Scientists have created a robotic fabric that stiffens and relaxes in response to changes in temperature, which could be used in emergency situations. The material, developed at Yale University in the US, is equipped with a system of heat sensors and threads that stiffen to change the fabric's shape. Under heat changes, it can bend and twist to transform itself into adaptable clothing, shape-changing machinery and self-erecting shelters. Video footage shows the material going from a flat, ordinary fabric to a load-bearing structure supporting a weight, a model airplane with flexible wings and a wearable robotic tourniquet that activates in response to damage. 'We believe this technology can be leveraged to create self-deploying tents, robotic parachutes, and assistive clothing,' said Professor Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio at Yale University.
According to the annual "Financial Ratios & Operational Benchmarking Survey" from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, the average usually hovers around 30 percent, though the range varies widely depending on a fabricator's customer mix and specialty. For some the ratio is actually much lower. Of all the time and effort estimators spend answering requests for quote, only about 30 percent of their work turns into something of value--a work order. Put in manufacturing terms, the quoting process has a 70 percent "scrap" rate. Sure, a high reject rate is the nature of the quoting beast (some prospects are probably just window shopping), but it's still an extraordinarily inefficient beast.
Its Shopsight application provides users access to project opportunities from ProdEX and enables remote assessment, quoting, and project management. Both systems incorporate 3Diligent's Connect interface which enables customers and manufacturers to communicate directly using a secure online portal and Zoom video conferencing tools. Operating similarly to traditional search engine marketing, manufacturers can create text ads that will display based on a customer's material and technology requirements. However, unlike traditional search engines, Connect is driven by RFQ inputs rather than generic keyword searches. As a result, manufacturers can customize their bids and visibility on dimensions such as material, technology, and program size to drive higher ROI.
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