Content posted in January 2013
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The Industrial Internet of Things
One of the biggest stories in automation and control for 2013 could be the continuing emergence of what some have called the Internet of Things, or what General Electric Company is now marketing as the Industrial Internet.
Will One PLC Suffice?
Recent questions on our LinkedIn System & Product Design Engineering group come from a reader who doubles as an industrial automation consultant. See what he has to say and let us know what you think.
Brake Lights Were on the Blink
Sherlock Ohms 1/4/2013
An unsuspecting driver was startled by another driver's horn, after the brake lights on his vehicle did not illuminate before he turned. A $20 switch solved the problem.
C Is for Cookie, Not So Much for Counting
Made by Monkeys 1/3/2013
Attention toy companies -- if you are going to create and sell a toy that teaches kids to count -- like Count 'N Crunch Cookie Monster -- you might want it to count higher than the number three!
Visualization and virtual reality tools allow design engineers to build virtual prototypes that can be manipulated collaboratively. You can swap out materials and store data within the file.
Being in an incubator can be analogous to shopping in a “big box retailer.” You can find many things you need under one roof along with moral support to sustain and move your startup to a successful launch.
Scientists at four major universities in Europe have released a joint paper describing the use of light to put active materials into motion and to control that motion, producing lifelike mechanisms that may or may not contain living organisms, but can produce useful work.
Autodesk and Siemens PLM have reached an agreement to create seamless integration between their design software files.
Researchers have developed a lightweight, solar-energy-harvesting mesh of batteries that stretches, making it well-suited to wearable tech.
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