Archive for November 27th, 2013

Fusing her interest in manufacturing with the goal of getting more women involved in industry, Rebecca Madsen became the first president of a Women in Manufacturing (WiM) collegiate chapter while attending Brigham Young University. She’s now part of the engineering team at Nature’s Sunshine Products and spoke last month at the WiM Summit.
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Peugeot's HybridAir pneumaticpowertrain. Credit: Peugeot.

Once considered cutting-edge technology, hydraulic systems have been on the decline in favor of more precise systems. But advancements in electronics are opening new avenues of capabilities, and causing many to give fluid power a second look.  Read more

Credit: U.S. Navy

Credit: U.S. Navy

Just about every branch of the U.S. military has been trying to develop ways to make soldiers’ lives easier through the use of solar power and extended life batteries.

From the Army developing state-of-the-art systems like SWIPES (Soldier Worn Integrated Power Equipment System) and REPPS (Rucksack Enhanced Portable Power System), which Green & Clean Journal wrote about in July, to the Marines’ embrace of alternative and renewable energy sources, the military has implemented changes in just the past few years that are saving lives and making combat forces more efficient.

The latest example is MAPS (Marine Austere Patrolling System). Coming out of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and assembled at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, MAPS combines solar power and a water purifier to help lighten the load of Marines conducting lengthy missions in remote locations with few or no options for resupply.  Read more

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