Servo control of hydraulics hasn't quite lived up to its promise in terms of widespread use of the technology. One big limitation: Its cost. In a recent Design News survey of users of hydraulics, 68% of respondents say that they would use servo if they could buy it for the same price as proportional control. Some other reasons for not servo'ing: Maintenance considerations (52%); complexity (26%); installation difficulties (19%); and filtration considerations (13%).
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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