It's not common for U.S. engineers to re-engineer a product designed in Asia. But that's exactly what engineers at Enidine, which specializes in shock and vibration technologies, did recently with a long-stroke, high-performance shock absorber. Norm MacKenzie, product line manager for the new PRO Long Stroke Series units, explains that Enidine acquired the extension to its line of standard hydraulic products from a Korean company. "The original product was only capable of about 30,000 cycles," he explains. "So although it's not usual for us to work this way, we redesigned the piston head and foam accumulator to get around 5 million cycles." Enidine just released the product, which can accommodate from 75 to 2,300 in-lbs. Target applications include pick-and-place robotics and plastics molding equipment.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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