market grew 48% in unit volume and 36% in revenues in 2003, according to a new report from In-Stat/MDR. Increases in shipments of DVD players and set top boxes were responsible for much of the unit growth.

  • A heart in winter

    19 Jul 2004

    A US clinical study is just getting under way to evaluate a new type of cryogenic catheter co-developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

  • ABB wins $25 million power equipment order

    19 Jul 2004

    ABB has recently won a $25 million contract to deliver 500 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) to China, the latest in a series of orders designed to improve power supply.

  • White light waveguides

    19 Jul 2004

  • Emirates expands 777 fleet

    19 Jul 2004

    Boeing and Emirates today said the Dubai-based airline will order up to 13 Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) aeroplanes valued at $2.96 billion dollars.

  • Good day for Goodrich

    19 Jul 2004

    Goodrich has been chosen by Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems to provide LiftFan clutch friction materials and ice detection systems for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

  • Ultra low ratio tolerance

    19 Jul 2004

  • Selling tools

    19 Jul 2004

  • Siemens awarded Saudi power contracts

    20 Jul 2004

    Siemens has received orders worth approximately 120 million Euros to build a gas turbine power plant in Riyadh and supply three gas turbines to existing power plants in Bisha and Asir.

  • Flexibility and convenience

    20 Jul 2004

  • ACC helps beat the jam

    20 Jul 2004

    Traffic backups could be avoided if just 20% of cars were equipped with adaptive cruise control according to new research from the US.

  • Spanish simplify software searching

    20 Jul 2004

  • Commercial aviation set for $5.4 trillion expansion

    20 Jul 2004

    Boeing announced today at the Farnborough Airshow that it anticipates a $5.4 trillion market for new commercial airplanes and aviation services during the next 20 years.

  • Airbus gets billions of orders

    20 Jul 2004

    Etihad Airways has placed an order worth over $7 billion for 24 Airbus passenger aircraft while Turkish Airlines is to purchase of 36 Airbus single aisle and wide body aircraft in a deal that could be worth in excess of $3 billion.

  • CAN do

    20 Jul 2004

    National Instruments has recently expanded its Controller Area Network (CAN) product line with two new boards.

  • Cobham subsidiary awarded $100 million

    20 Jul 2004

    Flight Refuelling, part of the UK's Cobham Aerospace, has been awarded $100 million by the US Special Operations Command to supply Hercules MC-130H Aerial Refuelling Systems.

  • Ultraviolet detection

    20 Jul 2004

  • PCB contamination

    21 Jul 2004

    Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health in the US have identified caulking and sealing materials as an unrecognised and possibly widespread source of PCB contamination.

  • UWB wireless technology lifts the barrier

    21 Jul 2004

  • $400 million for Trent 500

    21 Jul 2004

    Rolls-Royce has won an order worth $400 million to supply Trent 500 engines to eight Airbus A340-500 and -600 aircraft on order from Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways.

  • Working down the mine

    21 Jul 2004

    Fluor Corporation has been awarded a contract worth more than $700 million to provide engineering services on a project to process marginal ore at the world's largest operating copper mine in northern Chile.

  • Battery power

    21 Jul 2004

    US-based Electro Energy has won a $731,000 contract from the US Department of Energy to develop and evaluate a Ni-MH battery for utility applications.

  • Natural gas

    21 Jul 2004

  • RFID to tag waste

    21 Jul 2004

  • Negative refraction goes acoustic

    21 Jul 2004

    Two separate groups, one in China and the other in Canada have reached the same conclusion - that it is possible to observe negative refraction with sound waves.

  • New device streamlines infant exam

    21 Jul 2004

    US researchers have pioneered a magnetic-resonance compatible incubator that will allow radiologists to safely and efficiently obtain quality diagnostic images of sick infants.

  • Clearing up cellphone conversations

    22 Jul 2004

    Background noise that interferes with cellphone conversations could be a thing of the past thanks to a dual microphone system developed at the University of Toronto.

  • Microsoft and Apple get sued

    22 Jul 2004

    BTG and Teleshuttle are taking Microsoft and Apple to court for infringing a patent that describes how web-enabled software can be remotely updated.

  • Taking the tram

    22 Jul 2004

  • Money for power

    22 Jul 2004

    ABB has won contracts worth a total of $181 million to upgrade Algeria's power grid and to construct a compressor station along the Yamal-Europe natural gas pipeline.

  • High voltage sales

    2 Jul 2004

    Schneider Electric has sold its 40% ownership in the electric power transmission and distribution systems giant VA TECH Transmission & Distribution back to the company it started the joint venture with.

  • Microsoft attacked by the Russians

    5 Jul 2004

    On Thursday last week, systems based around IIS 5.0 (Internet Information Services), a component of Microsoft's Windows 2000 Server, were targeted by malicious code known as 'Download.Ject.'

  • CBI report environmentally unfriendly

    5 Jul 2004

    A report by the Confederation of British Industry criticises the UK Environment Agency and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for heavy-handed enforcement of environmental regulation.

  • Communicating with cash

    5 Jul 2004

    Tektronix is to acquire the Richardson, TX-based specialist communications software provider Inet Technologies for $325 million.

  • Cracked rail detector

    5 Jul 2004

    Researchers in the University of Warwick's Department of Physics have developed a novel non-contact method of using ultrasound to detect and measure cracks and flaws in rail track.

  • Dunlop Standard sold

    5 Jul 2004

  • Fluid power

    5 Jul 2004

    IMI is to buy Fluid Automation Systems, a Swiss company specialising in miniature solenoid valve solutions for medical, printing, semiconductor and beverage machinery markets, for £20 million.

  • Public enemy number one

    5 Jul 2004

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation has identified ten companies whose 'crimes', it claims have made them 'enemies' of the public domain.

  • Paper board and tube probe

    6 Jul 2004

  • Ferromagnetic detection

    6 Jul 2004

  • Probing for improved images

    6 Jul 2004

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a technology that can increase the chance for an accurate clinical diagnosis of breast cancer.

  • Fishkiller fined

    6 Jul 2004

  • Toyota and Shell launch green initiative

    6 Jul 2004

    Toyota and Shell Gas & Power today launched a trial of Shell Gas to Liquids (GTL) Fuel in a fleet of Toyota Avensis cars equipped with D-CAT emission reduction technology.

  • Slippery software

    7 Jul 2004

    Customers will not tolerate a product with poor quality, regardless of the definition of quality. Or will they? Dave Wilson reports.

  • Fingerprint matching

    7 Jul 2004

  • European carriers place $1.2 billion 7E7 order

    7 Jul 2004

    Boeing today confirmed announcements that Italy's Blue Panorama and First Choice Airways of the United Kingdom have selected the 7E7 Dreamliner to replace their existing fleets.

  • OK to aid Alstom

    7 Jul 2004

    The European Commission has approved the French Government's aid package for engineering giant Alstom - but it's subject to strict conditions.

  • Trent 900 completes successful blade-off test

    7 Jul 2004

    Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 engine, being developed for the A380, has successfully completed a fan-blade containment test, one of the critical safety demonstrations ahead of certification by airworthiness authorities.

  • Selling power

    7 Jul 2004

    Marconi Corporation is to sell its Lorain, OH-based Outside Plant and Power systems business to Emerson Electric for $375 million to reduce company debt.

  • Stiffened by constant strain

    8 Jul 2004

    Shrink any compound to the nanaoscale and its electronic properties change radically. But can the same be said about the materials crystal structure? Scientists in the US are investigating.

  • Cutting construction costs

    8 Jul 2004

  • Revolutionary steel

    8 Jul 2004

    Scientists at the University of Virginia have announced the discovery of a non-magnetic amorphous material that is three times stronger than conventional steel and has superior anti-corrosion properties.

  • Nuclear power moves east

    8 Jul 2004

    According to the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), twenty-two of the last 31 nuclear power plants (NPPs) connected to the world's energy grid have been built in Asia.

  • Software piracy

    8 Jul 2004

    A major study has found that 36% of software in use worldwide was pirated in 2003, representing a loss of nearly $29 billion to the software industry.

  • Tetra Laval fined 90,000 Euros

    8 Jul 2004

    Tetra Laval has been fined 90,000 Euros by the European Commission for providing incorrect or misleading information when requesting EC approval for its acquisition of French company Sidel.

  • Replacing signal isolation transformers

    8 Jul 2004

    Vishay Intertechnology has announced the release of a new series of single and dual-channel 10-MBd optocouplers packaged in a reinforced-insulation construction.

  • Communicating quickly with vision

    8 Jul 2004

    Pleora Technologies has unveiled a beta version of high-speed PC communications software that allows imaging data to be streamed in real time between PCs connected by standard Gigabit Ethernet links.

  • Cisco Systems buys Parc Technologies

    8 Jul 2004

    Cisco Systems is to acquire privately held Parc Technologies, the UK developer of traffic engineering (TE) software that enables ISPs to optimise the routing of network traffic.

  • DuPont sticks to its defence

    9 Jul 2004

    DuPont is facing administrative action from the US Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly exposing workers and members of the public to PFOA, a chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon.

  • Project successful in burying gas

    9 Jul 2004

  • Next-generation sunscreens

    9 Jul 2004

    With £51,000 of funding from Nstar, UK-startup DNAcare Systems is developing a new type of sunscreen that can protect the DNA of the skin from overexposure to the sun.

  • Spotting the cracks

    12 Jul 2004

    An Australian company - Structural Monitoring Systems - has developed a novel structural health monitoring system for aircraft that provides real-time monitoring of crack initiation and propagation.

  • Microscopy moves to 4D

    12 Jul 2004

    Material scientists from Denmark have developed an X-ray microscope that can follow the changes that take place in a metal during the process of recrystallization in three spatial dimensions and one time dimension.

  • China losing manufacturing jobs

    12 Jul 2004

    According to a new US study released last week, China is actually losing more manufacturing jobs than the United States!

  • Copper could control MRSA contamination

    12 Jul 2004

  • Making moves in Hong Kong

    12 Jul 2004

    Balfour Beatty has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jardine Matheson and Skanska with a view to acquiring Skanska's 50% interest in Gammon, the Hong Kong-based construction company.

  • Battery power

    12 Jul 2004

    Texas Instruments has developed a synchronous, switch-mode battery charge integrated circuit with internal power FETs capable of supplying up to 2A of charge current.

  • Electroencephalogram on a cube

    13 Jul 2004

    A miniature one cubic centimetre 3-dimensional stacked system-in-a-cube (SiC) is to be used as the heart of a wearable, wireless electroencephalogram (EEG).

  • Testing time for thin films

    13 Jul 2004

    The challenge of determining whether thin films - some no thicker than a single molecule - are strong enough for a growing number of important technology jobs just got easier and quicker.

  • Testing time for thin films

    13 Jul 2004

    The challenge of determining whether thin films - some no thicker than a single molecule - are strong enough for a growing number of important technology jobs just got easier and quicker.

  • Circuit breakers go to China

    13 Jul 2004

  • Automotive aftermarket

    13 Jul 2004

    Dana Corporation is to sell its automotive aftermarket business to The Cypress Group for approximately $1.1 billion in cash.

  • Targeting aerospace

    13 Jul 2004

    Aerospace and defence manufacturer Esterline Corporation is to acquire Leach Holding for approximately $145 million in cash.

  • Wideband video amps

    14 Jul 2004

  • Detecting the date

    14 Jul 2004

  • Computer brains

    14 Jul 2004

  • DD development time reduced

    14 Jul 2004

    The HART Communication Foundation (HCF) has released a new Development Environment that could reduce the time it takes to write and test a typical HART Device Description by as much as 30-40%.

  • Crystals make it clearer

    14 Jul 2004

  • Remords posthume

    14 Jul 2004

    A huge advancement in science has been made this week with the invention of a new method to send messages from beyond the grave! Paul Wilson digs out the dirt on the new development.

  • Selling coil coatings

    14 Jul 2004

    Akzo Nobel is to acquire the Altana Group's Rhenacoat coil coatings business in France giving it a dedicated coil coatings manufacturing facility in France, Europe's largest coil market.

  • Mice and rats

    14 Jul 2004

    Agilent has introduced a Multiple Affinity Removal Column for mouse serum, which it claims is the industry's first to remove the three most highly abundant proteins in that serum.

  • Plastics selection tool

    15 Jul 2004

  • ExxonMobil plans $7 billion GTL plant

    15 Jul 2004

    The government of the State of Qatar and ExxonMobil Qatar have entered into a $7 billion agreement to create the world's largest single, fully integrated Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) project.

  • Establishing power for China

    15 Jul 2004

    Alstom and Beijing Beizhong Steam Turbine Generator Company have signed an agreement to develop a long-term business relationship in the 600 MW class steam turbine and generator market.

  • Bayer fined $66 million

    15 Jul 2004

    Bayer has reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice to pay a $66 million fine relating to charges of alleged price fixing by its rubber chemicals business.

  • Signals detected in a single electron

    15 Jul 2004

  • Top security

    16 Jul 2004

    Infineon Technologies is developing two new security controllers intended to make electronic identity cards and passports of the future even more secure and versatile.

  • Eliminating hospital hazards

    16 Jul 2004

    Technology developed to ensure clean air for astronauts onboard space stations is now being used in hospitals to capture and destroy airborne fungi, bacteria, spores and viruses.

  • Rolls-Royce awarded Brazilian contract

    16 Jul 2004

    Rolls-Royce has recently received a contract worth $83 million from Petrobras Netherlands to supply two RB211 power generation modules for an offshore oil and gas production platform in Brazil.

  • Elementary bulk metallic glass

    16 Jul 2004

    By squeezing Zirconium with roughly the same pressure needed to make diamonds, scientists in the USA have made a pure glass that may prove nearly as valuable as diamonds.

  • 'Smart bridge' debuts in New Mexico

    18 Jul 2004

    Embedded within the concrete beams of the new Interstate 10 bridge over University Avenue in Las Cruces, NM are fibre-optic sensors that will allow engineers to continually monitor the safety of the bridge.

  • Nox reduction in the UK

    19 Jul 2004

  • Billions over the counter

    19 Jul 2004

    Bayer is to acquire Roche Consumer Health in a 2.380 billion Euro deal, making the company one of the top three over-the-counter consumer health companies worldwide.

  • Extreme protection

    19 Jul 2004

    'Enviroseal' cold end seals from Watlow are designed to block oil and other contaminants from infiltrating RTD sensors.

  • Down the pipe

    2 Jul 2004

    The UK-based Heywood Williams Group is to sell off US based Bristolpipe Corporation to a subsidiary of Houston, Texas-based Westlake Chemical Corporation for $33.0 million.

  • Clocking on

    2 Jul 2004

    STMicroelectronics has announced three new Serial Real-Time Clocks (RTCs) for use in a range of applications from camcorders to electronic door locks.

  • Ethernet data acquisition

    2 Jul 2004

  • Seeing, not believing

    2 Jul 2004

    Researchers at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire have created an algorithm that can spot when a digital image has been tampered with.

  • Spending review must safeguard skills

    2 Jul 2004

    The government's commitment to supporting skills and innovation must be safeguarded as a key priority for the forthcoming government spending review, according to EEF, the UK manufacturers' organisation.

  • DuPont acquires BioSentry

    1 Jul 2004

    DuPont has acquired the animal health business assets of BioSentry, a biosecurity company providing animal health prevention programs, for an undisclosed fee.

  • Boeing sells Commercial Electronics unit

    1 Jul 2004

    BAE Systems North America has reached an agreement to acquire Boeing's Commercial Electronics unit, a developer and producer of avionics products and systems for commercial aircraft.

  • Rolls-Royce to supply gas turbine

    1 Jul 2004

    Rolls-Royce has recently won a contract to supply one RB211 6562 mechanical drive package to Fluor-AMEC for the Enfield development project, an offshore oil field in West Australia.

  • Finland places £79 million tank order

    1 Jul 2004

    The Finnish Defence Forces (FDF) have awarded Patria Hägglunds a £79 million order for the delivery of a further 45 CV9030 infantry fighting vehicles.

  • Ceradyne acquires ESK for $136 million

    1 Jul 2004

    Ceradyne has today signed an agreement to acquire ESK Ceramics, a German-based industrial technical ceramic manufacturer, for approximately $136 million.

  • Searing heat in little package

    1 Jul 2004

    Engineers have created a miniature hotplate that can reach temperatures above 1100 degrees C (2012 degrees F), self-contained within a "laboratory" no bigger than a child's shoe.

  • New twist on fibre optics

    2 Jul 2004

    By twisting fibre optic strands into helical shapes, researchers in the US have created unique structures that can precisely filter, polarise or scatter light.

  • Modelling cuts fuel-tank development time

    2 Jul 2004

  • Boeing chooses NGS team

    2 Jul 2004

  • Microwaving diseased hearts goodbye

    2 Jul 2004

    The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council has awarded researchers at the University of Technology in Sydney $161,500 to help commercialise a microwave cardiac ablation system.

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