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Video: BionicKangaroo Mimics the Real Thing
Blog 
4/18/2014  3 comments
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Blog 
4/17/2014  50 comments
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
Blog 
4/17/2014  1 comment
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 
4/16/2014  21 comments
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
The Rise of Industrial Machines
Blog 
4/15/2014  14 comments
Worldwide economic expansion is spurring growth in industrial machinery sales to 5% or 6% per year through 2018.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
Blog 
4/15/2014  2 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Soldering Required to Replace Instrument Panel Bulb
Made by Monkeys 
4/14/2014  3 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Your Customers May Be Clueless, but You Needn't Be
Guest Blogs 
4/11/2014  Post a comment
Itís your job to find the right people, ask the right questions, to dig deeper, and properly prepare your users so they can provide you the most useful and productive answers possible.
Slideshow: Hot Products from IFPE
Blog 
4/10/2014  Post a comment
Here are the hot products in fluid power showcased at the IFPE show in Las Vegas last month.
World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
Engineering Materials 
4/10/2014  6 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
'Einstein' Sparks STEM Initiative
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2014  5 comments
Einstein in a Box inspires critical thinking with the actual doing and experiencing. They take the statement "inquiring minds want to know" to a whole new level.
Students Design Space Habitats, Tech for NASA
Blog 
4/9/2014  4 comments
NASA is once again calling upon college students to help the space agency design solutions for future space habitats and exploration systems through its Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
Robots Aid in Search of Missing Malaysian Jet
Blog 
4/8/2014  18 comments
An underwater robot dispatched by Bluefin Robotics is on deck, ready to aid in the intensive search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing in March.
Women in Industrial Design
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didnít Live Up to the Hype
Blog 
4/7/2014  75 comments
From grocery delivery services to the Segway, here are 15 modern inventions that fell flat.
What Could Go Wrong When Outsourcing Product Development?
Guest Blogs 
4/7/2014  10 comments
To make sound outsourcing decisions, identify the functions and features, all of the must-haves, your new product requires. Then find a product development partner able to marshal the right technologies for each stage of development and use a proven process to ensure timely, cost-effective delivery.
Rebranding: Let's Hope This Story Has a Great Ending
Blog 
4/7/2014  2 comments
With a new tag line of "the power to amaze," Fairchild Semiconductor is poised to reinvent itself in the power industry. Can the company do it?
Automotive Litigation Spotlights Need for Software Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
4/4/2014  4 comments
Government fines and recalls are heightening the need for automakers to adopt more safety standards and software verification techniques, experts at EE Live said this week.
Students Invent a Device to Save the Elderly
Guest Blogs 
4/4/2014  6 comments
The Nano Consultants are a group of high school engineering students from the Walker Career Center in Indianapolis, Ind. They are proud to announce their solution to this year's Phoenix Contact, Nanoline automation-solution Competition: RoboDose.
Tricky Spark Plugs Take Hours to Replace
Made by Monkeys 
4/4/2014  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Problems Loom Large for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2014  18 comments
The coming era of self-driving cars will call for a major change in engineering culture, an embedded design expert said this week.
Mentoring Is the Key to a Competitive Robotics Team
Guest Blogs 
4/3/2014  Post a comment
When a school like Boyle Heightsí Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles wants to enter into the high-tech world of competitive robotics, there are three things that are needed to support the project: money, students, and most importantly, skill.
Helium-Filled Wind Turbine Harvests High-Altitude Energy
Blog 
3/31/2014  29 comments
Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 at MIT with the goal to offer the first commercial turbine capable of harnessing high-altitude wind at a low cost.
Best-Practices for Level Measurement Device Selection
Guest Blogs 
3/28/2014  4 comments
Based on the application, several factors must be considered to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of a level measurement device.
Training Is Biggest Obstacle for Industrial Engineers
Blog 
3/25/2014  25 comments
Industrial engineers want a continuous flow of training. The 2014 Manufacturing Training Trends Survey by Seminars for Engineers finds lack of training is the biggest obstacle to manufacturing quality success.
My Life as a FIRST Robotics Mentor
Guest Blogs 
3/25/2014  3 comments
When you experience the energy of FIRST through the students youíre mentoring, you discover that itís one of the more fun things you can do with your spare time. I encourage you to find a team and help out. Youíll discover that the students who participate are first-rate, dedicated, responsible, and creative. And if youíre already involved with a FIRST team, thank you.
Slideshow: Itís a Simulated World
Blog 
3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Obama Announces 2 New Innovation Hubs
Blog 
3/24/2014  3 comments
In an effort to boost US manufacturing, President Obama recently announced the opening of two new manufacturing innovation hubs -- in Chicago and Detroit. The hubs will serve as institutions to increase manufacturing technology in the US and will create local jobs for middle-class workers.
Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Captain Hybrid 
3/21/2014  33 comments
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Wausau Coated & Rockwell Build Speedy Flexible Coating Machines
Blog 
3/21/2014  3 comments
Specialty converter Wausau Coated Products wanted to create an automation machine and bring it online faster and less expensively than the conventional specify-and-purchase route. They called on Rockwell Automation for help.
Misapplied Gauges Can Lead to Crisis
Guest Blogs 
3/21/2014  8 comments
A lot of safety appears to center on gauges. There's a reason for that, and it's in the name. In the engineering sense, when something is being gauged, it's usually a measurement relating to safe operating levels.
A Useable User Manual Is the Key to This Car
Made by Monkeys 
3/21/2014  19 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Video: Virtual Reality Makes Human-Robot Interaction Safer
Blog 
3/20/2014  19 comments
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are trying to bridge the distance between humans and industrial robots, not in the real world, but in the virtual one. They have created a way to make these types of interactions safer through a virtual reality environment that enables humans to work closely with robots without being near them.
Future Efficiency Regulations May Focus on Systems
Guest Blogs 
3/20/2014  15 comments
Since industrial motor efficiency is nearing its theoretical maximum, system efficiency is the next logical focus for improvement.
Tesla's Gigafactory Would Bring Us Closer to Reality
Captain Hybrid 
3/19/2014  29 comments
After reading all the recent news reports about Tesla Motorsí proposed ďGigafactory,Ē itís hard not to wonder about the future of battery-electric cars, and how low their costs can really go.
Slideshow: Robot Ants, Termites & Honeybees Get Autonomous
Engineering Materials 
3/19/2014  11 comments
We've found some swarms of robot termites, a robot modeled after a honeybee, and studies of ants to produce stronger robot joints and muscles.
Shrimp Shells Make Compostable, Moldable Bioplastic
Engineering Materials 
3/18/2014  14 comments
Wyss Institute researchers at Harvard have created a low-cost, biodegradable plastic made from shrimp shells that can be used to mass-produce 3D compostable consumer goods, using injection molding or casting processes.
Americans See Engineers as Societyís Chief Innovators
Blog 
3/18/2014  13 comments
A survey by TE Connectivity finds that 87 percent of Americans point to engineers as the force behind innovations and invention.
Slideshow: View Automation's History, From George Washington to Robots Everywhere
Blog 
3/17/2014  10 comments
The history of automation begins in 1790 and roars through the 20th Century with stunning advances. One of the highlights was the Ford River Rouge Plant -- iron ore went into one end of the plant and a finished Model T came out the other end.
Soft Robotic Heart Valves Mimic Real Movements of Human Heart
Blog 
3/17/2014  4 comments
Researchers at Harvard University have designed a soft robotic cardiac simulator that can move with a 3D motion similar to how an actual heart valve twists when blood pumps through it.
Turning Wastewater Into Green Energy Curbs Electrical Distribution Costs for Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/17/2014  4 comments
Using green energy lets engineers create environmentally friendly power systems and indirectly helps to reduce greenhouse gases. The costs related in creating effective power-supply systems can also significantly become low with the use of renewable energy.
Video: Rolamite Linear Actuator Lowers Friction
Guest Blogs 
3/14/2014  7 comments
Typical linear actuators contain a lead screw and linear ball slide requiring lubrication. These components are eliminated by a Rolamite bearing, which requires no lubrication.
Knowing When to Say When: Product Retirement Strategies
Guest Blogs 
3/7/2014  9 comments
Knowing when and how to retire a product is as important to maximizing profits as knowing when to introduce new offerings.
Understanding the Fluid Dynamics of Boundary Layers
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2014  7 comments
A customer who was thermal printing strip steel had a problem: When the strip's speed increased, the thermo printer would catch fire. When he set a flame to a piece of the strip, he couldn't get it to burn. What was the problem?
Control Products Proliferate at Pacific Design Show
Blog 
3/5/2014  4 comments
A wide assortment of new automation and control products were on display at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month.
Machines Canít Do What Engineers Do So Well
Guest Blogs 
3/5/2014  23 comments
Engineers are well positioned to be the leaders for innovation in this new age of machines. Human-centered design enables us to manage the vast amounts of information and the power of technology in solving the worldís problems.
The Cyberhacker Sitting Next to You
Blog 
3/4/2014  21 comments
Cybersecurity is a growing concern for plant networks. Smartphones, tablets, and flash sticks are potential enemies.
My Opinion on Walking the STEM Walk
Blog 
3/4/2014  18 comments
We are giving the First folks (and any associated parties) a mechanism to get their word out. If you're involved with First or have anything to say about the organization, let us know.
Border-Patrolling Bots Combat Drug Smugglers
Blog 
3/3/2014  6 comments
Applied Research Associates has delivered several of its Pointman Tactical Robots to the CBP in Tucson, which the agency is using to explore drainage tunnels that run between Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico. These tunnels are out of sight from border surveillance and are increasingly being used for illegal activity.
CFD Beats Trial-&-Error Prototyping
Guest Blogs 
3/3/2014  Post a comment
Time to market is everything in the manufacturing business. Introducing new products with key performance advantages brings new revenue. Do that faster than competitors, and gain the upper hand.
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