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Controlled Landing and Ascent
Guest Blogs 
2/24/2015  Post a comment
Electromechanical actuators and propulsion system enable the first controlled landing and ascent from a solar system body other than the moon.
The Impact of the Maker Movement
Blog 
2/24/2015  Post a comment
The Maker movement is bringing engineering into the mainstream. Makers around the world are inspiring each other to create (or “make”) smart gadgets, robotic gizmos, autonomous drones, and wearable devices. These innovations are no longer monopolized by multimillion dollar companies.
Top 15 Cities for High-Paying STEM Jobs
STEM Connection 
2/23/2015  16 comments
Looking for a high-paying STEM job? The San Francisco Bay Area remains a good place to go to have a successful career in these fields, according to a recent study by financial analyst and data firm, SmartAsset, but it's still not the highest paying area of the country.
Welcome to National Engineers Week
Blog 
2/23/2015  1 comment
Through this week, DiscoverE will present National Engineers Week, a series of programs around the country that are designed to raise awareness of the importance of engineering.
3 Secrets to Becoming 'Awesomely, Amazingly, World-Class Excellent'
Blog 
2/23/2015  4 comments
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that average Americans between the ages of 25 and 55 spend 30% of their lifetimes working weekends on top of already heavily loaded work weeks. In total, Americans spend almost three times the amount of waking hours at work than at home. But what do we get as a result of all this overachievement?
Smartphone App Opens Your Car Doors
Automotive News 
2/20/2015  5 comments
The smartphone may be on the verge of its next great automotive conquest -- the inside of your car door.
Fanuc to Invest $1B in Plants & Research
Blog 
2/20/2015  Post a comment
Fanuc Corp. is cutting loose a chunk of its $8.4 billion stockpile of cash into order to build a new manufacturing plant and a research and development facility.
5 Ways to Tell if You are a Manager or a Leader
Blog 
2/20/2015  1 comment
It’s a professional reality that all bosses are not great bosses. Anyone can become a manager, but to become a leader, other behaviors become distinguishing factors.
Buying Tesla? The Wildest Theory Yet About the Apple Car
Blog 
2/19/2015  12 comments
If Apple is really planning on building its own car, it'll take a bold move like this one to make it happen.
Shortcut to Embedded Programming with Baremetal C
Blog 
2/19/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming Digi-Key Continuing Education Center class on Baremetal C Programming for Embedded Systems will offer time-saving shortcuts.
Manufacturers Brace for Baby Boomer Exodus
Blog 
2/19/2015  6 comments
Manufacturers and distributors are planning for growth and getting ready for the leadership succession from the Boomers to the Gen Xers, according to a new survey.
Fluid Power Challenge Exposes Teens to STEM
STEM Connection 
2/19/2015  1 comment
Junior high STEM students from around Minnesota had the opportunity to experiment with fluid power recently in a statewide competition to invent machines with real-world applicability.
H-1B Visas: What’s Your Take?
Blog 
2/18/2015  30 comments
H-1B visas are one of the most controversial issues in the engineering community. According to many companies, these visas (which allow for temporary employment of high-skilled foreign workers) are needed to address the so-called “skills gap.”
Feds Auction Off Coastal Waters for Offshore Wind Farm Development
Blog 
2/17/2015  13 comments
Two companies won leases to develop more than 350,000 acres of area in the waters off Massachusetts for wind energy in a federal auction of coastal waters, paving the way for the largest offshore wind farm to date in the United States.
Apple Could be Building its Own Car
Blog 
2/16/2015  5 comments
After a hiring push for automotive experts, Apple is fueling rumors it is building its own car.
Detroit Man's 21-Mile Walk Reveals the Complex Reality of Manufacturing Jobs
Chris Wiltz 
2/16/2015  12 comments
Detroiter James Robertson's 21-mile daily walk to work has drawn national attention. Many blame his $10.55 a hour wage for his situation, but the reality reflects a more complex picture of the manufacturing landscape.
Want to Live in a Wind Turbine?
Blog 
2/16/2015  29 comments
Ever look at the base structure of wind turbines and think it would be a cool place to live? Probably not, but a German designer from Dusseldorf has, and developed a concept to use that space to build apartments sustained by electricity generated by the turbines themselves.
Manufacturing Tech Tools You Need Now
Blog 
2/16/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturing vendors showed off their newest tech tools at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, Calif. last week. This is what they had to say about them.
Suppliers Make Manufacturing Smarter With Industry 4.0
Electronics News 
2/13/2015  1 comment
The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” gained momentum this week, as a handful of automation suppliers rolled out products aimed at creating smarter, more flexible factories.
3D Printing, Fastening Methods, & That Big Red Robot
Engineering Materials 
2/13/2015  Post a comment
As we saw on the show floor this week at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing and co-located events in Anaheim, Calif., 3D printing is contributing to distributed manufacturing and being reinvented by engineers for their own needs. Meanwhile, new fasteners are appearing for wearable consumer and medical devices and Baxter Robot has another software upgrade.
Hot Technology from Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
2/13/2015  Post a comment
Here's a collection of new products that were featured at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week.
IIoT Top of Mind at Manufacturing Show
Blog 
2/12/2015  1 comment
Manufacturing professionals at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim this week discussed the opportunities and dangers of the Industrial Internet of Things.
North America Sees Record Robot Orders, Shipments in ’14
William Ng 
2/11/2015  1 comment
North American manufacturing industries set a new record for robotics demand in 2014 with a 28% surge in unit orders, according to the Robotics Industries America trade group.
IIoT Blooms with Applications and Possibilities
Blog 
2/11/2015  3 comments
Mass customization has already arrived. Buildings only light rooms when people are present. The farm soil will tell you when it needs water -- in fact, it will water itself. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is exploding with possibilities, and the deployment is now, not is some highly developed future.
Gadget Freak Workshop Demonstrates the Power of Wireless
Electronics News 
2/11/2015  1 comment
Gadget freaks from around the country this week learned the power of a simple 8-bit microcontroller and a small wireless card.
BMW i3: The 'Most Significant Vehicle Since the Model T'
Automotive News 
2/10/2015  22 comments
A well-known automotive consultant who did an extensive teardown of BMW’s i3 all-electric car said its design is groundbreaking in multiple ways. “We’ve torn down about 450 cars, and we’ve never analyzed anything like this before.”
China Leads the Market for Robots
Blog 
2/10/2015  3 comments
By 2017, China will lead the world in deployed industrial robots. A thriving auto industry is driving China's robotics.
What Do You Want to Know About Motor Control?
Guest Blogs 
2/9/2015  2 comments
Now is your chance to tell us what you would like to learn during the March 9-13 Continuing Education Center Class, "Implementing Motor Control Designs with MCUs and FPGAs: An Introduction and Update."
2015 James Dyson Award Invites Innovation From Student Engineers
STEM Connection 
2/9/2015  1 comment
The annual international student engineering competition is now open for entries.
Manufacturing Innovations Take Center Stage in Anaheim
Blog 
2/6/2015  1 comment
The Pacific Design & Manufacturing show will feature a panel of industry leaders discussing advances in manufacturing innovations on Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
8 Things You Can't Miss at The Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show
Blog 
2/5/2015  3 comments
The Pacific Design & Manufacturing event and trade show starts next week. With so many exhibitors conference talks, and activities to choose from, Design News is sharing our editor's picks of some of the can't-miss events during your time at the show.
Apple Invests $2B in Solar-Powered Command Center
Blog 
2/5/2015  19 comments
Apple is turning a facility that was planned for sapphire-screen production into a solar-powered data center near Phoenix, Ariz. The company is investing $2 billion to turn the facility in Mesa into a command center for its data-center operations that relies 100% on renewable energy. The move is part of Apple’s larger plan to have all of its data centers run purely on clean energy in the next few years.
User Interface Designers: Start Seeing Colorblind People
Blog 
2/3/2015  17 comments
User interface designers ignore the fact that some form of colorblindness affects as much as 10% of the male population at their own risk. Relying on users to distinguish between colors that are fairly close together in the spectrum is a good way to ensure that at least some of them will have difficulties.
See the Latest in Robotics & Automation at the ATX West Robotics Innovation Tour
Blog 
2/3/2015  1 comment
A fun and free tour you can attend at next week's ATX West, Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, and other events in Anaheim, Calif., is the Robotics Innovation Tour. It will be held twice during the show, on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
The IIoT and the Maker Movement Will Revamp the Tech World
Blog 
2/2/2015  10 comments
The IIoT and the Maker Movement are two of the emerging disrupters that will significantly change industry and business, according to National Instruments.
New Composites Institute Chief Talks About Grand Challenges
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2015  1 comment
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
How to Handle Design Disagreements
Blog 
1/28/2015  11 comments
Good engineering designs are those that work in the real world; bad designs are those that don’t. If we agree to set our egos aside and let the real world be our guide, we can resolve nearly any disagreement.
IIoT Spurs Growth of Wireless Devices in Process Manufacturing
Blog 
1/28/2015  Post a comment
The Industrial Internet of Things is bringing a previously reluctant process industry into the wireless fold. The ability to connect smart sensors to the Internet has spiked the demand for wireless devices in process manufacturing, according to the new study from ARC Advisory Group.
2014: A Monumental Year for Cyber Attacks
Blog 
1/26/2015  6 comments
2014 was big dark year for cyber attacks. Here's the month-by-month blow-by-blow breakdown.
China’s Manufacturing Slump Softens While US Growth Erodes Again in January
Blog 
1/26/2015  Post a comment
China’s manufacturing sector continues to contract this month but at a less severe pace, as the nation’s central government in Beijing fights to reverse a 24-year low in economic growth.
Goodbye SkyMall -- Thanks For All the Ish!
Blog 
1/23/2015  6 comments
In-flight shopping magazine, SkyMall, has stalled, nosedived, and crashed into bankruptcy.
Maybe It’s Not Boom Times for Manufacturing
Blog 
1/23/2015  5 comments
Data from a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation undermine the idea of a US manufacturing renaissance.
The Conundrum of Published Specs Versus Real-World Performance
Guest Blogs 
1/23/2015  5 comments
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Decoding Procurement: How It Can Work as Design Engineering’s Ally
Guest Blogs 
1/22/2015  Post a comment
Procurement actually means well. There is no question that procurement can do a better job of phrasing their questions or making connections between engineering’s goals and the processes underway. And if you are using the right deciphering code, the result can live up to -- or surpass -- your expectations.
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
Gadget Freak 
1/21/2015  8 comments
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the users.
CES Panel on Drones Adds to Regulation Debate
Blog 
1/21/2015  13 comments
A panel at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas discussing upcoming FAA regulations for non-military drones brought out many of the issues that concern both industry and federal regulators.
NYC Gets its First Commercial-Scale Wind Turbine
Blog 
1/20/2015  30 comments
A recycling center in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, has deployed the city’s first commercial-scale wind turbine, providing a good test bed that could pave the way for similar deployments in the future.
The Case for CFD: Uncovering the Science Behind Internal Combustion Engine Phenomenon
Guest Blogs 
1/20/2015  Post a comment
Internal combustion engines are ruling power generation applications even today, and improvising them to churn out every slice of power is still an area of research for the engineering community.
10 Places to Visit to Interest Your Kids in STEM
STEM Connection 
1/16/2015  16 comments
Scientific and engineering history is evident everywhere you look in our modern world, and there are a plethora of institutions, museums, facilities and other places that celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ideas and innovations.
2015 Trend Watch: Cyber Security Fears and the Supply Chain Cloud
Blog 
1/15/2015  1 comment
Manufacturers are eyeing cloud-based computing with its compelling advantages. Yet fears of cyber vulnerabilities may hold them back.
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