One of the show's best new products was Shape Tape from Measurand that can gather 3D, six-degree-of-freedom position information along the entire length of a thin strip of tape. Applications include virtual reality, robot control, and medical diagnostics .. A new generation of non-contact laser triangulation sensors was introduced by CyberOptics. The DRS digital range sensors offer resolutions ranging from 0.125 microns to 4.0 microns and an accuracy of 1 micron. Uniquely, it can measure reflective, translucent, or multicolored objects ...ATA Sensors announced the ARS-12 radial rate sensor, which uses magnetohydrodynamic technology to measure less than 100 nanoradians noise equivalent angle over a 1 to 1,000 Hz range ...STM Sensors showed the RL20, a tiny photoelectric sensor. Its sensing head measures 0.078 inch in diameter and uses copper cables to withstand 0.00-inch bend radiuses ...Need multi-axis force sensing in harsh environments? Check out the DX-300, which Bokam Engineering says is the first-ever smart, thick-film, all-metal design. It consists of a solid steel sensor covered with a network of conductive thick-film strain-sensitive elements. Output is several times that of ceramic-based sensors.
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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