Machine Vision Using Ethernet Powerlink
Blog 5/30/2013 11 comments New connectivity between vision systems and automation solutions based on Ethernet Powerlink communications is creating simplified system architectures that enable higher performance application possibilities.
Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology
Blog 5/28/2013 10 comments Self-powered wireless switches, sensors, and controls are being utilized in a wide range of building automation and industrial applications, leveraging energy harvesting wireless technology to cut installation costs and enable efficient use of energy.
TEK Scope Fixes Itself
Made by Monkeys 5/27/2013 14 comments When your lab is only one scope, one meter, and one homebrew function generator and power supply, the scope is stage center. But this one wasn't working right.
Rebooting the Van
Sherlock Ohms 5/27/2013 28 comments Now that automotive electronics are as complex as a personal computer, sometimes they need a reboot like a computer.
Green Designs for Industrial Cable
Guest Blogs 5/24/2013 7 comments In a world that's going green, industrial operations have a problem: Their processes involve materials that are potentially toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive. If improperly managed, this can precipitate dangerous health and environmental consequences.
Slideshow: The Greenest Cars of 2013
Blog 5/21/2013 29 comments We looked at a number of sources to determine this year's greenest cars, from KBB to automotive trade magazines to environmental organizations. These 14 cars emerged as being great at either stretching fuel or reducing carbon footprint.
The Internet of Things' Impact on Medical Care
Blog 5/21/2013 8 comments Healthcare might seem to be an unlikely target application for the Internet of Things technology, but recent developments show small ways that big-data is going to make an impact on patient care moving into the future.
It's Still About the Battery
Captain Hybrid 5/17/2013 29 comments The Tesla Model S' performance in Consumer Reports tests was a major victory for electric cars, but a bigger challenge still lies ahead.
Video: Worm Hooks Inspire Better Bandages
Engineering Materials 5/17/2013 16 comments Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
Video: Enter the Smartmouse
CAD/CAM Corner 5/16/2013 31 comments Laura Sapiens' Ego! Smartmouse offers users a unique interactive experience by providing 2D and 3D connectivity, hardware identity authentication, data storage, and more.
Video: Seahorse Armor Inspires Robot Design
Engineering Materials 5/16/2013 5 comments Engineers at the University of California, San Diego are designing a robotic arm that takes inspiration from the loose, flexible, yet very strong structure of the armored plates on a seahorse's tail.
Slideshow: 22 More People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 5/15/2013 32 comments We recently posted an online slideshow called, “18 People You Didn’t Know Were Engineers.” Within hours of its publication, readers began to suggest names of other luminaries -- astronauts, politicians, athletes and actors -- who were educated or had worked as engineers.
Ethernet Drives Networking Advances
Blog 5/15/2013 3 comments Two new introductions in the world of motion drives for automation are moving toward use of standard Ethernet communications, eliminating the use of custom hardware.
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.