ELECTRONICS: The $avings Predictor application is now available on Apple iTunes for iPhone (OS 3.1.2 or later) and iPod touch. This mobile application estimates energy savings when using a Variable Frequency Drive instead of conventional volume control methods.Variable frequency drives are reliable electronic devices that control three-phase electric motor speed. They are used in building automation, industrial, pumping, agriculture, irrigation, and water/wastewater applications to control the speed of fans and pumps in various systems. The payback period for installing drives is usually less than three years and can be less than one year.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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