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CORP! Magazine Recognizes Munro in COVID-19 Heroes

Corp Magazine Sandy Munro Mask Giving

CORP! Magazine Recognizes Munro in COVID-19 Heroes

In the most recent issue of “CORP! Magazine”, there is a featured section on Michigan companies that picked up the fight against COVID in their own way to help make better of a terrible situation through providing community solutions to the cause.

Sandy Munro started off early talking about the importance of paying it forward to the front line cashiers at local grocery stores in order to acknowledge their risk of catching the illness in the act of performing their jobs by tipping them with whatever change is leftover in a person’s grocery bill.  This topic was featured in Munro’s now highly watched YouTube series on the Tesla Model Y teardown.  The #keepthechange hashtag started to catch on.

A fan of Sandy’s show, Jason Wang of Cypress River Advisors, sympathized with this message and provided Munro & Associates with a few thousand masks shipped over from Taiwan so that Sandy could hand them out to the front line cashiers at local grocery stores so that their employees could be protected without having to pay for masks.  Cypress River Advisors has been instrumental in distributing face masks for free to hospitals, nursing homes and communities in need across America, Japan and Taiwan recently and is still collecting donations to do so. (Click here to donate).

The grocery stores were elated and it definitely put a smile on the managers and employees faces (albeit, hard to see under the masks).  This story was then picked up by CORP! Magazine where you can read the full story story here.

 

Exclusive Sandy Munro guided tour of Munro

Sandy Munro Exclusive Tour of Munro and Associates

Exclusive Sandy Munro guided tour of Munro

For those of you interested in seeing more of Munro & Associates and what our facilities look like, Sandy has put together a video that takes the viewer on a guided tour and walks down memory lane.

This “behind the scenes” tour quickly delves into some of the products and projects Munro has worked on in the past, notably Club Car golf carts, Mini Cooper, Chrysler Pentastar engine, LG TVs, Javelin Missles and much more.  From medical devices to rice cookers, airplanes to video game consoles, Munro has worked on products in every manufacturing field.

Sandy then introduces the audience to Munro’s technology transfer center and reveals some of the interesting toys Munro gets to play with, just before the main walkthrough of our teardown area.

To see the whole video, click here!

Just another reminder, the Model Y report is almost finished, along with the Octovalve and Thermal System, the Inverter report, a comparison of 10 of the leading EV motors and the Model 3.  If you are serious about competing in the new EV world, these reports are a must-have.  Don’t be left in the dust while your competitors reap the knowledge contained in these tomes.  Reports of this type don’t exist anywhere else in the market.  Contact sales@leandesign.com for more information.

Sandy Munro’s Tesla Y teardown finds its way into the Wall Street Journal

Sandy Munro Wall Street Journal Tesla Model Y

Sandy Munro’s Tesla Y teardown finds its way into the Wall Street Journal

Sandy Munro once again found himself the topic of interest in the latest Wall Street Journal article entitled, “Is Tesla’s Model Y Crossover the World’s Best Car?” by Dan Neil.

Dan starts off his article, “I WAS debating whether to proclaim the new Tesla Model Y the best car in the world.”  He goes on to reference several sources that help them to come up with this conclusion, including the observations made by our founder Sandy Munro in a recent Teslarati article and, of course, the body of evidence found in Munro’s recent Model Y teardown series on YouTube.

Dan writes that during the pandemic shutdown, Sandy Munro’s YouTube series has elevated him to the status of “EV folk hero,” inspiring viewers such as himself to be in awe of this engineering marvel.  He does go on to mention the flaws that Sandy found in the car but reiterating that all of this is overshadowed by the overwhelming technological leaps found in this vehicle.

To view the full article in the Wall Street Journal, click here!

Most importantly, if you or your team wants to get ahead in the new EV world, our reports on the Model Y will put you in the driver’s seat.  We cover everything featured in our video series and more.  Also, our report on the leading 10 Electric Motors will let you know where everyone stands in the EV motor world. Whether you are an OEM, supplier, or manufacturer looking to get into the shifting EV market, these reports can give you an advantage now instead of wasting money trying to analyze in-house. Contact us today at sales@leandesign.com to learn more!

Munro Gives Out Masks to Local Groceries

Sandy Munro gives out masks to grocery stores

Munro gives out masks from Cypress River Advisors to local grocery stores!

Sandy Munro has been urging our viewers on Munro Live to tip their cashiers and, in general, pay respect to the front line essential workers who have been putting their lives and health on the line during this COVID 19 crisis.

Well, recently Sandy has taken it one step further and with the help of Jason Wang at Cypress River Advisors, the creative engineers at giveneed.org, and the Taiwanese manufacturers, Sandy Munro handed out boxes of facemasks to certain local grocery stores in the Detroit Metro area.

Jason Wang, an alumnus from the University of Michigan and Wolverines fan who now lives in Taiwan and runs an Investment Company with a portfolio including philanthropic work fostering air quality analytical platforms, academic research, and education provided these much-needed masks recently and the local grocery stores who received them were all too happy.  From all the people at Munro, we very much thank Jason for his generous donation and salute his commitment to helping our at-risk workers!

Munro would like to send a big thanks out to Jason and his team and all the other unsung heroes out there making a difference during this pandemic!

For the full video, click here!

Once again, if you are interested in taking your company to the next level and uncovering the secrets of the Tesla Y or 3 or the leading 10 EV motors on the market, please contact sales@leandesign.com.

Munro Tech Spotlight: Presidium Part Three – RevoTherm Applications

Presidium RevoTherm Molding Sandy Munro

Munro Tech Spotlight: Presidium Part Three – RevoTherm® Applications

In this final post of our Tech Spotlight series featuring Presidium and its innovation, RevoTherm®, we’re sharing the material’s potential applications and markets.

There are a number of markets where RevoTherm® is applicable, including: automotive aftermarket; agricultural; aerospace; construction; electric vehicle; heavy truck; recreational; RV/ specialty vehicle; marine; infrastructure; windpower; and more.

When it comes to the transportation industries, such as automotive aftermarket and heavy truck, lightweighting has become a big topic and a critical differentiator. In the heavy truck industry, for example, RevoTherm® can reduce the weight of key components, such as body panels, air design pieces, and other large parts by as much as 30% compared to traditional fiberglass composites, or up to 80% as compared to steel; while maintaining their structural integrity.

Jeep Bumper SEMA 2019 made using RevoTherm by Presidium

Jeep Bumper SEMA 2019 made using RevoTherm by Presidium

The same can be said for the agriculture and construction industries. For example, farm operators don’t want heavy equipment that will bog down the field. They want to lightweight as much as possible. At the same time, OEM’s are looking to reduce fabricated metal parts that are costly and labor-intensive.  As compared to other resins, RevoTherm®, because of its inherent strength, has the potential to make parts lighter by downgauging the part geometry or by reducing the amount of fiberglass reinforcement.  In some instances, RevoTherm® is strong enough that it can be used without any reinforcement at all.  It can also be used in many cases to replace fabricated metal parts.  RevoTherm® can also be made into structural foams to further support cavities like beams, pillars, and sandwich boards without adding significant weight.

RevoTherm® also has application potential in the marine industry, which utilizes quite a bit of fiberglass. And, as many of you know, current polyester fiberglass composites have low impact strength and cracks quickly lead to exposed fibers and delamination, as is often seen with hatch doors. RevoTherm® is able to produce stronger parts both in terms of impact and resin to fiber adhesion.

These are just a few of the many ways RevoTherm® can revolutionize the composites industry, as well as the products and processes of many others.

Thanks for following along in this Tech Spotlight series. You can view part one here and part two here.

For more information on Presidium, visit: https://www.presidiumusa.com/.

Munro Tech Spotlight: Presidium Part Two – Benefits of RevoTherm

Various RevoTherm® Parts from Presidium USA

Munro Tech Spotlight: Presidium Part Two – Benefits of RevoTherm®

In part two of our Tech Spotlight: Presidium, we’re highlighting the benefits of the company’s product, RevoTherm®, which stands for revolutionary thermoset. RevoTherm is a polyurethane-based thermoset resin system with material properties capable of replacing traditional composite materials in either a lightweight “neat” or reinforced system.

RevoTherm® is created in a two-part chemistry using a traditional isocyanate and Presidium’s “secret sauce”, a modified polyol that has structural properties up to five times stronger than typical urethanes. However, it retains the benefits of a urethane system with low viscosity that flows like water and cures into a finished part. This allows the material to easily flow into tools to make parts, so you can use low-pressure tools and processes that are relatively inexpensive compared to other industry equipment.

The RevoTherm® system is a clean (non-styrenic) and low-labor process suited for numerous manufacturing applications including closed- molding, pultrusion, RIM, and vacuum infusion using commercially available meter mix equipment and low-cost tooling. Compared to many traditional composite processes, the RevoTherm® system produces minimal waste and low VOCs.

In addition, part design freedom is expanded with the ability to add-in thick-to-thin areas, embosses and textures with no read-through. Being a polyurethane-based material, the end product has optimal adhesion properties for coatings and adhesives.

To learn more, visit: https://www.presidiumusa.com/revotherm.

Next week, we’ll share the last post for this Tech Spotlight series and highlight RevoTherm’s applications.

To view part one of this series, click here!

 

 

Model Y Series: Episode 32: High Voltage Battery Comparison

Model Y Series: Episode 32: High Voltage Battery Comparison

Episode 32: High Voltage Battery Comparison

Welcome back to episode 32 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro compares three major types of high voltage (HV) batteries.

To start, while we wait for our Model Y module to return from being discharged, Sandy takes a close look at the substructure of a Model 3 HV battery.

Next, Sandy walks us through the specifics of three major types of HV batteries: cylindrical; prizmatic; and pouch. He reviews the constructions available on the market today, while demonstrating the pros and cons.

Check out the full details here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Also, Sandy shares the Uberturbine cocktail table now available here.

Don’t forget to check out the MunroLive merchandise store. Get your MunroLive gear here: https://teespring.com/stores/munro-live-store

Model Y Series: Episode 20: Noise, Vibration & Harshness Countermeasures, Cooling Pack & AGS

Episode 20: Noise, Vibration & Harshness Countermeasures, Cooling Pack & AGS

Welcome back to episode 20 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro walks viewers through the various types of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures found in the vehicle.

There are various NVH countermeasures present on the Model Y, including: lofted fiberglass; foam-in-place PUR (polyurethane) with TPO (thermoplastic olefin) skin; a pumpable sound deadener; mastic patches; and die-cut foam.

Sandy also gives an overview of the construction of the cooling pack that’s outside of the vehicle, as well as the active grille shutter (AGS) system.

To end the segment, Sandy shares more about what Munro is all about and what they do, including analyzing products, such as the most extensive study Munro has ever done on the BMW i3, and helping companies design better products.

You can see the full details on the NVH countermeasures, cooling pack and AGS system here.

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Also, please consider Sandy’s suggestion for how to pay it forward during these challenging times. Together we have the ability to make a difference!

Model Y Series: Episode 19: PDC and ADAS Product Design Analysis

Episode 19: PDC and ADAS Product Design Analysis

Welcome back to episode 19 of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro provides an overview of the Model Y’s Power Distribution Center (PDC) and the dash-mounted, thermally regulated Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). Let’s get to it!

Sandy starts with the PDC. Like the Model 3, the Model Y’s PDC is in the center, which shortens the heavy wires needed as well as makes is simpler for build. Further, without fuses, the PDC is self-curing with software. Sandy also explains why the PDC is necessary for EVs and what functions it serves.

He then looks at the ADAS – or the “magic box” per Sandy – that is now in its third hardware iteration from Tesla. Sandy provides some initial insight about the camera, HDMI, USBC and Ethernet connectors, as well as the location and function of the ADAS coolant. Overall, the ADAS arrangement – that is unique to Tesla – is impressive per Sandy.

You can see the full details about Sandy’s PDC and ADAS analysis here.

Also don’t forget to check out the signed Model Y parts Munro has available for purchase: https://www.ebay.com/itm/174251252145

Interested in more? Visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

Also, please consider Sandy’s suggestion for how to pay it forward during these challenging times. Together we have the ability to make a difference!

An Easter Message from Sandy Munro

Short message from Sandy before the Easter break

An Easter Message from Sandy Munro

Check out this inspiring video about how Bob Hamlett, a Munro Live subscriber, “paid it forward” during these challenging times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2N31Ottbvk&t=33s

Doing what we can, during this trying time to take care of one another, is the only true help many of us can give.  While the front line workers are risking it all to keep people fed, supply chain moving and the sick medically cared for, choose to recognize and honor these great individuals for making their contribution.

Together we have the ability to make a difference!