Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action
Blog 6/12/2013 39 comments Surveillance, reconnaissance, and search and rescue in military and first responder situations are popular applications for aerial robots. Yet not all the robots are considered unmanned aerial vehicles.
Mobile Machine Monitoring
Blog 6/7/2013 8 comments With apps for smartphones and tablets growing at an exponential rate, automation suppliers are responding with development tools that simplify integration of these devices with machine controllers and factory networks.
Video: RoboBee Finally Takes Off
Blog 6/4/2013 13 comments An engineering team at Harvard University's Microrobotics Lab has completed the maiden flight of its tiny RoboBee robot. The controlled flight of the insect-sized robot that flaps its wings is considered a robotics first.
Engineering for Extreme Environments
Guest Blogs 6/4/2013 4 comments Many drilling operators still employ hydraulic steering systems, but some operators have begun exploiting intelligent electric actuators for directional drilling.
Machine Vision Using Ethernet Powerlink
Blog 5/30/2013 8 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 9 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hannover Highlights Industry 4.0
Blog 4/19/2013 11 comments The buzz at the recent Hannover Messe 2013 centered on a German industry initiative called “Industry 4.0” that automation suppliers believe will lead to increasing digitization, networking, and an ability for manufacturers to leverage productivity advances.
Video: Man-Sized Jellyfish Robot to Patrol the Seas
Blog 4/16/2013 16 comments Engineers at Virginia Tech have built a jellyfish robot prototype the size of an adult man they say will one day patrol the seas to monitor environmental conditions, study aquatic life, make maps of the ocean's floors, and perform military surveillance.
Ethernet Process Management & Machinery Standards
Blog 4/15/2013 6 comments At Hannover Fair, ODVA announced two initiatives to strengthen industrial Ethernet standards for process automation, along with a working group looking at exchanging information between machines to optimize machine integration.
At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.