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How H. Joseph Gerber Went from Holocaust Survivor to 'Thomas Edison' of Manufacturing
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1/24/2016  2 comments
H. Joseph Gerber, the founder of Gerber Scientific, has been described as the “Thomas Edison” of manufacturing due to his inventions and contributions to industry. His son, David, tells his father's story -- from Holocaust survivor to National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner -- in a new book.
Ham Radio Operators Have Been Design Engineering Innovators
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1/23/2016  13 comments
Just like any design engineer, hams are constantly striving to use their technical skills and the parts and equipment available to them to improve and innovate, in their case ways to communicate through radio waves.
The Messy Desks Behind These Creative Minds
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1/22/2016  12 comments
Take a look at these messy desks from your fellow engineers.
Best of Both Worlds: Home Solar Giving Electric Vehicle Owners Cleaner Charging
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1/22/2016  7 comments
Besides the environmental benefits of driving a solar-charged EV, homeowners are also attracted to the financial savings.
6 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2016  Post a comment
A trend we think we're seeing is that it's not enough to come out with a bio-based plastic, a biodegradable bio-based plastic, or a sustainable plastic made of non-bio-based waste products.
Girls Who Code Expands STEM Summer Immersion Program to 11 Cities
STEM Connection 
1/22/2016  1 comment
A nonprofit organization that promotes interest in STEM among girls is calling for applications for annual summer technology learning programs that have expanded to 11 cities.
H2W Offers Motion-Profile Calculators to Ease Component Choice
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1/22/2016  Post a comment
H2W Technologies has placed a number of calculators on its website to help engineers determine the best motion profile for an application.
The Most Popular Slideshows of 2015
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1/21/2016  2 comments
Crazy gadgets, salaries, hoaxes, and scary true stories made up Design News readers' favorite slideshows of the year.
VW Dieselgate Puts Auto Emission Control Systems in the Crosshairs
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1/21/2016  18 comments
Clean diesel took a punch in the gut last September when regulators said Volkswagen Group was manipulating the pollution control devices in its diesel passenger cars to fool emissions tests.
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
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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?
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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?
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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.
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