Actuators Strike A Musical Note
Features 6/2/2008 Post a comment David Byrne’s newest musical installation, Playing the Building, uses pneumatic and electric actuators to transform a New York City ferry terminal into an enormous musical instrument
Integrated Safety on the Rise
Features 6/2/2008 Post a comment Machine builders have good reason to move away from their traditional relay-based safety systems and adopt an approach that integrates safety with the main automation systems
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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