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Industrial Automation Is Seeing Modular Application Software Grow
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9/1/2015  Post a comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
The Top 10 Degrees for Earnings Are All STEM
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8/27/2015  4 comments
The highest paying bachelor's degrees -- both in starting salaries and mid-career incomes -- are mostly engineering and entirely STEM disciplines.
Design Can Escape the Silo Through Closed-Loop Quality Systems
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8/26/2015  Post a comment
At the level of design engineering, good integration between enterprise quality management and product lifecycle management can provide particular value to companies.
Cisco and IBM: Progress on Cyber Security But Not Enough
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8/26/2015  1 comment
Executives at Cisco and IBM say there have been advances in cyber security, but they also see much progress yet to be made.
Walmart Partners with Reshoring Initiative as Made in USA Gets Real
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8/25/2015  3 comments
Walmart has partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to ramp up its effort to significantly increase US manufactured goods.
Avnet Upgrades Development Kit for Motor Control and Industrial Networking
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  Post a comment
The ZIDK-II intelligent drives kit enables high-performance brushless DC motor control and industrial networking connectivity.
This Device Delivers Electricity and Clean Water Simultaneously
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8/20/2015  3 comments
The SunSaluter is a solar tracker that purifies water while also using it to power and control the rotation of the solar panel.
More Must Be Done to Overcome the Challenges to Reshoring
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8/19/2015  10 comments
Despite reports that reshoring efforts are bringing manufacturing back to the US, companies face separation difficulties in offshoring countries and issues when they do get back on domestic territory.
Hyundai Demos Robotic Exoskeleton at NIWeek 2015
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8/18/2015  Post a comment
Automaker Hyundai presented a robotic exoskeleton assistive walking device at NIWeek 2015.
HMIs Bridge Different PLCs and Communication Protocols
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8/17/2015  Post a comment
There are three leading ways to establish communication among different PLCs. Here’s how to specify the best method for your application.
Which Engineering Disciplines Have the Most Job Openings?
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8/14/2015  2 comments
There are currently about 300,000 job openings for engineers in the US and Canada. Here are the disciplines offering the most positions.
Peering Into a Future Full of Robots
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8/7/2015  10 comments
Robots have always inspired fear in movies and science fiction, but as robots become more and more entrenched as service aides, just how much are we doing to prevent life from imitating art?
Lead Wires or Connectors for LVDT Sensors? It Depends
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8/7/2015  1 comment
Here's a guide info on whether to use lead wires or connectors on LVDT sensors.
Gadget Freak Case #270: The Attack Dyno
Gadget Freak 
8/6/2015  6 comments
The Attack Dyno brings car enthusiasts an attack timer and dynamometer in a small, portable package with the ability to output vehicle torque, speed, horsepower, 1/4 mile times, 0-60 mph acceleration times, ambient air temperature, and more.
Slideshow: The Industrial Internet of Things' Expansive Scope
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8/5/2015  Post a comment
These 10 applications demonstrate just how far Industrial Internet of Things connectivity reaches.
Plant Safety Breaks the Cost-Savings Barrier
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8/4/2015  Post a comment
Integrated safety systems are paying for themselves in fewer injuries, reduced downtime, easier maintenance, and improved flexibility.
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
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8/3/2015  1 comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
IoT Is Turning Hardware Manufacturers Into Software Developers
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8/1/2015  1 comment
Thanks to the Internet of Things, hardware developers are undertaking a flurry of potentially lucrative software developments.
The Anatomy of a Cyber Security Assessment
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7/31/2015  Post a comment
DuPont's cyber security assessment of its Texas plants is an effective blueprint for anyone looking to create a strategy for cyber protection.
How to Regain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 1
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7/29/2015  Post a comment
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
MicroE, Applimotion Merger Will Ramp Motion Control Customization Even Further
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7/29/2015  Post a comment
The new entity, Celera Motion, will continue to sell Applimotion and MicroE kit-style product lines and leverage their combined integrated assembly expertise.
The IIoT Has No Place for Warring Communication Protocols
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7/28/2015  1 comment
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
What Can Be Done About Car Hacking, or Is This the Future of Autos?
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7/27/2015  39 comments
Professional hackers remotely hijacked a moving Jeep Cherokee -- exposing a life-threatening security bug and setting off a 1.4 million vehicle recall from Fiat Chrysler.
Novel Direct Drive Motors Move Robotic Hands, Fingers Closer to Human Touch
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7/27/2015  Post a comment
This motor design offers very high power, torque, and control for implementing human-like robotic fingers and hands.
Industrial Cyber Security Requires Layered Approach
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7/24/2015  Post a comment
Industrial networks are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Security requires a layered approach.
Researchers Develop 1st 3D-Printed Robot to Combine Soft, Rigid Materials
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7/20/2015  Post a comment
Two engineers have developed the first 3D-printed robot with a mix of solid and soft materials that can jump similarly to a human, the result of research they think will have future applications for disaster recovery and future space missions.
Great Courses Offers All You Need to Know About Robotics
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7/18/2015  1 comment
Great Courses has released a comprehensive 12-hour lecture program on robotics.
10 Great Inventors of the Late 20th Century
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7/17/2015  17 comments
Take a look at 10 great inventors who created some of the most popular products we're using today.
A Tool for Simplified Runner System Analysis and Quicker, Reliable Mold Simulation
Guest Blogs 
7/16/2015  Post a comment
Design for manufacturing (DFM) in mold production means that mold designers evaluate the manufacturability of their molds in the early stage of mold development by collecting all relevant information and applying it to their designs. They also have to consider many other factors, including flow balance, structural stress, and assembly tolerance, in order to ensure successful molding production.
Cisco and Rockwell Partner to Enhance Cyber Security
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7/15/2015  Post a comment
Cisco and Rockwell have joined in the development of a security architecture to protect plants from cyber attacks.
Counterpoint: Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
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7/14/2015  4 comments
Componentized software flow does exist and it's making software design just as easy as hardware design.
Here’s Why Intel Was So Smart to Snap Up Altera
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7/13/2015  1 comment
Intel's broad know-how could push Altera's programmable logic acumen to even greater heights. What programmable logic promises over the next few years is a radically different approach to data processing.
The Engineer Shortage Is a Problem We All Can Solve
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7/13/2015  16 comments
There are serious challenges engineering and technical workforce managers face over the next 15 years. We have to view it as a supply chain problem with talent. Taking action now could well mean not being left by the side of the business road.
Announcing the 2015 ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition
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7/13/2015  Post a comment
A group of college students will have their chance to show off their skills in robotics, mechatronics, and design in the annual Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Motion Control in Packaging: 11 Tips for Improvement
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7/10/2015  Post a comment
Automation combined with trained personnel will provide faster, more efficient and cost-effective production. With automation products and software becoming so much more reliable and affordable, the days of the purely mechanical system are numbered, if not already spent.
A Look at the Impact of IoT on Motion Control and Fluid Power
Guest Blogs 
7/10/2015  1 comment
As the Internet of Things makes more industrial automation data available, translating that data into information and knowledge can yield new insights into end users’ operations. In hydraulic equipment, “smart” pumps, motors and valves are able to send diagnostic data directly to end-users, OEMs, and developers.
DFM Thinking in Advanced Development Speeds a Product’s Time to Market
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7/10/2015  6 comments
Advanced development (AD) is the “sandbox” between classical R&D and product development (PD). Engineers in AD typically mitigate risk on a technology released by R&D. Why does AD serve this intermediate activity? The output from R&D teams still needs a good bit of work to prove out its readiness for a production-ready development effort.
Seahorse Tail Inspires New Designs in Robotics, Armor
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7/10/2015  Post a comment
A collaboration of scientists led by a researcher at Clemson University have found inspiration in an unlikely source -- the unique shape of the tails of seahorses -- for new designs in robotic actuation, armor, and biomedical applications.
The Inventor as CEO -- Good or Bad?
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7/9/2015  5 comments
The owner/inventor of a product may also be the best person to run the business.
DARPA Backs Further Development of DEKA's 'Luke Arm'
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7/9/2015  2 comments
The Department of Defense is making a nearly $7 million investment to further development on a prosthetic device that allows for movement and functionality that’s nearly the same as a normal human arm and hand.
The US and Japan Will Fight in a Giant Robot Battle
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7/8/2015  2 comments
America's Megabot and Japan's Kuratas robot have agreed to battle in a fight to the finish.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part Two
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7/8/2015  Post a comment
This is part two of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric and combustible cars. Both cars required several printed circuit boards, which Sierra Circuits helped design and manufacture. The UW team assembled their boards in-house.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: South Dakota - Wyoming
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7/2/2015  8 comments
Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.
Engineers Need to Do More With Less
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  5 comments
Design, simulation, manufacturability, and prototyping: All of these phases are being pushed forward and progressively by underlying technologies.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
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7/1/2015  Post a comment
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  1 comment
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
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6/30/2015  3 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
It's a Challenge, but Corporate Venturing Can Internalize New Technologies
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6/30/2015  1 comment
For companies that have gone into corporate venturing, sponsoring and nurturing startup companies, the subsequent IP transfer is tricky.
IoT: to DIY or Not to DIY
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6/29/2015  1 comment
As companies rush into IoT connectivity, the choice of doing it yourself or using a platform from a service company becomes a major issue.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
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6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
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