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Baxter Shows Off His Moves at ATX West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2014  16 comments
Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
Reshoring, TCO & DFMA
Guest Blogs 
2/25/2014  9 comments
With labor becoming a smaller part of most companies’ total cost and much of the cost-savings opportunities residing in lean and DFMA manufacturing, why endure the higher costs and negative aspects of offshoring?
More Rule Changes Coming for 1 to 500 HP Motors
Guest Blogs 
2/24/2014  12 comments
With the new proposed rule, almost all three-phase motors in three-digit NEMA frames and also enclosed 56-frame (plus IEC equivalents) will need to meet premium efficiency levels per MG 1 table 12-12. This includes NEMA Designs A, B, and C, and IEC Designs N and H.
Revelations From the Manufacturing Show Floor
Blog 
2/24/2014  13 comments
Vendors on the floor of the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show reveal their opportunities and challenges.
NI's Dr. T.: 'Competition Is Now Ecosystem to Ecosystem'
Blog 
2/20/2014  7 comments
Dr. James J. Truchard of National Instruments insists that successful technology companies have to create ecosystems to compete.
Slideshow: What You Missed at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
2/19/2014  22 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, and WestPack shows, among others.
Slideshow: Smart Devices Add Intelligence to the Next-Gen Home
Blog 
2/18/2014  21 comments
Innovative inventors have developed a range of gadgets to create a more intelligent lifestyle, from a temperature-driven sleep sensor to a device that combines GPS and other sensors to monitor aspects of an automobile.
Use Maps, Not Recipes, for Student Project Success
Guest Blogs 
2/18/2014  8 comments
By creating roadmaps we can prepare students to think critically and decide the appropriate way to solve a problem, while keeping them engaged every step of the way.
Improve Thermal Efficiency With Enhanced Integrated Motor Technology
Guest Blogs 
2/17/2014  4 comments
Providing maximum cooling within a compact space has always been an challenging task, but a number of highly efficient solutions have been developed using the principles of advanced integrated design.
Slideshow: Adhesives Make BMW's All-Carbon Composite Body-in-White
Engineering Materials 
2/14/2014  6 comments
The new BMW i3's entire body-in-white is made of carbon fiber composites, a first in automotive mass production. Its construction has been made possible by Dow Automotive Systems' Betaforce structural adhesives.
Pains & Gains on Tech Street
Blog 
2/14/2014  12 comments
Word on the showfloor at Pacific Design & Manufacturing reveals manufacturing trends.
First's Robotics Competition Highlights Aerial Assistance
Blog 
2/14/2014  3 comments
First, the nonprofit that runs a series of robotics competitions, showcased some past winners and the parameters of the current contest at SolidWorks World 2014.
Slideshow: Robots Are Taking Over the Plants
Blog 
2/13/2014  28 comments
Industrial robots are taking on a greater range of tasks, from picking up delicate items to running a clean food line.
Shaft Housing Needs Constant Replacement
Made by Monkeys 
2/13/2014  11 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: & the Winners Are...
Blog 
2/12/2014  4 comments
The winners of the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards were announced last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Top 7 Skills for Management
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2014  18 comments
If you can transform yourself into a successful manager, you can heighten the productivity of your company, and thus establish a reputable business presence.
DOE Small Motor Rule Takes Effect in March 2015
Guest Blogs 
2/10/2014  2 comments
The Small Motor Rule will set fairly high efficiency levels for motors that are currently unregulated in the US.
Learning Labs Explore New Tech for Manufacturing
Blog 
2/10/2014  Post a comment
Learning Labs cover a wide range of new technologies appearing in modern plants, and you’ll get an opportunity to attend five programs on emerging technology for manufacturing at next week’s Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif.
Learning Labs Offer a Path to Quality
Blog 
2/7/2014  Post a comment
Learning Labs at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., February 11 through 13, will offer two Learning Labs that focus on quality issues.
Learning Labs Looks at Vision Systems
Blog 
2/6/2014  3 comments
Learning Labs at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show will explore new developments in vision systems.
Heat Sinks Are Too Hot to Touch
Made by Monkeys 
2/5/2014  27 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Technology Prompts New Plastics Machinery Safety Standards
Blog 
2/5/2014  3 comments
Technology developments in plastics machinery has prompted new safety standards.
Slideshow: Robot Salamanders, Snakes & Bugs; Creepy Defined
Blog 
2/4/2014  42 comments
Some of these robot bugs have very creepy, realistic movements. Many of the snakes and amphibians are designed for inspection or search and rescue operations, while the bug robots are more often aimed at working out specific theoretical problems.
Reshoring's a Reality – Manufacturing's Coming Back
Blog 
2/4/2014  10 comments
Researchers at A.T. Kearney see a definite trend in manufacturers bringing their production back to North America.
Manufacturing Robot Can Touch & See
Blog 
2/3/2014  47 comments
ABB Robotics has worked with Ford Motor Company to develop robots with real-time tactile feedback for delicate assembly and machining.
Combining Self- & Mutual-Capacitive Sensing for Distinct User Advantages
Guest Blogs 
1/31/2014  4 comments
There are distinct user advantages when self- and mutual-capacitive sensing are combined.
Video: Arduino & Raspberry Pi Drink-Mixing Robot
Blog 
1/30/2014  19 comments
The Drinkmotizer, an Arduino and Raspberry Pi drink-mixing robot, is four feet long. It can hold up to 16 bottles and has a chaser station at the end.
Learning Labs Focus on Robotics & Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2014  3 comments
At the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show next month UBM Canon is introducing Learning Labs. Here's what's up on the sessions covering robotics and manufacturing.
My Opinion on Manufacturing: It Is Coming Back - Really!
Blog 
1/28/2014  28 comments
After decades of having jobs move to countries where labor was far cheaper, the tide is finally beginning to turn.
Unjamming the Toner Hoppers
Sherlock Ohms 
1/27/2014  6 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.
2013: Innovations in Automation & Control
Blog 
1/27/2014  2 comments
Each year, the Golden Mousetrap Awards offer the Design News editorial staff a chance to review the most innovative products of the previous year. In the automation and control area, the process also normally reveals some of the major trends in products and technologies that are making the biggest impacts in manufacturing, since the Golden Mousetrap is all about innovation and forwarding looking designs.
Full Step, Half Step, or Micro-Step?
Guest Blogs 
1/24/2014  3 comments
Here are some facts about step-motor system performance all engineers need to know.
Can Micro Mills Recharge Your Cellphone?
Blog 
1/23/2014  16 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed micro wind turbines that could charge mobile and remote devices.
Fully Integrated Automation Lives in the PLC
Blog 
1/23/2014  13 comments
Smarter PLCs are giving plant engineers more flexibility while making systems less costly and easier to deploy.
Google Buys Boston Dynamics: Is That a Good Thing?
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2014  28 comments
Google's expected target applications for its new robot division are in manufacturing and retailing, and its other robot purchases are right in line. So why did it buy Boston Dynamics, the leading-edge military robot company?
Festo Uses Natural Waves to Convey Delicate Items
Blog 
1/22/2014  27 comments
Festo imitates natural wave action to move delicate items along a conveyor.
Unexpected Perpetual Motion
Sherlock Ohms 
1/21/2014  14 comments
The control box for a large water tank opened the valve on command, but it refused to stop cycling.
FIRST Runs Robot Competitions With Top Automation Technology
Blog 
1/21/2014  7 comments
The FIRST student robot competitions have incorporated advanced automation technology to manage the playing fields.
Judging the Golden Mousetrap Awards Was Fun (& Difficult)
Blog 
1/20/2014  1 comment
We aren't allowed to tell you who the winners of our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards are just yet, but we'd love to brag about some of the finalists.
The IoT Impacts Manufacturing, Too
Guest Blogs 
1/17/2014  11 comments
Today, all signs point to the value of the IoT. It’s here, it’s not going anywhere, and it has the potential for a multitrillion-dollar worldwide economic impact.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Who Will Reign in the Automation Circle?
Blog 
1/17/2014  Post a comment
The 2013 Golden Mousetrap Award finalists have been announced, and it's just a few short weeks until the winners will be revealed during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif. Do you have your tickets yet?
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Materials & Assembly Finalists
Blog 
1/16/2014  1 comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Materials & Assembly category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
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.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Design Tools Finalists
Blog 
1/15/2014  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Design Tools category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Fuzzing Framework Fights Control Hackers
Blog 
1/15/2014  10 comments
SANS will debut an anti-hacking fuzzing framework for industrial control systems at its annual security summit.
Why a Stainless-Steel Ball Valve Is a Necessity for Engineers’ Jobs
Guest Blogs 
1/15/2014  6 comments
Always consider the nature of your business when you are choosing the equipment for effective functioning of your business tasks. This will help you to get one that is the best suited for your requirements.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Automation & Control Finalists
Blog 
1/14/2014  2 comments
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Automation & Control category of the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
The Inaccuracy of Measuring Accuracy
Guest Blogs 
1/14/2014  10 comments
When applied to pressure sensors, the word "accuracy" becomes more of a qualitative measure than a quantitative one.
Slideshow: NASA's Ball Bots Explore Titan
Blog 
1/10/2014  21 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.
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