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The Engineer
November 2004 Online

  • Changing lights

    30 Nov 2004

  • CAD software helps spot cancer

    30 Nov 2004

  • Building an efficient plant

    30 Nov 2004

    Calpine Corporation and GE Energy are to construct the world's first power plant based on the 60-hertz version of GE's most advanced gas turbine technology, the H System.

  • Standard amendment

    30 Nov 2004

    A new amendment to the IEEE 802.11 standard will enable WLAN vendors to offer wireless products that adapt to new frequencies, different channel widths, and operating parameters.

  • Privacy warning

    30 Nov 2004

    The Bush Administration spurned warnings by privacy and security experts and foreign governments when pushing new remotely readable biometric passports, according to documents obtained by the ACLU.

  • Major milestone in hydrogen research

    30 Nov 2004

    Researchers in the US are reporting a significant development in their efforts to help North America advance toward a clean hydrogen economy.

  • Siemens lands 14 million Euro mill contract

    30 Nov 2004

    Siemens has received a 14 million Euro order from Shougang Iron and Steel Group, Peking, to supply the electrical equipment for a new plate mill.

  • Rolls wins Korean destroyer contract

    30 Nov 2004

  • Clock generator

    29 Nov 2004

  • Cancer killer

    29 Nov 2004

  • Compression seals

    29 Nov 2004

  • Smart card interface chips

    25 Nov 2004

    TDK Semiconductor has debuted three new smart card interface circuits for battery powered and power sensitive applications, such as portable Point-of-Sales terminals, PIN-pad readers, and payphones.

  • Downsizing and closures

    25 Nov 2004

    Alcan is proposing to restructure nine of its European sites in a move that will see layoffs as well as plant closures in Belgium, France and Italy.

  • GE begins turbine erection

    25 Nov 2004

    Wind turbine erection is underway at the Bodenaya Wind Plant, an 18-megawatt wind project being built in the Spanish coastal principality of Asturias.

  • Military vision

    25 Nov 2004

    Sensors Unlimited recently announced the award of a new US Air Force contract to research and design a communication device that can be added to their proprietary dual-spectrum camera.

  • Ontario goes green

    25 Nov 2004

    The Government of Ontario, Canada has given the go-ahead to 10 renewable energy projects that will provide enough power for over 100,000 homes.

  • RFID chip safeguards patients

    25 Nov 2004

    A new FDA approved, patent pending procedure uses RFID technology to help prevent surgeons from operating on the wrong patient or the wrong part of a patient.

  • Imaging the plaque

    26 Nov 2004

  • Meggitt senses a buyout

    26 Nov 2004

    Meggitt, the international aerospace, defence and electronic sensors group, recently announced that it has agreed to acquire Wilcoxon Research for $15.5 million.

  • Styrian places $30.2 million order

    26 Nov 2004

    Bombardier Aerospace announced yesterday that Austria's Styrian Spirit has signed a $30.2 million contract to purchase one Bombardier CRJ700 regional jet with an option for a second CRJ700.

  • Alcatel to lay Caribbean cable

    26 Nov 2004

    Alcatel has signed a contract worth 21 million Euros with Global Caribbean Network, a subsidiary of the Group Loret, to deploy a submarine cable network in Guadeloupe.

  • Software-defined active RFID readers

    26 Nov 2004

    Spectrum Signal Processing and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are to jointly develop a suite of multi-purpose software-defined radio frequency identification interrogators.

  • Fall in production slows growth

    26 Nov 2004

  • BT sells Eutelsat stake, invests in SDSL

    26 Nov 2004

    BT is to sell its entire shareholding in Eutelsat for a price of £363 million, and in a separate move, is accelerating the rollout of its symmetric broadband services in the UK.

  • WTO gives Byrd the Bird

    26 Nov 2004

    The EU and six WTO members today received WTO authorisation to impose retaliatory measures against the US for failing to bring its legislation into line with its international trade obligations.

  • RF power detector

    26 Nov 2004

    Analog Devices' AD8312 is a radio frequency power detector for cellular handsets that enables precise, temperature-stable power control across a wide dynamic range.

  • Semiconductor sales rise

    29 Nov 2004

    Semiconductors sales grew to $18.8 billion in October, an increase of 1.5 percent from the $18.5 billion in September and 22 percent higher than sales in October 2003.

  • Faster, smarter testing

    29 Nov 2004

    Megger has launched BITE 3, a new battery tester that, among other things, is the first of its kind to measure float and ripple current.

  • Metallic molecules

    29 Nov 2004

  • Eye spy

    29 Nov 2004

    A team of engineers and psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin has received $1.2 million from the US National Science Foundation to develop a visual search system capable of finding objects in cluttered environments.

  • Spinning tubes

    29 Nov 2004

    Australian and US researchers say that they have achieved a major technological breakthrough by spinning multi-walled carbon nanotube yarns that are strong, tough and extremely flexible as well as electrically and thermally conducting.

  • Siemens establishes Chinese JV

    29 Nov 2004

    Siemens Power Generation announced today that it will establish a joint venture with Shanghai Electric Group to support its growing gas turbine business in China.

  • Seed suit settled

    29 Nov 2004

  • T-Ray endoscope

    22 Nov 2004

  • Self-cleaning clothes

    23 Nov 2004

    Researchers are developing a water-repellent coating made of silver nanoparticles that they say can be used to produce clothing that offers superior resistance to dirt.

  • Listening out for crime

    23 Nov 2004

    A biomedical engineer's brain cell research has led to a patented surveillance system that is now being rolled out to stem gun violence in two US cities.

  • A canny con

    23 Nov 2004

    Foreign companies that established UK business plants over a 14-year period exaggerated their job creation claims, a new study from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne suggests.

  • ABB awarded $24 million hoist contract

    23 Nov 2004

    ABB said today that it has won $24 million from China's Huainan Mining Group Company to supply mine hoist equipment for eight of the group's coal mines.

  • Mini generator packs powerful punch

    24 Nov 2004

    A new mini-microgenerator developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology can now produce enough power to run small electronic devices and may soon be able to power a laptop.

  • Spider silk spun in lab

    24 Nov 2004

    Scientists have succeeded in producing self-assembled spider web fibres under laboratory conditions, opening the way to commercial development of spider fibre for numerous industrial applications.

  • Staying attached to artificial joints

    24 Nov 2004

    Artificial joints might be improved by making the implants out of carbon tubes and filaments that align in the same direction, mimicking collagen fibres found in real bones.

  • Ionics bought for $1.1 billion

    24 Nov 2004

    GE Infrastructure announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Ionics, a global provider of water purification and wastewater treatment services, for approximately $1.1 billion.

  • DuPont to build $10 million coatings lab

    24 Nov 2004

    DuPont today announced plans to build a $10 million laboratory in Japan to facilitate technical approvals for automotive coatings used by Japanese auto manufacturers.

  • Plug-in for CFD

    24 Nov 2004

  • An end to film making

    24 Nov 2004

    Parkside Performance Films based at Darton, Yorkshire, has been placed into administration and its operations are now being managed by administrators Price Waterhouse Coopers.

  • Canada flies with Sikorsky

    24 Nov 2004

  • MRI improves birthmark treatment

    25 Nov 2004

    Magnetic resonance guidance may improve the long-term success of treatment for low-flow vascular malformations, according to a study published in the November issue of the journal Radiology.

  • Spectrum reviewed

    25 Nov 2004

    Ofcom has published proposals it says will enable radio spectrum licence holders to make more efficient use of their spectrum allocation and encourage innovation and investment in wireless communications services across the UK.

  • Wind power

    25 Nov 2004

    This year was a record year for the UK wind industry, and a new industry survey by the British Wind Energy Association predicts £7 billion of new investment by 2010.

  • Power over Ethernet

    25 Nov 2004

    Power-One's PALS600-2482 is a 600W ac-dc 1U-high product specifically designed for powering PoE systems and associated appliances such as IP phones and remote access devices.

  • BOC and Corus renew gas contract

    16 Nov 2004

    BOC has announced the renewal of its multi-million pound contract to supply Corus' Trostre plant, near Llanelli in South Wales with nitrogen and hydrogen.

  • Subsea sales

    16 Nov 2004

  • Formula for success?

    16 Nov 2004

    Manufacturers have reiterated their call for a formula to be used for setting increases in the National Minimum Wage (NMW), as evidence shows that recent increases are beginning to bite.

  • Motorola buys MeshNetworks

    16 Nov 2004

    Motorola announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire MeshNetworks, a privately held developer of mobile mesh networking and position location technologies.

  • New prospect for renewable energy

    17 Nov 2004

    Researchers at Luca Technologies have made a discovery regarding natural gas production in Wyoming's Powder River Basin that could lead to a long-term source of renewable energy.

  • Trapping a killer

    17 Nov 2004

  • New horizons for robotics

    17 Nov 2004

    European researchers have created the world's first multi-molecular shape-shifting robot, a development that could lead to new applications in areas such as medicine and space exploration.

  • OSSIE offered for free

    17 Nov 2004

    The Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group at Virginia Tech has developed software for use in designing software radios and is offering this tool free to other researchers.

  • Coatings covered by new JV

    17 Nov 2004

    PPG Industries and Kansai Paint have announced the successful conclusion of negotiations to launch an alliance for the sale of automotive coatings to automotive OEMs.

  • Microwaving tumours

    17 Nov 2004

    Researchers at London South Bank University and the University of Bath are using heat delivered by microwaves to destroy tumours.

  • GE to lead hydrogen fuel team

    17 Nov 2004

    GE Global Research has been selected by the US Department of Energy to lead $11 million of research projects in the development of hydrogen as a fuel source.

  • Material world

    17 Nov 2004

    A new partnership to improve innovation and competitiveness in the £200 billion-a-year UK materials industry was announced by Industry Minister Jacqui Smith today.

  • Microsoft TV

    17 Nov 2004

    In a multi-million dollar deal, SBC Communications is to provide television services using the new Microsoft TV Internet Protocol Television Edition software platform.

  • All-in-one package from Siemens

    18 Nov 2004

  • $613 million sale in the pipeline

    18 Nov 2004

    Shell has entered into an agreement with Enbridge for the sale of Shell Gas Transmission, which includes most of Shell's Gulf of Mexico natural gas pipeline business, for $613 million.

  • SMEs under pressure

    18 Nov 2004

    According to the CBI, smaller UK manufacturers have seen total orders decline at the fastest rate for a year, with confidence falling for the first time in 12 months.

  • New models on the block

    18 Nov 2004

  • Goodrich awarded $150 million sensor contract

    18 Nov 2004

    Goodrich has been selected by Rolls-Royce to supply an integrated sensor suite for the Trent 1000 engine, an engine option for the new Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner.

  • SAIC sells Telcordia for $1.35 billion

    18 Nov 2004

    SAIC today agreed to sell its subsidiary Telcordia Technologies, a provider of telecommunications software and services, to two private equity firms for $1.35 billion.

  • Honeywell wins automation contract

    18 Nov 2004

    Honeywell has been awarded $10 million by the Shanxilujin Wangqu Power Generation Company to automate a new power plant currently under construction in China's Shanxi province.

  • Plug in power

    19 Nov 2004

  • 'Electronic eye' for the blind

    19 Nov 2004

    A new 'eye' developed by scientists in Japan will allow blind people to cross busy roads in total safety for the first time.

  • Making memories in China

    19 Nov 2004

  • LabVIEW extensions

    19 Nov 2004

  • EC approves 2.38 billion Euro sale

    22 Nov 2004

    The European Commission has recently approved, subject to minor conditions, Bayer's 2.38 billion Euro acquisition of the Consumer Health activities of Switzerland's Roche group.

  • Inflammatory alliance

    22 Nov 2004

    AstraZeneca today announced a five-year research and development alliance with Cambridge Antibody Technology in monoclonal antibody research, principally in inflammatory disorders, including respiratory diseases.

  • World's smallest nanotube transistor

    22 Nov 2004

    Researchers at the Munich laboratories of Infineon Technologies claim to have constructed the world's smallest nanotube transistor.

  • Rigid plastic purchase

    2 Nov 2004

  • Carving new frontiers

    2 Nov 2004

    Researchers in the USA have created an ion-beam system that simultaneously combines focused beams of electrons and positive ions, a development that paves the way for improved micromachining.

  • Bluetooth for $15

    2 Nov 2004

  • Railway power

    2 Nov 2004

    ABB has won a $31 million contract for equipment and services as part of a programme to upgrade the power supply of Network Rail's West Coast Main Line.

  • Dynegy buys power

    2 Nov 2004

    Dynegy today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase from Exelon Corporation all of the outstanding capital stock of its subsidiary, ExRes SHC, for $135 million.

  • Tertio Telecoms bought for $40.7 million

    2 Nov 2004

    Evolving Systems, a provider of software solutions and services to the wireless, wireline and IP carrier market, has acquired UK-based Tertio Telecoms for $40.7 million.

  • Aliasing Smith and Jones

    3 Nov 2004

    Dave Wilson tells the rather tall tale of a couple of rather clever college graduates that just happen to be named Smith and Jones!

  • Airbus goes to China

    3 Nov 2004

  • Queensland places $74 million train order

    3 Nov 2004

  • Chip sales up

    3 Nov 2004

    According to figures released by the Semiconductor Industry Association, global semiconductor sales rose to $18.4 billion in September, a sequential increase of one percent from the $18.2 billion sales in August.

  • Siemens secures 90 million Euro order

    4 Nov 2004

  • No new wind for bird lovers

    4 Nov 2004

    The RSPB are unhappy with the idea that Lewis Wind Power and British Energy have asked for permission to build the world's largest onshore wind farm on the Isle of Lewis off the north west coast of Scotland.

  • Ultra thin PCB

    4 Nov 2004

  • Selling fibres

    4 Nov 2004

    Honeywell announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its Performance Fibers business to Sun Capital Partners for an undisclosed fee.

  • Three-five on silicon

    4 Nov 2004

  • RSS feeds safety data

    4 Nov 2004

    Safety equipment vendor Pilz is now providing an RSS news feed that delivers all the news from its monthly Safety Update e-mail newsletter but without it arriving via your e-mail.

  • UAV obeys spoken commands

    5 Nov 2004

    Aeronautics researchers at MIT have developed a manned-to-unmanned aircraft guidance system that allows a pilot in one plane to guide another unmanned airplane by speaking commands in English.

  • Sensing the mass of a virus

    5 Nov 2004

    By using a device only six-millionths of a metre long, researchers at Cornell University have been able to detect the presence of as few as a half-dozen viruses.

  • Derakane sold for $92 million

    5 Nov 2004

    Ashland Composite Polymers has signed an agreement to purchase Dow Chemical Company's derakane epoxy vinyl ester resin business for $92 million.

  • Ceres Power aims for expansion

    5 Nov 2004

  • Budget airlines place $6 billion order

    5 Nov 2004

    German low-cost airline Air Berlin and its Austrian partner Niki Luftfahrt have placed an order worth approximately $6 billion for up to 110 Airbus A320 aircraft.

  • Silicon chaperones show the way

    8 Nov 2004

    Chemists have developed a method that uses dust-sized chips of silicon to surround and precisely direct the motion of miniscule objects within tiny drops of liquid.

  • GKN awarded $160 million Airbus contract

    8 Nov 2004

    GKN Aerospace has been selected as the prime contractor supplying both metal and composite wing trailing edge subassemblies for Airbus Military's new military strategic airlifter.

  • Industry first from Agere

    8 Nov 2004

    Agere Systems today announced the availability of the world's first single-chip 48-port Gigabit Ethernet switching chip and the industry's lowest power GbE octal physical layer device.

  • BT buys Infonet

    8 Nov 2004

    BT is to acquire Infonet, a provider of international managed voice and data network services, in a $965m deal that will strengthen its presence in the US and Asia Pacific.

  • Hardinge buys Bridgeport

    8 Nov 2004

  • Moving offshore

    8 Nov 2004

    The CBI warned today that companies are under growing pressure to relocate parts of their business overseas.

  • Take the strain

    8 Nov 2004

  • Making the payment

    8 Nov 2004

  • NEC files patent infringement suits

    9 Nov 2004

    NEC has initiated patent lawsuits against Harris Corporation, alleging that DMR equipment manufactured and sold by Harris Corporation and Harris Canada infringe 11 patents owned by NEC.

  • Toshiba files action against Hynix

    9 Nov 2004

  • Rolls-Royce awarded gen set contract

    9 Nov 2004

  • Emulsion polymers set to rise

    9 Nov 2004

    According to Frost & Sullivan, the emulsion polymers market is expected to increase from 3.15 billion Euros in 2003 to 4.19 billion Euros in 2010.

  • A new type of solar cell

    9 Nov 2004

  • Thales secures £180 million Starstreak deal

    9 Nov 2004

    Thales UK's air defence business has recently been awarded a £180 million contract to provide the ministry of defence with a further batch of Starstreak high velocity missiles.

  • Ultra-small microphone scales new heights

    9 Nov 2004

    A new, 2.5mm low profile, aerodynamically shaped microphone has been introduced by Bruel & Kjaer to simplify the measurement of true surface dynamic pressure in a number of engineering applications.

  • Domestic solar power for sunshine states

    10 Nov 2004

    Sandia National Laboratories is joining Stirling Energy Systems to build and test six new solar dish engine systems that will provide enough grid-ready electricity to power more than 40 homes.

  • Faster flow for Algeria's pipeline

    10 Nov 2004

    ABB has signed a $90 million contract with Algerian oil and gas company Sonatrach to expand and improve gas compressor facilities for the country's pipeline system.

  • Gas for gadgets

    10 Nov 2004

    Air Products and Air Liquide have signed a long-term contract with Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology to supply bulk gases to its newest manufacturing facility.

  • The plane that grew ears

    10 Nov 2004

    Not every technology deployed by the military needs to be custom built and cost millions of dollars. Sometimes, off-the-shelf technology can prove just as effective. Dave Wilson explains.

  • Maintaining balance

    10 Nov 2004

    Schenck Balancing and Diagnostic Systems has announced its re-entry into field balancing and vibration analysis with the compact, battery powered SmartBalancer.

  • Bluetooth software

    11 Nov 2004

  • Singled out

    11 Nov 2004

    Scientists in the US have developed a laser-based method for identifying a single atom or molecule hidden among 10 trillion others.

  • France wants FACTS

    11 Nov 2004

  • Every breath you take

    11 Nov 2004

    Researchers at Nanomix in Emeryville, California have created a transistor that fuses carbon nanotubes, polymers and silicon into a human breathing monitor dubbed the capnography sensor.

  • Fighting pollution by forecasting the future

    12 Nov 2004

  • Stopping the pirates

    12 Nov 2004

    Film post-production company Post Logic Studios is collaborating with Sarnoff Corporation to help benchmark and roll out Sarnoff's new iTrace digital cinema watermarking technique.

  • Weak exports subdue manufacturing output

    12 Nov 2004

  • Air Canada adds to Embraer order

    15 Nov 2004

    Embraer has received a $420 million order from Air Canada for 15 Embraer 175 airliners, plus options for an additional 15 aircraft.

  • Nissan invests $94 million in new engine facility

    15 Nov 2004

    In a bid to meet rising demand for its VQ V6 engine, Nissan has announced that it will invest $94 million in a second engine facility at its Iwaki plant.

  • Back to school

    15 Nov 2004

    Rolls-Royce has announced that it is establishing a new University Technology Centre at the University of Manchester to study future generation electric engine technologies.

  • BHP Billiton sells oil field interests

    15 Nov 2004

    BHP Billiton today announced it has agreed to sell its interests in the Laminaria and Corallina oil fields to Paladin Oil & Gas (Australia) for $150 million.

  • Atmospheric detection

    15 Nov 2004

    The Indian Space Research Organisation and the French National Space Centre are to jointly develop a satellite called Megha-Tropiques that will gather atmospheric data over the tropical region of the Earth.

  • Airborne laser fires off

    15 Nov 2004

    The US Missile Defense Agency has successfully test-fired a megawatt-class laser, marking the first time such a powerful directed energy weapon suitable for use in an airborne environment has been demonstrated.

  • Kraft sells sweets for $1.5 billion

    15 Nov 2004

    Kraft Foods announced today that it has agreed to sell its sugar confectionery business to the Wm Wrigley Jr Company for approximately $1.5 billion.

  • SPX sells EST to GE for $1.39 billion

    15 Nov 2004

    SPX Corporation today announced an agreement to sell its Edwards Systems Technology (EST) business to General Electric for $1.39 billion in cash.

  • Honeywell takes control

    15 Nov 2004

    Honeywell has acquired Mitsubishi Chemical America's 40 percent stake in GEM Microelectronics Materials, which manufactures chemicals for the semiconductor industry.

  • US Army orders $66.2 million spares

    15 Nov 2004

    ThalesRaytheonSystems has been awarded $66.2 million to provide spare parts to support AN/TPQ-36 and AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder weapon locating radars in use with the US Army.

  • Free validation guide

    15 Nov 2004

  • Doped diodes

    16 Nov 2004

    STMicroelectronics has introduced a range of ultra-fast high-voltage, medium-current diodes designed for use in industrial, automotive, motor control, lighting and power conversion applications.

  • Curtailing corrosion

    16 Nov 2004

    Ohio State University researchers could save the US Air Force $1 billion annually after finding new insights into how microscopic corrosion attacks an aluminium alloy commonly used in aircraft.

  • Renewable energy

    16 Nov 2004

    The European Investment Bank has signed three loans totalling 157 million Euros to finance the construction and operation of two geothermal electricity generation and transmission facilities in the southwest of Iceland.

  • Kvaerner awarded $12 million

    16 Nov 2004

    Kvaerner do Brasil has signed a $12 million contract to modernise the bleach and recausticising plants at Aracruz Celulose's Guaiba mill in Brazil.

  • Bomag sold for $446 million

    1 Nov 2004

    SPX Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Bomag compaction equipment business to France's Fayat for approximately $446 million in cash.

  • Fibre optics network sold for $130 million

    1 Nov 2004

    Tyco International has agreed to sell its Tyco Global Network to India's Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, a telephone and internet services provider, for $130 million.

  • L-3 buys CAE's Marine Controls division

    1 Nov 2004

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