Siemens is expanding its portfolio of Industrial Ethernet switches with the SCALANCE XM-400, offering two basic units and port extenders for connecting up to 24 network stations. (Source: Siemens Industry)
Nice article, Al. Siemens, as usual, is at the cuyying edge of automation and control developments. One of the most practical advances is integrated drive systems. Instead of throwing gears around, control engineers can now reconfigure their lines on the HMI.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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