The Texas Instruments Sensors & Controls group has introduced a low-cost, hermetically sealed pressure transducer/transmitter, available in both 4-20 mA or voltage outputs. With electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) protection at levels to 100 V/m, the transducer also features vibration tolerance rated at 20g (up to 1 kHz), a wide operating temperature range of -40 to 135C, and pressure ranges from 50 to 750 psi. Applications include medical systems monitoring and pneumatics, HVAC regulators and compressors, pumps and flow systems used in process industries, and hydraulics for off-road vehicles. For more TI S&C products, go to www.tisensors.com.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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