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Charles Murray

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Tesla Targets Home Energy Storage
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
5/1/2015  1
Tesla Motors took another big step into the battery market last night, officially unveiling a strategy that would enable it to sell batteries into home and grid storage applications.

Charles Murray

Blog
The 15 Greatest Things Ever Said About EVs
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
5/1/2015  0
At some point in the distant future, we may all be driving electric cars. Until then, however, the debate over their ongoing viability rages on.

Bill Tanner, Sensoray

Guest Blogs
Streaming Video Versus Machine Vision: How Do They Compare?
Bill Tanner, Sensoray
5/1/2015  0
Machine vision and video streaming systems are used for a variety of purposes, and each has applications for which it is best suited. This denotes that there are differences between ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

STEM Connection
Graphic Novel Draws Kids to STEM Careers
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
5/1/2015  1
Comic books long have appealed to kids as a fun way to introduce reading and art without being overly didactic. Now a software engineer and project manager from Oklahoma thinks the ...

Timothy A. Shankland, Guest Writer

Sherlock Ohms
If You Can’t Take the Heat, Get Out of the Lab
Timothy A. Shankland, Guest Writer
5/1/2015  2
This story took place at least ten years ago. Among the various tasks I was assigned, I had been tagged as the heat stress expert. There was a reliability problem with cellular ...

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 Thomas Osygus, Neugart USA

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Helical Planetary Gearboxes: Understanding the Tradeoffs
Thomas Osygus, Neugart USA
5/1/2015  0
The choice between helical and spur gears in gearboxes may seem straightforward. Go with helical gears if you want the gearbox to run as smoothly and quietly as possible. Choose ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
9 New & Notable 3D Printers: From Desktop to Industrial
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
4/30/2015  5
Several of the new and noteworthy 3D printers in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries. Three of them include the number "1,000" in the product name, indicating that the ...

Donnie Garcia, Freescale Semiconductor

Guest Blogs
Challenges for Embedded Technology Designers in the IoT
Donnie Garcia, Freescale Semiconductor
4/30/2015  1
The momentum behind embedded intelligent connectivity continues to increase at a phenomenal rate as a result of the Internet of Things. Technologies are becoming connected across ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Reshoring Nets 10,000 New Jobs in 2014
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
4/30/2015  0
Ten years ago, the US was losing 140,000 jobs each year to outsourced manufacturing. In 2014, the counter trend of bringing manufacturing back to the US has resulted in a net gain ...

Features

Check Out What Went On During National Robotics Week 2015!
4/10/2015
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In case you missed it, here are the highlights from National Robotics Week 2015.

Writing for Design News
3/20/2015
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Design News serves the biggest community of design engineers working in all manufacturing industries and end-markets. Design News, therefore, offers contributing authors the biggest exposure anywhere for your thought leadership. We welcome contributed articles from engineering professionals, consultants, as well as industry vendors.

Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
3/3/2015
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In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week.

Today's AC Servo Systems Are Smarter and Faster
2/18/2015
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Technology advances boost positioning accuracy and stability at high speeds, while simplifying set up.

Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
2/17/2015
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Manufacturing organizations have faced a growing challenge of delivering products on time and to cost over the past decade, as product lifecycles and value chains have become increasingly complex. Even in the face of constant pressure to drive down costs, globalization and competition have led the design and manufacture of any given product or assembly to become distributed geographically as well as across organizational boundaries in the extended supply chain.

A CNC Machine OEM Pushes the Limits of Repeatability
2/3/2015
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The current generation of CNC machining systems has features that significantly improve metalworking operations from what they were only a few years ago. These machines are generally faster and quieter than ever, more resistant to mechanical noise, have powerful controls and extensive automation capabilities, and fabricate a wider range of metals.

Solving Aircraft Interior Design Challenges with Standardized Mechanisms
1/30/2015
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As the lightweighting trend continues to be a driving factor in aircraft design, aerospace OEMs must explore innovative ways of meeting production demands while ensuring reliable operation of interior touch points.

Choosing the Right Hardware for Electronics Prototyping
1/29/2015
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When prototyping an electronic product idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from costly, proprietary and all-in-one packages to low-cost and open-source options.

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A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility
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The Easy Way to Control a Robot
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If you think the Apple Watch will turn heads, wait until you build the Apple II version.
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Followers of Design News’ Gadget Freak blogs will have the opportunity next week to take home a ...
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
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Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your ...
Graphic Novel Draws Kids to STEM Careers
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A STEM Lesson from an IoT Electronic Thermometer
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Not So Nice Tribute to a 2003 Mazda
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Ford Spark Plugs Break During Removal
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Unsafe Stove Has Owner Seeing Red
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Cable Box Causes Bigger Headache Than Daytime TV
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Karaoke Machine Has Owner Singing the Blues
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
If You Can’t Take the Heat, Get Out of the Lab
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The Register That Wouldn't Register
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Flagrant Fan Fuels Diagnostic Failure
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