ELECTRONICS: OMEGA ENGINEERING’s new stand-alone datalogger — OM-EL-USB-2-LCD — features a high-contrast LCD that can show a variety of temperature and humidity information. With this unit the user can cycle between current readings, along with maximum and minimum stored values for temperature and humidity. It features immediate, delayed and push-to-start logging, and logging and alarm status is shown using two high-intensity LEDs. The data logger is supplied with a long-life lithium battery and Windows® Control Software. It is ideal for food, chemical and water industries, and for applications involving labs, HVAC and food processing. Pricing starts at $97.
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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