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Dealing with the poor performer – On the Management Side

Dealing with the poor performer – On the Management Side – Brief Article Ted Pollock One of the most difficult, but important, responsibilities a manager faces is dealing fairly and effectively with an employee whose performance is unsatisfactory. In these cases, you have basic obligations to both the employee and your company. For many managers, […]

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447,000 heads are better than one: thinking about implementing a Knowledge Management program? If not, you should consider just how much brain power your organization isn’t using to its full extent – KM – Manage

447,000 heads are better than one: thinking about implementing a Knowledge Management program? If not, you should consider just how much brain power your organization isn’t using to its full extent – KM – Manage – Brief Article Gary S. Vasilash Knowledge management (KM), not surprisingly, is about thinking. Thinking differently. At least differently for […]

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the ever-moving intersection of needs and technologies has greatly increased the number of sensors in today’s cars. Here are some of the latest sensor systems in cars today and in development for the future

If only drivers were as attentive as sensor automation: the ever-moving intersection of needs and technologies has greatly increased the number of sensors in today’s cars. Here are some of the latest sensor systems in cars today and in development for the future Lawrence S. Gould EMISSION CONTROL Automotive emission control systems essentially “breath” the […]

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Hard truths for the holiday

Hard truths for the holiday Gary S. Vasilash During the just-past election season there was a loot of rhetoric about the overall low unemployment in the country. Of course, for those living in the area formerly known as the “Rust Belt,” that is far from being the case, at least for those whose jobs were […]

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aluminum wheels have been on a roll for two decades, but better materials, design and production techniques promise to put steel back on top

Steel wheels make a comeback: aluminum wheels have been on a roll for two decades, but better materials, design and production techniques promise to put steel back on top Kermit Whitfield Aluminum has had mixed success in infiltrating vehicle areas that have traditionally belonged to steel, but one component where it has become a clear […]

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The building future: A small group of designers at a colorado company is working to revolutionize the way cars are designed and built. One key to this is replacing steel bodies with plastics – Produce

The building future: A small group of designers at a colorado company is working to revolutionize the way cars are designed and built. One key to this is replacing steel bodies with plastics – Produce – Hypercar Inc Kermit Whitfield Hypercar Inc. (Basalt, Ca) is not an automobile manufacturing company. Yet the people there want […]

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Out of many one – Wip – Daihatsu’s sports car

Out of many one – Wip – Daihatsu’s sports car – Brief Article Christopher A. Sawyer Daihatsu’s Copen sports car has one thing in common with the new Mini Coopen a Front-end module built around a plastic base, and delivered to the line as a complete unit, ready For installation. Daihatsu will add the bumpers […]

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Casting and machining the Porsche Cayenne block

Casting and machining the Porsche Cayenne block Gary S. Vasilash With a specialized vehicle like the Porsche Cayenne there’s a need for specialization aspects of its production. Like the use of a specialist casting supplier to not only produce the aluminum-silicon alloy block, but to completely machine it as well. There’s something different about the […]

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Air-powered spindle

Air-powered spindle The Air Power Spindle available form BIG Kaiser Precision Tooling (www.bigkaiser.com) operates at speeds up to 80,000 rpm for micromachining operations. The spindle can be used on existing machining centers. The thermal displacement of the spindle is claimed to be less than 0.001 mm, as compared to up to 0.012 mm of displacement […]

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Delphi pyrotechnic steering column

Delphi pyrotechnic steering column For 2005, the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car will be fitted with active energy-absorbing steering columns from Delphi that can absorb up to 20% of the driver’s energy during a collision. The steering column, which utilizes a pyrotechnic actuator to vary the collapse rate, adjusts its response […]