Metal/Plastic Car Wheel Boosts MPG
Engineering Materials 2/8/2013 36 comments A wheel made of metal and plastic designed for the 2012 MYFord Focus SE has shown an increase of 1.1 MPG highway in third-party tests, compared to the car's standard production wheel.
My Opinion on Manufacturing Coming Home
Blog 2/4/2013 36 comments Manufacturing in the US is making a comeback, and propelling this comeback is an increased need to reduce the duration between the time that a product is designed and the time that it appears on the shelves.
3D Printing & Robots at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 2/26/2013 34 comments There are lots of ways to build a product, from high-speed robotic assembly lines to small, refrigerator-sized 3D printing machines that make actual metal production parts for medical or aerospace uses. Many were on display at MD&M West and co-located shows.
Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age
Guest Blogs 2/18/2013 31 comments It's National Engineers Week! As the level of system complexity escalates, and we begin solving some of the world’s biggest problems, our society will grow increasingly dependent upon the talents of generations who are just now beginning to explore their creativity and learn about the way things work.
Army's 'Super Engine' Would Streamline Fuel Use
Blog 2/5/2013 30 comments The US military is looking to bolster fuel efficiency by creating a so-called "super engine" that runs on one type of fuel and can power a number of vehicles, including ground transport, generators, and small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites
Blog 2/28/2013 23 comments Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing small, swarming robots that will assemble a space station or a satellite, or clean up oil spills on Earth. Dubbed droplets, they form a "liquid that thinks" when they swarm together.
Onshoring: A Trend in Automation?
Blog 2/11/2013 22 comments With automation, companies are able to bring manufacturing back to the US, respond to changing market demands quicker, protect Intellectual Property, and have total quality control.
AC-DC Power Supplies Are Shrinking
Guest Blogs 2/21/2013 20 comments Power-supply design trends are clear and dramatic. For the AC-DC supplies, these changes are due to multiple factors combining to yield these more-compact designs. Some of the factors are obvious, but others are not.
Floodlights in the Spotlight
Guest Blogs 2/21/2013 19 comments Floodlights provide the bright conditions necessary for nocturnal leisure or industrial activities and can increase security. However, with some lights powered for up to 10 hours a day, electricity and maintenance costs can really add up.
A More Natural Way to Learn
Guest Blogs 2/26/2013 11 comments With MapleSim, students can easily connect the analytic models in textbooks to the numeric solutions that result from the simulation. This openness is critical to student learning.
Plasma: A Cut Above the Rest
Guest Blogs 2/1/2013 11 comments Whether you are a heavy-duty do-it-yourselfer, or are managing an enormous steel manufacturing project, it's important to choose the right machinery for your needs.
Distance-Based Sensors Measure Up
Guest Blogs 2/7/2013 8 comments When some objects must be seen and others ignored, or when the object’s presence and its position must both be known, SPT, MPT, or PRT distance-based sensors are the best options.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.