Yes, the tech word is littered with big names like Apple, Google, Toyota, and General Motors, but there are many other powerhouses that most of us in North America have little to no familiarity with. One such company is Germany’s Siemens, and they have just released a new series of products for the tech industry.
It’s called SIRIUS ACT and it offers nearly all types of machinery with elegantly designed push buttons, indicator lights and switches that the company says “are the perfect embodiment of style, intelligence, and physical toughness.”
Considering Siemens — Europe’s largest electronics company — has been in business for over 165 years and has built a solid reputation for quality, highly-durable, energy-efficient and resource saving tech solutions, we’ll take their word for it.
More specifically, SIRIUS ACT is a modular system of pushbuttons and indicator lights for front plate mounting and rear-mounted electrical modules.
Why make a big deal about contraptions as vanilla and mundane as push buttons and indicator lights, you might wonder? Short answer: our increasingly chaotic world can always use some sprucing up. Siemens’ system come in four stylish designs that can be customized to your unique taste: plastic black, plastic with a metal front ring (matte), metal shiny, metal matter and flat solid metal.
Fortunately, with SIRIUS ACT, you get more than just spiffy aesthetics. Every component (e.g. buttons, lights, and switches) is constructed from premium and durable materials such as genuine metal and high-grade plastics, and all controls have the capability to communicate and interact with each other.
For quality assurance, Siemens engineers also put SIRIUS ACT through an extensive series of trials that includes high pressured element tests and painstakingly configured each and every control to ensure that they work perfectly with HMI touchscreens and industrial computers.
The company assures us that dust, water, oils, caustic solutions and extreme environmental influences have nothing on this bad boy, making it ideal for many applications.
With such sophistication, you would think SIRIUS ACT would be difficult to install and use. Think again! An innovative snap-on concept makes installing the unit so easy that it can be done with one hand. Moreover, an intuitive generator for the SIRIUS ACT Configurator provides users with three easy steps for arranging devices individually online with selection, drag-and- drop functions and comfortable reporting.
With SIRIUS ACT, Siemens looks to have delivered a modern, easy-to-use, extremely-rugged and flexible system that could give your machinery the extra oomph! it’s been needing. Any questions?
This post is sponsored by Siemens, but all thoughts are our own.
Tesla Roadster Uses Rocket Thrusters To Go Faster, Turn Better
No, this is not science fiction. The new Tesla Roadster does indeed use thrusters to improve its acceleration, top speed, braking and cornering ability.
Telsa CEO Elon Musk confirmed in a post that the electric sports car will be available with a SpaceX package that, among other features, gives it 10 small rocket thrusters placed seamlessly around its body to “dramatically” enhance overall performance and possibly enable it to “fly short hops … maybe.”
He explained that pressure for the thrusters will be generated on-board via electric air pumps and composite-overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs), similar to how the system works in the SpaceX rockets:
“The air exiting the thrusters would immediately be replenished whenever vehicle pack power draw allowed operation of the air pump, which is most of the time. Total energy stored even in ultra-compressed air is low vs battery, but power output is insane.”
Even without the fancy thrusters, the new Tesla Roadster is stupid fast, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a neck-snaping 1.9 seconds thanks to its three powerful electric motors. Musk intendeds it to “beat gas sports cars on every performance metric by far, no exceptions” and set a new benchmark for pure speed.
I can only imagine what such complexity means for reliability and safety…
Honda, GM Team Up For Next-Gen EV Batteries
Honda and General Motors have teamed up to develop a next-generation battery for their future electric vehicles.
The agreement calls for the two companies to collaborate on making GM’s next generation battery system more energy efficient, smaller in size and faster at charging than the system currently utilized by the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Volt range-extended hybrid.
The batteries will be mainly focused on the North American market, and Honda will be able to source the technology for its line of electric vehicles.
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Mark Reuss, General Motors Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, stated:
“This new, multiyear agreement with Honda further demonstrates General Motors’ capability to innovate toward a profitable electric portfolio. GM’s decades of electrification experience and strategic EV investments, alongside Honda’s commitment to advancing mobility, will result in better solutions for our customers and progress on our zero emissions vision.”
In addition to this new partnership on battery tech, GM and Honda recently partnered to produce an advanced hydrogen fuel cell system around 2020, one that is smaller and cheaper than conventional systems. They believe their combined manufacturing capabilities will ultimately reduce costs through greater economies of scale.
All Cadillac Vehicles Will Have Super Cruise In 2020
Your next Cadillac will likely be self-driving.
Cadillac has announced that its partial autonomous Super Cruise technology, which premiered in its flagship CT6 sedan, will be available on every single one of its models starting in 2020, including the new XT4 crossover.
The company also revealed plans to offer V2X communications in a new crossover by 2023 before it eventually proliferating it across its entire lineup.
Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, stated:
“The expansion of Super Cruise and V2X communications technology demonstrates Cadillac’s commitment to innovation, and to making customers’ lives better. GM is just as committed to ushering in a new era of personal transportation, and technologies like these will enable it.”
Super Cruise can takes over control of most of the driving on the freeway, managing steering, braking and acceleration. All the driver has to do is keep his/her eyes on the road and take over if a lane change is needed.
The technology will also be made available on other General Motors vehicles.