"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.
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.