The Vibration Institute is offering two courses for novice and experienced managers and technicians. The first course, Basic Machine Vibrations, is geared toward those with less than one year of experience in measuring and analyzing machine vibrations. Among the topics covered: basic vibration concepts and terminology; machine monitoring principles; fault and condition analysis; operating speed fault analysis; and preparation for the Vibration Specialist I exam. Intended for those with at least three years of machinery vibration experience, the Machinery Vibration Analysis course covers: advanced vibration concepts; intro to dual-channel analysis; vibration correction techniques, and preparation for the Vibration Specialist II exam. Both courses will be held December 7-10 in Romulus, MI. For more info, go to www.vibinst.org.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.