Andrew Ng, of Stanford University, has long been trying to solve the complex problem of enabling robots to complement human life. According to him, robots have all the mechanical aptitude needed for any task currently done by a human — and at times, with more efficiency — but they fail when it comes to software.
Dynabrade, Inc. (Clarence, NY) has introduced a new series of air-powered Vacuum Disc Sanders, which allows for efficient coatings removal with the capture of the actual contaminants to the vacuum source. The new tool line features 2”, 3”, 5”, and 7” sanders for smooth operation, while the Vacuum Shroud diverts dust and debris.
Spartan Peripheral Devices (Vaudreuil, QC, Canada) is selling the ME4840 and ME4940 Spring Return Modulating Actuator with a wider input signal range. They are not on-board selectable with a Jumper J3 selectable range from: 0-10Vdc 2-10Vdc 0-5Vdc 5-10Vdc 4-20mA Users can choose from Spring Open or Spring Closed models with direct or reverse control action.
DuraLabel (Portland, OR) has launched a new portable, fully-integrated label printing system called Toro, which combines a full-sized flip-down keyboard, tilting touchscreen, and OSHA-ANSI compliance software, and a thermal-transfer printer. According to the company, the Toro does not need IT support or connectivity to a computer.
Panasonic Solutions Company (Secaucus, NJ) has announced a series of upgrades to its Toughbook 31 rugged laptops. The devices now feature Intel Core i5 and i3 processors, increased RAM and hard drive capacity, and up to 20 hours of battery life. The devices have been certified to meet nineteen MIL-STD-810G tests, including shock, drop, vibration, and extreme temperature, and has an IP65 rating for protection from water and dust.
The Revvo Caster Company, Inc. (West Seneca, NY) has announced two new Towcaster swivel caster sets for moving ISO freight containers quickly without expensive equipment, such as cranes, gantries, or side-loading forks. The Towcasters are now available as a set of four swivel casters for optimum mobility.
The Stainless Steel Arbor Shims from Precision Brand Products, Inc. (Downers Grove, IL) are available in 18 thicknesses in 12 different I.D/O.D. combinations. The shims are corrosion-resistant and can be used for fast, accurate spacing of milling cutters, gang cutters, saws, slitting blades and grinding tools.
NKE (Clifton Park, NY) is introducing bearing solutions for industrial gearboxes with spherical roller and taper roller bearings, along with angular contact and deep groove ball bearings. The roller bearings are offered in more than 3,000 different designs and versions, suitable for high radial loads and moderate-to-high speeds.
Hayward Flow Control (Clemmons, NC) has developed the new large-diameter TB Series True Union Ball Valve, which incorporates an actuation mounting pad, per ISO 5211, and an integral panel mount foot pad. Sizes range from 2-1/2” to 6”, and materials include PVC and CPVC. Additional features include: A pressure rating of 235 psi non-shock and a full-port design.
I’ve been a die-hard sports fan all my life. As I’ve grown and matured over the years, my highly-emotional, rabid fandom has evolved into something more statistically-oriented and analytical in nature. But that also means I have less and less tolerance for coaches and executives who don’t look at sports the same way.
Recent economic news might be the first signs of light at the end of this three year tunnel for the manufacturing industry, as positive momentum is gathering around jobs data. Certainly a welcome indicator as the sector still struggles under the weight of a recession that saw manufacturing profits after tax collapse to the tune of 40 percent from 2007 to 2008, according to the US Census Bureau.
PALO ALTO, California (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. says it plans to raise up to $214.3 million by selling common stock. A portion of the proceeds will be used to develop a crossover vehicle. Tesla plans to sell 5.3 million shares to the public, and up to 795,000 more to the underwriter, at $26 each, according to a regulatory filing.
MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — An internal investigation has determined that an explosion at a Middleton chemical plant that sent four workers to the hospital was caused when two valves were left open, allowing a building to fill with flammable vapors that were ignited by an internal ignition source.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut got soap in his eye and almost had to retreat into the safety of the International Space Station on Wednesday. Andrew Feustel said it stung "like crazy." But several minutes later, he said he was feeling better and the third spacewalk of shuttle Endeavour's final voyage continued as planned for about seven hours.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google Inc. is throwing another $55 million to the wind. The Mountain View, Calif.-based Internet search giant is partnering with Citigroup Inc. to help finance the Alta Wind Energy Center wind farm in California's Tehachapi Mountains. Google has been investing hundreds of millions in wind energy as it seeks reliable new ways to power its massive server farms, or data centers, which are notorious power hogs.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — First came organic, then free-range, then local. Now discerning diners with a penchant for spending a premium to know where food comes from are pushing DNA-traceable meat onto restaurant menus. The technology — which allows meat to be traced from the farm to the fridge — has been used in Europe and other countries for decades, but has been slow to catch on in America.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whistleblowers who report corporate fraud or other misconduct to the government could receive sizable cash awards under new rules adopted Wednesday by federal regulators. Tipsters would be eligible if they give the Securities and Exchange Commission information that leads to an enforcement action resulting in more than $1 million in penalties.
Thought expensive cars and multi-million dollar mansions were enough for the super-rich? That’s ridiculous. Private submarines are the new rage, and cost a pretty $80 million. For that price, you’re looking at jacuzzis, world-class kitchens, and gyms, all from the comfort of below the sea.
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes shares his secrets of success and his biggest mistakes. In 2009, in the midst of the global recession, the company's sales plummeted by 17 percent. However, Rolls-Royce quickly rebounded to post a record year in 2010. What's behind the success of one of the world's most renowned luxury automakers? If you’re having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.
One way of dealing with the current skilled worker shortage would be hiring more young people, but that, of course, comes with its own set of unique challenges. The so-called “millenials,” people born after 1992, are extraordinarily good at multi-tasking and dealing with computers, but are quicker to jump ship, and don’t view work as the most important part of their life.