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Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control posted in October 2012
Video: Wearable Sensor Builds Maps on the Fly
Blog 
10/31/2012  9 comments
MIT researchers have created a prototype of a wearable sensor that can create maps of a person's environment as they move through it. Researchers envision emergency responders using the device to navigate disaster sites.
Plastic Return Containers Speed Automotive Assembly
Engineering Materials 
10/30/2012  10 comments
Closed-loop/reverse logistics systems using plastic return containers, which are fairly common in the auto industry, can even help speed assembly.
Docking Stations Let Sea Robots Recharge Batteries
Blog 
10/30/2012  9 comments
Battelle has developed a docking station where unmanned vessels can recharge batteries and share data with researchers during missions.
Slideshow: 'MEMS Inside the Machine'
Blog 
10/29/2012  8 comments
MEMS Technology Showcase, being held November 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz., highlights "MEMS Inside the Machine."
Implementing '5S' Programs in Manufacturing Facilities
Guest Blogs 
10/26/2012  9 comments
Many manufacturing facilities are following the path toward a "5S" workplace organizational and housekeeping methodology as part of continuous improvement or lean manufacturing processes.
Automated Requirements Traceability & Verification of Software: Who Cares? I Do
Guest Blogs 
10/25/2012  4 comments
Today’s device manufacturers face conflicting demands: Get the product out the door. Minimize development cost. Meet ever-changing customer requirements. Certify your device. The list goes on.
Glue & Sealant Gunk Up the Line
Sherlock Ohms 
10/24/2012  24 comments
The hot glue was a problem on the line, then came the goof-up with the sealant.
Products to Watch For
Blog 
10/24/2012  3 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from IAR Systems, LDRA, and Analog Devices that need a little highlighting.
Lack of Qualified Engineering Candidates
Blog 
10/23/2012  59 comments
You have a 10V ideal voltage source in parallel with a 5Ω resistor. What is the impedance?
Sourcing New Ball Screw Manufacturers
Guest Blogs 
10/22/2012  3 comments
Here are some key points that designers should be keenly aware of when sourcing new ball screw manufacturers.
Addressing Ergonomics & Repetitive Motion Injuries in Manufacturing Facilities
Guest Blogs 
10/19/2012  8 comments
In today’s manufacturing environment, ergonomics and repetitive motion injuries are major issues that every business must address to insure production levels remain at expected levels, and employee injuries remain as infrequent as possible.
Video: MABEL Mimics Human Gait
Blog 
10/18/2012  6 comments
MABEL is a new humanoid robot developed by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Michigan that can walk and climb stairs like a human.
Driving Efficiency With Hydraulic & Pneumatic Systems
Blog 
10/18/2012  7 comments
Hydraulic and pneumatic systems are delivering energy efficiency for plants. Find out more in a Design News Webcast on the topic.
Rising Engineering Stars: Message Received Loud & Clear
Blog 
10/17/2012  11 comments
Design News is looking for rising engineering stars -- those who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
Siemens PLM Software Puts Acquisition Plans in Motion
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/17/2012  3 comments
Siemens PLM Software acquires Kineo CAM in a move that bolsters its PLM suite with motion optimization, collision avoidance, and path planning capabilities for both product design and manufacturing applications.
Interfacing Intelligent Sensors With Industrial Ethernet Networks
Blog 
10/17/2012  6 comments
While Industrial Ethernet has become the kingpin and standard for automation control networks, some devices such as smart sensors and actuators are relying on a simpler, point-to-point communications protocol to save on the cost, size, and complexity that an Ethernet solution requires.
Slideshow: Evolution of the Robotic Canadarm
Blog 
10/16/2012  29 comments
Canada's main contribution to the US Space Shuttle program has been the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator arms, Canadarm and Canadarm2. See how they have evolved.
Why Can't Engineers Get Good Jobs?
Blog 
10/15/2012  23 comments
In his new book, Peter Cappelli says many companies, overwhelmed by the flood of résumés they receive for each job posting, rely on computers to weed out the unqualified. This is hurting many applicants.
'MacGyver' Robot Can Use Found Objects to Solve Problems
Blog 
10/12/2012  27 comments
Locked out of your car with nothing to break in but a piece of chewing gum and a hair tie? No problem -- there’s a robot for that.
2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards
Blog 
10/11/2012  7 comments
Nominations are now open for the 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Can You Make the Popinator Work?
Electronics News 
10/11/2012  39 comments
The maker of a popcorn-launching machine has a design task for dyed-in-the-wool gadget freaks.
Noise Messed With the Automation System
Sherlock Ohms 
10/11/2012  5 comments
It was difficult to find the problem on the conveyor line until the noise was replicated.
Open-Source Kits Put Robots in Many Hands
Mechatronics Zone 
10/11/2012  19 comments
Multiplo, a four person startup, sought venture funds via Kickstarter to create and manufacture kits for anyone interested in robotics.
Electrohydraulic Control for Farm Vehicles
Blog 
10/11/2012  9 comments
A lightweight vehicle and electrohydraulic controller help a Manitoba farming operation spray crops in heavy clay and gumbo-like soil.
Lousy Cables Made by Somebody’s Brother-in-Law
Made by Monkeys 
10/10/2012  20 comments
The motors kept failing due to faulty cables. Who was responsible for them?
Products That Should Be on Your Radar
Blog 
10/10/2012  2 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from Siemens, Banner Engineering, and W. L. Gore & Associates that need a little highlighting.
Robot 'Thinks' Like a Honey Bee
Blog 
10/9/2012  16 comments
Scientists in the UK are working on the creation of artificial intelligence to power a flying robot that can autonomously think like a honey bee, rather than be programmed to perform tasks.
Slideshow: Even More Messy Desks
Blog 
10/8/2012  37 comments
Is it true that the messier the desk, the more of a genius its owner must be?
Video: Robotic Firefighter of the Future
Blog 
10/5/2012  11 comments
The Bulldog RS-1 is a tank-like all-terrain truck that delivers mini robots that can be controlled from a safe distance to spray water on fires.
Humans, Do You Speak !~+V•&T1F0()?
Blog 
10/4/2012  23 comments
Software that will let people and robots communicate in their own languages to plan difficult and complex tasks is being developed at a Scottish university.
Self-Healing Gel Could Replace Cartilage
Engineering Materials 
10/3/2012  32 comments
A new flexible, self-healing hydrogel that could replace cartilage can be stretched to 21 times its length before breaking.
Myth of the College Experience
Guest Blogs 
10/3/2012  40 comments
The best way to prepare for success in your career and in life is to start out at a community college.
Slideshow: Robots in Space
Blog 
10/2/2012  33 comments
Robots have been going into space for a long time, as satellites, probes, and landers, while others don't get quite that far.
Designers, Where Do You Start?
Blog 
10/2/2012  15 comments
When you sit down to start a new design, what's the first thing you do?
Petroski on Engineering: Mobile & Stabile Art
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2012  2 comments
Understanding the background of anything that is designed makes us realize that everything can be connected to everything else.




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