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.
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.