Hardware Cologne

Good Neighbour Trucks

 

Much of today’s commerce moves fast in small vans and trucks. However, the times are long since gone when the driver sat at the front end of a crude tin box around a simple load platform, with a diesel engine hammering away underneath. Modern commercial vehicles are now not only user friendly, but environmentally friendly. State-of-the-art is now the Euro 5 Emission Standard, with fuel consumption greatly reduced by turbochargers. Now, the driver generally enjoys comfort and ergonomics to automobile standard. And the modern commercial vehicle is no longer an environmental nuisance of the first order. The choice extends from tiny minivan to overland bearer of express freight on four wheels. Good reason to summarise the latest commercial vehicles for 2011/2012. weiterlesen…

Downhill – Friction-Free

 

These 630 kg high-speed projectiles scorch down the ice track at speeds of up to 150 km/h. Since 1924 bobsleighs have been an Olympic sport in which aero-dynamicists and sportsmen have systematically shaved thousandths of seconds off their best times in an effort to beat the competition. weiterlesen…

Up and Away – But Safe as Houses

 

A brief downward glance and the situation is clear – one mistake, and there’s a drop of several hundred metres. Arms ache, fingers burn and the pulse races – but the summit is still a long way off. Should fatigue set in, feet slip from the ledge or rocks underfoot loosen, then at great heights the safety ropes are no luxury but absolutely essential. Serious mountaineering calls for a self-locking karabiner, climbing harness and helmet. Safety equipment first developed for mountaineering is now also increasingly used in everyday situations such as in high-rise construction of bridges and wind generators, where lightweight kit makes a big difference to working efficiency. weiterlesen…

High Wire Act

 

Whether the task is to secure furniture during transport, tow water skiers behind a speedboat, broken down automobiles, support a suspension bridge, or anchor the Queen Mary 2: wire ropes, cables and chains have to be capable of withstanding extremely high loads. weiterlesen…

The Maya ‘Crystal Skull’: Polished with Sand?

 

For several years the general public has had an uncanny fascination with the Maya Crystal Skulls. They are at one and the same time cold, smooth and frightening, and became a source of myths and ghost stories; in particular since the last adventure of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Yet how could the Maya civilisation possibly have achieved such a finely polished surface finish? weiterlesen…

With a Wheelbarrow through the History of Music

 

Their repertoire extends from Mozart to Dire Straits; international hits from the last 300 years of music history such as We will rock you, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy and the theme tune from Mission Impossible, are all on the programme for the current Yellow Hands-Tour. What makes this band so different? Their musical instruments were constructed mainly from DIY products such as drainpipes, keys, rubber gloves, flowerpots, garden hoses, wheelbarrows and vacuum cleaners. weiterlesen…

Financial Nightmare, Architectural Dream

 

The developers of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie concert hall decided it should be seen as the undisputed symbol of the harbour city. But whether they attain this objective will depend in large measure on future progress with the construction. To date, there have been numerous explosions in cost and missed completion deadlines; construction of the so-called ‘Glass Wave’ has been the subject of public comment. No decision has yet been announced as to whether taxpayers will be asked to cough up the extra: the initial quote was for 77 million Euros, and now costs have risen to at least 323 million Euros. weiterlesen…