Having a sticky site is a good thing in today's web world...but how about a site that's sticky? Adhesivesmart.com is just that, an industrial adhesives database that helps engineers find just the sticky solution they need. The glue to this site—the database—lists thousands of products from more than 50 suppliers. Users can search via an adhesives selector or by keyword. Even better, if you don't know what keyword to use, up pops a cohesive glossary. The selector guide is plastered with choices: type of application, substrates, approvals, and special purpose. Adhere to the specifications that are important to you. The selector then brings together a list of adhesives that won't gum up your project.
But the site offers other adherent "stuff," including User Resources such as raw material suppliers, testing facilities, services and consultants, a links library, and information for manufacturers. Finally, the user interface is clean, easy to navigate, and not at all tacky! Sorry, we just couldn't resist sticking in this pun!
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.