Dana Corp.'s Driveshaft Div. has introduced a magnetic-pulse welding process for joining ferrous and non-ferrous material to form lighter, more compact--and in some cases--previously non-producible driveshaft configurations. "The process results in a metallurgical attachment that outperforms conventional MIG welding and competing mechanical attachment processes," says Jim Duggan, Dana's chief engineer of advanced design. The process creates an intense magnetic field by downloading large amounts of electrical energy into a specifically designed coil over a very short period of time. When an aluminum tube, for example, is subjected to the field, it collapses inward with sufficient force to weld itself onto a stationary component, such as a steel or aluminum shaft. The solid-state weld process requires no heat, with the component orientation controlled by machine tooling. FAX (419) 866-2616.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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