What research does the plastic industry really need? That is the focus of a one-of-a-kind survey being conducted internationally by the Plastics Institute of America (PIA). Survey results should help the plastics industry satisfy any near-term needs to commercialize new concepts by matching industry requirements with appropriate researchers and research facilities. The study follows the publication of a major research project undertaken jointly by PIA and the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI). Its sponsors call it the most comprehensive directory of plastics education and training programs across the U.S. and Canada. Interested parties can obtain a copy of the new survey by downloading it from the institute's web site (www.eng.uml.edu.Dept/PIA), faxing (978) 459-9420.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
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.