Fluid power users can take advantage of the updated statistical Toolkit now ready for free-to-members downloading at the National Fluid Power Association's (NFPA) website, www.nfpa.com. This software package features automatic calculation and graphing of product market trends and market shares. It is possible to compare trends in a specific market with trends in other fluid power markets or end-use industries. Graphs and supporting data are easily transferred from the Excel-based software to reports and other documents. Future software enhancements will be based, in part, on feedback provided by users.
A Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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