"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.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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