BMW has opened its new Engine Test Building in Munich, putting all development of drivetrains into one modular building. There are 36 test stands, six of which are equipped for development of hydrogen-powered engines. Key enabler is a universal data management system linking the test areas for data transfer. An automated system controls the facility, monitors tests, and records data.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
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Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
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