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.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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