The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) published two new
standards -- ISO 6953-1 & 2 -- specifying that suppliers of compressed air
regulators and filter regulators must include the products' main characteristics
in company literature. Although many suppliers already provide some
specification now, the NFPA committee that developed the standards agrees that a
standard list of characteristics would be helpful to end-users.
"If suppliers' commercial literature conforms to ISO 6953-1, it
ensures that users are able to compare one supplier's product with another more
easily. It also ensures that the information in any particular supplier's
literature is more complete than it may have been otherwise," says Karen Boehme,
NFPA's International Standards Development Manager. "Testing pressure regulators
using the methods in ISO 6953-2 gives users values determined in a standard way,
which allows them to compare the performance characteristics of products from
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.