Imagine an island in the middle of a lake and the opportunity of getting there by walking on water. The eclectic Hungarian artist Christo made this idea come true by building a 3-kilometer-long-footbridge at Lake Iseo, in Italy.
A one-of-a-kind artwork that employed over 200,000 high-density polyethylene modules amounting 70,000 square meters of floor area.
The amazing project called “The Floating Piers” went on stage in July 2016 for 16 days only and was open 24 hours per day, free entry. One million and a half visitors walked on these floating footbridges linking Salzano, Monteisola and the private Island of San Paolo, for a one-time event. Once the exposition period was over, the majestic footbridge has been removed and became part of a recycling process.
Orbiting the Earth
Watching the Earth from a distance of hundreds of kilometers over the atmosphere must be incredible. It is indeed part of everyday life for the crew of astronauts working at the International Space Station (ISS), a platform launched in 1998 thanks to the co-operation of five space agencies: NASA (United States), RKA (Russia), ESA (Europe), JAXA (Japan) and CSA (Canada).
15 pressurized modules compose the structure of this spacecraft that makes 15.15 orbits around our planet every day. A 16th module was expected to be launched in 2004 but it is not ready yet.
Inside the modules, a crew from 2 to 6 units share 425 m³ of habitable area where they make experiments in Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physiology and Physics in a microgravity environment.
10ⁿ chances of evolution
Nature has always been the most advanced form of technology. Complex and fascinating, each organism represents the whole of many smaller units that blend and evolve together.
This is how we define a modular system: a series of linked units, each one able to maintain a specific activity still depending on the others.
Molecules as well as communities of organisms do evolve because of the range of possible combinations provided by their modularity. In ecology, the so-called Genet represents the basis of modular organisms such as seaweed and corals, being a single-celled zygote that multiplies by branching its structure module by module.
The Genet is in fact the modular unit basis of a clone, able to generate complex and different structures but unable to survive alone.
A never-ending modular carpet
Hidden by the sand, at the gates of the biblical city of Jericho, the biggest jigsaw in the world was brought to light. It is part of the Umayyade Caliph Hisham Abdul Malik Bin’s palace floor, dating back 1400 years.
The artwork is 827 m² wide and represents the evolution and the history of local population, making use of 38 different artistic motif designs. An endless series of jigsaw pieces of 21 different natural colors is ready to welcome thousands of tourists every year.
It was discovered in 1935 thanks to the hard work of Dimitri Baramki and Robert Hamilton, two archeologists who spent more than 5 years to uncover the entire surface.
Its restauration is still ongoing but the Japanese International Cooperation Agency has already planned to build a special cover allowing the proper conservation of this rare masterpiece.
Modular by design
Modularity is the hallmark of the project. Croma can be fitted with up to four coating modules, that can be connected either in series for higher weight gain or in parallel for higher throughput. Each module can be adjusted to work with different process parameters and can perform different processes, if required. The result is the maximum flexibility in terms of machine configurations and process performances.
Patent pending transfer
The transferring system between the modules is designed to ensure constant feeding of the coater and maintain the hold up of the tablets in each module at the steady state. This patent pending solution enhances the ergonomic design of the machine by lifting the product up before transferring it to the next module. The shape and position of its components ensure the gentle handling of the tablets.
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