The Exhaust Heat Recovery System (EHRS) uses the heat from exhaust gas to reduce engine warm-up time, enhance efficiency, improve fuel economy, and reduce emissions for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Cold engines are less efficient and pollute more than warm ones, so heating them can help vehicles meet fuel economy standards.

The system combines an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system with a waste heat recovery system (WHRS). The EHRS reduces mechanical losses by using the energy conserved within the exhaust gas. During engine cold starts, a valve controls the exhaust gas flow, routing it through a heat exchanger, where the thermal energy of the gas heats up the vehicle’s subsystem fluids. The low-pressure EGR valve controls the temperatures in the combustion chamber, improving engine efficiency and combustion timing. The technology also reduces carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

BorgWarner Inc.

Instrument panel backing foam

The Elastoflex E product group allows weight reductions and foam densities of around 120g/L without sacrificing softness, low emissions, or adhesion to a variety of materials. Depending on component geometry, up to 30% of weight can be cut. Fine cell structures allow the material to be used on components smaller than 5mm, expanding foam-use options on instrument panel and door elements.

Engineers designed the foam to save weight and incorporate sensors and control elements. A renewable materials version of the foam is made from castor oil.

BASF Performance Materials

Forklift flue gas analyzer

The E4500 portable flue gas analyzer, designed for forklift emissions applications, allows users to monitor carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxide (NOx), oxygen (O2), and hydrocarbon (HxCy) levels to ensure safe, comfortable work environments.

E Instruments Int’l.

IP69K sealed cameras

DesignCore D3RCM rugged camera modules integrate OmniVision or Sony image sensors with Texas Instruments’ FPD-Link III SerDes for digital performance and superior resolution. The miniature cameras in sealed enclosures meet IP69K standards.

Automotive vision applications include advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as surround view, backup camera, mirror replacement, and blind spot monitoring. D3RCM modules offer small size; weigh less than 10g, excluding the lens; and have consistent thermal management. Several models feature on-sensor and internal image signal processing (ISP). Power over coax (PoC), with multiplexed video stream and control channel, simplifies system integration.

Engineers work with manufacturers to integrate camera modules on vehicles. Camera integration services include custom tuning, software drivers, and verification assistance. Camera modules are compatible with development kits based on Nvidia’s Jetson; Intel’s FPGA; and Texas Instruments’ TDA2P, TDA3x, TDA2x, DM50x, and AM57x vision processors.

D3 Engineering

Brake actuator grease

Klübersynth GR 46-52 F fully synthetic lubricating grease has a tailored chemistry to promote compatibility with ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber, supporting modern vehicle brakes and electric park brakes that are increasingly replacing hydraulic units.

Klübersynth GR 46-52 F is a solid lubricant that ensures reliable separation of surfaces, enabling constant startup torques throughout a long lubricant life. It extends component life with a high proportion of sliding friction and with rolling motion.

Developed for electric brake actuators, mostly small actuators in motor vehicles, it can be used on spur gears, worm gears, spindle mechanisms, and ball screws.

Klüber Lubrication