The Hydraulics Institute has just introduced a new subscription-based service for engineers, which enables them to receive automatically the most recent ANSI-HI pump standards—hot off the press. Four new standards are expected to be released this year. Users have a choice of formats: CD-ROM, web-based, or hard copy. Downloadable copies of the 2003 standards, cross-reference guide, and master index are available free at www.pumps.org.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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