Here's what some of this year's SAE exhibitors will have on display.
3M Automotive Systems
3M Automotive will show a range of its products via interactive computer kiosks. In addition, showgoers may attend a theater presentation featuring an animated 'fly through' of the new 3M Automotive Customer Innovation Center, due to open this spring in Livonia, Mich.
Auto Chassis International
Auto Chassis International will launch its global expansion at SAE. Auto Chassis develops, validates and manufactures complete front and rear axles and chassis components. It will display its design for a full twist-beam axle with single-sheet stamped arms and pedal assemblies, as well as complete brake modules.
Autoliv's solution to the most frequently experienced injury in rear-impact collisions is an advanced anti-whiplash system designed to protect vehicle occupants in low-to-moderate speed rear-impact crashes. Seat dynamics are based on a mechanism that lets the seat move backward and permits the seat back to pivot to the rear. The result of this controlled motion is absorption of injury-causing whiplash forces resulting from a rear-impact crash.
Breed Technologies Inc.
BSRS Restraint Systems, the joint venture between Breed and Siemens Automotive, will demonstrate a rear-impact airbag system. The technology is designed to reduce relative motion among the head, neck and torso; minimize offset distance between the occupant's head and the headrest; and reduce occupant 'rebound' by allowing the occupant to ride down the cushion into the seat back frame. The display will include live demonstrations.
BTR Vehicle Controls
The products of four business units will be displayed. BTR's pressure/flow unit will exhibit pressure sensors, flow-control valves and silicon dye for integrated circuits. The thermal unit will display thermisters, thermostats and flexible heaters. The speed/position group will display engine timing speed and position sensors. The special engineering group will display specialty electrical switches and integrated lighting assemblies.
The tube-within-a-tube engine coolant distribution system will be displayed. The system sends outflow of coolant through one tube and inflow through another tube that runs inside the larger one. The result: Space saved in the engine compartment. Bundy also will exhibit polymer fuel connectors; stainless steel fuel system connectors; and multilayer, low-permeation extruded fuel hoses.
Concurrent Computer Corp.
Concurrent will conduct the first public demonstrations of its new testing and simulation systems now in use at General Motors and Ford Motor Co. The automatic transmission dynamometer test cell Concurrent will demonstrate has been used for six months by GM Powertrain. It enables engineers to design their own transmission tests and custom operator displays without software programmers. Another first-ever demonstration will show how Concurrent's Power Hawk computer serves as the heart of a virtual powertrain simulator now in use at Ford.
Dana will feature the Rolling Chassis module it supplies for the Dodge Dakota in Brazil and hydroform frame technology such as that used on the engine cradle in the Ford Windstar minivan. Also on display: Switched Reluctance Motors, collapsible steel and aluminum driveshafts and magnetic pulse welding technology that allows dissimilar metals such as steel and aluminum to be joined.
Delphi Automotive Systems
Delphi will demonstrate its ability to build modules. The centerpiece will highlight how five important modules can be installed in a single vehicle. They include an integrated cockpit module, an integrated air-fuel module, a front-end module, a chassis module and a door module.
Eagle-Picher will bring products from its Powertrain Pump technology group, including automatic transmission oil pumps and engine oil pumps. Also on display will be engine dampers; a variety of gaskets for engines, transmissions, compressors and brakes; and fuel and vapor systems tubing. Eagle-Picher also will show elastomeric components for fuel handling, powertrain, suspension and steering systems. Another exhibit will showcase Eagle-Picher's engine, powertrain and emissions testing services.
New products will include an electronic locking differential, a water-cooled fan drive, a boosted limited-slip differential, an engine air management system, and a plastic headlamp adjuster.
Hayes-Lemmerz will announce that it is now a supplier of complete front suspension modules and corner modules. Hayes-Lemmerz has focused on wheels and brakes. With its recent acquisition of CMI, Hayes-Lemmerz provides advanced polymer manifolds as well as cast aluminum or iron structural and suspension components.
The Mannesmann Automotive display, including Mannesmann Sachs and Mannesmann VDO, will feature the Nivomat self-leveling suspension system, VDO Car Communications' telematics/navigation/entertainment modular instrument cluster and VDO North America's advanced cluster components and concepts.
Mann+Hummel will showcase a new composite active air intake manifold featured on the Audi A4 and A6 2.7-liter, V-6 engines. The manifold can shift intake plenum lengths among two sets of runners to enhance the engine's torque curve. A more advanced, constantly variable version of the technology also will be on display.
Mark IV Automotive Group
Mark IV's engine division will exhibit belts, tensioners, idlers, pulleys and dampers. It also will display air intake manifolds and ducts, thermostat housings, power steering fluid tanks, brake fluid tanks and water pumps. The platform division will display power steering hoses, air conditioning hoses and hose assemblies, engine coolant hoses and engine and transmission oil cooling hoses. Mark IV also will exhibit fuel filler assemblies, fuel lines, fuel hoses and other low-permeation plastic elastomer products.
Meritor Automotive Inc.
Meritor will showcase several systems: door and access control systems, which include complete door modules along with latches and window regulators; roof systems, including the unique new Smart car roof module, along with a variety of sunroof systems with anti-squeeze electronics; chassis component systems, featuring lighter, smaller coil springs, torsion and stabilizer bars, and a range of wheels. Also on display: a line of power and manual seat-adjusting systems designed for all seating and seat-belt configurations.
Robert Bosch Corp.
Booths: 1708, 1408, 1508
The Bosch Adaptive Cruise Control relieves drivers from repetitive and monotonous speed adjustments through the automatic control of acceleration, deceleration and braking in changing traffic conditions. A radar system measures the distance, relative speed and angular position of vehicles ahead and adjusts the speed of the vehicle accordingly. Bosch's programmable instrument cluster enables drivers to select and activate a high-resolution color display format from a wide range of variants. The displays can be programmed for specific models and countries as the vehicle comes off the assembly line. That enables automakers to reduce manufacturing costs by using the same instrument cluster for a wide range of vehicle models worldwide.
Siemens Automotive Corp.
Siemens will focus on three powertrain innovations. First, Siemens has developed a starter-generator that will replace the starter and generator in a vehicle's drivetrain system. The technology shuts an engine off at idle and automatically restarts it as the vehicle accelerates from a stop. Second, Siemens will exhibit the unique hybrid drive system on the Chrysler Citadel. The system mates a V-6 internal combustion engine with the Siemens EV drive system. Third, Siemens will display its new electronically automated clutchless manual transmission in the exhibit of Hydraulik Ring (Booth 2715), a Siemens Automotive subsidiary.
(See also Breed Technologies Inc.)
Sumitomo Electric Automotive Inc.
Products of several members of Sumitomo's electric automotive group will be presented. Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Inc. will display wiring harnesses and electronic and electrical components and connectors. DTR Industries will display engine mounting systems, vibration isolation systems and suspension components. Sumitomo Electric Magnetic Wire America will show its magnet wire, used in heat-resistant coils and process-deterioration-resistant coils. Other group companies will display brake pads and calipers, junction blocks and instrument and control clusters.
The TRW display will include demonstrations of an overhead console that bundles key convenience and security systems, the TRW TireWatch system that monitors tire pressure and a pyrotechnic fuse box that reduces the risk of fire in a crash. In a crash, the box cuts power to select high-current connections while maintaining power to the vehicle's safety devices.
Visteon Automotive Systems
Visteon will exhibit an instrument panel display technology called Digital Micromirror Device. It uses a new postage-stamp-sized semiconductor to power a display panel akin to a personal computer screen that fits in the same space as a vehicle's conventional gauges. The color display is flexible, allowing a driver to program it to show personal information or a graphic representation of the gauges.
Yazaki's virtual image meter makes it easier to look back and forth between the road and the instrument cluster. The system uses lenses and prisms to make the instrument panel appear farther away than it is, so the eye adjusts more easily. Yazaki also will show new ways to adapt to changing voltage. On display will be a couple of taillights attached to a 42-volt power supply. The power feed will run through a control module, allowing the lights to burn as brightly as if they were powered by 12 volts.
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
ZF, along with Ford Motor Co., is producing the Ecotronic continuously variable transmission, which will be on display. Also featured will be steering components and electric steering systems being developed by ZF and Robert Bosch GmbH. ZF also will display axle system modules for the new BMW 3 series, as well as stabilizers, bushings and chassis components for the Jaguar X200.