Manufacturing Ramps Up in the Cloud
Blog 4/10/2013 7 comments Packaged goods companies are constantly being driven to offer higher levels of variety in consumer products. The goal for manufacturers and the machinery builders serving these industries is how they can adapt to move past today’s batch processes to ultimately work toward achieving a batch size of one.
My Opinion on Testing Without ATS
Blog 4/2/2013 2 comments Automated test software, or ATS, is nothing new. But as systems grow in complexity, the need for automated testing, and likewise automated testing software, grows correspondingly.
Video: Crowdsourcing App Helps Space Agency Improve Robots
Blog 3/28/2013 19 comments A free iPhone video game app turns your Parrot AR.Drone into a simulated spacecraft, which you can use to simulate docking on the International Space Station. You get points for accuracy and speed, and the European Space Agency gets tons of data to help make better space robots.
Robot Helps People Walk Again
Blog 3/26/2013 30 comments The Ekso wearable robot applies torque to the hip, knee, and ankle joints to help people move, powered by a computer worn by the patient in a backpack.
Results: Your Opinions on a Design Ideas Forum
Engineering Materials 3/25/2013 22 comments Here's a summary of your ideas for starting a Design Ideas forum that poses design problems and asks for input from the community to help solve them in innovative ways. We also ask for a bit more feedback to help fine-tune things.
Slideshow: Robotic Hands Mimic Humans
Blog 3/22/2013 21 comments Robot R&D has focused recently on closely emulating the human ability to pick up; manipulate; and move small, delicate objects in unstructured environments outside the factory safety cage.
Some Cool Happenings in Motors
Blog 3/19/2013 5 comments The recent co-located Design and Manufacturing event held last month in Anaheim was an unveiling site for a few new motors, and they were pretty different from some of the products we’ve seen in the past.
How Ethernet Is Expanding Its Role
Blog 3/14/2013 19 comments Belden has tried to understand the role of mission-critical communications for manufacturing and has identified four themes that are driving the expansion of industrial networks.
The Focus on Integrated Industry
Blog 3/12/2013 9 comments Hannover Messe 2013, the gigantic industrial technology event coming up on April 8-12, will be staged this year under the banner of "Integrated Industry."
Trends in Integrated Motor Drives
Blog 3/11/2013 4 comments Servo motion packaged as integrated motor drives is gaining greater acceptance, energized by the attractiveness of distributed motion and I/O solutions, and the key role it plays in enabling modular machine designs.
What's Your Opinion on a Design Ideas Forum?
Engineering Materials 3/6/2013 40 comments What do you think about starting a forum on Design News that focuses on innovative, problem-solving design ideas where individual engineers and companies can trade comments and suggestions for solving design problems?
Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites
Blog 2/28/2013 23 comments Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing small, swarming robots that will assemble a space station or a satellite, or clean up oil spills on Earth. Dubbed droplets, they form a "liquid that thinks" when they swarm together.
3D Printing & Robots at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 2/26/2013 34 comments There are lots of ways to build a product, from high-speed robotic assembly lines to small, refrigerator-sized 3D printing machines that make actual metal production parts for medical or aerospace uses. Many were on display at MD&M West and co-located shows.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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.