Never underestimate the web's resourcefulness. A recent search for fluid power subjects turned up a few unique sites worthy of a second glance:
Hydra-Pneu Consulting (www.fluidpower1.us) offers brainteasers to keep the hydraulic-inclined minds occupied
Pneumatics Online provides calculators in both metric and imperial units to measure valve flow, cylinder force, and cylinder bore size at www.pneumaticsonline.com.
Pump School enables engineers to learn about rotary pumps on their own time, in addition to providing information on tough applications, typical liquids, and rotary pumping principles. Go to www.pumpschool.com.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.