Sterling Diagnostic Imaging Inc. (Greenville, SC) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) certification for its iiRAD(TM) operator console. This allows Sterling to market its own line of DirectRay(TM) direct-to-digital image x-ray equipment in the U.S. The digital flat-panel, image-capture technology directly captures and converts x-ray energy into a digital image, resulting in a higher resolution x-ray than conventional methods. Within seconds after exposure, DirectRay digital images are available for preview and diagnosis. Traditional screen-film technology often takes 15 minutes or more to develop and deliver. The iiRAD operator console controls the capturing and configuring images from the DirectRay detector array and array controller. The console, designed for fast, simple operation, serves as the user interface to x-ray generation equipment that acquires patient and exam data and routes images and information to printers, display, and storage devices. Sterling plans to commercialize two iiRAD x-ray systems in 1998--the iiRAD DR 1000C dedicated chest system and the iiRAD DR1000 general radiography system. Other systems are in development. Visit the company's web site at www.sterlingdi.com. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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