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Editor: Jonathan Severn
2nd September 2009

On 25 August the FIA Land Speed Record for a steam-powered car was set at 139.843mph (225.06km/h). This achievement by the British Steam Car Challenge is approximately 13mph (or ten per cent) faster than the previous record - which had stood for over 100 years.

Regardless of the apparently small margin by which the longstanding record has been broken, the BSCC has achieved a huge amount on a limited budget. A great deal of work has gone into developing the boilers, for example.

Having secured the World Record, the car will be housed at Beaulieu, with the intention being that it will influence the next generation of engineers and designers to take an ecological approach to solving problems. As a BSCC spokesman says, "No matter how old the technology, there are always new and better ways to put that technology to work for mankind."

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Microfluidics offer benefits for automation and miniaturisation
This technical article from Burkert Fluid Control Systems explains how microfluidics improve low-volume liquid handling in demanding applications. More?

Stainless steel shock absorbers feature integral stop
Ace Controls International is offering a wide range of stainless steel shock absorbers that benefit from self-compensation and integral mechanical stops. More?

Custom torque sensors on short lead times
Applied Measurements now offers a service to design and manufacture custom torque sensors in lead times similar to those for standard products. More?

Gigabit Ethernet cameras come with drivers included
New from The Imaging Source is a series of 27 robust Gigabit Ethernet cameras that come complete with drivers for LabView, Halcon, DirectX, Twain and WDM. More?

Servo drives can be networked with IEEE 1394b
Inmoco is introducing the ORMEC ServoWire SD family of servo drives for high-performance applications utilising superior IEEE 1394b networking. More?

EVENTS

Exhibitors to demonstrate cost-saving fasteners
October's Fastening & Assembly Solutions event will feature an extensive variety of fasteners and technologies that can help to reduce production costs. More?

Machine Building show 2010: new dates announced
Machine Building & Automation, which is part of Advanced Manufacturing UK, will now take place on 27/28 April 2010. More?

SPONSORED ANNOUNCEMENTS

Soft-start and exhaust valve ensures safety of pneumatics
Festo's MS6-SV soft-start and exhaust valve features self-testing and redundancy, making it suitable for ISO 13849-1 Category 4, performance Level e applications. More?

LabVIEW 2009 helps to cut system cost and size
Key features in LabVIEW 2009 include real-time maths, SolidWorks mechatronics tools, and technologies for parallel processing and wireless sensor networking. More?

New modular L-force I/O system 1000 for real-time control
Lenze's compact, user-friendly I/O system 1000 is capable of handling real-time signals for motion control and other automation applications. More?

Supagraf PremiPak reduces valve stem fugitive emissions
James Walker's new Supagraf PremiPak provides class-leading performance in a combination valve packing to Shell MESC SPE 85/203 and 85/204 specifications. More?

Low-cost gas sensor features improved communication
Edinburgh Instruments' Gascard gas sensor now benefits from onboard RS232 and optional TCP/IP comms, as well as temperature and pressure compensation. More?

Machinery CE marking services and training
Pilz is enhancing its range of services and training courses to help customers prepare for the new Machinery Directive and changes to standards. More?

FEATURED PHOTO

Jacks are key to telescope dish accuracy
This photo shows a 50kN metric jack installed in a telescope antenna dish to achieve a pointing accuracy of better than half a minute of arc. More?

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Jonathan Severn
Editor

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Sales Manager

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