Here's what some SAE 2000 World Congress exhibitors will have on display.
Aisin World Corp. of America
Aisin will show new automatic and manual transmissions; engine, brake and auto body components; a new sunroof design; and a new power sliding door for minivans.
American Axle & Manufacturing Inc.
American Axle & Manufacturing's display will include an independent-rear-drive module; a new 11.5-inch rear axle; lightweight aluminum rear axle; commercial-sized crankshaft (a new product, added through the company's 1998 acquisition of Albion Automotive); and its current-generation steering linkage. Some of the company's capabilities that will be highlighted and demonstrated include noise, vibration and harshness testing; metal-forming technologies; advanced product engineering technologies; and advanced metal-forming and other metallurgical technologies.
Analogy will display its Saber 42-volt system design flow software and its SaberHarness wire harness design flow software.
The Saber design flow lets engineers review design trade-offs required within a 42-volt electrical system and how they can be accomplished in combination with statistical analysis.
SaberHarness was developed to assist system designers with continual increases in wire harness complexity. The software is used to ensure fusing and electrical current loads maintenance. In addition, it analyzes and verifies wire integrity and the thermal load of systems.
Budd will join with its parent company, Thyssen Krupp Automotive AG, of Bochum, Germany, in a 2,800-square-foot exhibit with about 100 product displays. The exhibit will focus on capabilities in exterior body assemblies, chassis components, powertrain and systems/suspensions.
Included in the body area are components from a variety of materials, such as a steel hood and door produced for the BMW X5 sport-utility; a sheet molding composite hood and deck lid for the Ford Mustang; and an aluminum stamping.
Budd also will demonstrate its multimaterial capabilities with the planned display of a new Ford Explorer Sport Trac, for which Budd produces steel exterior components for the cab as well as the pickup box out of sheet molding composite.
Collins & Aikman Corp.
Collins & Aikman, which recently relocated to its global headquarters to Troy, Mich., will stress its skills as a global leader in automotive floor and acoustic systems and a leading supplier of automotive fabrics, interior trim and convertible top systems. Management, product development engineers and designers from the company's facilities worldwide will be on hand to discuss the company's broad-based product and technology capabilities.
Thirteen Dana divisions will exhibit components, modules and systems. They include Spicer Axle, Spicer Driveshaft, Parish, Victor Reinz, FTE, Perfect Circle, Glacier Vandervell, Modules & Systems, Motors & Electronic Systems, Boston Weatherhead, Fluid System Products, Plumley and Nakata.
Some featured Dana products and technologies will include its Hydra-Lok limited slip differential, which can be applied to both front and rear axles to provide 'slip to grip' performance in various road conditions; magnetic pulse welding technology, which allows dissimilar metals such as steel and aluminum to be joined; a U-Flex Oil Control Ring; UV FlexBond balance weight technology to help reduce noise, vibration and harshness; and Dana's hydroforming process.
Delphi Automotive Systems Corp.
Delphi Automotive Systems will introduce its Quadrasteer four-wheel steering system, which is featured on the GMC Terradyne concept vehicle that debuted in January at the Detroit auto show. Quadrasteer combines conventional front-wheel steering with an electrically powered rear-wheel steering system. Quadrasteer electronically controls the direction of the rear wheels, helping to shorten the vehicle's turning radius at low speeds and providing a significant increase in vehicle stability at high speeds.
DeNSO INTERNATIONAL AMERICA INC.
Denso's focus will be on Intelligent Transportation Systems technologies, including car navigation systems. Two new instrument clusters - the Dual Vision Optitron (with a transparent display in front of a tachometer) and Heads-Up Display - and a new parking aid system also will be featured.
Of special interest will be the Denso Micro-Inspection Robot, a successor to the Micro-Car, which was displayed at the SAE convention in 1996 and earned a Guinness record for the world's smallest car. The Micro-Inspection Robot, was developed by Denso Research Laboratories in Japan. It is geared for medical and industrial uses.
DuPont Automotive will display applications and technologies it has developed for several automakers.
Elements include the BMW Group's new active air intake manifold for Rover made of DuPont Zytel nylon, which this year won the Society of Plastics Engineers Most Innovative Use of Plastics award for Powertrain.
The component is Rover's first plastic intake system on a V-6. Switching from aluminum to nylon reduced weight by 40 percent and costs by about 30 percent. The manifold incorporates the Mann+Hummel patented overmolding process using dissimilar materials to create the first all plastic flap valves.
Also on display: Ford Motor Co.'s first and DaimlerChrysler's latest global thermoplastic rocker covers, both made of DuPont Minlon; Ford's one-piece air intake manifold made of DuPont Zytel; DuPont Surlyn Reflection Series molded-in-color supergloss alloy, appearing on the 2000 Dodge and Plymouth Neon; and several commercial DuPont Rynite coil-near-plug ignition cassettes.
Eaton will exhibit several technologies, including a small proportional input device for potential use on window lifts, door locks, headlight controls, dimmer brightness controls, air conditioner fans, horns, brake lights, seat positioning, occupant sensing and child seat engagement.
Eaton also will show its steering column module, which can incorporate multiple steering column functions into a single unit; a power folding mirror with an actuator that folds exterior mirrors against the body of the vehicle to permit access in tight spaces; modular air management systems; engine valve deactivation systems; Intelli-Traxx electronically controlled limited slip and electronic locking differentials; Command-Traxx mechanical locking differential (standard equipment on premium General Motors vehicles such as the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon Denali and Oldsmo-bile Bravada); Eaton's VORAD on-board vehicle radar system and forward collision warning system; superchargers; and offerings from Eaton units Aeroquip Engineered Plastics and Aeroquip Fluid Conveyance.
Hayes Lemmerz International Inc.
Hayes Lemmerz will display some of its steel and aluminum wheels, brakes, brake rotors, powertrain, suspension, structural and other lightweight components.
Lear's presentation will feature the reconfiguration of a vehicle interior for two different market segments using one common architecture.
The reconfigurations - from a 'custom New Lux' luxury version to a wild 'custom Generation Y' creation - will occur every half hour during the convention.
The reconfiguration will include an instrument panel, seat system, flooring and acoustic system, overhead system and door/trim panel systems.
The common architecture strategy will be based upon modular interior systems integration and will promote commonality between parts through the use of interchangeable, modular components built off the same substructures. This approach is designed to cut costs, reduce lead time and offer customization options.
Meritor Automotive Inc.
Meritor will exhibit technologies from its Light Vehicle Systems business, including roof modules, door modules, door systems (window regulators), access controls and wheels.
The company will highlight its 'ready-to-install' roof module. The module is produced using a process where polyurethane composite is sandwiched between the vehicle's outer roof skin and its interior headliner. The roof exterior could be constructed of aluminum, plastic or steel. The modules are affixed to vehicles via six fasteners and/or application of an adhesive similar to that used to adhere vehicle windshields. The module is designed to improve vehicle assembly because pre-assemblies such as cockpit modules, seats and instrument panels can be top-loaded during assembly before the roof module is affixed. A version of the module is in low-volume production for DaimlerChrysler's MCC Smart car.
Parametric Technology Corp./Cummins Engine Co.
Parametric Technology will feature the Cummins ISC engine in its booth because Cummins used Parametric Technology's ProE software to help design and analyze the engine's components and subsystems. Using Parametric Technology's ProE software, Cummins engineers reduced the number of parts, improved product reliability, reduced overall cost and shortened the product development cycle.
Robert Bosch Corp.
The exhibit will contain a variety of the company's technologies, with the focus on interior innovations and injection technology. A Jeep Grand Cherokee and concept vehicle will feature new products including:
TravelPilot DX-N, a high-end navigation system that takes current traffic information into account in route guidance.
Dallas RMD 169, an integrated mini disc player that digitally stores music data while guaranteeing consistently high quality for more than 30 years.
Digital Enlargement AutoMotive System, which creates plain audio wave fields that produce an optimum stereo sound for all vehicle passengers, regardless of listener seating position.
Also on display will be Bosch's direct gasoline injection system and diesel direct injection systems, which appear as innovative technologies on the 2000 Volkswagen Lupo.
SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP.
Employee-owned research and engineering firm Science Applications International will launch the Advanced Network Exchange, or ANX, formerly known as the Automotive Network Exchange. ANX is a managed network service for e-business used by more than 400 companies.
ANX was developed by the Automotive Industry Action Group and was purchased by Science Applications International late last year.
Siemens Automotive Corp.
Siemens' display will highlight:
Anti-Pinch Windows, designed with a window-lift motor that senses soft tissue, such as that found in children's fingers, and reverses the direction of the window.
Quick-Scout wireless traveler information and navigation technology in a palm-top application that docks with the vehicle to provide traffic information, turn-by-turn navigation, Internet access and roadside assistance. When removed from the cradle, the palm-top reverts to its usual functions such as address book or note pad.
A passive use Smart Card that performs the functions of a car key while resting in the user's pocket. The card (the size of a credit card) gains entry authorization, deactivates the engine control module's immobilization system, allowing the engine to start and communicates the driver's seat, steering wheel and mirror position preferences to the body electronics controller, which makes the desired adjustments. The Smart Card technology was launched in Europe last year. It will soon come to North America.
Siemens also will highlight a concept vehicle called the Spirit. Highlights include a stationary steering wheel hub that features a touch control pad for simple driver/computer interface; voice recognition for driver commands; an automated manual transmission that combines contactless sensors in the gear shifter and allows the user to switch back and forth between manual clutchless transmission or automatic transmission performance; a 3-D video recognition system used for occupant sensing in the event of a crash, allowing for occupant injury evaluation via an image link to the nearest hospital emergency ward; driver validation for security and anti-theft purposes; and drowsiness detection by monitoring the blink rate of the driver.
Sverdrup Technology Inc.
Sverdrup's booth display will include self-running multimedia presentations of three recent/current projects - a $100 million Driveability Test Facility in Allen Park, Mich.; Denso International America Inc.'s wind tunnel in Southfield, Mich.; and the Propulsion Wind Tunnel sustainment program at Arnold Engineering Defense Center in Tullahoma, Tenn.
Sverdrup also will have an interactive station in the booth, featuring its redesigned Web site, which includes more than 100 project profiles and in-depth descriptions of the full-range of services it offers automotive customers. The company also plans to announce its new agreement with a major U.S. automaker to operate all of its North American wind tunnel facilities.
Highlights of the TRW display include:
Vehicle-dynamics control systems that integrate radar, steering and suspension, braking and throttle control.
Occupant safety systems with TRW electronics that provide an integrated occupant-restraint system, including airbags, seat belts, steering wheel and sensors.
Also on display are systems and advanced technologies that can be integrated into existing vehicle architectures, including adaptive cruise control (jointly developed with Thomson-CSF of France), a radar-based system that senses obstacles ahead and automatically maintains an appropriate following distance; and driver detection technology that measures facial characteristics of potential drivers and allows only users it recognizes to drive the vehicle.
The Valeo exhibit, organized by theme, will feature technologies for increased driver comfort, vehicle fuel economy, styling/ergonomics, protection for the environment and assembly efficiency through modules.
Among featured exhibits will be a BMW 5-series comfort car equipped with bend lighting and light-emitting diode rear lamps; keyless entry system; interior four-zone heating, ventilating and air conditioning; advanced air filters and air quality sensors; automatic rain sensing and reversing front wiping systems; various clutch applications for enhanced control of vibration and pedal ergonomics; long-life synchronizer rings for enhanced shifting comfort; Park Assist; and anti-pinch window lift motors.
Yazaki North America Inc.
Yazaki North America's displays will include technologies such as advances in 42-volt vehicle architecture; in-vehicle digital network capabilities; advanced passive vehicle entry technology; and advances in power and data solutions.
Yazaki also will display current products such as switches, wire harnesses, instrumentation, connectors, power distribution centers, junction blocks and advanced electronics.