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15 Engineering Jobs That Top the Pay Scale
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8/29/2016  Post a comment
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
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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
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8/24/2016  1 comment
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
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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
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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
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8/22/2016  19 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
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8/19/2016  1 comment
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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. Hereís why.
Uberize Your Remote Equipment
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8/10/2016  Post a comment
You can leverage remote connectivity to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve performance.
8 Engineers Who Competed in the Olympics
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8/9/2016  7 comments
Take a look at these eight global engineers who have competed in past Olympics or are competing in Rio this month.
PackSpec 2.0 Creates Templates for Packaging Machinery Specifications
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8/9/2016  Post a comment
The PackSpec initiative has been a multi-year effort but now there is mounting support to move beyond the written standards put forward in the first version of PackSpec to standard documents that can streamline and strengthen the creation of packaging machinery specifications used to bid new systems.
Can Massive MIMO Deliver on the Promise of 5G?
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8/5/2016  Post a comment
New research from the University of Bristol and Lund University is pointing at Massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) as the frontrunner to deliver 5G wireless to the masses.
'Slugbot' Is Frankensteined From Slug Parts and 3D-Printed Body
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8/5/2016  1 comment
We haven't seen many robots that emulate Frankenstein's monster by combining organic animal parts with mechanical components, until now. Meet "Slugbot."
X20 I/O Implements OPC UA Pub/Sub
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8/5/2016  Post a comment
A new X20 I/O system bus controller from B&R Industrial Automation makes it possible to implement OPC UA communication from sensors to the ERP layer without using any interfaces, or a connected PLC.
Energy Usage Slashed at New Car Plant
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8/2/2016  3 comments
For years, energy usage was not even a major design priority for machinery and equipment suppliers but, with rising costs and concerns, it suddenly became a hot engineering topic.
Startup Otto Demos the Feasibility of Self-Driving Trucks
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7/29/2016  28 comments
A San Francisco startup called Otto came out of stealth mode recently and released a dramatic video demonstrating its successful test of a technology for self-driving trucks.
Readers Weigh In on the Best AI Movies
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7/28/2016  1 comment
We shared our list, now Design News readers tell us which artificial intelligence movies they watch again and again.
Electric Airplanes Reach for the Skies
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7/27/2016  6 comments
The National Aeronautics and Space Administrationís recently announced plan to put an electric airplane in the air by 2018 is forward-looking, but hardly unique.
These Engineering & Design Contests Will Bring Out the Competitor in All of Us
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7/27/2016  1 comment
Engineers can channel the eye of the tiger and rise to the challenge, with a number of prize or award-giving contests out there to test your metal and intellectual prowess.
Loss and Success: One Engineerís Story
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7/26/2016  2 comments
Without failure and loss, there is no success. Sadly, some failures and losses are greater than others. Thatís certainly true of engineer and Space Race astronaut Gus Grissom.
The 15 Best Artificial Intelligence Movies
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7/21/2016  17 comments
Take a look at some of the best movies that include self-aware machines.
A Different Kind of Collaborative Robot Works Down on the Farm
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7/20/2016  1 comment
In the last few years, agriculrural robots have started appearing in fields and vineyards all over the world. While some are semi- or fully autonomous harvesting or weeding trucks or tractor attachments, others are designed as a different kind of collaborative robot that works right alongside people.
Zephyr OS, a ĎSecure IoT RTOS,í You Say?
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7/20/2016  4 comments
Itís worth saying a word or two about IoT, if only because the air is so thick with nonsense on the subject that is it difficult to make meaningful progress without some clarification.
AI Beats Elite Fighter Pilots, Can Run on a Raspberry Pi
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7/19/2016  1 comment
ALPHA is an AI capable of beating experts at a flight simulation. And it does so with no more computing power than a Raspberry Pi.
Wireless Safety Hits the Automation Network
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7/19/2016  Post a comment
In a shift that may be surprising to long-time control engineers, safety for automation systems in plants may go wireless.
Flying Robot Will Check Out Building Health
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
A flying robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will help inspect buildings and other infrastructure like bridges and dams, so human engineers won't have to do the dangerous parts of the job.
Cyborg Bot Uses Rat Heart-Muscle Cells for Actuation
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7/15/2016  Post a comment
A Harvard researcher has designed a bio-inspired swimming robot that uses rat cells for movement.
Your Cybersecurity May Impact Your Customerís Safety
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7/14/2016  2 comments
Plant cybersecurity comes with a number of challenges, from protecting a network that might extend into the supply chain, to buying cyber insurance.
1 Smart Attack Can Spawn a Zillion Dumb Attacks
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7/13/2016  Post a comment
The advantages of plant connectivity are prompting manufacturers to network out to their customers and suppliers, but that makes everyone vulnerable to attack.
SmartFlower Makes Solar Energy Easy in All-In-One System
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7/13/2016  3 comments
SmartFlower is an all-in-one solar power system that can store, harvest, and generate solar power.
US Will Be at the Forefront in Disruption of Manufacturing
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7/11/2016  4 comments
At the 2016 Siemens Automation Summit, Siemens executive Klaus Heimrich painted a digitized picture of the future, where the US will lead the world in changing design and manufacturing.
Salamander Robot Walks Like the Real Thing
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7/11/2016  Post a comment
A team of Swiss researchers has created a salamander-inspired robot that's shaped like the real thing, and walks like one, too.
Mistbox Makes Your AC Sweat Its Way to Better Efficiency
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7/7/2016  5 comments
A new smart-home device takes inspiration from human perspiration to help people get more efficiency out of residential air conditioning units
Remotely Control Your 3D Printer With Free, Open-Source Software
Engineering Materials 
7/6/2016  Post a comment
A team of engineers at Michigan Technological University has released free, open-source, software that lets you control your 3D printer via the web.
New Technology, Flexibility Drives Robotics Use in Asia-PAC
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7/5/2016  Post a comment
While much of the growth can be attributed to China's growing automotive manufacturing base, there is evidence of growth in other areas of industrial robotics, including food and beverage, industrial machinery, materials handling, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing and oil and gas.
Should Fatal Tesla Accident Make Automakers Rethink Autonomous Cars?
Automotive News 
7/1/2016  49 comments
In the wake of a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S in autopilot mode, the auto industry may need to rethink the future of autonomous driving.
Lego Building Blocks for Pneumatic Valve Manifolds
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7/1/2016  Post a comment
Modular approach simplifies assembly of demand-based, custom-configurable valve systems.
8 STEM Activities to Fight Summer Boredom
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6/30/2016  1 comment
DIY candy, journeys to Mars, coding for road trips, and more. These STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activity options will keep kids engaged this summer, from 10-minute activities to more advanced undertakings.
Chaos Happens: What to Do About it on Your Next Product Development Project
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6/30/2016  5 comments
Nothing is more frustrating than developing a plan and then, in the heat of the battle, having to diverge from the plan when chaos happens.
Mean Green Racing Makes Huge Strides in the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln Competition
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6/30/2016  Post a comment
In June, teams from across the US, and several countries worldwide, competed for awards in multiple categories at the 2016 Formula SAE Lincoln competition.
Will Tour de France Cyclists Seek an Electric Boost?
Electronics News 
6/29/2016  6 comments
Forget doping. Officials at this yearís Tour de France are looking for a very different form of cheating -- electric motors hidden inside the seat tubes of bicycles.
New Roomba Can 'See' and Be The Heart of Your Smart Home
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6/28/2016  1 comment
Your home could someday be filled with hundreds of connected devices. What's going to coordinate it all? According to iRobot, it could be a vacuum with machine vision.
Is the IIoT Getting Out of Control?
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6/27/2016  5 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
Cockroach-Inspired Robots Aimed at Disaster Recovery Scenarios
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6/24/2016  Post a comment
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Bearings Are Covered with Mobile Apps
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6/21/2016  Post a comment
SKF has developed a few dozen mobile apps to help users select bearings and to analyze the performance of those bearngs in the field.
Beyond the Dyno: A Multi-Axis Test Simulator for Automotive
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6/21/2016  Post a comment
A multi-axis profile simulator takes data from a dynamometer and uses it to create a back-to-back test system profile that synchs speed and torque in time.
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