Flowserve recently developed a new valve—at the request of the NASA Stennis Space Center near Bay Saint Louis, MS—that may reach beyond aerospace applications to the industrial gas industry, including markets like upstream oil and gas, and steel. The company built a split-body valve for NASA, designed to simplify installation and maintenance, enable trim size changes, and reduce inventory needs. Measuring 25.5 inches and remaining leak-free at 11,250 psig, the valve will be used at the space center for transfer-line isolation and tank venting. For more information on the new valve, go to www.flowserve.com.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.