Even in a down economy, ARC Advisory Group is predicting that the control valve market will reach close to $3.5 billion in just four years—up from $3 billion in 2002. Why the surge in sales? ARC attributes the growth to new opportunities in food and beverage, drugs and pharmaceuticals, and the specialty chemical market. Control valves offer performance gains and greater functionality, and are playing a role in predictive maintenance and remote diagnostics.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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