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Special Alloys Target Aerospace, Leisure MarketsLook for new emphasis on high-performance specialty grades as an American mill refocuses and reinvests in a major expansion of its premium melt capacity in its Pennsylvania plant. Full Story Russian Titanium Plays Big Role in Dreamliner Boeing is building a titanium processing plant in Russia to supply critical parts for the Dreamliner. The plant is 66-percent owned by Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport. Full Story Big Dig Epoxy Provider Facing Manslaughter Charge Powers Fasteners Inc. of Brewster, NY is being charged with a single count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 38-year-old Boston woman. Full Story Green Toys Feature Biobased Plastics Biobased materials, such as corn and soybeans, are used to make toys that are being introduced soon by Green Toys of San Francisco. Even colorants are made from vegetables. Full Story Aluminum Body Cuts Weight On Mercedes Models Mercedes-Benz is slashing weight 15 per cent with two new models through use of aluminum for the space frame and body panels. Look for the SLC in 2010; the SL in 2012. Full Story Big Dig Epoxy: Who Knew What, When? A Massachusetts highway engineer denied approval in 1999 to the fast setting epoxy material that is blamed for a fatal ceiling collapse in Boston’s Big Dig tunnel project. Full Story
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.