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Content posted in November 2013
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The A/C Blew Up the Earth Station
Sherlock Ohms 
11/29/2013  25 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Windows Phone App Studio Gets Upgraded
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/29/2013  1 comment
Using the Windows Phone App Studio, users can create Windows phone apps simply using their IE10 browser.
My Opinion on the Internet of Things
Blog 
11/29/2013  6 comments
The idea of having everything connected to everything is quite intriguing and opens up a wealth of opportunities.
The Many Faces of Manufacturing Efficiency
Blog 
11/29/2013  13 comments
Plants are becoming more efficient through a number of changes, from improved software to simulation, and improved safety to employee buy-in.
The Importance of Mentors
STEM Connection 
11/27/2013  42 comments
Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Faulty Radiator Cap Lets Fluid Fly
Made by Monkeys 
11/27/2013  34 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Self-Healing Polymer Could Be Key to Longer-Lasting Batteries
Blog 
11/26/2013  43 comments
Researchers at Stanford University are using a Terminator-like material to improve the durability of lithium-ion batteries so they don’t crack under the pressure of use. This tech is promising for EVs and consumer electronics.
Report: Gasification R&D Focuses on Non-Recycled Plastics
Engineering Materials 
11/26/2013  41 comments
A recent report sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) focuses on emerging gasification technologies for converting waste into energy and fuel on a large scale and saving it from the landfill. Some of that waste includes non-recycled plastic.
Select Reliable Connectors for Mobile Devices
Guest Blogs 
11/26/2013  6 comments
If you've spent any time looking for the right connector to use in a smartphone or other mobile device, you might believe that all fine-pitch, low-profile connectors are created equal. But they're not.
Gadget Freak of the Year: Meet the Finalists
Gadget Freak 
11/25/2013  17 comments
Meet the winners from the six rounds of Gadget Freak of the Year semi-final competitions. The winner of this group becomes Gadget Freak of the Year.
Slideshow: Holistic View Drives Industrial IP Advantage
Blog 
11/25/2013  8 comments
Adopting a holistic view that brings together control engineering, IT, and plant management is ultimately a key to success.
Get Smart About Your R&D Spend
Guest Blogs 
11/25/2013  9 comments
At the end of the day, it's the effectiveness of R&D spend that matters, not how much is spent. Take Apple and Microsoft, for example.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Gadget Freak 
11/22/2013  14 comments
After six rounds of voting, it comes down to this -- the final showdown. Who created the best gadget featured in Design News this year? We're counting on you to tell us.
Study: Self-Driving Cars Are Less Than 20 Years Away
Electronics News 
11/22/2013  40 comments
Semi-autonomous cars will hit the market by 2020, a study finds, and fully autonomous, self-driving vehicles could be available a decade later.
Manufacturing Is Officially Coming Home
Blog 
11/22/2013  26 comments
Manufacturers are investigating a new great location for their plants: North America.
Wiring Inspection Is Needed to Eliminate Electrical Hazards
Guest Blogs 
11/22/2013  13 comments
A wiring inspection is important before starting any sort of electrical work. Here’s why a wiring inspection for electrical hazards is necessary.
Gadget Freak Case #248: Digital Walking Stick for the Blind
Gadget Freak 
11/21/2013  21 comments
Marin Davide has developed a digital stick for the blind that's designed to cost the same as a traditional stick.
Smart Glasses Help the Blind See
Blog 
11/21/2013  21 comments
Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford has created smart glasses that use simple visual images along with descriptions of nearby signs to help the blind navigate.
Ceramic Matrix Composites LEAP to High Volumes
Engineering Materials 
11/21/2013  13 comments
Capping a 30-year quest, GE Aviation has broken ground on the first high-volume factory for producing commercial jet engine components from ceramic matrix composites. The plant will produce high-pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP Turbofan engine.
Miniature Vacuum Pumps Could Deliver Big Benefits
Guest Blogs 
11/21/2013  10 comments
A Honeywell lab team borrowed a page from conventional turbine compressors and applied the latest silicon micro fabrication techniques to machine hundreds of thousands of micron-sized turbine blades onto the surface of a silicon wafer the diameter of a penny. When the wafer is rotated at high speed, the result is an ultra-high vacuum in a small chamber, all on less than a watt of energy.
Design Decisions: Pressure-Sensitive Tapes Solve Bonding Challenges
Guest Blogs 
11/21/2013  4 comments
New engineered materials call for new generations of high-performance pressure-sensitive tape solutions.
Slideshow: Tech Toys for Aspiring Engineers
Electronics News 
11/20/2013  33 comments
From Tinker Toys and Erector sets to LeapPads and littleBits, we offer a short history of some of the best toys for aspiring engineers.
Top 3 Luxury Cars of 2013
Guest Blogs 
11/20/2013  14 comments
The UK has been at the heart of manufacturing some of the finest automobiles on the planet for more than a century. All that experience has led to a very impressive line of high-end sports cars that are highly coveted the world over. Here are three of the best.
Manufacturing Execution Systems Can Solve Problems Before They Start
Guest Blogs 
11/20/2013  17 comments
Today, virtually all of this analysis is automated, but identifying bottlenecks is only a small part of factory data analysis.
The New Controller Just Wasn’t Cool
Sherlock Ohms 
11/20/2013  16 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
New Journal Covers Responsible Innovation
Blog 
11/20/2013  5 comments
The Journal of Responsible Innovation will offer practitioners and scholars a place to articulate, strengthen, and critique perspectives about the role of responsibility in research and development. It intends to provide a forum for discussions of ethical, social, and government issues related to innovation.
Slideshow: New Directions in Wearable Tech
Blog 
11/19/2013  27 comments
A recent contest sponsored by the element14 design community and Adafruit Industries shows that designers are hard at work on innovations that integrate fabric and technology to create smart products.
Get to Know UL 1604
Guest Blogs 
11/19/2013  3 comments
We routinely field questions about UL 1604 and which products comply with it. Here are the answers to some of those questions.
Slideshow: Kickstarter's Latest & Greatest Inspire Us
Electronics News 
11/18/2013  18 comments
In 2012, 2.2 million people pledged $319 million to kick-start more than 18,000 of its projects on Kickstarter.com. Here's a look at some of the most inspired ideas from the ultimate crowdfunding platform.
Slideshow: Garbage Disposal Doesn't Hold Water
Made by Monkeys 
11/18/2013  52 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Capacitive Tactile Sensors Solve Myriad Challenges
Guest Blogs 
11/18/2013  3 comments
Exciting ideas are often fun to consider, but developing a truly useful solution requires the right combination of interest, design, available technology, and perhaps most important, know-how.
What’s Your Plant’s Rank on the Safety Maturity Index?
Blog 
11/18/2013  11 comments
Rockwell Automation has released a free tool designed to assess a plant's Safety Maturity Index.
PCB Design & Layout on a Budget
Guest Blogs 
11/18/2013  5 comments
The question that engineers continually look to answer is, "how do I get there with the least amount of effort and the lowest number of errors, and without spending a small fortune?” It’s a balance that often keeps engineers searching.
Slideshow: Seismic Shifts in 3D Printing Materials
Engineering Materials 
11/15/2013  15 comments
Seismic shifts in 3D printing materials include an optimization method that reduces the material needed to print an object by 85 percent, research designed to create new, stronger materials, and a new ASTM standard for their mechanical properties.
The Sled Mangled the Coupling
Sherlock Ohms 
11/15/2013  9 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Slideshow: Engineering the Silver Screen
Electronics News 
11/14/2013  53 comments
From James Stewart and Jack Lemmon to Ed Harris and Leonardo Dicaprio, we take a look at some of the most notable movie engineers.
Slideshow: DIY Robots With Modular Robotics’ MOSS Dev Kit
Blog 
11/14/2013  7 comments
Modular Robotics is offering a development kit that lets people build their own custom robots using modular building blocks that fit together via magnets and allow for complex designs and movements.
Hackers at Your Gate
Blog 
11/14/2013  19 comments
Michael Assante, director of the National Board of Information Security Examiners, painted a dire picture of the growing threat of cyber-security at the Rockwell Automation Fair in Houston this week.
Safety Finds a Home on the Ethernet Network
Blog 
11/14/2013  4 comments
The US government is now looking at ways to make safety networks at plants more secure.
Slideshow: Toyota's Automotive Aquarium
Electronics News 
11/13/2013  27 comments
What has four wheels, 800 gallons of salt water, and a talking sponge? That would Toyota's 2014 SpongeBob Highlander: Tanked Edition.
Reducing Cost With ERP Automation
Guest Blogs 
11/13/2013  1 comment
Implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in aerospace and defense can prove valuable for the automation of activities currently performed manually.
Slideshow: 20 Great Technology Quotations
Electronics News 
11/12/2013  40 comments
Everyone, from JFK to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and actor Matthew McConaughey, has opined on technology. From wise to funny to inaccurate, we offer a few of the most notable.
Slideshow: Super Cell Brings Efficiency to Server Production
Blog 
11/12/2013  3 comments
Efficiency in production can sometimes be improved by redesigning the production space.
Early Safety Consideration Speeds the Design Process
Blog 
11/12/2013  6 comments
Bringing safety into the design process early improves time to market.
Account for Uncertainty
Blog 
11/12/2013  5 comments
It is important to keep in mind that measurement uncertainties do not always equal one half of the smallest measurement interval.
Reader Vote Round 6: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
11/11/2013  19 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Disney Develops Energy-Harvesting Finger-Touch Tech
Blog 
11/11/2013  28 comments
Disney has developed a technology that can generate enough energy from the movement of a fingertip to light a string of LEDs or control electrical components on e-paper or printed materials.
Slideshow: 3D Printing Is Cheap & Green for Plastics
Engineering Materials 
11/11/2013  15 comments
A recent study finds that 3D printing is both cheaper and greener than traditional factory-based mass manufacturing and distribution. At least, it's true for making consumer plastic products on open-source, low-cost RepRap printers.
Engineers Design Battery-Free Wireless Device
Blog 
11/11/2013  13 comments
Engineers from the University of Washington have developed a way to power communications devices without the need for batteries or other power sources.
Collaboration Between Controls & IT Is a Growing Priority
Blog 
11/11/2013  5 comments
Collaboration between controls, engineering management, and information technology is becoming a critical business priority.
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