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Metallic Bonding Glue May Bring Extinction to Soldering and Welding
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1/21/2016  6 comments
Scientists from two US universities have created a gallium/indium nanoglue that sinters at room temperature to produce a bond as strong as a weld.
How Online Quoting Has Transformed Plastic Injection Molding Sourcing
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1/21/2016  Post a comment
Technology has given buyers all sorts of online tools that increase their efficiency in finding suppliers, securely submitting RFQs, and receiving quotes online.
Turning Theory Into Reality: Hands-On Design Course on BLDC Motor Control
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1/21/2016  Post a comment
Running code and seeing the resulting motor movements is the best method of learning new motor control design techniques, as an upcoming DN course will tutor one of the most popular motor control algorithms.
America's 25 Most Famous Engineers
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1/20/2016  8 comments
A handful of engineers have become famous as CEOs, astronauts, criminals, media figures, football players, baseball managers, military leaders, and even US presidents.
Ford Teams Up with Corning on Gorilla Glass Windshield for 2017 GT Supercar
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1/20/2016  1 comment
The Blue Oval has tapped Gorilla Glass from Corning for its upcoming 650-hp monster to shed the weight of conventional auto glass.
LEDs Drive Cutting-Edge IIoT Applications
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1/20/2016  Post a comment
New applications driven by LEDs are helping lead the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things, with the combination of efficient lighting and connectivity opening the door for numerous smart facility-management applications.
Overcoming 5 Challenges with Over-the-Air Updates Using MCUs
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1/20/2016  Post a comment
The ability to update an embedded system using a bootloader is an important skill to master, especially in the IoT age filled with connected systems using microcontrollers.
Life Imitates Research For This Year’s Rising Engineering Star
Blog 
1/19/2016  1 comment
Jessica Winter is in remission from breast cancer, a diagnosis she received just weeks after joining a team who was working to battle the disease.
Why Did You Become an Engineer?
Blog 
1/19/2016  8 comments
Most engineers have an interesting story to tell when asked why they decided to pursue an engineering career. Tell us yours!
Printed Electronics Aids New Directions in Medical Diagnostics and Treatment
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1/19/2016  Post a comment
Printed electronics has been the technological facilitator of important health monitoring devices, but it is now hitting exciting new frontiers.
These Engineering Salaries Will Surprise You
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1/18/2016  6 comments
Surprising entries are topping the list of engineering schools that are producing the highest mid-career salaries.
8 New Adhesives & Fasteners for Electronics, Airplanes, & Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
1/18/2016  Post a comment
Several of these recently launched adhesives are low-outgassing/low-VOC formulations, cure at room temperature, and/or offer superior thermal protection and management properties. Both fasteners are designed to install easily on thin sheets, and to speed up and simplify the assembly process.
Why Is Embedded Security So Difficult?
Blog 
1/18/2016  1 comment
By identifying and eliminating the weakest links in new products and systems, engineers can make significant gains in implementing security.
Cloud-to-Cloud Design to ERP Integration
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1/18/2016  Post a comment
Arena Solutions notes that its cloud PLM has integrated into Kenandy's cloud ERP with a seamless handshake.
Creating a New High-Level Position, Baldor Electric Spotlights the Strategic Role of Quality
Blog 
1/18/2016  1 comment
The industrial motor maker recently drove home its quality commitment by promoting its director of quality, Myla Petree, to a newly created strategic role.
Study to Demonstrate Benefits of Exoskeleton for Spinal Cord Injuries
Blog 
1/17/2016  1 comment
Engineers are hoping that a four-year government study will demonstrate the benefits of an exoskeleton that could one day help thousands of people with spinal cord injuries.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview Pt III: 8 More Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
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1/16/2016  Post a comment
In this third and final preview of the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim, Feb. 9-11, 2016, we look at exhibitors of industrial automation, rapid manufacturing, and printed electronics.
IEEE Society: Data Science, 5G, Virtual Reality Among Top Tech Trends in 2016
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1/15/2016  1 comment
The IEEE Computer Society recently unveiled its top nine technology trends to look out for in 2016.
Machine Designers Need New Skills and Open IIoT Standards
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1/15/2016  Post a comment
The IIoT has become widespread in the world of machines, but machine designers may not have sufficient skills to deploy these connected smart machines.
Design News Quick Poll Results: CAD Still Design Tool of Choice for Engineers
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1/15/2016  2 comments
Engineers say that tried-and-true 3D computer-aided design (CAD) is the most useful tool in their arsenal, according to our latest Quick Poll results.
What's the Secret to Better Batteries for Medical Wearable Devices?
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1/15/2016  Post a comment
Improvements to medical batteries commonly follow technology advancements that come from the broader battery market, and what is a focus of R&D now is on this particular area.
6 STEM Family Films That Entertain and Inspire
Blog 
1/14/2016  31 comments
Looking for a family movie night that will entertain and inspire about science, technology, engineering, and math? Here are our top 6 favorite STEM films for the whole family.
2016 Will Bring IIoT Standards, Smart Testing, and the SmartPhone-ization of Industrial Software
Blog 
1/14/2016  1 comment
Trend Watch from National Instruments envisions a 2016 with IIoT standards, smart testing, and the consumerization of industrial software.
How to Get Your Plastic Part Design Made Properly – as Told by an Injection Molder
Blog 
1/14/2016  1 comment
Here are tips from molder CY Plastics on how to best leverage the skills and expertise of your molding partner to produce a well-engineered and manufacturable plastic component.
Constant Force Springs Versus Spring Reels: Which Is Right?
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1/14/2016  Post a comment
How do constant force springs compare to the workings and uses of spring reels? Determining which type is best for your specific application depends on knowing the difference between them, as well as understanding the applications for which they are most used.
Connected Medical Device Makers Are Challenged to Provide Better Security
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1/14/2016  Post a comment
The concept of secure medical devices might still be a nascent one, but it has the medical device industry scrambling to build device security into the new product development process and doing vulnerability testing.
The Hottest Concept Cars of CES 2016 Were All About IoT
Blog 
1/13/2016  4 comments
The biggest automotive buzz from CES 2016 came from companies creating new design concepts focusing on Internet of Things connectivity ... and drones.
5 Nations Get Together on Industrial Design Intellectual Rights
Blog 
1/13/2016  1 comment
In early December, the US Patent and Trademark Office hosted the first Industrial Design 5 Forum, featuring representatives from the five largest design offices in the world, to create international synergy on protecting ID IP.
Human-Machine Interface Design '101' for Successful Machines and Products
Blog 
1/13/2016  4 comments
It doesn’t matter if it is a manufacturing machine or a medical diagnostic machine; poor human-machine interface design will prevent the machine’s use. But follow sound fundamental HMI design principles and you won't go wrong.
The IoT: The Security Risks, The Challenges ... The Solutions
Blog 
1/13/2016  1 comment
With the Internet of Things poised to flood wireless networks with potentially billions of new connected devices, security is top of mind for engineers and designers.
Medical Device Quality Standard Gets Revised, Will Likely Publish This Year
Engineering Materials 
1/13/2016  Post a comment
The long-awaited revision to the ISO quality management system for medical manufacturers is about to be published, a topic that will be discussed at the upcoming MD&M West show in Anaheim next month.
5 Cool Green Technologies at CES 2016
Blog 
1/12/2016  5 comments
CES 2016, the annual technology confab, featured some interesting new offerings on the green technology scene.
SAE Cybersecurity Standard Seeks to Shield Vehicles from Hackers
Blog 
1/12/2016  1 comment
In the aftermath of some high-profile vehicle hacking incidents, SAE will release J3061 as a framework for auto OEMs and suppliers to design in security strategies.
Time-Sensitive Networks: Next-Generation IIoT Connectivity?
Blog 
1/12/2016  2 comments
TSN’s ability to synchronize and schedule network traffic shows promise in enabling true device interoperability and eliminating isolated control networks.
Hurdling Development Obstacles on the Way to Transformative Medtech
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1/12/2016  Post a comment
Medical device development is risky business, and with companies largely eliminating in-house R&D, the onus is on startups and academic institutions, but there is a smarter way.
5 of the Coolest 3D Printers From CES 2016
Blog 
1/11/2016  4 comments
Electronics, metals, food ... Polaroid? Here are some of the newest, most exciting 3D-printing technologies coming out of the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.
Texas Instruments Aligns with Ethernet Powerlink Protocol
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1/11/2016  Post a comment
Scalability and lower costs promised by TI’s Sitara processor platform could make Ethernet Powerlink a more potent industrial automation communication solution.
Big Data Analytics Can Produce Product Performance Intelligence
Blog 
1/11/2016  2 comments
Establishing a unified data foundation can finally shed some light on hidden, or dark, data and enable design decision-making based on real product performance intelligence, writes Siemens PLM Software.
Manufacturing Becomes the Biggest Cyber Attack Target
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1/10/2016  Post a comment
While cyber attacks on networks at Sony, Target, and the US Government are getting all the press, the greatest cyber vulnerability is in manufacturing.
MEMS Industry Group Reveals Anticipated Trillion Sensor Roadmap
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1/10/2016  Post a comment
The MEMS and Sensors Industry Group unveiled the outline of its TSensors (Trillion Sensors) Roadmap
Beyond Automation: IoT Is Disrupting the Biotech Lab Environment
Blog 
1/9/2016  1 comment
The Internet of Things can change the face of life-science research by making lab data accessible and machinery automated and intelligent, preventing human error and speeding new cures.
AES Offers Tom Kite Scholarship to Promising Audio Engineering Students
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1/9/2016  Post a comment
Audio engineering students can take advantage of a new scholarship from the Audio Engineering Society sponsored by Audio Precision in honor of the late Tom Kite, an active AES member for many years who made numerous contributions to the field.
5 Technologies That Need to Die in 2016
Blog 
1/8/2016  56 comments
As we enter a new year we put forth our list of five technologies we hope to see the last of by the end of 2016.
Capacitor Maker’s Solution to Eliminate a Conflict Mineral from Its Supply Chain
Blog 
1/8/2016  1 comment
Few companies have a bigger stake in sourcing conflict-free tantalum than electronic component maker KEMET, so it went to establish an entirely closed-loop supply chain with trusted partners.
Brushless DC Motor Technology Is Seen as Advantage for Intelligent Motion Control
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1/8/2016  Post a comment
If brushless DC motor technology is going to serve as the foundation for future motor advancement, the market needs to dispel the accepted idea that BLDC motor control is too expensive and complicated.
Electromagnetic Field Simulator Expands SolidWorks’ Engineering Tools
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1/8/2016  Post a comment
Infolytica Corp. recently announced an add-in of its MagNet electromagnetic field simulator for Dassault Systemes' SolidWorks, giving new electrical design tools embedded within the 3D CAD platform.
Designing ARM Devices Using Segger Tools
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1/8/2016  Post a comment
If you have ever ventured into the world of ARM microcontrollers, odds are you have encountered or used one of Segger’s famous J-Link programmers or debug probes. Now Segger has an IDE called Segger Embedded Studio.
8 New and Notable Composite Technologies for Planes & Cars
Engineering Materials 
1/7/2016  11 comments
Cars and planes continue to be at the forefront of composites R&D, as well as the implementation of composites in volume manufacturing. In this crop of new products and use cases, we've got more examples of the use of composites in production car models -- and they're not all those tiny little city EVs.
This Firm Has Figured Out Reliable Energy Storage in the Frigid Arctic
Blog 
1/7/2016  4 comments
Roughly the size of Illinois, Kotzebue is in Alaska’s Northwest Arctic Borough, where the annual average temperature is 22F. Saft braved the cold and figured out an energy storage solution for the area.
BeagleBoard Goes High-End and Industrial: Co-Founder/Developer
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1/7/2016  Post a comment
BeagleBoard.org has now enhanced the embedded processing capabilities of the original BeagleBoard with the X15 model.
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