Perhaps more pertinent than ever, this year's Economic Outlook Conference for the National Fluid Power Association will be held August 19-20 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Forecasts for macroeconomics, automotive manufacturing, and international and fluid power markets will be discussed, and two breakout sessions will be held for hydraulics and pneumatics. Register by July 25 for the discounted price. As a bonus, the NFPA is offering a special "Power of Association" networking dinner on August 19 for a limited number of people, so you may want to sign up early. See www.nfpa.com for more information.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.