Under test by Goodyear since 1992, this smart tire contains a chip system
that can gather and store data that identifies the individual tire, and detects
tire air pressure and temperature.
Today, such information must be collected manually. Time-consuming and dependent upon operator skill and attitude, manual data collection can prove inexact and expensive. It's important to monitor tire pressure, because proper inflation directly impacts tire wear. By making it possible to keep tires properly inflated, the new chip system can reduce fleet maintenance costs.
In one version now under investigation, Goodyear engineers use a hand-held reader that can interrogate a computer chip linked to a transponder antenna embedded in a UnisteelTM commercial tire. These experimental tires, and the commercial versions that will be developed from them, will be able to give the reader information that can help cut truck fleet costs.
Lantronix Inc. has expanded its line of controllers for sensor networks with the release of a rugged controller that improves management of automation systems used in a number of industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, and chemicals.
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is