Laser technology is expanding in construction, helping bulldozer operators smooth sites. Caterpillar Inc. (www.cat.com) is now offering the AccuGrade laser system, which can guide dozers to create surfaces that have only a 6 mm deviation. Once a transmitting laser is set to the desired elevation, it sends signals to masts mounted on the dozer blade. That input is sent to the controller module, which directs the hydraulic system that moves the blade.
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 donít 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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