Free copies of the 2004-05 supplier directory by the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) is now available at www.roboticsonline.com. New this year is a quick-reference table, "User's Guide to Robot Systems Integrators," that presents listings sorted by applications areas. Other firsts include the features titled "A 30-Year Perspective: The Past and Future of Robotics" and "Keep Domestic Manufacturing Strong by Investing in Robotic Automation." Also included are new and improved supplier profiles, editorials, and factoids on the RIA's 30th anniversary.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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.