John McCaully is the owner of Industrial Automation and Control, a consulting outfit with customers in the air and water treatment industries. In his other life, he is owner of Our Gang Racing, which runs a Pontiac Firebird on the International Hot Rod Association's drag-racing circuit.
The car boasts a 1,380 hp, 700 cubic-inch engine, which allows it to reach over 200 mph on its quarter-mile runs. The team competes in the Top Sportsman class, which in drag racing circles is regarded as the last true "no rules" category—fewer limitations regarding body styles and engine components, and no limits on engine displacement. Thus cars in this class possess some of the most radical chassis designs and mechanical innovations. Regulations permit electronic driving aids and other leading-edge technologies not typical in other racing classes.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply don’t need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Wind turbines already are imposing structures that stretch high into the sky, but an engineering graduate student at the University of Notre Dame wants to make them even taller to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency.
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