Festo Corp. has introduced the "FAST" shipping program, in which same-day shipment of stock pneumatic products is promised. Also available is three-day shipment of custom-configured products, including actuators, valves, valve manifolds, air preparation units, and accessories. The company says it will reimburse the shipping charges for orders that do not meet the FAST lead times. To learn more about the FAST program, visit http://rbi.us.ca/3850-547.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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