Brehon Energy of Denver, CO has acquired a cryogenics company, Technical Dynamic Systems of Marysville, OH, in a move to create a new cryogenics division. The new group will produce a line of next-generation cryogenic hardware, including valves, connectors, and vacuum components for the energy and aerospace markets. The division will also work with Brehon's subsidiary, Hythane Co. to fabricate cryogenic hardware for use in alternative-fueled vehicles and fueling stations. Hythane is an alternative vehicle fuel composed of natural gas and hydrogen, which reportedly reduces emissions 50 percent beyond natural gas. Hythane Co. President Roger Marmaro notes that the acquisition is important because "a strong cryogenic infrastructure is needed to provide an opportunity to deliver hydrogen-based fuels into new energy markets."
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.