Some 154 global standards make up the third and updated edition of the ISO handbook "Technical Drawings." The goal of ISO/TC 10, the technical committee that drafted most of the standards, is to enable a drawing to be interpreted correctly in any country, regardless of language differences. Among the handbook's contents are standards for dimensioning, tolerancing, microcopying, surface texture, graphical symbols, and drawing equipment. A separate section deals with mechanical engineering drawings. You can buy the handbook, which comes in two volumes, from any national member of ISO or from the ISO Central Secretariat at 1 rue de Varembe, CH-1211 Geneva 20.
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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