Featuring minimum tensile strength levels of between 1,000 and 1,400 MPa, a series of new cold-rolled ultra-high-strength steels combine superior performance with low weight. Named Docol UHS, the new steels are particularly applicable to the automotive industry. Their high energy-absorbing properties, for example, make them useful as structural members and for components used in a car's crumple zone. Jan-Olof Sperle, research manager for SSAB Swedish Steel, points out that "the steel is hardened before leaving the factory. Consequently, industries using these steels no longer require their own warm-up plants and hardening furnaces." Cutting, shaping, and welding, he adds, are achieved with traditional methods. The Docol UHS series consists of three standard steels: Docol 1000 DP, Docol 1200 DP, and Docol 1400 DP. Numbers relate to maximum loads measured in megapascals, MPa. For further information call Roy Johansson at +46-243-700-00
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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