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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in January 2013
Big-Data Gets Bigger
Blog 
1/31/2013  8 comments
As the machine-to-machine (M2M) revolution gets underway, there are some interesting developments in the technology that makes it possible and cost effective.
Hybrid Snake Robotic Probe Reduces Need for Invasive Surgery
Blog 
1/31/2013  8 comments
The Robotically Steerable Thermal Ablation Probe reduces the need for invasive surgery while also saving time and money.
Researchers Teach Robots Deception by Mimicking Squirrels
Blog 
1/29/2013  22 comments
Squirrels aren't exactly the first thing that come to mind when you think about withholding the truth, but researchers have used the bushy-tailed creatures to teach robots to do exactly that.
CADFusion Built Around Motion Control
Blog 
1/28/2013  16 comments
Aerotech's CADFusion is a cost-effective option for those who want to create complicated G-code programs from their drawings.
The ISO Journey Toward Quality
Guest Blogs 
1/25/2013  9 comments
One way that manufacturers can improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and shorten lead times is by implementing ISO 9001:2008.
Fraunhofer to Create Automation Process for Rotor Blade Production
Blog 
1/24/2013  7 comments
Fraunhofer Institute has embarked on a research project to find a way to leverage automation to cut more than 10 percent of the costs out of the current process.
Energy-Aware Industrial Devices
Blog 
1/24/2013  7 comments
The energy-aware industrial devices being introduced to the marketplace will help manufacturers and OEMs reduce energy costs as much as 20-30 percent.
Repair Robot Will Do On-Site CNC Machining
Blog 
1/23/2013  13 comments
A European consortium is working on a repair and maintenance robot system for on-site CNC machining in dangerous or hard-to-access environments.
Virtual Support Engineer
Blog 
1/22/2013  18 comments
The high cost of sending an engineer or skilled technician onsite to solve machinery problems is putting the focus on new ways to achieve higher levels of remote access support.
Slideshow: Top Technologies of 2013
Blog 
1/18/2013  12 comments
It's a new year, and our sister publication, EE Times, has made a list of the overhyped/underexposed electronics technologies that are going to make a splash in the next 12 months. Do you agree?
Condition Monitoring Moving Broader Adoption
Blog 
1/18/2013  10 comments
One of the primary conclusions of the Design News Machine Controller Reader Survey from October 2012 is that there is an opportunity to unify different and new machine functions on a single controller.
Quick Reference: Tooling Tolerances
Guest Blogs 
1/18/2013  8 comments
Depending on the complexity of your part and your needs, several tooling options are available. Work closely with your industrial printer supplier to find a solution that meets your needs in the most cost-effective manner available.
Golden Mousetrap Awards: Automation & Control Finalists!
Blog 
1/17/2013  5 comments
After weeding through an impressive number of entries, and even more impressive products, Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Automation & Control category of our 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Are Telepresence Robots Becoming the Norm for Companies With Work-at-Home Employees?
Blog 
1/17/2013  30 comments
Use of telepresence robots going to work for employees is expected to expand in 2013. Suitable Technologies RPD, VGo telepresence robot, and Nasa's Robonaut 2 show that remote presence is a possibility already proven.
Minimizing Friction in Pneumatic Cylinders
Guest Blogs 
1/16/2013  7 comments
Manufacturers are looking for solutions that reduce friction, lower energy consumption, and decrease noise in pneumatic cylinders applications.
Ethernet-Enabled Multi-Point Gauging
Blog 
1/15/2013  6 comments
Measurement devices are being designed into production machines to enable operators to rapidly adapt processes based on measurement results.
Have You Designed a Cool Gadget Recently?
Blog 
1/14/2013  11 comments
If you have created an interesting and useful gadget, the editors at Design News want to know about it.
Swarming Hedgehog Robots to Explore Space
Blog 
1/14/2013  19 comments
A robot swarm has been developed by Stanford University as a mothership-sphere system to explore planetary moons and asteroids.
Slideshow: Meet 13 More Finalists in Our Rising Engineering Stars Contest
Blog 
1/11/2013  6 comments
Here are 13 more innovative engineers who are making a big impact on the industry.
Slideshow: Meet 11 Finalists in Our Rising Engineering Stars Contest
Blog 
1/10/2013  14 comments
Here are 11 innovative engineers who are making a big impact on the industry.
Google & Siemens Show What's Possible in Green Energy
Blog 
1/10/2013  14 comments
Google has pumped nearly $1 billion into green technology, mostly by using it to run its infrastructure. Siemens has built the world's largest wind turbine.
Robots Rapidly Digitize Media Libraries
Blog 
1/10/2013  11 comments
Technology has emerged that can automatically scan and copy entire books into digital media format.
TI Engineer Named Top Innovator in Rising Engineering Stars Contest
Blog 
1/9/2013  9 comments
Meet Punya Prakash, the top innovator from our Rising Engineering Stars contest.
The Industrial Internet of Things
Blog 
1/9/2013  9 comments
One of the biggest stories in automation and control for 2013 could be the continuing emergence of what some have called the Internet of Things, or what General Electric Company is now marketing as the Industrial Internet.
Will One PLC Suffice?
Blog 
1/8/2013  7 comments
Recent questions on our LinkedIn System & Product Design Engineering group come from a reader who doubles as an industrial automation consultant. See what he has to say and let us know what you think.
4 Simple Ergonomic Steps to a More Productive Workplace
Guest Blogs 
1/8/2013  35 comments
Workplace ergonomics is getting a lot of attention nationwide in response to a sharp increase in incidents of repetitive strain injuries resulting in musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Slideshow: Military Robots Extend Humans' Reach
Blog 
1/7/2013  23 comments
While many military robots are the increasingly familiar small and tank-like unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) moving on treads or wheels, other more specialized types are appearing.
My Opinion on Walking the Safety Walk
Blog 
1/5/2013  15 comments
A staggering statistic says that every 15 seconds, somewhere in the world, an employee dies, and 160 others sustain a disabling injury.
Encoders Know All the Angles
Mechatronics Zone 
1/4/2013  8 comments
Engineers use rotary encoders to measure the angular position of an attached device or to measure distance indirectly.
A Forgotten Practice Can Save US Industry $500B a Year
Blog 
1/3/2013  12 comments
Tribology, the science of friction, lubrication, and wear, must be rediscovered.




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