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.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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