Parker Hannifin is serious about taking its technology wireless, and it says that its first Bluetooth-enabled industrial automation products will be available later this year. Visitors to the Hannover Fair in Germany in April had a chance to see some of Parker's new wireless technology, including a demo hydraulic system that performs wireless diagnostics and a complete industrial automation system linking pneumatic, electromechanical, and hydraulic devices via Bluetooth. Parker plans to target various end applications, particularly those that involve harsh operating conditions and require clean environments.
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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