Boats, an automated inspection system, and V-twin engines are winners in the National Society of Professional Engineers 1998 Best Products competition. The Logic V-Series fishing utility boats, designed by Logic Marine Corporation (Durham, NC), won in the small company category. The boats are close to indestructible, according to Logic Marine. Engineers molded linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) inside a rotating oven to produce a one-piece, double-walled boat that is five times more impact resistant than fiberglass. Another benefit: LLDPE is impervious to corrosion and rot, and will not break down from exposure to ultraviolet rays. The plastic boats cost up to 40% less to manufacture than comparable fiberglass boats, produce no styrene emissions and other air pollutants associated with alternative manufacturing methods, and are 100% recyclable, say developers. In the medium company category, Key Technology (Walla Walla, WA) won for its Tegra(reg) Automated Inspection System. This optical sorter, equipped with a free-hanging conveyor belt, uses trichromatic, high-resolution cameras capable of sensing 16,777,216 shades of color and analyzing shapes. The system can pick out bad nuts, bolts, aspirin tablets, even beans. V-twin-cylinder 16- and 18-hp engines from Kohler Company (Kohler, WI) won in the large company division. The air-cooled, four-stroke engines have an overhead camshaft (OHC) design that incorporates an automotive-type belt and predominantly phenolic and powdered-metal components. The company says the engines are three times quieter than comparable models throughout most of their operating range. FAX: (703) 836-4875.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
Major global metropolitan areas are implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
Here’s a look at robots depicted in movies and on TV during the 1950s and 1960s. We tried to collect the classics here, omitting the scores of forgettable B movies such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. Stay tuned for slideshows of robot stars from later decades.
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