The TD6000 Series Intelligent Operator Interface is claimed to provide a rugged, flexible method of displaying and gathering operator data and communicating with control systems. Both water and dust tight, it is compatible with hostile environments. Applications can be developed using a MS Windows-based programming tool called the Westamp Application Builder. An array of I/O devices--such as two RS232 ports and eight optically isolated I/O ports--allow for interaction with many control-system components. Display duties are handled by a 40-character, eight-line LCD that can show graphics as well as text with individual control over every screen pixel. Westamp, Product Code 4304.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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