Gasoline-diesel combo powers clean engine
Diesel and gasoline fuel sources bring different assets and liabilities to powering internal combustion engines. More...
Nissan unveils its electric car
Japan's third-largest automaker, Nissan, unplugged its version of an electric car. More...
Converting hydrogen to metal
The most common element in the universe, hydrogen, is normally an insulating gas, but at high pressures, it may turn into a superconductor. More...
Flies' vision system aid robots
Believe it or not, the blow fly is a true artist of flight. More...
Industrial separations feel the heat
Everything these days is about conserving energy, so thin-film zeolite membranes with tiny, molecule-sized pores are one step closer to replacing the energy-intensive processes now used in industrial separations. More...
Global perspectives: Russia oil firm picks up stake in Europe
Russia's LUKoil gained a foothold in the Netherlands, snatching a stake in Total's 153,000 bpd Vlissingen refinery from under the nose of Valero, the largest U.S. refiner. More...
Glass half full: Manufacturing index rises from June
The bad news is the U.S. manufacturing sector continued to shrink in July, but the good news is it is shrinking at a slower pace. More...
China's manufacturing gets a boost in July
China's manufacturing expanded in July at its fastest rate in a year as domestic demand offset sluggish exports. This survey showed how much Beijing's stimulus plan is helping drive China's growth. More...
People in Automation
Drilling method helps understand earthquakes
Just about 58 km southeast of Japan and fighting through harsh atmospheric and ocean conditions, the deep-sea drilling vessel CHIKYU, for the first time in the history of scientific ocean drilling, successfully drilled down to 1,603.7 meters beneath the sea floor (at water depth of 2,054 meters). More...
Calendar of Events
Power Industry Conference, Sydney, Australia. http://www.idc-online.com/newsletters/images/0909_IT_CFP.pdf.
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ISA EXPO, Houston. http://www.isa.org/expotemplate.cfm.
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It certainly was a surprise to discover the chart recorders contained a game based on the movie "Hunt for Red October" and the game could not be deleted from the firmware. More...
We have about 100 devices per plant ranging from up-tech PLCs with Ethernet communication capability down to single-loop temperature controllers. OPC was the key. More...
In the wake of food recalls and stricter safety measures, one sausage maker is taking a proactive approach to track and trace methods. More...
Ethernet in the plant
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