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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in October 2013
Slideshow: Robots Tackle Surprising Tasks
Blog 
10/31/2013  23 comments
Robots from LEGO, Panasonic, Murata, Segway, and Toyota are among a fleet that is working to make the lives of soldiers, the elderly, and even autistic children better.
Slideshow: Advances in Smart Shopping
Blog 
10/30/2013  23 comments
The integration of sensors and QR codes are playing a big part in the new wave of smart shopping solutions.
Young Girls Excel in STEM
STEM Connection 
10/30/2013  24 comments
Events such as the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and mentorship program such as NASA's G.I.R.L.S. (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Sciences) help promote interest in STEM.
The Cabinet Just Needed to Vent
Sherlock Ohms 
10/29/2013  20 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.
The RoHS Initiative Had a Big Effect on Product Quality
Guest Blogs 
10/29/2013  17 comments
When RoHS hit the manufacturing sector, big OEMs had to scramble with lead-free experiments to stay ahead of the competition. This had a monumental impact on a connector that now faced a redesign of virtually every connector in its portfolios.
2 More Innovative Uses of Plastics
Blog 
10/29/2013  2 comments
Cope Plastics and Vycom were the two finalists in the IAPD Design Challenge.
Reader Vote Round 5: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
10/28/2013  5 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Enter the Scary Door... If You Dare!
Blog 
10/28/2013  10 comments
As Halloween draws near, haunted attractions employ the latest technology -- pneumatic actuators and IR sensors -- to up the fear factor.
The Difference Is Ultra-Small
Blog 
10/28/2013  Post a comment
Torex Semiconductor recently introduced its XC8107/XC8108 series of power switches, which offer an 85-mΩ on resistance. They are suited for USB 2.0 and 3.0 applications, as well as power line distribution applications.
Golden Mousetraps? What's That?
Blog 
10/25/2013  9 comments
The deadline for entering Design News' annual Golden Mousetrap Awards is about a month away, and we've received some great entries. But we've also received a few inquiries asking, "What is a Golden Mousetrap Award?" Find out here.
Donít Put Compressed Air in the Floor
Made by Monkeys 
10/25/2013  10 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Packaging Robots Become Superhuman
Blog 
10/24/2013  21 comments
ABB, Yaskawa, and Cognex were just some of the companies that had innovative packaging robots (think Rethink Robotics' Baxter) on display during PackExpo, held in Las Vegas last month.
Valveless Hydraulics Cuts Fuel Consumption in Construction Vehicles
Blog 
10/24/2013  21 comments
Technology developed at Purdue's School of Mechanical Engineering hinges on the ability to eliminate the valves typically used to direct the flow of hydraulic fluid in steering systems.
Cycling the Capacitors Faulted Frequency Drive
Sherlock Ohms 
10/24/2013  5 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.
How to Be a 'Doctor of Engineering' Without Going to Grad School
Guest Blogs 
10/22/2013  21 comments
The process of differential diagnosis, as practiced by physicians, provides a framework for thinking about problem solving in many contexts, of which engineering is just one.
Siemens Previews SPS IPC Drives Show
Blog 
10/22/2013  1 comment
The SPS IPC Drives 2013 show, an important event for new products and services in the world of automation and motion control, will be held in Nuremburg, Germany, late in November.
Pneumatic-Based Trash Disposal System Eyed in NYC
Blog 
10/21/2013  26 comments
Researchers in New York City are studying the idea of creating a pneumatic-tube-based trash disposal system, similar to the way Legos work, that will transport waste out of the city through a system of tubes.
Video: Robotic Cubes Self-Assemble
Engineering Materials 
10/18/2013  26 comments
MIT researchers have developed self-assembling, flywheel-driven modular cube robots that roll around each other and across a surface. They also appear to jump through the air.
Rising Engineering Stars: We Want You!
Blog 
10/18/2013  14 comments
Help us recognize engineers (a.k.a rising engineering stars) who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
A Broken Gauge Could Blow Up a Plant
Blog 
10/17/2013  28 comments
Broken gauges have become a threat to plants, and up to 25 percent of plant gauges are failing, according to gauge producer Wika.
Muscle-Bound Bots Bench 80 Times Their Own Weight
Engineering Materials 
10/15/2013  34 comments
An electroactivated polymer (EAP) produces robotic muscles that lift 80 times their own weight, a new benchmark. They also store and convert energy that robots can use to operate themselves.
Reader Vote Round 4: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
10/14/2013  12 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Tactile Sensing: Humanoid Robots With a Sense of Touch
Guest Blogs 
10/11/2013  21 comments
Bots like iRobot's Roomba and Rethink Robotics's Baxter are at the forefront of humanoid robot development.
It's All in the Robot's Timing
Sherlock Ohms 
10/11/2013  23 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.
Can You Diagnose This Engineering Mystery?
Sherlock Ohms 
10/10/2013  29 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.
The Lightning Came With a Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
10/4/2013  23 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.
Multi-Axis Digital Tension Control
Blog 
10/4/2013  3 comments
Bosch-Rexroth has published a technical report that provides an overview of how digital roll-to-roll web processing is enabling mass production of printed electronic devices.
Cold Shoulder Leaves Engineer Hot
Made by Monkeys 
10/3/2013  33 comments
After getting presented with every possible solution, the company decided to reject them all.
DIY: Build Your Own Robotic Bug
Engineering Materials 
10/2/2013  27 comments
A crowdfunded DIY version of the cockroach-like DASH robot invented by engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley, is now available on Dragon Innovation.
Crises Stimulate Opportunities
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2013  4 comments
Crises in universities and industry must uncover new ways to collaborate.




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