The automotive industry is turning to newly developed light, high-strength steel to decrease a vehicle's carbon footprint. According to the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), automakers are turning to advanced high-strength steels that require less energy and emissions to produce than other automotive structural materials.
The new steel makes lighter parts, which reduces vehicle weight and increases fuel economy. And the material is fully recyclable. "The use of advanced high-strength steel reduces a vehicle's structural weight by as much as 25 percent and can cut total lifecycle CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent more than any other automotive material," says Lawrence Kavanagh, president of SMDI. "And because it's fully recyclable, steel used in today's cars can help automakers reduce the carbon footprint in tomorrow's vehicles as well."
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.