It can actually be traced to less than a decade ago. This time frame though was the start of when the accuracy levels were starting to improve.
I know that our company once looked at the possibility of implementing an automatic solution for one of our tests, the problem is there was nothing accurate enough to allow us to achieve the resolution we needed. Now with the accuracy bar being lowered, pun intended, I think it might be time for us to revisit our initial designs.
Beth: One of the big differences is the linear motor's positioining accuracy. The numbers vary pretty widely, but several of the linear motor makers I talked to said they could resolve their accuracy down to the low-micron level. Some even claim to get it into the nanometer level. That's a far cry from what we saw in linear motors a decade ago.
Nice to see progress being made in terms of energy efficiency. Beyond their so-called "green" aspects, does this new crop of linear motor technology offer any other advances compared to traditional offerings?
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
With major product releases coming from big names like Sony, Microsoft, and Samsung, and big investments by companies like Facebook, 2015 could be the year that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) finally pop. Here's take a look back at some of the technologies that got us here (for better and worse).
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
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