An extensively updated version of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel code is scheduled for release in July. Recognized around the globe, the code covers safety rules for design, manufacture, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels. Systems for nuclear power are also included. The update incorporates recent advancements in design, materials, and applications. It details what is needed to maintain ASME code symbol stamps on products. You can order the new code along with other pressure vessel documents online at www.bsi-global.com/index.html.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.