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.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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