MATERIALS/FASTENING: A new series of Corrosion-Resistant Pull-Down Latches from All Metric Small Parts (aMsp) is designed for various types of boxes and transportation equipment. Because springs are used, a tightening force is applied when the latch is closed. Since the latch is stainless steel, it has excellent corrosion resistance. The holes for a padlock are on the side, preserving the appearance, even when there is no lock. 3-D CAD models are available for download on the aMsp website.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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