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IoT Is Turning Hardware Manufacturers Into Software Developers
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8/1/2015  Post a comment
Thanks to the Internet of Things, hardware developers are undertaking a flurry of potentially lucrative software developments.
The Anatomy of a Cyber Security Assessment
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7/31/2015  1 comment
DuPont's cyber security assessment of its Texas plants is an effective blueprint for anyone looking to create a strategy for cyber protection.
How to Regain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 1
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7/29/2015  Post a comment
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
MicroE, Applimotion Merger Will Ramp Motion Control Customization Even Further
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7/29/2015  Post a comment
The new entity, Celera Motion, will continue to sell Applimotion and MicroE kit-style product lines and leverage their combined integrated assembly expertise.
The IIoT Has No Place for Warring Communication Protocols
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7/28/2015  1 comment
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
What Can Be Done About Car Hacking, or Is This the Future of Autos?
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7/27/2015  37 comments
Professional hackers remotely hijacked a moving Jeep Cherokee -- exposing a life-threatening security bug and setting off a 1.4 million vehicle recall from Fiat Chrysler.
Novel Direct Drive Motors Move Robotic Hands, Fingers Closer to Human Touch
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7/27/2015  Post a comment
This motor design offers very high power, torque, and control for implementing human-like robotic fingers and hands.
Industrial Cyber Security Requires Layered Approach
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7/24/2015  Post a comment
Industrial networks are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Security requires a layered approach.
Researchers Develop 1st 3D-Printed Robot to Combine Soft, Rigid Materials
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7/20/2015  Post a comment
Two engineers have developed the first 3D-printed robot with a mix of solid and soft materials that can jump similarly to a human, the result of research they think will have future applications for disaster recovery and future space missions.
Great Courses Offers All You Need to Know About Robotics
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7/18/2015  1 comment
Great Courses has released a comprehensive 12-hour lecture program on robotics.
10 Great Inventors of the Late 20th Century
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7/17/2015  17 comments
Take a look at 10 great inventors who created some of the most popular products we're using today.
A Tool for Simplified Runner System Analysis and Quicker, Reliable Mold Simulation
Guest Blogs 
7/16/2015  Post a comment
Design for manufacturing (DFM) in mold production means that mold designers evaluate the manufacturability of their molds in the early stage of mold development by collecting all relevant information and applying it to their designs. They also have to consider many other factors, including flow balance, structural stress, and assembly tolerance, in order to ensure successful molding production.
Cisco and Rockwell Partner to Enhance Cyber Security
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7/15/2015  Post a comment
Cisco and Rockwell have joined in the development of a security architecture to protect plants from cyber attacks.
Counterpoint: Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
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7/14/2015  4 comments
Componentized software flow does exist and it's making software design just as easy as hardware design.
Here’s Why Intel Was So Smart to Snap Up Altera
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7/13/2015  1 comment
Intel's broad know-how could push Altera's programmable logic acumen to even greater heights. What programmable logic promises over the next few years is a radically different approach to data processing.
The Engineer Shortage Is a Problem We All Can Solve
Guest Blogs 
7/13/2015  16 comments
There are serious challenges engineering and technical workforce managers face over the next 15 years. We have to view it as a supply chain problem with talent. Taking action now could well mean not being left by the side of the business road.
Announcing the 2015 ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition
STEM Connection 
7/13/2015  Post a comment
A group of college students will have their chance to show off their skills in robotics, mechatronics, and design in the annual Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Motion Control in Packaging: 11 Tips for Improvement
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7/10/2015  Post a comment
Automation combined with trained personnel will provide faster, more efficient and cost-effective production. With automation products and software becoming so much more reliable and affordable, the days of the purely mechanical system are numbered, if not already spent.
A Look at the Impact of IoT on Motion Control and Fluid Power
Guest Blogs 
7/10/2015  1 comment
As the Internet of Things makes more industrial automation data available, translating that data into information and knowledge can yield new insights into end users’ operations. In hydraulic equipment, “smart” pumps, motors and valves are able to send diagnostic data directly to end-users, OEMs, and developers.
DFM Thinking in Advanced Development Speeds a Product’s Time to Market
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7/10/2015  3 comments
Advanced development (AD) is the “sandbox” between classical R&D and product development (PD). Engineers in AD typically mitigate risk on a technology released by R&D. Why does AD serve this intermediate activity? The output from R&D teams still needs a good bit of work to prove out its readiness for a production-ready development effort.
Seahorse Tail Inspires New Designs in Robotics, Armor
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7/10/2015  Post a comment
A collaboration of scientists led by a researcher at Clemson University have found inspiration in an unlikely source -- the unique shape of the tails of seahorses -- for new designs in robotic actuation, armor, and biomedical applications.
The Inventor as CEO -- Good or Bad?
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7/9/2015  4 comments
The owner/inventor of a product may also be the best person to run the business.
DARPA Backs Further Development of DEKA's 'Luke Arm'
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7/9/2015  2 comments
The Department of Defense is making a nearly $7 million investment to further development on a prosthetic device that allows for movement and functionality that’s nearly the same as a normal human arm and hand.
The US and Japan Will Fight in a Giant Robot Battle
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7/8/2015  2 comments
America's Megabot and Japan's Kuratas robot have agreed to battle in a fight to the finish.
University of Washington Students Create Award-Winning Motorsports PCB Design - Part Two
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7/8/2015  Post a comment
This is part two of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric and combustible cars. Both cars required several printed circuit boards, which Sierra Circuits helped design and manufacture. The UW team assembled their boards in-house.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: South Dakota - Wyoming
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7/2/2015  8 comments
Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.
Engineers Need to Do More With Less
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  5 comments
Design, simulation, manufacturability, and prototyping: All of these phases are being pushed forward and progressively by underlying technologies.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
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7/1/2015  Post a comment
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability
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7/1/2015  Post a comment
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
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6/30/2015  2 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
It's a Challenge, but Corporate Venturing Can Internalize New Technologies
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6/30/2015  1 comment
For companies that have gone into corporate venturing, sponsoring and nurturing startup companies, the subsequent IP transfer is tricky.
IoT: to DIY or Not to DIY
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6/29/2015  1 comment
As companies rush into IoT connectivity, the choice of doing it yourself or using a platform from a service company becomes a major issue.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
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6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Gadget Freak Case #269: The Leaky Tree
Gadget Freak 
6/26/2015  4 comments
The Leaky Tree is a high-quality device designed to dispense ice and one of four mixed drinks that can be selected by the user.
Identifying and Reducing Stresses in Pressure Vessels
Guest Blogs 
6/26/2015  1 comment
Pressure vessels are part of common equipment utilized in plants to store liquids and gases under high pressure. It is certain that pressurized fluids will develop stresses in the vessel, which when exceeds failure limits, will lead to hazardous incidents and fatalities.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Hawaii - Maryland
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6/25/2015  2 comments
From California to the New York island -- as the song goes -- here is the second installment of our five-installment 50-state slideshow showcasing the US' legacy of engineering innovations.
Mechatronics Matches Growing Complexity of Intelligent Factories Step for Step
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6/24/2015  Post a comment
The Internet of Things is requiring the design of devices using engineering skills and knowledge in multiple domains: electronics, mechanics, control systems, software, and telecommunications, to name a few. In other words, the IoT needs mechatronics.
The Smart Steering Wheel is the Future of Driver Safety
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6/23/2015  5 comments
New sensor technologies are enabling steering wheels that learn how you drive and can protect you in accidents and emergencies.
Understanding the Differences between Strategic Sourcing Goals, Objectives, and Requirements
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6/23/2015  Post a comment
Unlike a mission statement, goals, objectives, and requirements are tools that will be used actively in the sourcing project once it reaches the decision-making stage.
4 Steps to Securing the Smart Plant
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6/17/2015  Post a comment
The fully connected smart plant is often vulnerable to cyber threats simply because of its extensive connectivity. So, as the plant gets more connected, control engineers need to make sure the plant’s security matches the complexity and sophistication of the plant’s intelligence.
The Future of Human-Machine Interfaces Is Now
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6/16/2015  2 comments
Mobile technology is putting its imprint on industrial operator interfaces, offering touch capabilities, new design approaches, and more sophisticated functionality.
Shooting for Industry 3.5
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6/10/2015  2 comments
A conference day of presentations at the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing show focused on advanced technology in plants.
Industry Group Pushes for Free Open-Source Ethernet Standard for Machine Communications
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6/10/2015  1 comment
As we are on the cusp of the Industrial Internet of Things and its extensive connectivity potential, the Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group believes that industrial machinery and components can communicate data rapidly and reliably among themselves, system controllers, and ultimately to their human overseers via an open-source, software-based Ethernet communication standard.
A Champion Is Crowned in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge
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6/10/2015  Post a comment
After two days of competition DARPA has announced the winners of its robotics challenge.
5 Ways to Set Up Your Project for Success
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6/9/2015  9 comments
Experienced project managers know that proper preparation is the key for any successful project launch. To maximize your chances for success, here are five effective project preparation tips.
Made in the US Stamp on ABB Robots
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6/9/2015  Post a comment
ABB Robotics has opened a robot manufacturing facility in Auburn Heights, Mich.
B&R Automation Is Bullish on Connectivity and Smart Machinery Operations
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6/9/2015  Post a comment
The analysis of process data is emerging as a new frontier of industrial management, presenting many opportunities for manufacturers to enhance productivity and profitability by analyzing in real time the efficiency of machinery and components.
4 Factors That Determine if a Robot Can Do Your Job
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6/8/2015  15 comments
There are four key traits that determine if a robot could replace you at work. How does your position score?
Mechatronics Delivers Greater Mobility for Paraplegic Patients
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6/8/2015  Post a comment
The multidisciplinary field of mechatronics continues to find areas where it can deliver value in new ways. In medical, product development teams are bringing together multiple engineering disciplines, such as mechanics, sensing, electronics, and computing, to design robotic exoskeletons for people with paraplegia.
Mechatronics Education Fills Need for Multidisciplinary Engineering
STEM Connection 
6/8/2015  4 comments
The term “mechatronics” was coined by a Japanese company in the early 1970s, but only recently has the still-considered-emerging discipline become fully fleshed out at the academic level. Students are taught a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, including a systems integration approach to design and modeling.
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