Wireless and machine safety really can go hand in hand. One Siemens' customer, CAMotion, recently delivered wireless safety system as part of the control system it supplied for a gantry crane. The system connects the safety devices on the crane's moving gantry — including light curtains — back to the system's stationary controller. "It's the first wireless safety system that we're aware of," says Bryant. Why wireless? Hard-wiring the safety systems would have been difficult given the crane's layout. Bryant estimates that the wireless system cost about 60 percent less to install than a comparable wired system. Bryant adds that Siemens' PROFINet and PROFISafe safety communications protocol can run over wireless networks, making the installation possible. For more information go to CAMotion.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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