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Content posted in April 2013
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Ethernet Process Management & Machinery Standards
Blog 
4/15/2013  6 comments
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.
Corn, Wheat & Rice Trash Make Concrete Stronger
Engineering Materials 
4/15/2013  24 comments
Kansas State University civil engineers have used the waste products of biofuels to make a stronger cement, a major ingredient of concrete, that also gives concrete a smaller carbon footprint.
Video: Festo's Dragonfly Robot Flies, Hovers & Glides
Blog 
4/12/2013  37 comments
Modeled after a dragonfly, Festo's latest sophisticated robot is the BionicOpter, which can independently move each of its wings to fly in any direction, as well as hover and glide.
Car Radio Fires Up Check Engine Light
Sherlock Ohms 
4/12/2013  19 comments
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.
ANSYS Extends Tools Through Toolkits
Blog 
4/12/2013  2 comments
Allowing users to automate tasks and extend their products through Toolkits is a very useful feature, as it can help to shorten analysis and design times.
Slideshow: A Tour of the Top Cars at the 2013 NY Auto Show
Blog 
4/11/2013  18 comments
This year's New York International Auto Show featured a mix of cars ranging from electric vehicles designed for urban environments to super cars with price tags over half a million dollars.
Researchers Advance Development of Organic Batteries
Blog 
4/11/2013  18 comments
US and UK researchers have made a breakthrough in the development of biobatteries that use bacteria as their reactive material.
Networked Energy Management
Blog 
4/11/2013  6 comments
Ethernet/IP provides support for energy awareness and power management.
Slideshow: Porsche Plans Plug-In Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 
4/10/2013  28 comments
Porsche plans to roll out a powerful plug-in hybrid next year that will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds and hit a top track speed of 167 mph.
Dutch Architect Plans to 3D Print a Building
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/10/2013  35 comments
Using stereolithography, designers plan to 3D print buildings around the world at about $6 million a pop.
Researchers Develop Recyclable Solar Cells From Trees
Blog 
4/10/2013  13 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have come up with a way to use a natural material in trees to develop solar cells that pave the way for recyclable, sustainable, and renewable solar-cell technology.
Manufacturing Ramps Up in the Cloud
Blog 
4/10/2013  7 comments
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 today’s batch processes to ultimately work toward achieving a batch size of one.
Win a Wireless Mesh Networked Propeller Beanie
Guest Blogs 
4/10/2013  16 comments
Synapse Wireless is giving away a CapNet propeller beanie. You can't win if you don't enter.
Gadget Freak Case #237: Dishwasher Indicator Eases Unloading
Gadget Freak 
4/9/2013  40 comments
Jitendra Tailor's gadget uses a proximity sensor and a flashing LED to tell his family members when to load or unload the dishwasher.
Used Cooking Oil Powers Transatlantic Flights
Engineering Materials 
4/9/2013  30 comments
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has begun weekly transatlantic flights from New York to Amsterdam using biofuel made from used cooking oil.
Charge Your Mobile Device via Text Message
Blog 
4/9/2013  58 comments
The BuffaloGrid Project aims to provide energy in electricity-poor regions by targeting mobile-phone recharging through the use of portable micro generators.
Multiphysics Enhances Analysis & Design
Blog 
4/9/2013  5 comments
Using an integrated solver that uses partial differential equations (PDEs) to solve multiphysics problems, COMSOL can combine a multitude of physics and solve them simultaneously.
DESIGN West: Ben Heck's Prototyping Tales of Horror
Blog 
4/9/2013  7 comments
If you are planning on attending DESIGN West, don't miss Ben Heckendorn's session, "What the Heck is That? Prototyping Tales of Horror from Ben Heck."
Slideshow: Composites Go to the Arctic
Engineering Materials 
4/8/2013  19 comments
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.
Design Decisions: A Comparison of 3 Different Ball-Bearing Materials
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2013  3 comments
Every manufacturer offers its own versions of ball bearings with varying features. Which one is right for you?
10 Electrical Engineers Everyone Should Follow on Twitter
Blog 
4/8/2013  3 comments
More engineers are getting information from Twitter and other social media, so our sister site, EE Times, decided to put together a list of the best electronics people and companies to follow on Twitter.
From Prototyping to Production, Distributors Can Help
Blog 
4/8/2013  12 comments
If you're a design engineer juggling multiple projects while struggling to understand the proliferation of electronic components, here's a tip: You can get help from distributors.
We Just Can't Get a Handle on This Pan
Made by Monkeys 
4/8/2013  48 comments
The same size handle is being used on all sizes of pans in this Jamie Oliver collection from Tefal. Will the monkey who designed this please step forward?
Slideshow: Smallest Dental Labs Get 3D-Printed Models
Engineering Materials 
4/5/2013  32 comments
A new 3D printer from Stratasys is making digital production of models for crowns, bridges, retainers, and other dental devices affordable for the smallest labs.
Banner's Breakthrough in Wireless Photoelectric Sensors
Blog 
4/5/2013  6 comments
Completely self-contained, wireless photoelectric sensor provides solution for control and monitoring applications, deterministic performance, and a five-year battery life.
Printer Wars: See Who Emerged Victorious
Made by Monkeys 
4/5/2013  36 comments
The HP printer came to the end of its useful life because it could not keep up with technology. The Epson machine was just plain greedy with its ink.
ProBueno Turns Your Donated Skills Into Dollars for Charity
Blog 
4/5/2013  6 comments
ProBueno allows skilled workers to donate their time for contributions to the charity of their choice.
Slideshow: Conservative Design Makes Japanese Cars More Reliable
Captain Hybrid 
4/4/2013  82 comments
A more reliable car isn't necessarily engineered better. That's the takeaway from a recent Consumer Reports survey, which once again placed Toyota and Honda at the top of the heap.
Video: Mycestro, a 3D Mouse for the Next Generation
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/4/2013  21 comments
Mycestro is an index finger-mounted mouse for use in confined spaces. A recent Kickstarter success, Mycestro is set to add to the HMI of devices.
Report: 2013 Will Make or Break Alternative Fuels
Engineering Materials 
4/4/2013  36 comments
This will be the year that makes or breaks alternative fuel technologies in North America, according to a new report from Lux Research.
Robotic Advances in Aerospace Manufacturing
Blog 
4/4/2013  12 comments
The unique demands of aerospace and defense manufacturing are stretching robotic system suppliers to add advanced control functions to keep up the pace of innovation.
Gesture Control Coming to a Television Near You
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2013  36 comments
A new technology will enable couch potatoes to change channels, adjust the volume, rewind a movie, browse the Internet, or control myriad other functions with simple physical gestures.
Self-Assembled Devices May Transform Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
4/3/2013  33 comments
The line between materials and machines will blur when modular, self-reconfigurable robots and self-assembling engineered DNA bricks change the rules of product manufacturing.
If It's Not the Undervoltage, It’s the Overvoltage
Sherlock Ohms 
4/3/2013  11 comments
In setting up automated test equipment, it seemed there was an undervoltage -- then it became an overvoltage problem.
Thingsquare Offers Open-Source Firmware to Enable Internet of Things
Blog 
4/3/2013  9 comments
The idea behind Thingsquare Mist is to make it easy to connect low-power wireless devices to the Internet, so they can be connected with smartphone apps or backend databases.
Chip Suppliers Target Vehicle Complexity
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2013  21 comments
Chip makers are hoping a new breed of microcontrollers will begin laying the foundation for a solution to one of the auto industry’s most vexing design problems -- electronic complexity.
Gadget Freak Case #236: Remotely Controlling the Room Temperature
Gadget Freak 
4/2/2013  11 comments
Richard A. Bipes adapted a portable remote so he could adjust his electric space heater without getting up.
My Opinion on Testing Without ATS
Blog 
4/2/2013  2 comments
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.
Helicopter Had Lift & Pitch, But No Yaw
Made by Monkeys 
4/2/2013  15 comments
A simple soldering problem kept a 13-year-old boy from enjoying the three-channel, radio-controlled helicopter he received for Christmas.
Owens Corning Joins BASF, TenCate to Fast-Track Car Composites
Engineering Materials 
4/2/2013  2 comments
Owens Corning has joined an alliance between BASF and TenCate to develop continuous glass fiber composites for high-volume auto manufacturing.
Slideshow: Electronics Add Glitter to New Rolls-Royce
Electronic News & Comment 
4/1/2013  27 comments
Rolls-Royce is rolling out a new fastback-style vehicle that cranks out 624 HP, goes from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, and employs more electronic technology than any vehicle in company history.
Video Blog: Media Day at the NY Auto Show
Blog 
4/1/2013  5 comments
DN Brand Director Rich Nass attended the New York International Auto Show recently. Here's what he has to say about it.
Design Decisions: Understanding the Value of Integrated System Design
Guest Blogs 
4/1/2013  2 comments
Learn the benefits of an integrated system design and when it serves as the most cost-effective and time-efficient approach.
An Introduction to Filters
Blog 
4/1/2013  2 comments
This intuitive and empirical approach examines low-pass filters commonly used as anti-alias front ends for analog-to-digital converters.
Excelling in Shades-of-Grey Real World
Guest Blogs 
4/1/2013  5 comments
Grey-box modeling combines the physical and empirical to solve problems.
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