Solar Inverter Optimization
Blog 9/12/2012 8 comments Automation control technology plays a key design role in balancing energy-efficiency gains with the need for lifetime reliability and low-cost solutions.
Experts Split on New 54.5MPG Rule
Captain Hybrid 9/11/2012 94 comments Experts disagreed last week on the long-term outcome of the government's recent 54.5-mpg rule, with consumer advocates hailing the new mandate, and engineering consultants warning that it would send costs skyrocketing.
Siemens Technology Stack Takes the Sting Out of PLM
CAD/CAM Corner 9/7/2012 4 comments Siemens PLM Software is assembling next-generation user interfaces, sophisticated search, and visualization technology coupled with highly granular industry-specific capabilities to reduce the ongoing complexity surrounding PLM.
MapleSim 6 Goes Heavy on Modelica Support
CAD/CAM Corner 9/6/2012 2 comments In expanding support for the Modelica open-source language, MapleSim 6 aims to integrate its physical modeling and simulation capabilities with the rest of the design tool chain.
Handbook Can Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 9/5/2012 7 comments Contributing technical editor Jon Titus found a free copy of the Electrical Engineering Pocket Handbook, published by the Electrical Apparatus Service Association, particularly useful.
Send Kids to College With Tools
Blog 9/4/2012 20 comments Contributing Technical Editor Jon Titus taught his kids how to fix things at a young age. Not only did it give them a little independence, it also helped them make friends later in life.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.