News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has analyzed more than a dozen metrics to rank Missouri’s best universities and colleges for 2017. Of the 40 four-year schools on the list, Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, Maryville University of Saint Louis, William Jewell College and Rockhurst University were the top five. 14 two-year schools also made the list, and State Fair Community College, Crowder College, Jefferson College, East Central College and State Technical College of Missouri were ranked as the best five. A full list of the winning schools is included below. “The schools on our list have created high-quality learning experiences for students in Missouri, with career outcomes in mind,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “They’ve shown this through the certificates and degrees that they offer, paired with excellent employment services and a record of strong post-college earnings for grads.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Missouri” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also appraised on additional data that includes annual alumni salaries 10 years after entering college, employment services, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and the availability of financial aid. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Missouri” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Missouri for 2017 include: Avila University Baptist Bible College Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences College of the Ozarks Columbia College Culver-Stockton College Drury University Evangel University Fontbonne University Hannibal-LaGrange University Harris-Stowe State University Kansas City Art Institute Lincoln University Lindenwood University Maryville University of Saint Louis Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Missouri Baptist University Missouri Southern State University Missouri State University-Springfield Missouri University of Science and Technology Missouri Valley College Missouri Western State University Northwest Missouri State University Park University Rockhurst University Saint Louis University Southeast Missouri State University Southwest Baptist University Stephens College Truman State University University of Central Missouri University of Missouri-Columbia University of Missouri-Kansas City University of Missouri-St Louis Washington University in St Louis Webster University Westminster College William Jewell College William Woods University Missouri’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Crowder College East Central College Jefferson College Lake Career and Technical Center Mineral Area College Missouri State University - West Plains Moberly Area Community College North Central Missouri College Ozarks Technical Community College St. Charles Community College State Fair Community College State Technical College of Missouri Texas County Technical College Three Rivers Community College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | April 27, 2017
Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI), the global leader in automotive interior solutions, officially launched its new test lab at the company's Trenčín technical center. Today a ribbon cutting event was held together with government officials to inaugurate the new facilities and latest state-of-the-art testing and R&D equipment. Within YFAI's global network, the leveraged capabilities of the Technical Center add to the company's engineering excellence and help to better meet the needs of automotive customers with local expertise. Over the past few years, YFAI has been strengthening its presence and technical capabilities in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The company recently expanded its research and development facilities. The Technical Center is now more than 4,800 square meters. Half of the space is dedicated to the new testing laboratory where the company conducts durability and material tests for automotive interior components and products, including instrument panels, cockpits, door panels and floor consoles. "The Technical Center in Trenčín is one of eight locations in our global engineering network, and it plays an important role in our research and development activities," said Jason Xu, Vice President, Engineering at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, in his speech at the event. "We are pleased that the investment in the new test lab will enable us to provide the best of expertise and excellence to our customers locally." Investment in Trencin shows commitment to growth With investments of EUR 4 million for a complete remodeling, the state-of-the-art engineering equipment now allows for wide-range testing of automotive interiors. With new chambers and high-level technical devices, component performance testing can be conducted for safety, durability, environmental effect, vibration, appearance, material and emissions. Given this wide range of testing capabilities, the Technical Center in Trenčín supports the company's growth plans in the European region. More information is available at: http://www.YFAI.com and at http://www.yfai-careers-ce.eu/trencin Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is the global leader in automotive interiors. YFAI is redefining how people relax, work and play in their vehicle interiors today and decades from now. Headquartered in Shanghai, the company has approximately 110 manufacturing plants and technical centers in 18 countries and more than 33,000 employees globally. They design, develop and manufacture interior components for all automakers. Established in 2015, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is a joint venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (HASCO), the component group of SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor), and Adient, the global leader in automotive seating. For more information, please visit http://www.YFAI.com. For more information, please contact: Yanfeng Automotive Interiors European Headquarters Jagenbergstraße 1 41468 Neuss, Germany
News Article | May 5, 2017
"At Toyota, we like to say 'Let's Go Places,' and the Land Speed Cruiser goes places faster than any SUV before it. This was an aspirational goal that inspired us all," said Steve Appelbaum, Toyota Motor Sales National Engagement Marketing Manager. "We achieved success by employing the kind of innovative solutions and unyielding determination that have long represented the core of Toyota's soul." The Land Speed Cruiser, which debuted at the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, started life as a stock production model before being heavily modified by a team of engineers at Toyota's Motorsports Technical Center (MTC). "The World's Fastest SUV record was at 211 mph. That's extremely fast. Toyota thought, 'Why don't we make a really, ultra-powerful Land Cruiser, and let's just see how fast we can make it can go,'" said MTC Manager, Chuck Wade. Using the Land Cruiser's production 5.7-liter 3UR-FE V8 engine as a starting point, the team added a pair of volleyball-sized Garrett turbochargers that are capable of producing up to 55 PSI of boost. To cope with extreme force induction, the MTC team upgraded the engine's internals with sturdier pistons and rods and a custom-made intake manifold, among other key items. This helped ensure the monstrous V8 could safely and reliably produce over 2,000 horsepower for its record-setting runs. The role of doling power was left to a custom racing transmission strong enough to withstand the stresses and abuses of high power and tremendous speeds. However, building the engine was the easy part. Driving in excess of 200 mph challenges a vehicle's aerodynamics and stability. To aid controllability, the Land Speed Cruiser sits lower to the pavement, thus dramatically reducing the amount of turbulent air allowed to pass underneath. Its frame received some massaging in order to maintain optimal suspension geometry, and was narrowed by 3 inches to accommodate wider Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. Test driver and championship road racer, Craig Stanton, played a key role in fine tuning the Land Speed Cruiser's setup at Toyota's Arizona Proving Ground (TAPG). His input was translated into tactile changes made by MTC's engineers. "I wanted the Land Speed Cruiser to provide the confidence you need, as a driver, to keep pushing even when the world around you becomes a high speed blur," he said. "We made some setup adjustments, and it not only accelerates and shifts more smoothly, but it also has enhanced stability." With the Land Speed Cruiser dialed-in and finally ready for its record-setting run, recently-retired Toyota NASCAR driver Carl Edwards met the team at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. In addition to being one of the very few places in the US where supersonic flight is allowed, it features a two and a half mile paved runway perfectly suited to the Land Speed Cruiser's mission. Prior to Edwards' run, Stanton warmed-up the SUV, moving it along at a hefty 198 mph. On his first run, Edwards was able to hit an awe-inspiring 211 mph, but found himself running out of pavement to slow the big SUV. More boost was then dialed in to up the power, and he tried again. The next run proved to be the most impressive. Edwards put the hammer down, and piloted the Land Speed Cruiser to its jaw-dropping 230 mph record. "At 225 mph, the thing was wandering a little bit. All I could think was that Craig said, 'No matter what, just keep your foot in it,' and we got 230 mph," Edwards recounted from behind a huge grin after setting the record. "It's safe to say that this is the fastest SUV on the planet." High-resolution photography can be downloaded at toyotanewsroom.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/toyota-land-speed-cruiser-claims-worlds-fastest-suv-title-300452070.html
News Article | May 1, 2017
« Honda to supply power units to Sauber F1 Team from 2018 on | Main | Transphorm showcasing new automotive-grade AEC-Q101-qualified GaN FET for PHEVs and EVs » The US International Trade Commission (USITC) is instituting an investigation of certain thermoplastic encapsulated electric motors, their components, and products and vehicles containing them. The products at issue are different types of electric motors or parts of electric motors that are encapsulated in a heat-resistant plastic body or a body with heat-resistant characteristics. This includes motors (e.g., pumps in power steering units) used in various parts of automobiles (e.g., pumps in power steering units). The investigation is based on a complaint filed by Intellectual Ventures II LLC of Bellevue, WA alleging the importation into the United States and sale of certain thermoplastic encapsulated electric motors, components, and products and vehicles containing them that allegedly infringe patents asserted by the complainant. The USITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation: Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., of Aichi, Japan; Aisin Holdings of America, Inc., of Seymour, IN; Aisin Technical Center of America, Inc., of Northville, MI; Aisin World Corporation of America, of Northville, MI; Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, of Munich, Germany; BMW of North America, LLC, of Woodcliff Lake, NJ; BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC, of Greer, SC; Denso Corporation of Aichi, Japan; Denso International America, Inc., of Southfield, MI; Honda Motor Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan; Honda North America, Inc., of Torrance, CA; American Honda Motor Co., Inc., of Torrance, CA; Honda of America Mfg., Inc., of Marysville, OH; Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, of Lincoln, AL; Honda R&D Americas, Inc., of Torrance, CA; Mitsuba Corporation of Gunma, Japan; American Mitsuba Corporation, of Mount Pleasant, MI; Nidec Corporation of Kyoto, Japan; Nidec Automotive Motor Americas, LLC, of Auburn Hills, MI; Toyota Motor Corporation, of Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan; Toyota Motor North America, Inc., of New York, NY; Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., of Torrance, CA; Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc., of Erlanger, KY; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, Inc., of Princeton, IN; and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., of Georgetown, KY. By instituting this investigation (337-TA-1052), the USITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The USITC’s Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the USITC’s administrative law judges (ALJ), who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The ALJ will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission. The USITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for completing the investigation. USITC remedial orders in section 337 cases are effective when issued and become final 60 days after issuance unless disapproved for policy reasons by the US Trade Representative within that 60-day period.
News Article | April 26, 2017
Major Exhibiting Themes--Intelligent & Electrified--are among focuses of these new technologies TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- One highlight in the 2017 TAIPEI AMPA / AutoTronics Taipei, the largest auto-parts show in Taiwan and a leading one of its kind in Asia, held from April 19-22, 2017 in Taipei, is the eye-catching technology R&D achievements showcased by Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC). This year, the major exhibiting themes of the "TARC Pavilion", a 20-booth special zone located at L0618, 4F, Nangang Exhibition Center, are "Intelligent & Electrified". The opening ceremony of the TARC Pavilion in the 2017 TAIPEI AMPA/AutoTronics Taipei show was attended by many VIPs, including this year’s host Joe Huang (fifth from right), TARC committee chairman and president of ARTC. (photo from TARC) TARC, the most-important automotive-technology R&D platform in Taiwan, exhibited a total of 21 new technologies/products; plus the "Experiencing Autonomous Technology" reality demo, in the annual show. The "Experiencing Autonomous Technology" lets the general public on-site experience an autonomous vehicle equipped with homegrown ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) technologies onboard passing through 10 automated-driving circumstances. The Experiencing activity is hosted at the Nangang Exhibition Center MRT Station Exit, next to the show venue, during the full show period. The 10 ADAS technologies demonstrated is an clear indicator of the last mile before Taiwan's mature capability in autonomous vehicle to be put on-road. Eye-catching Exhibits to Draw Int'l Attentions Statistics compiled by market research firm IHS showed that there will be a boom for autonomous vehicles in the period between 2025 and 2035, when annual global sales of such vehicles are forecasted to top some 21 million units. TARC well-planned this year's exhibiting themes, Intelligent & Electrified, for the TARC Pavilion, anticipating showcasing the "21+1" latest R&D achievements developed by consortium members, including Automotive Research and Testing Center (ARTC), Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), Mechanical and System Research Laboratories (MSL) of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Material and Chemical Research Laboratories (MCL) of ITRI, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), and their private-company partners. Among these advanced technologies and products, several highlights draw intensive attentions from international visitors, such as the Vision Based Forward Object Detection System; Cooperative Vehicle Positioning System; Driver Simulator; Long-distance Floating Multi-screen HUD; Belt Starter Generator; Demonstration of Practical Operation of Cloud Real-Time Management Technology to Electric Vehicles; Lightweight Modular Vehicle Frame etc. In addition, the heavy-weight experiencing activity organized by ARTC is the first of its kind in Taiwan, letting the general public practically experience various homegrown ADAS technologies on an evolutionary-version autonomous vehicle. TARC's Vital Role Joe Huang, TARC's committee chairman and president of ARTC, notes that in conjunction with the rapid development and advancement of sensor fusion, deep neural networks for image recognition, connected vehicle etc. technologies, various electronics and assist systems are counting for an increasing higher share in a vehicle's overall cost. Through the support from the Technology Development Program of Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT), Ministry of Economic Affairs, Huang continued, TARC has been devoting into promoting Taiwan's vehicle-industry development and upgrading. The automotive-technology R&D platform, he adds, has also been continuously integrating available resources in the government, academia, research institutes, and industry to promote related technology advancement; as well as striving to help local companies grab more lucrative business opportunities in the international market through technical/technological transfer (to private makers) and TARC's global connections to the industry. Huang stresses that he welcomes all global visitors to pay a visit to the TARC Pavilion for witnessing latest, heavy-weight R&D achievements developed by the industry alliance. Must-see R&D Achievements at TARC Pavilion At the TARC Pavilion, international visitors are invited to witness the latest intelligent and electrified technologies, including several highlighted exhibits below: "Experiencing Autonomous Technology" "Experiencing Autonomous Technology" is not a single exhibit, but a reality demo of Taiwan's ongoing development of various autonomous-driving technologies. Sitting on an electric golf cart running at the demo ground, you can experience 10 circumstances of an autonomous vehicle, including: auto picking, lane following, intelligent human-machine interface, mobile-phone wireless charging, pedestrian detecting & autonomous emergency braking, lane changing, traffic-sign detecting, object detecting, auto parking and EV wireless charging. Vision Based Forward Object Detection System The vision (camera)-based Forward Object Detection System real-time detects front pedestrians, motorcycles and bicycles, other vehicles, and various types of obstacles etc. Cooperative Vehicle Positioning System A novel vehicle positioning system that integrates multiple positioning-enhancing systems to constitute the cooperative vehicle positioning technology, which can provide high-precision (within-30cm accuracy) and -- stability information of different sensors to meet requirements from autonomous vehicles. Driver Simulator The simulator builds up the needed test circumstances and scenes for ADAS, including vehicle physics model and simulated signals of related interfaces, simulated control algorithms and models etc.; effectively shortening development time by 30% to 50%, as well as reducing costs for vehicle makers, while upgrading product-design reliability. Long-distance Floating Multi-screen HUD With the core laser micro projection technology and the innovative long-distance floating light-path design, all traffic information can be projected in front of the car windshield 2 meters away, reducing the risk of driver's eye fatigue and distraction. The triple display of navigation map, AVM, and driving information can let the driver get all traffic information under the safeties condition. Belt Starter Generator (BSG) The BSG replaces the traditional engine alternator with an electric motor that serves as a generator and a starter motor; can simultaneously have the stop-start and power-assist functions and help cut 20% emission than traditional combustion-engine vehicles. Demonstration of Practical Operation Of Cloud Real-Time Management Technology to Electric Vehicles The technology is applied to real-time monitor in-operation medium- and low-speed EVs powered by used lithium batteries; indicating each in-operation EV's battery-pack healthiness, residual mileage, location, system conditions, accumulated mileage etc. Lightweight Modular Vehicle Frame The aluminum-alloy light-weight platform structure can effectively cut vehicle weight and extend cruise range by 15% or more. It also features modularized design, slip joint concept etc. advanced advantages, and can be applied to the development of various types of vehicles. All the above-mentioned exhibits in static or interactive demonstration, as well as many others, will be showcased under one roof once at the TARC Pavilion during the 2017 TAIPEI AMPA/AutoTronics Taipei show period. Don't miss the chance to experience the coming of autonomous vehicle technologies. 2017 TARC Achievement Showcase Video: https://youtu.be/ka7K1rS2Q5Y About Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium (TARC) To promote Taiwan's automotive industry development and strengthen international exchanges and cooperation, the Department of Industrial Technology (DoIT) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) urged four research institutes to establish the TARC in mid-2005. Currently, six members of the consortium are: Automotive Research and Testing Center (ARTC), Mechanical and System Research Laboratories (MSL) of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Material and Chemical Research Laboratories (MCL) of ITRI, Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), and Hua-chuang Automobile Information Technical Center Co. Ltd. (HAITEC). The TARC aims to establish an integrated platform for automotive technological R&D; help the domestic industry to set up concurrent engineering design platform through international cooperation and technology transfer; and work with local universities to train personnel to set up a platform for innovative research. In recent years, the TARC has been integrating major industrial research institutes and technologies to develop EVs and key systems, as well as advanced automotive-electronic systems. CONTACT: ARTC Stone Su Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Quincy Liang Email: email@example.com To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tarc-showcases-211-heavy-weight-autonomous--ev-rd-achievements-in-2017-taipei-ampaautotronics-taipei-show-300446052.html