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.
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.