Phoenix Contact Inc. (www.phoenixcon.com) has rolled out the RAD-ISM-...-BD, an integrated radio and I/O module with expandable I/O options. Designed to eliminate cable and conduit for analog and digital signals in industrial environments, the RAD-ISM-...-BD utilizes spread spectrum frequency hopping techniques for a license- and interference-free link between remote devices and the control room. It also features an in-plant range of 600-1,000 ft with no line-of-sight, and requires a 12-30V dc power source.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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