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.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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