Got a burning question about fluid-power related topics? The Fluid Power Society, an organization for fluid power and related motion control professionals, operates an on-line discussion board. Fluid power distributors, service organizations, industry experts, and users of fluid power participate in the forum. Some recent topics discussed: Long stroke cylinders, flow control circuits, and industry salary statistics. You can access the discussion board at http://admin.ifps.org/wwwboard.html. For general information about the Fluid Power Society contact them at www.ifps.org or (800) 303-8520.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
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