A new control product from Modicon is designed with an open architecture, allowing it, the company says, to fulfill many roles in a variety of automation strategies. Such strategies include: PC-based control, distributed-control systems, and stand-alone PLC systems. Called Momentum, the product consists of devices which interchangeably snap together to form different automation control elements. Flexibility is the system's strength, and Momentum is adaptable to all of today's open, popular field buses and networks as well as network and bus standards of the future. Modicon from Schneider Automation, Product Code 4300.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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