Ever since electronics came on the scene, people have been predicting the demise of fluid power. But, in fact, the market remains bigóreally big. Sales of pneumatic components are in the $3B range, according to the National Fluid Power Association. And it's becoming more of a global business: The volume of fluid products imported in and exported out of the U.S. has grown. Primary trading partners: Japan, Canada, and Germany.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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