Festo BionicOpter is a robot record breaker

A bionic dragonfly from Festo has been recognised as a record breaker in the latest edition of the Guinness World Records, published by Ravensberger on 5 September 2019. The chapter “Robots” presents the most amazing records from the world of super robots and artificial intelligence. The BionicOpter, an ultra-light flying object based on …

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An introduction to the different types of air sampling techniques

Monitoring air quality is both an essential part of health and safety and for ensuring a pleasant workplace environment. For example, in breweries or dry food storage areas, where carbon dioxide is produced as part of the fermentation process, monitoring gas levels is key for protecting workers’ health. ­Even in …

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Can a high-tech sniffing device help keep us safe?

Science stinks. So thought Megan Harries as she measured drops of putrescine and cadaverine — the chemicals that give decomposing corpses their distinctive, terrible odour — into glass vials. She then placed the vials on the floor of a shipping container, walked outside, and closed the door behind her. Harries, …

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Portable Compressed Air Quality Analysis Now With Particle Measurement Down to 0.1µm

SUTO iTEC GmbH have recently announced that their S600 portable compressed air purity analyser has been upgraded with a new particle sensor to provide particle measurement fully in line with the requirements of ISO 8573-1. The S600 was already a highly successful unit but the lower particle limit of 0.3µm …

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Promising mobile technologies find methane leaks quickly

On trucks, drones and airplanes, 10 promising technologies for finding natural gas leaks swiftly and cheaply competed in the Mobile Monitoring Challenge, the first independent assessment of moving gas leak detectors at well sites. The organisers of the contest – Stanford University‘s Natural Gas Initiative and the Environmental Defense Fund …

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AstraZeneca saves time and space with Bürkert process controls

Creating a pharmaceutical manufacturing suite is a complex task that is governed by a host of standards and specifications. For the AstraZeneca manufacturing plant in North Ryde, Sydney, Australia, the decision to change its primary supplier of process control valves to Bürkert, reduced installation and commissioning costs while also improving …

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Schaeffler champions autonomous driving in China

Schaeffler has signed an investment agreement with China’s Hunan province in a move aimed at supporting and facilitating autonomous driving in China using Schaeffler technologies. Under the agreement, both parties will jointly develop a mobility ecosystem for intelligent vehicles in the provincial capital of Changsha. Schaeffler’s role in the venture …

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Industry urged to boost cyber defence investment

More than half of manufacturers have been the victim of cyber-crime, and a third of those have suffered some financial loss or disruption to business as a result, according to a new report. Manufacturing sector is the fifth most targeted for attack in 2019, behind government systems and finance. Yet …

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Yokogawa acquires RAP International

Yokogawa has signed an agreement with UK-based RAP International for Yokogawa to acquire all shares of the company and make RAP a wholly-owned subsidiary. RAP specialises in providing digitised solutions that support risk assessment, management of the permit to work (PtW) process, and governance of control of work (CoW) for …

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MTC opens new centre in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter

The Coventry-based MTC is to open a new manufacturing technology centre in Liverpool to support manufacturing growth and innovation in the region. The MTC will be establishing its new facility, with a staff of more than 60 at Liverpool Science Park (LSP), which sits within Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool). …

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