Chances are Michael Phelps didn't think twice about where the five Olympic gold medals around his neck originated, but Bosch Rexroth thought about it. The company supplied hydraulic systems—including variable displacement axial piston pumps, standard directional and pressure valves, proportional control valves, manifold blocks, and an amplifier card—for customized presses in Greece. The presses, in turn, produced about 3,000 medals for the 2004 Olympic Games. To read more about Olympic medals production, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3855-528.
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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