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Moog Wants to Know If You Have Its Oldest Operating Servo Valve
9/24/2015  Post a comment
The Industrial Group of Moog Inc. is holding a contest to find the oldest operating Moog servo valve.
Bluetooth Beacons Are the Future of Shopping
9/24/2015  5 comments
How Bluetooth-based beacons could revolutionize the retail shopping experience.
What Industries Are the Highest-Paid Engineers Working In?
9/23/2015  4 comments
Take a look at 2015's engineering salaries by discipline and employer, including bottom, middle, and top ranges.
How Precision Motor Technologies and Applications Come Together
9/23/2015  Post a comment
No single motor technology is best for all applications. But for years, users have come to properly match a motor technology's inherent characteristics once they understand their performance and cost needs.
Motion System Enables Acoustic Resonance-Based, Impeller-Free Mixing
9/22/2015  1 comment
Intelligent drives and controls make this novel mixing technology, using high-intensity low-frequency energy, possible for a wide range of materials and user industries.
Optimizing Pump and Motor Design Is the Key to Machine Miniaturization
9/20/2015  Post a comment
Size reduction is dependent on getting efficient pump design, and there are four common ways to get effective motor control.
15 Bright Moments in Artificial Intelligence at the Movies
9/18/2015  19 comments
These 15 films show how artificial intelligence has been depicted in the movies.
More Interconnectedness, More Vulnerabilities, More Profit for Hackers
9/18/2015  3 comments
Cyber security attacks are increasing in number and sophistication as interconnected machines and devices expand the "surface area" for hackers and nation-state foes.
Siemens: Big Data Will Redefine Industrial Services
9/17/2015  2 comments
The industrial giant is betting on Big Data to create new business models around product development and lifecycle management.
Energy Harvesting Digs Into Human Motion and Wearable Materials
9/9/2015  Post a comment
We look at two creations that can generate power on the order of tens of watts. One of them can use a range of materials, from polymers to paper.
National Instruments and IBM Testbed Works on Predictive Maintenance
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Motivated by IoT and hugely expensive industrial machinery breakdowns, NI and IBM want to bring new predictive maintenance analytics modeling techniques and industrial networking standards.
Electric Vehicle Batteries: Clean and Green, or Something Less?
9/7/2015  14 comments
A recent study examined the air-quality impacts of light-duty vehicles on human health in the US, including battery electric vehicles. However, there's more behind the batteries themselves.
Old School Craftsmanship Is Alive, Well, and Inspirational for Labor Day
9/3/2015  4 comments
Fifty-six-year-old Pasquale Russo has been doing metalwork for more than 30 years in a tiny southern Italy village. Many craftsmen like him brought with them fabrication skills when they came from the Old World to America.
How to Gain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 2
9/2/2015  Post a comment
Linear guides are one of the most important components required for the design of automated or computer-controlled equipment. Aluminum profile extrusions, used for these guides, can enable designed-in functional features.
Industrial Automation Is Seeing Modular Application Software Grow
9/1/2015  Post a comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
The Top 10 Degrees for Earnings Are All STEM
8/27/2015  5 comments
The highest paying bachelor's degrees -- both in starting salaries and mid-career incomes -- are mostly engineering and entirely STEM disciplines.
Design Can Escape the Silo Through Closed-Loop Quality Systems
8/26/2015  Post a comment
At the level of design engineering, good integration between enterprise quality management and product lifecycle management can provide particular value to companies.
Cisco and IBM: Progress on Cyber Security But Not Enough
8/26/2015  1 comment
Executives at Cisco and IBM say there have been advances in cyber security, but they also see much progress yet to be made.
Walmart Partners with Reshoring Initiative as Made in USA Gets Real
8/25/2015  3 comments
Walmart has partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to ramp up its effort to significantly increase US manufactured goods.
Avnet Upgrades Development Kit for Motor Control and Industrial Networking
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8/25/2015  Post a comment
The ZIDK-II intelligent drives kit enables high-performance brushless DC motor control and industrial networking connectivity.
This Device Delivers Electricity and Clean Water Simultaneously
8/20/2015  3 comments
The SunSaluter is a solar tracker that purifies water while also using it to power and control the rotation of the solar panel.
More Must Be Done to Overcome the Challenges to Reshoring
8/19/2015  10 comments
Despite reports that reshoring efforts are bringing manufacturing back to the US, companies face separation difficulties in offshoring countries and issues when they do get back on domestic territory.
Hyundai Demos Robotic Exoskeleton at NIWeek 2015
8/18/2015  Post a comment
Automaker Hyundai presented a robotic exoskeleton assistive walking device at NIWeek 2015.
HMIs Bridge Different PLCs and Communication Protocols
8/17/2015  Post a comment
There are three leading ways to establish communication among different PLCs. Here’s how to specify the best method for your application.
Which Engineering Disciplines Have the Most Job Openings?
8/14/2015  4 comments
There are currently about 300,000 job openings for engineers in the US and Canada. Here are the disciplines offering the most positions.
Peering Into a Future Full of Robots
8/7/2015  10 comments
Robots have always inspired fear in movies and science fiction, but as robots become more and more entrenched as service aides, just how much are we doing to prevent life from imitating art?
Lead Wires or Connectors for LVDT Sensors? It Depends
8/7/2015  1 comment
Here's a guide info on whether to use lead wires or connectors on LVDT sensors.
Gadget Freak Case #270: The Attack Dyno
Gadget Freak 
8/6/2015  6 comments
The Attack Dyno brings car enthusiasts an attack timer and dynamometer in a small, portable package with the ability to output vehicle torque, speed, horsepower, 1/4 mile times, 0-60 mph acceleration times, ambient air temperature, and more.
Slideshow: The Industrial Internet of Things' Expansive Scope
8/5/2015  Post a comment
These 10 applications demonstrate just how far Industrial Internet of Things connectivity reaches.
Plant Safety Breaks the Cost-Savings Barrier
8/4/2015  Post a comment
Integrated safety systems are paying for themselves in fewer injuries, reduced downtime, easier maintenance, and improved flexibility.
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
8/3/2015  1 comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
IoT Is Turning Hardware Manufacturers Into Software Developers
8/1/2015  1 comment
Thanks to the Internet of Things, hardware developers are undertaking a flurry of potentially lucrative software developments.
The Anatomy of a Cyber Security Assessment
7/31/2015  Post a comment
DuPont's cyber security assessment of its Texas plants is an effective blueprint for anyone looking to create a strategy for cyber protection.
How to Regain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 1
7/29/2015  Post a comment
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
MicroE, Applimotion Merger Will Ramp Motion Control Customization Even Further
7/29/2015  Post a comment
The new entity, Celera Motion, will continue to sell Applimotion and MicroE kit-style product lines and leverage their combined integrated assembly expertise.
The IIoT Has No Place for Warring Communication Protocols
7/28/2015  1 comment
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
What Can Be Done About Car Hacking, or Is This the Future of Autos?
7/27/2015  39 comments
Professional hackers remotely hijacked a moving Jeep Cherokee -- exposing a life-threatening security bug and setting off a 1.4 million vehicle recall from Fiat Chrysler.
Novel Direct Drive Motors Move Robotic Hands, Fingers Closer to Human Touch
7/27/2015  Post a comment
This motor design offers very high power, torque, and control for implementing human-like robotic fingers and hands.
Industrial Cyber Security Requires Layered Approach
7/24/2015  Post a comment
Industrial networks are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. Security requires a layered approach.
Researchers Develop 1st 3D-Printed Robot to Combine Soft, Rigid Materials
7/20/2015  Post a comment
Two engineers have developed the first 3D-printed robot with a mix of solid and soft materials that can jump similarly to a human, the result of research they think will have future applications for disaster recovery and future space missions.
Great Courses Offers All You Need to Know About Robotics
7/18/2015  1 comment
Great Courses has released a comprehensive 12-hour lecture program on robotics.
10 Great Inventors of the Late 20th Century
7/17/2015  19 comments
Take a look at 10 great inventors who created some of the most popular products we're using today.
A Tool for Simplified Runner System Analysis and Quicker, Reliable Mold Simulation
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7/16/2015  Post a comment
Design for manufacturing (DFM) in mold production means that mold designers evaluate the manufacturability of their molds in the early stage of mold development by collecting all relevant information and applying it to their designs. They also have to consider many other factors, including flow balance, structural stress, and assembly tolerance, in order to ensure successful molding production.
Cisco and Rockwell Partner to Enhance Cyber Security
7/15/2015  Post a comment
Cisco and Rockwell have joined in the development of a security architecture to protect plants from cyber attacks.
Counterpoint: Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
7/14/2015  4 comments
Componentized software flow does exist and it's making software design just as easy as hardware design.
Here’s Why Intel Was So Smart to Snap Up Altera
7/13/2015  1 comment
Intel's broad know-how could push Altera's programmable logic acumen to even greater heights. What programmable logic promises over the next few years is a radically different approach to data processing.
The Engineer Shortage Is a Problem We All Can Solve
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7/13/2015  16 comments
There are serious challenges engineering and technical workforce managers face over the next 15 years. We have to view it as a supply chain problem with talent. Taking action now could well mean not being left by the side of the business road.
Announcing the 2015 ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition
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7/13/2015  Post a comment
A group of college students will have their chance to show off their skills in robotics, mechatronics, and design in the annual Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Motion Control in Packaging: 11 Tips for Improvement
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7/10/2015  Post a comment
Automation combined with trained personnel will provide faster, more efficient and cost-effective production. With automation products and software becoming so much more reliable and affordable, the days of the purely mechanical system are numbered, if not already spent.
A Look at the Impact of IoT on Motion Control and Fluid Power
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7/10/2015  1 comment
As the Internet of Things makes more industrial automation data available, translating that data into information and knowledge can yield new insights into end users’ operations. In hydraulic equipment, “smart” pumps, motors and valves are able to send diagnostic data directly to end-users, OEMs, and developers.
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