Top three applications in manus: The First North American Plastic Bearing Design Contest will be unveiled on Monday, February 23 at the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago's McCormick Place. A panel of judges from MIT and the Univ. of Rhode Island selected the awardees for challenging and creative use of plastic bearings in applications from automated machinery to sports equipment for the handicapped. If you can't be there in Room S101B at 2 p.m., log on to www.manus.igus.com to have a peek at these winning ideas.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.