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.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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