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Why Is Industry 4.0 So Scary But Necessary At the Same Time?
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2/11/2016  Post a comment
People don’t like change, but as did the three industrial revolutions before it, Industry 4.0 will deliver painful change and irrecoverable harm to those that don’t adapt.
The Secret to My Success As An Engineer
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2/11/2016  1 comment
Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to recognize those folks around us who have had a hand in our success.
What's Making Industrial PCs Get Bigger and Smaller at the Same Time?
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2/11/2016  Post a comment
Makers of industrial PCs are continuing to take advantage of Moore’s law expansion of processing power enabling creative automation and control schemes with multicore processors.
The Industrial Internet Will Rule, Even If There’s Still Resistance
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2/10/2016  1 comment
The Internet happened.” Those three words spoken yesterday by Marc Ostertag, North America president of B&R Automation at Pacific Design & Manufacturing, now taking place in Anaheim through Feb. 11, continues to bring ever-lasting changes to our ways of life and will undoubtedly transform manufacturing.
The Gaping Skills Gap in Advanced Manufacturing
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2/10/2016  7 comments
A panel session on the advanced manufacturing workforce at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week revealed a major skills gap.
2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
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2/10/2016  Post a comment
The winners of the 2016 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Advanced Software Emerges for Optimizing Machine Tool Mechatronics
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2/10/2016  Post a comment
The marriage of mechatronics know-how and advanced software tools is refining dynamic machine performance using measurements and innovative motion algorithms.
Epic DARPA Robotics Challenge Failures
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2/9/2016  5 comments
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
See This Gargantuan Electric Bending Machine for Large-Diameter Pipe
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2/9/2016  1 comment
The machine is claimed to be the largest and most powerful electric pipe-bender on the market, exerting nearly 500,000 lb-ft of torque.
12 Best Engineering and Information Tech Jobs
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2/8/2016  3 comments
Here's a list of engineering and tech jobs ranked by outlook, work environment, stress, and income.
Expanded CNC Control Increases Productivity Of Multi-Station Metalworking Machines
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2/8/2016  1 comment
Transfers the control of a large number of motion axes from one numerical control kernel to another within a CNC system, using multiple NCKs, and enables implement control schemes for virtually any type of machine tool.
5 Pre-, Post-, and On-Site Activities that Will Boost Your Presence at the Next Industrial Trade Show
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2/7/2016  Post a comment
Industrial trade shows, like Design News' upcoming Pacific Design & Manufacturing, deserve proper planning in order to truly get the most out of them as marketing tools. Here's how to plan effectively.
What Do Test Engineers Do, and Why Should You Care?
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2/6/2016  8 comments
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  25 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  17 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.
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