MATERIALS: NewAge Industries’ Superthane® Pneumatic is flexible tubing made from hydrolysis-resistant polyurethane that allows for tight bending in and around equipment, making it a good choice for pneumatic control, robotics, automated machinery, fluid circuitry, lubrication lines and instrumentation applications. Produced from an ether-based polyurethane compound, Superthane® Pneumatic does not contain plasticizers (ingredients used to enhance flexibility) that may leach out and result in flow contamination. The tubing offers cold temperature flexibility to as low as -90F (-67C) and virtually unlimited flexural life. It is manufactured to resist more pressure or vacuum than corresponding sizes of PVC or rubber. In addition to resisting moisture, it also withstands radiation exposure, kinking, tearing, abrasion and impact. It is available in eight colors - red, yellow, blue, green, orange, black, white and gray - and large quantities are stocked in 1/16 and 1/8 inch I.D. sizes.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.