Thrill-seeking engineers are now taking advantage of new propulsion systems in their mission to scare people to death. Top Thrill Dragster, at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH—the world's largest and fastest roller coaster—uses a hydraulic launch system to hurtle passengers from 0 to 120 mph in the 4-second launch period and to pull the 16 passenger trains up a 420-ft hill. Thanks to PLCs and an advance monitoring system, up to six trains can run on the tracks at the same time.
The transformative nature of designing and making things was the overarching, common theme at separate conferences held in Boston by two giants in the PLM space: Autodesk, with its Accelerate 2015, and Siemens’s Industry Analyst Conference 2015.
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