• Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
      June 2018

      Industrial Robots

      Planning - Integration – Trends

      by Gunther Reinhart, Alejandro Magaña Flores, Carola Zwicker

      Due to their flexibility and economic efficiency, industrial robots have proven to be a key technology in various areas along the production chain. Current developments in production show that robots are increasingly able to replace established technologies in many manufacturing, assembly and logistics processes. It is not without reason that, in addition to large companies such as automobile manufacturers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have also begun to include industrial robots in their production processes. This book is a handbook for SMEs with tips and tricks on the use of robots. The most important fundamentals of robotics are taught and methods are explained how to evaluate whether a product or process can be automated by using robots. Here, not only the technical features but also safety-relevant points and economic aspects are considered. In addition to feasibility, the size and risk of an investment for SMEs is an important basis for a decision. How can the robot be sensibly integrated into production? What needs to be taken into account when planning new and redesigning existing buildings? This book presents the individual planning steps in detail and explains them with examples. The free online service InfoClick provides checklists and templates for the individual steps in line with the most important steps. From the content: Basics of industrial robotics Technical feasibility feasibility study Conception and planning assimilation trends Further information / updates in the online service

    • Photography & photographs
      May 2019

      Independent Watchmakers

      by Steve Huyton

      With a foreword from Jean-Marie Schaller, founder and creative director of Louis Moinet, this book introduces some of the most elegant watches the horological world has to offer, including several one-of-a-kind pieces that have never before appeared in print. Many of these ateliers handcraft both the watches and their complicated mechanical movements in-house. The level of expertise and craftsmanship involved is truly dazzling. Featuring such stunning timepieces as the 15.48 Driver Watch, the Andreas Strehler Time Shadow and the Antoine Preziuso Chronometer, Tourbillon of Tourbillons, this expertly curated collection of watch profiles will catch the eye of any true enthusiast. Steve Huyton looks beyond the price tag, featuring affordable options of particular artistic merit as well as pieces from the luxury end of the scale. Discover the hidden gems of the watchmaking business - 60 independent artisans counted among the finest makers in the world. Includes the work of: Hajime Asaoka, Felix Baumgartner (Urwerk), Aaron Becsei, Vincent Calabrese, Konstantin Chaykin, Bernhard Lederer (BLU), Masahiro Kikuno, Vianney Halter, Antoine Preziuso and Andreas Strehler, among others.

    • Time (chronology), time systems & standards
      June 2018

      Watchmakers

      The Masters of Art Horology

      by Maxima Gallery, Introduction by Aurel Bacs, Critical Note by Nicholas Foulkes

      Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology gathers the work of the most celebrated independent watchmakers in the world. Thirteen artisans, each a legend in the realm of haute horlogerie, tell their stories, describing the traditional working methods and prized watches upon which their reputations have been built. Photographs of the masters in their workshops bring their stories to life, along with detailed sketches and images of their watches in all their brilliant intricacy. Watchmakers also features insightful text from other leading figures of the independent watchmaking world, including Aurel Bacs of the Fondation Haute Horlogerie and Nicholas Foulkes, writer for Vanity Fair, The Telegraph and GQ, and author of the only authorised biography of Patek Philippe.

    • Antique clocks, watches, musical boxes & automata
      October 2016

      The Wristwatch Handbook

      A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches

      by Ryan Schmidt

      Despite the functional obsolescence of the mechanical wristwatch (our phones and computers tell more accurate time) the early 21st Century has seen a boom in the development, production, and appreciation of all things horological. Whether it is presented to the collector as an alternative investment, as a feat of micro-mechanical technology, or as a showcase of artisanal mastery, the mechanical wristwatch has never possessed more forms, functions or facets than it does today. The Wristwatch Handbook is written from the epicentre of a renaissance, a place in time between the Quartz revolution and the rise of the smart device - where the mechanical wristwatch is the antidote to the microprocessor and the permanent buzz of your inbox. From the multi-axis tourbillion, to the split-second chronograph, to the sidereal sky chart, The Wristwatch Handbook covers it all and does so with more than 470 rich illustrations from over 90 of the World's leading brands.The book is separated into two sections. The first section provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the mechanical movement.Its chapters explore power, transmission, distribution and regulation illustrating the basic concepts before considering the innovation and complexity that takes place further toward the cutting edge. From the fifty-day power reserve, to the constant force mechanism, and the 1,000Hz mechanical escapement, section 1 will allow the reader to understand and appreciate what is happening beneath the dial of their watch. Section two allows the reader to take this understanding and apply it to the vast range of complications (functions) that exist in modern horology. Each chapter showcases a distinct category of complication. For example, the regatta timer, pulsometer, and monopusher chronograph join a host of others in a chapter entitled 'Recording Lapses of Time'; The power reserve indicator, dynamograph, and crown position indicator are featured in a chapter for 'Power and Performance Indication'; The moon phase indicator, annual calendar, and planetarium can be found in the 'Astronomical Complications' chapter.Once the functional categories are exhausted, the final three chapters explore whimsical complications that have little regard for practical function, novelty time indication, and the 'super-complicated' watch - a rare breed of timepiece that houses an intimidating host of complications featured throughout the book. Upon completion of The Wristwatch Handbook the reader will be able to identify even the most exotic complication from across the room, and be able to share their appreciation and understanding of what makes it so useful and compelling. The Wristwatch Handbook is "brand agnostic", using only those watches that most aptly illustrate the given subject-matter. As a consequence the book places equal emphasis on the classic and the cutting edge, on watches produced in large volume or exclusive runs, by industry-leading technology or at the hand of a master. In doing so the book provides an unparalleled range of watches from over 90 brands, allowing the reader to determine for themselves which brands, complications, and styles they will build their collection from.

    • Other manufacturing technologies
      January 2014

      Poems to Enjoy, Book 4

      by Verner Bickley (Author)

      Dr Bickley's series of graded poetry anthologies - POEMS TO ENJOY - is a well-established tool for learning and teaching English at all levels. The five books are each accompanied by an audio recording of all the poems in the book. The recordings assist pronunciation and help those preparing for solo verse speaking and reading, duo and group-work and choral-speaking in Speech Festivals. They also enhance reading experience. A teaching guide and useful notes are also included. Taken as a whole, this five-book series is suitable for all students, teachers and parents. Book 1 can be used and enjoyed by Primary 1-3 students and Book 2 by Primary 4-6 students. Book 3 can be used and enjoyed by Secondary 1-2 students, Book 4 by Secondary 3-4 students and Book 5 by secondary 5-6 students. Students, parents and teachers will enjoy and find useful Dr Bickley's selection of poems and the lively readings presented in the recording. Parents will welcome this book, which gives them the opportunity to enjoy reading to and with their children. DR VERNER BICKLEY'S "POEMS TO ENJOY" IS A PERENNIAL FAVOURITE.

    • Technology, Engineering & Agriculture

      Materials and Engineering

      Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Materials and Engineering Technology

      by Qingzhou Xu

      Comprised of selected and peer-reviewed papers from the 3rd International Conference on Materials and Engineering Technology (MET) Devember 2-4, 2016 in Sanya, China. This book reports recent developments in processing and manufacturing of biomaterials, nanomaterials, emerging materials and advanced materials via application-oriented case studies. It is of interest to materials scientists and engineers.

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