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IoT Devices Scale from Billions to Trillions
10/21/2016  Post a comment
At ARM TechCon 2016, CEO Simon Segars will discuss how he sees billions of devices scaling to trillions as IoT applications proliferate. We know it’s happening. How do we prepare?
Germany, Tesla in War of Words Over 'Autopilot'
Automotive News 
10/20/2016  3 comments
The term “autopilot” is now at the heart of a growing debate between Tesla Motors Inc. and Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority.
Breaking Engineering Barriers By Breaking Personal Barriers
10/20/2016  2 comments
Highly regarded engineer and physicist Ransom Stephens speaks with Design News about his extensive science and engineering background, the serious yet funny study of neuroscience, and how one primes their brain for innovation.
Scalability, Agility, Extensibility will Determine the Future of the IoT
10/20/2016  2 comments
The Internet of Things is at an important and exciting tipping point in its evolution. ARM exec Ian Ferguson shares his perspective.
Apple Puts the Brakes on Its Automotive Ambitions
10/18/2016  2 comments
Internal reports are indicating that Apple has scrapped its plans to build a production car and is shifting its focus to systems for autonomous vehicles.
Keep Calm and Go to Pluto
10/18/2016  Post a comment
“It was a once and lifetime opportunity to fly by Pluto and none of us were willing to give that up without a fight.” – Alice Bowman, New Horizons Mission Operations Manager.
How Augmented Reality Can Help Us Accept Autonomous Cars
10/14/2016  8 comments
Self-driving cars haven't fully earned consumers' trust yet, but augmented reality technology could be the key to easing the transition to fully autonomous vehicles.
How IO-Link Improves Sensor-Level Diagnostics and Communication
10/13/2016  Post a comment
New sensors for the IO-Link standard are helping manufacturers reduce machine costs and downtime and simplify configuration. Here’s a look at how it helps and how it compares to previous technologies.
Web-Enabled HMIs in Automation
10/11/2016  1 comment
Web programming concepts and technologies including HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript are poised to create a new breed of web-enabled HMIs.
Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats to Watch Out for in 2017
10/10/2016  Post a comment
A cybersecurity expert warns of the hacking problems to brace against next year.
Skills Shortage in Manufacturing Prompts Rings Contest
10/6/2016  2 comments
Rotor Clip's student engineering contest sends it winners to the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing show.
Did You Attend One of the Top 20 US Engineering Schools?
10/4/2016  8 comments
This list of top engineering schools combines a wide range of criteria that make up a quality engineering program.
FDI Opens New Path for Process Automation Fieldbuses
10/4/2016  Post a comment
The final release of the Field Device Integration (FDI) cross-protocol development IDE is a milestone for instrument and process automation manufacturers developing fieldbus solutions.
Flexible Manufacturing Reduces Costs, Increases Variety ... Think Oreo
10/3/2016  Post a comment
Creating product variety in the manufacturing process has been costly. Yet the high cost of variety is coming down now that advanced manufacturing equipment is modular and flexible.
Automation Vendors Validate the Importance of IoT
9/30/2016  Post a comment
Two studies by leading companies show that energy plants are bullish on deploying IoT. They’re using connectivity for planning, productivity gains, and safety.
Critical Security Controls Could Thwart 70% of Cyber Attacks
9/29/2016  1 comment
Most cyber attacks could be avoided by adopting a list of Critical Security Controls that were created by the Center for Internet Security. That’s the message from Steve Mustard of the Automation Federation.
The Astronaut As Engineer: Winning the Space Race
9/28/2016  4 comments
George Leopold's talk at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis helped restore astronaut and engineer Gus Grissom's role in the beginnings of NASA, and outlined how Grissom played a pivotal role in winning the Space Race.
Obey Your Cat's Demands and Build an Automated Food Dispenser
Gadget Freak 
9/27/2016  5 comments
Your cat demands to be fed on time. With some technical know-how and a 3D printer you can build your own automated cat food dispenser.
The Revitalization of Design & Manufacturing
9/26/2016  Post a comment
Design and manufacturing need each other -- and the engineers behind them. Don’t forget that.
BattleBots & Their Designers Show Off Moves & Design Tips
9/22/2016  1 comment
BattleBot engineers from the hit TV show showed off two teams' robot designs at a session held yesterday at the Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis show.
In the Zombie Apocalypse, People Scream for the Internet
9/21/2016  2 comments
According to Cambium Networks, the top choice of help during a widespread emergency is the Internet.
Do You Have the Classic Traits of a Great Engineer?
9/20/2016  10 comments
Here are the 10 traits of a great engineer. check to see how many of these traits you possess.
Big Data and Cloud Computing Have Moved into Design
9/20/2016  Post a comment
Design engineers are using big data to gather product usage information from the field and circulate it into design decisions. Much of that data is now processed in the cloud.
12 Technologies From the Future of Manufacturing
9/19/2016  3 comments
Last week’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) drew more than 111,000 registrants from 112 countries to see 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, and components of virtually all kinds.
New Automation Technology Requires New ROI Calculations
9/16/2016  Post a comment
A new study from MAPI suggests that automation technology can change production so significantly, it requires a new ROI calculation.
Safe Robot Works Well with Others ... Humans to Be Exact
9/15/2016  Post a comment
A sensor-equipped robot at IMTS 2016 demonstrated that it can safely work with humans without the need for a safety cage.
Smart Technology Is Replacing the Knowledgeable Baby Boomer
9/14/2016  7 comments
Advanced manufacturing equipment now provides a level of plant understanding that goes beyond the knowledge of experienced automation engineers.
7 Things Every Engineering Student Needs to Know
9/13/2016  8 comments
The lesson that every engineering graduate quickly learns after graduating college is that despite being educated for years on engineering theories and practices, they are ill prepared for the real world.
'Sewbo' Robot System Automates Fabric Sewing in 3D
9/13/2016  Post a comment
An industrial robot arm works with a sewing machine to construct an entire garment, not previously possible because of the inability of most robotic arms to handle limp, flexible fabrics.
Can Learning about Manufacturing Technologies Help Redirect Young Lives?
9/12/2016  Post a comment
Maxine Singer Youth Guidance Center aims to inspire young adults to shape their worlds for the better.
When Manufacturing Becomes a Video Game
9/9/2016  1 comment
Advances in manufacturing are pushing the plant toward a fully digital operation with flexibility, speed, and efficiency.
Engineering Salaries and Job Prospects Are Growing Slowly
9/7/2016  8 comments
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows tepid salary and job growth for engineers.
Which Will Capture the Market First -- Autonomous Cars or Electrics?
Automotive News 
9/7/2016  13 comments
Self-driving vehicles, considered little more than a science fiction project a decade ago, are quickly gaining on electric cars as the auto industry’s technology of the future.
The 'SAW' Robot Uses One Motor to Crawl, Climb, and Swim
9/6/2016  1 comment
The Single Actuator Wave-like Robot (SAW) is the first to produce a continuously advancing sine wave with a single motor for locomotion. It can crawl both forward and backward, climb, and swim over long distances.
Kick Start Your Harley and Never Open Your Mailbox Again
Gadget Freak 
9/2/2016  Post a comment
Design News has a long Gadget Freak history and today we revisit some of the more memorable projects that actually help solve problems.
Plant Security: The Moving Threat, the Effective Response
9/1/2016  Post a comment
Alan Grau of Icon Labs analyzes new cyber threats and emerging protection strategies.
‘Don’t Go Gangbusters’ on Your IoT Applications
8/31/2016  1 comment
Sensor deployment in automated factories should be done slowly and conservatively, otherwise engineers may face the loss of hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, an Internet of Things expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
The Shop Floor Slowly Adopts Mobile Technology
8/31/2016  Post a comment
Mobile technology is slowly gaining ground on the plant floor, even with indications of high ROI.
15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale
8/29/2016  3 comments
Here are some of the top-paying jobs available to engineers as they grow in their careers.
The Tools Have Arrived for the Fully Digital Plant
8/26/2016  Post a comment
Obtaining the benefits of a fully digital plant requires IoT connectivity and foresight in the planning process.
What the Paycheck of a 2016 Engineering Grad Will Look Like
8/24/2016  2 comments
2016 engineering grads can expect to earn an average salary of $65,000 right out of the gate. Petroleum engineers' wallets are much fatter, though -- they are expected to earn about $20K more.
Packaging Gets All Dressed Up for Advanced Manufacturing
8/24/2016  Post a comment
From IoT and M2M to flexible robotics and consumer HMI, the advances in smart manufacturing are being deployed on the packaging floor.
Cyber Criminals Are Lurking on Trusted Sites
8/23/2016  3 comments
Cyber criminals have taken to hiding in common CMS platforms such as Wordpress, Joomla, and Drupal.
You'll Need an RFID Implant to Fire This Smart Gun
8/22/2016  24 comments
A biohacker has prototyped a novel solution to smart guns -- implanting gun owners with RFID implants so only they can fire them.
Lessons From BattleBots on Engineering and Combat
8/19/2016  3 comments
Ahead of their appearance at Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, we look at some of the engineering behind two robots from the hit show, BattleBots, as well as some tried-and-true fighting tactics engineers should keep in mind when taking their own robots into battle.
The Digital Plant Will Transform Industries
8/18/2016  1 comment
A panel discussion at the Advanced Technology Conference in Minneapolis in September will look at the disruptive advances in digital manufacturing.
GE Takes the Digital Pulse of the Plant
8/17/2016  1 comment
GE Digital's Plant Pulse Optimizer gathers plant data from disparate systems and displays it together on one screen.
The 20 Best Cities for Engineering Jobs
8/16/2016  2 comments
If you are an engineer looking for a new gig, it may be time to move. Forbes and SpareFoot.com both weighed in recently with their top cities in which to secure the best engineering jobs, and they clearly disagree.
Say Hello with LEDs
8/16/2016  Post a comment
Networking can be made easier with one of these ESC mesh-networked electronic badges.
5 Communications Skills Needed to Advance an Engineering Career
8/10/2016  5 comments
While it is not necessarily important for engineers to become great public speakers or authors, it is increasingly important for them to possess effective communication skills. Here’s why.
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