Hoeganaes Corp. has introduced a new process that can "dramatically increase production capacity of stainless-steel powder." The resulting powder, according to Hoeganaes, has a yield up to three times the green strength of currently available powders. The process utilizes arc-furnace technology, along with proprietary secondary processing operations. Hoeganaes claims it's the first time that an arc furnace, instead of an induction furnace, has been employed in the production of such powders. "Our new processing technology will allow us to produce annually more stainless-steel powder than is currently supplied to the entire North American powder metal (P/M) fabricating industry," adds Dennis M. Jackson, vice president, sales and marketing. The first product to be made with the new process will be a stainless-steel powder called Ancor(reg) High-Performance Stainless. Phone Tim Hale at (609) 829-2220.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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