Video: Robot Searches Burning Buildings
Blog 6/28/2013 31 comments A firefighting robot rides on two wheels with a stem a few feet high carrying stereo cameras and other sensors. It can record and map thermal data and on a 3D scene constructed from images taken by the cameras.
DuPont Lightens Up
Engineering Materials 6/27/2013 30 comments DuPont has been working with auto manufacturers to refine some of its high-performance engineering plastics, and even invent new ones. It's all being done in the name of lightweighting vehicles and improving performance.
MEMS Facility Is Open to All
Blog 6/26/2013 6 comments The Richard Desich SMART Center for Commercialization of Microsystems gives anyone the ability to use a professional level MEMS laboratory and manufacturing equipment for extremely low fees.
Flexible Image Sensors Printed on Plastic
Engineering Materials 6/20/2013 16 comments UK-based Plastic Logic and French company ISORG have created what the pair tout as a first in flexible printed electronics: a large area, conformable, organic image sensor printed on plastic.
Gigabit Speed & Power Over Ethernet
Blog 6/19/2013 9 comments Gigabit and PoE are two networking technologies moving ahead in tandem as industrial users power remote Ethernet devices such as IP security cameras at 1,000 Mbps over existing CAT5 cable.
Bioplastic Injection Molding Grade Is Compostable
Engineering Materials 6/19/2013 20 comments New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
Disc Magnet Motors Hit Sweet Spot
Blog 6/18/2013 3 comments New disc magnet motors fit into the design trend of stepping up to closed loop performance while maintaining the cost advantage of stepper motor technology.
Aluminum Extrusion Gives Shape Options
Blog 6/18/2013 3 comments At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action
Blog 6/12/2013 46 comments Surveillance, reconnaissance, and search and rescue in military and first responder situations are popular applications for aerial robots. Yet not all the robots are considered unmanned aerial vehicles.
Tesla to Produce 'Affordable EV' by 2016
Captain Hybrid 6/11/2013 41 comments Tesla Motors plans to roll out a “compelling, affordable electric car” that will sell for about half the price of its high-profile Model S by the end of 2016, company chairman Elon Musk said last week.
GE Aviation Cuts 3D Print Time in LEAP Engine
Engineering Materials 6/11/2013 12 comments GE Aviation expects to chop off about 25 percent of the total 3D printing time of metallic production components for its LEAP Turbofan engine, using in-process inspection. That's pretty amazing, considering how slow additive manufacturing (AM) build times usually are.
Switched-Capacitor Filters: An Introduction
Guest Blogs 6/11/2013 4 comments In a switched-capacitor filter, capacitors and switches take the place of resistors and accurately reproduce the characteristics of continuous-time Bessel, Butterworth, and elliptical filters.
To Invent Like Edison, Learn to Collaborate
Electronic News & Comment 6/10/2013 25 comments A new book by Thomas Edison's great-grandniece takes on the notion that he was a lone-wolf inventor and replaces it with an image of a man who ascribed great value to the ideas of colleagues.
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.