PLCs Drive Down Costs for School Buses
Guest Blogs 1/16/2014 15 comments Deft PLC programming and simplicity cut engine block heating costs by nearly 73%, from an annual average of $20,000, to just $5,500 for the 2012-2013 school year in one Colorado town.
Slideshow: NASA's Ball Bots Explore Titan
Blog 1/10/2014 19 comments The latest NASA exploration robots are the Super Ball Bots, and they sort-of look like spheres, but are constructed quite differently from rigid models. These tensegrity-based bots are being designed to go to Titan.
Earn While You Learn!
Blog 1/9/2014 4 comments The IEEE will award professional development hours to students who actively participate in Design News's Continuing Education Center classes.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm
Blog 1/2/2014 34 comments Our latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new and growing category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and some that look like or emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.
GM Distributor Cap Sets Off Misfire Code
Sherlock Ohms 12/23/2013 13 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Slideshow: Building a Better Human
Blog 12/20/2013 19 comments Prosthetic limbs and other artificial body parts have come a long way in the last 10 to 20 years, and many on the market and under development today can restore nearly the same functions as the human body parts they’re replacing, or even improve them.
Eraser or Sledge Hammer? You Decide
Guest Blogs 12/17/2013 15 comments Conducting design research up front reduces your risk of problems occurring downstream. As you move through the R&D process, you can start investing more money more confidently.
Slideshow: Composites Go to Mars on MAVEN Spacecraft
Engineering Materials 12/13/2013 3 comments A spacecraft on its way to Mars is carrying core structures made with carbon-fiber composites. Launched November 18, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is the first designed for exploring and understanding the red planet's upper atmosphere.
Is it a Human, a Robot, or an Android?
Blog 12/10/2013 34 comments Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
Slideshow: These Bots Were Made for Walking
Blog 12/4/2013 52 comments Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The Importance of Mentors
Blog 11/27/2013 42 comments Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Miniature Vacuum Pumps Could Deliver Big Benefits
Guest Blogs 11/21/2013 10 comments A Honeywell lab team borrowed a page from conventional turbine compressors and applied the latest silicon micro fabrication techniques to machine hundreds of thousands of micron-sized turbine blades onto the surface of a silicon wafer the diameter of a penny. When the wafer is rotated at high speed, the result is an ultra-high vacuum in a small chamber, all on less than a watt of energy.
The New Controller Just Wasn’t Cool
Sherlock Ohms 11/20/2013 16 comments Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
New Journal Covers Responsible Innovation
Blog 11/20/2013 5 comments The Journal of Responsible Innovation will offer practitioners and scholars a place to articulate, strengthen, and critique perspectives about the role of responsibility in research and development. It intends to provide a forum for discussions of ethical, social, and government issues related to innovation.
Hackers at Your Gate
Blog 11/14/2013 19 comments Michael Assante, director of the National Board of Information Security Examiners, painted a dire picture of the growing threat of cyber-security at the Rockwell Automation Fair in Houston this week.
Reducing Cost With ERP Automation
Guest Blogs 11/13/2013 1 comment Implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in aerospace and defense can prove valuable for the automation of activities currently performed manually.
Slideshow: Artsy Robots Take Center Stage
Blog 11/8/2013 23 comments Once the realm of just science and technology, robots now are turning up more and more in the world of fine arts, making appearances in art exhibitions, creative promotional campaigns, and even on stage in the theater.