What's the most popular type of linear actuator? Pneumatic. That's according to a recent survey of Design News readers. Some 57% of the respondents reported that they specify, buy, or approve pneumatic linear actuators. Other top options: Lead-screw driven (48%), belt driven (42%), and hydraulic actuators (42%). What's the most important factor in selecting a particular type of linear actuator or positioning system? Number one answer: That the product meets performance requirements. Vendors take note that pricing was number five on the list.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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