ABB Drive Operations has unveiled the "world's fastest microdrive," the ACS/140. The unit covers from 0.5 to 3 hp, as well as 230 and 460V ac, in single- and three-phase configurations. It can respond to input signal changes in as little as 9 msecs. Measuring just a fraction of the size of conventional PWM ac drives, the new ACS/140 MicroDrive includes firmware and software for commercial and industrial applications. Applications include: fans, pumps, mixers, agitators, compressors, and conveyors. It also features a standard PID controller for simultaneous control of an industrial process or HVAC application. ABB Industrial Systems Inc. Product Code 4364 (P)
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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