Improving Manufacturing Productivity Hinges On Keeping Those Computers Fully Operational

Manufacturers worldwide are bemoaning that computer-controlled systems, used as part of day-to-day production processes, are unreliable and create more problems than they solve. From a manufacturing perspective, there’s nothing more frustrating than computer downtime cutting into valuable production time and setting a project back by hours, days and sometimes weeks. However, time and again, manufacturing…

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What is the difference between hardness and toughness of a metal?

The ASM Metals Handbook defines hardness as “Resistance of metal to plastic deformation, usually by indentation” (asmmaterials.info).  Therefore, when a compressive force is administered to a solid matter, we can measure how resistant it is to permanently changing shape. Why is this important? A fracture mechanics engineer may consider hard material as brittle and unreliable…

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Virginia Class Submarines

Designed by Electric Boat, the Virginia-class is being built jointly under a teaming arrangement between Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Newport News in Virginia. In 1998, the U.S. Navy awarded a $4.2 billion contract for the construction of the first four ships of the class. Virginia is the first of these. Displacing approximately 7,800 tons…

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Machine Learning & Cyber Security to Drive Future of Transport

Cyber security, virtual reality and machine learning have been identified as key areas that will inform and evolve the ever-changing global transport landscape, with a series of ground-breaking research projects being delivered over the coming year by experts from the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL). The critical topics of cyber security, virtual reality and machine learning…

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