"In one quantum leap forward, incremental changes of the past in the composites industry are giving way to a total system breakthrough," says Gene Kirila, CEO of Pyramid Operating Systems. Kirila refers to his firm's new VEC(TM) operating system, the VEC 5.5Cell. The "Virtual Engineered" composites system links materials, equipment, process control, human interface, and advanced technology in one program. A key component of the operating system is Floating Mold(TM), a patent-pending, closed-mold technique that uses two composite laminate skins in a liquid, air-tight seal of two pressure vessels filled with non-compressible fluid. The system collects and analyzes materials data, then creates complete histograms of the resin environment during the composite-producing process. Control parameters include: temperature, viscosity, flow rate, mass density, gel times, and peak exotherms on a real-time basis. Visit www.pyracomp.com.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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