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What Do Test Engineers Do, and Why Should You Care?
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2/6/2016  Post a comment
Take a peek into the world of a test engineer – and then tell us about yourself! We want to know what part each of our readers plays in the wonderful umbrella known as design engineering.
MTS Aligns Sensors to EtherNet/IP Compatibility
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2/5/2016  Post a comment
The series now can interface with a wider array of EtherNet/IP-compliant hardware across many industrial sectors, including factory automation systems, plastic injection molding apparatus, and materials-handling equipment.
Meet the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Finalists: Automation & Control
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2/4/2016  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Automation & Control category of our 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Get the Skinny on the Smart Manufacturing Revolution
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2/3/2016  Post a comment
The Wednesday, Feb. 10, all-day conference on smart manufacturing at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show in Anaheim will cover a wide range of Industry 4.0 issues, from Big Data to cyber security.
Anaheim Is the Place to Go Deep on Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing
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2/2/2016  Post a comment
The Pacific Design & Manufacturing trade event in Anaheim next week will be filled with sessions on smart manufacturing led by industry experts.
CSU Students Win Top Prize in Gadget Freak of the Year Contest
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2/1/2016  1 comment
The 2016 Gadget Freak of the Year is the Attack Dyno created by Colorado State University students Marco Martinez, Logan Rutt, Bryce Goertz, and Robert Coloroso.
Are You Ready and Prepared for IT/OT Talent Migration?
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2/1/2016  1 comment
We often discuss the equipment and software migrations as part of the move to a smart manufacturing or industrial operations model, but what about talent migration? It's time to stop ignoring this issue.
What Star Trek Can Teach Us as Engineers
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1/30/2016  23 comments
Star Trek brought us many pioneering ideas that designers have acted upon, and we can glean a few engineering bits of wisdom from this iconic show.
Sensing and Connecting Our Way into a More Predictive, Prescriptive World
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1/29/2016  Post a comment
If we look at the industrial Internet as the physical network to monitor, analyze, and act on collected data, we can take advantage of sensor innovation for a new era of manufacturing capability and understand it in the context of time and resource efficiency.
How to Find and Retain Engineering Talent
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1/28/2016  16 comments
There is a shortage of engineers and designers. That's nothing new, but companies can tap into a talent pipeline using these steps.
Top 5 Reasons To Be At MD&M West
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1/28/2016  1 comment
The upcoming MD&M West and co-located shows in Anaheim next month will be host to a huge variety of technologies and special events like the Golden Mousetrap Awards. Here are five reasons for medtech professionals to attend.
Moving Coil Actuators Double Down on Force
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1/28/2016  Post a comment
Trickle-down technology from an advanced manufacturing project gives SMAC the greater magnetic-circuit flux density to push into pneumatic force territory.
Let's End the Buyer-Supplier Negotiation Countertactics Spiral
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1/27/2016  Post a comment
The modern procurement approach to sourcing is like a good old-fashioned wrestling match between buyer and supplier, full of moves and countermoves. Does it have to be so painful?
Ball Screws Can Be a High-Load Motion System Solution
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1/27/2016  Post a comment
Motion engineering quiz: If you need to actuate a 500 kN axial load along a 1,500 mm stroke, do you use a roller screw or a ball screw?
4 Tips for Designing the Most Effective Touchscreen Interface
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1/26/2016  2 comments
If you’re thinking about implementing a touchscreen into your next product, you don't want to forget these guidelines.
COMAU, B&R Integrate Robots Into Machine Control
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1/26/2016  Post a comment
Robot maker COMAU Robotics and automation technology provider B&R have introduced openROBOTICS, a new solution that solves a longstanding problem in manufacturing automation—how to integrate robots into machinery control
How H. Joseph Gerber Went from Holocaust Survivor to 'Thomas Edison' of Manufacturing
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1/24/2016  2 comments
H. Joseph Gerber, the founder of Gerber Scientific, has been described as the “Thomas Edison” of manufacturing due to his inventions and contributions to industry. His son, David, tells his father's story -- from Holocaust survivor to National Medal of Technology and Innovation winner -- in a new book.
The Messy Desks Behind These Creative Minds
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1/22/2016  12 comments
Take a look at these messy desks from your fellow engineers.
Girls Who Code Expands STEM Summer Immersion Program to 11 Cities
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1/22/2016  1 comment
A nonprofit organization that promotes interest in STEM among girls is calling for applications for annual summer technology learning programs that have expanded to 11 cities.
H2W Offers Motion-Profile Calculators to Ease Component Choice
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1/22/2016  Post a comment
H2W Technologies has placed a number of calculators on its website to help engineers determine the best motion profile for an application.
The Most Popular Slideshows of 2015
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1/21/2016  2 comments
Crazy gadgets, salaries, hoaxes, and scary true stories made up Design News readers' favorite slideshows of the year.
Turning Theory Into Reality: Hands-On Design Course on BLDC Motor Control
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1/21/2016  Post a comment
Running code and seeing the resulting motor movements is the best method of learning new motor control design techniques, as an upcoming DN course will tutor one of the most popular motor control algorithms.
America's 25 Most Famous Engineers
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1/20/2016  8 comments
A handful of engineers have become famous as CEOs, astronauts, criminals, media figures, football players, baseball managers, military leaders, and even US presidents.
LEDs Drive Cutting-Edge IIoT Applications
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1/20/2016  Post a comment
New applications driven by LEDs are helping lead the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things, with the combination of efficient lighting and connectivity opening the door for numerous smart facility-management applications.
Life Imitates Research For This Year’s Rising Engineering Star
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1/19/2016  1 comment
Jessica Winter is in remission from breast cancer, a diagnosis she received just weeks after joining a team who was working to battle the disease.
Why Did You Become an Engineer?
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1/19/2016  8 comments
Most engineers have an interesting story to tell when asked why they decided to pursue an engineering career. Tell us yours!
These Engineering Salaries Will Surprise You
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1/18/2016  6 comments
Surprising entries are topping the list of engineering schools that are producing the highest mid-career salaries.
Creating a New High-Level Position, Baldor Electric Spotlights the Strategic Role of Quality
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1/18/2016  1 comment
The industrial motor maker recently drove home its quality commitment by promoting its director of quality, Myla Petree, to a newly created strategic role.
Study to Demonstrate Benefits of Exoskeleton for Spinal Cord Injuries
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1/17/2016  1 comment
Engineers are hoping that a four-year government study will demonstrate the benefits of an exoskeleton that could one day help thousands of people with spinal cord injuries.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview Pt III: 8 More Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
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1/16/2016  Post a comment
In this third and final preview of the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim, Feb. 9-11, 2016, we look at exhibitors of industrial automation, rapid manufacturing, and printed electronics.
Machine Designers Need New Skills and Open IIoT Standards
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1/15/2016  Post a comment
The IIoT has become widespread in the world of machines, but machine designers may not have sufficient skills to deploy these connected smart machines.
6 STEM Family Films That Entertain and Inspire
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1/14/2016  31 comments
Looking for a family movie night that will entertain and inspire about science, technology, engineering, and math? Here are our top 6 favorite STEM films for the whole family.
Constant Force Springs Versus Spring Reels: Which Is Right?
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1/14/2016  Post a comment
How do constant force springs compare to the workings and uses of spring reels? Determining which type is best for your specific application depends on knowing the difference between them, as well as understanding the applications for which they are most used.
The Hottest Concept Cars of CES 2016 Were All About IoT
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1/13/2016  4 comments
The biggest automotive buzz from CES 2016 came from companies creating new design concepts focusing on Internet of Things connectivity ... and drones.
5 Nations Get Together on Industrial Design Intellectual Rights
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1/13/2016  1 comment
In early December, the US Patent and Trademark Office hosted the first Industrial Design 5 Forum, featuring representatives from the five largest design offices in the world, to create international synergy on protecting ID IP.
Human-Machine Interface Design '101' for Successful Machines and Products
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1/13/2016  4 comments
It doesn’t matter if it is a manufacturing machine or a medical diagnostic machine; poor human-machine interface design will prevent the machine’s use. But follow sound fundamental HMI design principles and you won't go wrong.
Time-Sensitive Networks: Next-Generation IIoT Connectivity?
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1/12/2016  2 comments
TSN’s ability to synchronize and schedule network traffic shows promise in enabling true device interoperability and eliminating isolated control networks.
Texas Instruments Aligns with Ethernet Powerlink Protocol
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1/11/2016  Post a comment
Scalability and lower costs promised by TI’s Sitara processor platform could make Ethernet Powerlink a more potent industrial automation communication solution.
Manufacturing Becomes the Biggest Cyber Attack Target
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1/10/2016  Post a comment
While cyber attacks on networks at Sony, Target, and the US Government are getting all the press, the greatest cyber vulnerability is in manufacturing.
Beyond Automation: IoT Is Disrupting the Biotech Lab Environment
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1/9/2016  1 comment
The Internet of Things can change the face of life-science research by making lab data accessible and machinery automated and intelligent, preventing human error and speeding new cures.
Brushless DC Motor Technology Is Seen as Advantage for Intelligent Motion Control
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1/8/2016  Post a comment
If brushless DC motor technology is going to serve as the foundation for future motor advancement, the market needs to dispel the accepted idea that BLDC motor control is too expensive and complicated.
10,000 COMAU Robots Now Controlled by B&R Technology
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1/7/2016  Post a comment
Robot maker COMAU and automation technology provider B&R have reached a significant milestone in their partnership, with 10,000 COMAU robots now controlled by B&R automation technology.
5 Technologies to Watch in 2016
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1/6/2016  6 comments
Keep an eye on these five technologies for major growth and impact on the engineering space in 2016.
Solving Medical Device Manufacturing Challenges with Automotive Technology
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1/6/2016  Post a comment
As researchers, designers, and engineers work to develop increasingly advanced and customized medical devices, it is critical to ensure that each and every device is manufactured correctly in a safe and efficient manner.
ThingWorx, a Cloud-Based Mashup Tool, Builds Data Visualization Dashboards
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1/6/2016  Post a comment
With mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets used in business and industrial work environments, the ability to have accessible data is crucial for managing daily operations.
5 Technologies that Made the Big Time in 2015
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1/5/2016  5 comments
With 2015 in the rearview, it’s time to take a look back at some of the top technologies that made a major impact on engineering and design.
Industry 4.0 Will Mean ‘Plug-and-Produce’ and ‘Digital Twins’
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1/5/2016  1 comment
We are seeing more and more evidence of integrating, automating, managing, and simplifying industrial data flows to improve design, engineering, production, and in-service operations.
Fluid Power Helps Simulation Table Push Performance Boundaries
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1/4/2016  Post a comment
A shock and vibration testing system with six degrees of freedom relies on improved mechanical design and higher hydraulic efficiency to achieve high-frequency performance.
Challenges for Control Engineers in an IIoT World
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12/29/2015  Post a comment
With the Industrial Internet of Things ramping up, control and system engineers will increasingly find themselves together at the focal point of networking technology’s move to the next and potentially much higher performance level.
GE's Biopharma Plant Solution: Can't Export Drugs? Export the Factory
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12/22/2015  Post a comment
GE's Life Sciences business recently built a complete drug-making factory in Stuttgart, Germany, and shipped it to a customer in China.
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