The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge (TN) Y-12 Plant has been designated the National Prototype Center by the U.S. Senate. The center will provide support facilities for both the public and private sectors in their endeavors to develop prototypes. "Designating Y-12 as the National Prototype Center will highlight its ability to rapidly transform complex hardware designs into precision prototypes through the use of advance manufacturing techniques," states Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson. "It will also allow customers to take advantage of the resources of a world-class national laboratory." The center's core capabilities include: precision manufacturing; manufacturing and materials technology development; energy- and environment-conscious manufacturing; and metrology and quality assurance. Phone (800) 356-4USA.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.