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.
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.