Endevco Corp., San Juan Capistrano, CA, has completed what it claims to be the first available cold-gas shock tube that can effectively analyze the response of a pressure transducer. The device, along with its computerized analysis system, is designed to check the accuracy of pressure transducers used in turbine engines installed in aircraft, electrical power plants, and other industries. Engineering students from Texas Christian University (TCU) developed the shock tube in collaboration with Endevco engineers. The two-semester-long project involved researching shock tubes built and applied to pressure-transducer testing since the 1940s. Research included acquiring data analysis software and hardware to process the pressure-transducer signals resulting from the shock-tube environment. National Instruments' LabVIEW helped generate results used by the TCU team. The 12-ft-long x 3.5-inch-diameter shock tube, using helium as the driver gas, can be pneumatically or hydraulically activated. FAX (714) 661-7231.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.