Built for low to medium-volume electrical production environments, this instrument combines seven different electrical safety tests into one compact unit. It can be used both as a simple manual tester or with varying degrees of automatic test sequencing. It has on-screen user instructions and a QWERT keypad, and can perform insulation resistance, flash/hipot, earth/ground bond, leakage, short-to-line and run/load tests. They are all individually user selectable, and results from up to 6,000 tests can be stored in the instrument's internal memory. It includes special safety interlocks and protection routines, and there are a number of available test station accessories, including warning beacons. There is also an optional safety label printer available to make test bags, labels and test reports.
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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