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OEM Report: Automotive

Plug in, drive away

By FFJournal staff

January 2010 - As technology becomes an integral part of consumers' everyday lives, longer-lasting batteries in electronic devices will help minimize the chore of charging. For consumers who enter the garage, hop out of the car and plug it into the wall, new battery technology not only shortens charging time but also creates a safer high-performance unit. According to Detroit, Mich.-based Chevrolet'swebsite, the 2011 Volt allows drivers to commute using electric power, charging their vehicles in about 10 hours with a standard 120-volt line or about four hours with a dedicated 240-volt charging station.

The battery powering the Volt can travel an EPA estimated range of 35 miles on a full charge and is the result of research at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. Recently the laboratory came to an agreement with LG Chem, Ltd., a Korean-based chemical and rechargeable battery maker, for the make and use of Argonne's patented cathode material technology in lithium-ion battery cells.

Powering progress
Argonne is the nation's first national laboratory. It strives to find solutions to problems in science and technology through basic and applied scientific research. According to Argonne, its cathode material offers a 50-to-100-percent increase in energy storage capacity over conventional cathode material. The cathode material is part of a large suite of Li-ion battery inventions that have been developed at Argonne with DOE funding. The composite material combines lithium- and manganese-rich mixed-metal oxides in a stable materials-design approach that can extend the battery's operating time between charges, improve the inherent safety of lithium-ion cells and allow charging at higher voltages, which leads to a higher energy storage capacity.

"We believe that Argonne's patented cathode material technology, which helps increase the capacity of lithium-ion battery cells, and LG Chem's safety-enhanced SRS (separator) technology are the keys to producing high-performance and safe batteries for the GM Volt," said Youngjoon Shin, Ph.D., research fellow, Battery R&D, LG Chem, in a press release.

Practical application Argonne and General Motors Co., Detroit, Mich., also have reached an agreement that allows GM to use the composite cathode material to make advanced lithium-ion batteries.

"Engineers and researchers at General Motors are working on next-generation battery systems that will reduce cost while providing improved performance, expanding the practicality and affordability of electric vehicles in the future," said Micky Bly, GM executive director-Electric Systems, Hybrids, Electric Vehicles and Batteries, in a press release.

"The creation of this battery technology represents an important return on the American investment of innovative vehicle and battery research," added Energy Secretary Steven Chu. "This agreement gives General Motors the ability to use cutting-edge battery technology throughout its supply chain. The licensing of this technology will also spur the renewal of the American battery industry, creating hundreds of new jobs where they are needed most."

"Talented scientists at Argonne have long been a source for industry-leading innovations in the area of automotive research," said Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., a senior member of the House Science, Space and Technology committee, in a press release. "With support for basic science research from the DOE's Office of Science and Congress, the work going on right here in our community promises to transform our transportation industry and keep the U.S. economically competitive for years to come. This agreement will help speed those innovations out of the laboratory and into the marketplace where they can create jobs, benefit consumers and help reduce our dependence on foreign energy." FFJ

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IRONWORKERS

NESTING SOFTWARE

SERVICE CENTERS

Camfil APC - Equipment Trilogy Machinery Inc. Metamation Inc. Admiral Steel
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LASER TECHNOLOGY

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Alliance Steel
Donaldson Company Inc. AMADA AMERICA, INC. Messer Cutting Systems Inc.

SOFTWARE

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Mazak Optonics Corp.

PLATE

Enmark Systems Inc.
MetalForming Inc. MC Machinery Systems Inc. Peddinghaus Lantek Systems Inc.
RAS Systems LLC Murata Machinery, USA, Inc.

PLATE & ANGLE ROLLS

SigmaTEK Systems LLC

BEVELING

TRUMPF Inc. Davi Inc. Striker Systems
Steelmax Tools LLC

LINEAR POSITION SENSORS

Trilogy Machinery Inc.

STAMPING/PRESSES

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MTS Sensors

PRESS BRAKE TOOLING

AIDA-America Corp.
Bradbury Group

MATERIAL HANDLING

Mate Precision Tooling

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Burghardt + Schmidt Group Fehr Warehouse Solutions Inc. Rolleri USA Alliance Steel
Butech Bliss UFP Industrial

PRESS BRAKES

TUBE & PIPE

Red Bud Industries

MEASUREMENT & QUALITY CONTROL

AMADA AMERICA, INC. BLM Group
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CONVEYOR SYSTEMS

METAL FABRICATION MACHINERY

MC Machinery Systems Inc.

WATERJET

Mayfran International Cincinnati Inc. SafanDarley Barton International

DEBURRING/FINISHING

LVD Strippit

PUNCHING

Flow International Corporation
ATI Industrial Automation Scotchman Industries Inc. Hougen Manufacturing Jet Edge Waterjet Systems
Lissmac Corp. Trilogy Machinery Inc.

SAWING

WELDING

Osborn

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Behringer Saws Inc. American Weldquip
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Timesavers MetalForming Inc. DoALL Sawing T. J. Snow Company

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HE&M Saw

 

Beckwood Press Co. Titan Tool Supply Inc. Savage Saws

 

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