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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.
Manufacturing Becomes the Biggest Cyber Attack Target
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1/10/2016  Post a comment
While cyber attacks on networks at Sony, Target, and the US Government are getting all the press, the greatest cyber vulnerability is in manufacturing.
Beyond Automation: IoT Is Disrupting the Biotech Lab Environment
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1/9/2016  1 comment
The Internet of Things can change the face of life-science research by making lab data accessible and machinery automated and intelligent, preventing human error and speeding new cures.
Brushless DC Motor Technology Is Seen as Advantage for Intelligent Motion Control
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1/8/2016  Post a comment
If brushless DC motor technology is going to serve as the foundation for future motor advancement, the market needs to dispel the accepted idea that BLDC motor control is too expensive and complicated.
10,000 COMAU Robots Now Controlled by B&R Technology
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1/7/2016  Post a comment
Robot maker COMAU and automation technology provider B&R have reached a significant milestone in their partnership, with 10,000 COMAU robots now controlled by B&R automation technology.
5 Technologies to Watch in 2016
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1/6/2016  6 comments
Keep an eye on these five technologies for major growth and impact on the engineering space in 2016.
Solving Medical Device Manufacturing Challenges with Automotive Technology
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1/6/2016  Post a comment
As researchers, designers, and engineers work to develop increasingly advanced and customized medical devices, it is critical to ensure that each and every device is manufactured correctly in a safe and efficient manner.
ThingWorx, a Cloud-Based Mashup Tool, Builds Data Visualization Dashboards
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1/6/2016  Post a comment
With mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets used in business and industrial work environments, the ability to have accessible data is crucial for managing daily operations.
5 Technologies that Made the Big Time in 2015
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1/5/2016  5 comments
With 2015 in the rearview, it’s time to take a look back at some of the top technologies that made a major impact on engineering and design.
Industry 4.0 Will Mean ‘Plug-and-Produce’ and ‘Digital Twins’
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1/5/2016  1 comment
We are seeing more and more evidence of integrating, automating, managing, and simplifying industrial data flows to improve design, engineering, production, and in-service operations.
Fluid Power Helps Simulation Table Push Performance Boundaries
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1/4/2016  Post a comment
A shock and vibration testing system with six degrees of freedom relies on improved mechanical design and higher hydraulic efficiency to achieve high-frequency performance.
Challenges for Control Engineers in an IIoT World
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12/29/2015  Post a comment
With the Industrial Internet of Things ramping up, control and system engineers will increasingly find themselves together at the focal point of networking technology’s move to the next and potentially much higher performance level.
GE's Biopharma Plant Solution: Can't Export Drugs? Export the Factory
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12/22/2015  Post a comment
GE's Life Sciences business recently built a complete drug-making factory in Stuttgart, Germany, and shipped it to a customer in China.
Test Your Pump Knowledge with ITT Corp.’s ‘Pumps Quiz’
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12/18/2015  3 comments
For the fifth year in a row as the kick-off event to Pump Appreciation Day, ITT Corp.’s Goulds Pumps, Bornemann, and PRO Services brands are hosting World of Pumps Quiz, an online pump knowledge game.
Scottish Researchers Discover Cheap Way to Produce High-Quality Graphene
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12/17/2015  Post a comment
Engineering professor Ravinder Dahiya and his team at the University of Glasgow have made graphene by using the same inexpensive copper found in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview Pt II: 7 More Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
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12/15/2015  Post a comment
In this second preview of the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim, Feb. 9-11, 2016, we look at exhibitors of linear motion, CAE, and mechanical fastening, among others.
How to Maximize and Modernize Food and Beverage Production Wiring
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12/14/2015  Post a comment
For engineering F&B production, we are seeing smarter IIoT plants, where passive wiring is no longer sufficient. Engineers require bidirectional data communication, otherwise known as active wiring.
Mechatronics Solution Is Adept Enough to Produce a Bow-Tying Robot
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12/10/2015  2 comments
Using a robot to automate a process with a product as unstructured as a ribbon benefits from a mechatronic perspective on system design.
Schneider Electric’s New CTO Is Earmarking IT/OT Convergence as the Future
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12/6/2015  Post a comment
Prith Banerjee was chosen in order to push the company’s current trajectory from being just an industrial electronics, automation, and energy management supplier into a brave new world of smart industry.
Top 25 Most Expensive Engineering Degrees
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12/2/2015  17 comments
Today, many of the great private engineering schools exceed $50,000 a year in total costs. Here's a list of the 25 most expensive.
Pacific Design & Manufacturing Preview: 7 Companies & Products to See in Anaheim
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12/1/2015  Post a comment
Design News previews some of the solutions exhibitors that will be at the huge UBM-organized design, engineering, and manufacturing trade show in Anaheim in February 2016.
European Governments Are Driving Clean, Efficient Manufacturing
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11/30/2015  Post a comment
Governmental policies and mandates in Europe are leading the way in creating low-carbon manufacturing.
Beyond Inflation: 2015 Engineering Salaries Are on the Rise
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11/28/2015  Post a comment
According to a Randstad Engineering compilation of salary studies, engineering salaries are increasing beyond inflation, with employers paying to keep potential suitors away from their employees.
ON Semiconductor Keeps Watchful, High-Res Video Eye with Development Kit
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11/27/2015  Post a comment
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
10 New 3D Printing Technologies: Multimaterials, Clay, & Factory-Floor Composites
Engineering Materials 
11/25/2015  1 comment
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Gadget Freak of the Year: Help Us Break a Tie Vote!
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11/24/2015  Post a comment
Voting has closed on our 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year contest, but it is not game over yet for two competing projects.
Rising Engineering Star: Where Are They Now? – Part 2
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11/23/2015  Post a comment
Design News caught up recently with Punya Prakash, the 2013 recipient of our Rising Engineering Star award. What has she been up to?
GE: Plan for Failure in Cyber Security to Succeed
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11/22/2015  Post a comment
Successful cyber security plans include the assumption the system will be cracked.
Predictive Maintenance Hits Robotics as Fanuc and Cisco Team Up
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11/20/2015  2 comments
Cisco Systems has partnered with robotics and automation company Fanuc America to connect industrial robots to a system that ensures they always remain in proper working order.
Must See: Cornell 3D Prints Soft Robotic Tentacles
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11/19/2015  Post a comment
A new method for making a robotic tentacle with more agility and degrees of freedom (DOF) of movement relies on 3D printing.
Portland Is Recycling Power from its Water System
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11/17/2015  9 comments
It is a fact that water utilities are among the largest consumers of energy in a given area. Lucid Energy has come up with a way to recover some of that energy from water as it passes through a utility’s pipes in the network.
Pack Expo Reloaded: 7 Companies and Products to Know
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11/17/2015  Post a comment
A couple of weeks ago, Design News recapped some of the latest developments in industrial automation for the packaging market. This second time around, we cover a mix of major and perhaps less-familiar suppliers that were also at the huge Las Vegas event to showcase their latest innovations.
Rising Engineering Star: Where Are They Now?
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11/17/2015  Post a comment
Design News caught up recently with Justine Haupt, the 2014 recipient of our Rising Engineering Star award. What has she been up to?
Golden Mousetrap Awards – the Time to Enter Is Now
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11/16/2015  Post a comment
Don't miss your chance to be part of our red-carpet evening in February celebrating exceptional, cutting-edge products in Automation & Control; Design Hardware & Software; Electronics & Test; and Materials & Assembly.
Fanuc Enters Collaborative Robot Fray with 35-kg Model
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11/16/2015  Post a comment
Fanuc America has introduced a new industrial robot which, like Rethink Robotics’ Baxter, can work safely alongside humans without the need for fences or cages.
Blowing Stuff Up and Other Hollywood Tech Tricks
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11/14/2015  4 comments
From exploding cars to marauding dinosaurs to malevolent robots, we offer a peek at how the movie and TV industries do their special effects.
Smart Wheelchair Uses IoT for Patient Monitoring
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11/13/2015  Post a comment
A group of German engineering students has designed a smart wheelchair and walker that use sensors and the IoT so doctors can monitor a patient’s condition remotely.
Thomson How-To Video Keeps Linear Guides and Bearings Lubricated
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11/13/2015  Post a comment
Design engineers that want to ensure their high-precision linear motion creations are made to last can get some show-and-tell guidance.
It's More Than Trains: Maglev Technology Hits Machinery Uses
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11/12/2015  1 comment
When you hear the word "maglev," your first thought is probably high-speed trains, but magnetic levitation has resulted in contactless bearings and soon will give floating 3D printing machine heads.
Designing for Global: 8 Steps to Compliance, Testing, and Sales Success
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11/9/2015  Post a comment
Here are ways companies can get across the high-wire task of getting products to international markets quickly without running into trouble in unfamiliar business and regulatory environments.
400 Cyber Threats a Minute
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11/7/2015  1 comment
2015 saw a sharp increase in the volume of cyber attacks. Even as awareness increases and cyber security is bolstered, the intrusions continue at a staggering rate.
Increased Connectivity of Medical Devices Poses New Security Threats
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11/6/2015  3 comments
The union of medical devices and the IoT is making medical devices more vulnerable to security risks, which means designers of these devices must begin to develop them with security in mind.
Offshore Versus Onshore Product Development: Here's the Skinny
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11/6/2015  Post a comment
Offshoring hasn't affected only manufacturing; product development activities for years have moved away. But there are four key drivers behind the reshoring of product development.
Federally Backed Applied Research on Industrial Digitalization Pushes Ahead
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11/6/2015  Post a comment
The Chicago-based Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) recently announced its first five recipients of funding support for projects to solve three major pain points head on.
How to Set a Realistic Delivery Date For Your Project
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11/4/2015  Post a comment
It will not help you or your company by giving unrealistic project delivery dates, but consistently delivering on time will give you a reputation of integrity and company value.
3 Key Struggles of New Product Development And How to Overcome Them
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11/3/2015  2 comments
You will never eliminate all changes at the end of the development cycle, but if you pay due diligence early on, your downstream delays should be greatly reduced.
Cyber Security Experts Have High Demand, But a Huge Skills Gap
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11/3/2015  Post a comment
The Increased risk of cyber attacks has created a spike in demand for cyber security experts, but companies have trouble finding people to fill those positions.
Rocky Roads Ahead for Georgia Tech Robots
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11/3/2015  Post a comment
New research from Georgia Tech promises better appendages and animal-like mobility for robots.
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