Claiming a surface hardness of around 1,900 Vickers (compared to 800 Vickers for standard case hardened pin chains), Delta(reg)-treated drive chains extend service life in abrasive environments. Developed by the French company SEDIS, the Delta thermochemical treatment process resembles chrome hardening. Atomic chromium combines with the steel in treated parts to create a surface that is integral to the pin material. This prevents the risk of flaking associated with electrolytic chrome plating. In addition, the high-temperature diffusion process produces surfaces of regular thickness adhering to the substrate. After treatment, metal at the center of the part remains unchanged, producing a highly resistant, hardened and tempered steel. The surface is covered with a complex chromized coating made up primarily of extremely hard chrome carbide. Typical applications: power transmission, conveyors, and lift equipment. Call Jen-Georges Bernhard at +33-3-25-76-29-50
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.
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