Content posted in April 2013
Ethernet Process Management & Machinery Standards
At Hannover Fair, ODVA announced two initiatives to strengthen industrial Ethernet standards for process automation, along with a working group looking at exchanging information between machines to optimize machine integration.
Car Radio Fires Up Check Engine Light
Sherlock Ohms 4/12/2013
Apparently the 2003 Saturn Vue has some interconnections between sensors that depend upon the integrity of the radio ground strap for proper operation of the engine and transmission control computers.
Manufacturing Ramps Up in the Cloud
Packaged goods companies are constantly being driven to offer higher levels of variety in consumer products. The goal for manufacturers and the machinery builders serving these industries is how they can adapt to move past todayís batch processes to ultimately work toward achieving a batch size of one.
Slideshow: Composites Go to the Arctic
Engineering Materials 4/8/2013
Extreme athletes are skiing across the Arctic on an expedition to the far north of a Norwegian island, depending for survival on their wits and two custom-designed sleds that incorporate carbon composites and ultra-high molecular weight linear polyethylene.
Chip Suppliers Target Vehicle Complexity
Electronics News 4/2/2013
Chip makers are hoping a new breed of microcontrollers will begin laying the foundation for a solution to one of the auto industryís most vexing design problems -- electronic complexity.
My Opinion on Testing Without ATS
Automated test software, or ATS, is nothing new. But as systems grow in complexity, the need for automated testing, and likewise automated testing software, grows correspondingly.
An Introduction to Filters
This intuitive and empirical approach examines low-pass filters commonly used as anti-alias front ends for analog-to-digital converters.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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