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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in February 2013
Motion Control is Key to OSU's Futuristic Electric Car
Blog 
2/28/2013  11 comments
Urban EV is half the size of your average passenger car, corners like it’s on rails, and is capable of being folded to fit into a parking spot.
Video: Robotic Droplets Will Assemble Satellites
Blog 
2/28/2013  24 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing small, swarming robots that will assemble a space station or a satellite, or clean up oil spills on Earth. Dubbed droplets, they form a "liquid that thinks" when they swarm together.
3D Printing & Robots at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2013  34 comments
There are lots of ways to build a product, from high-speed robotic assembly lines to small, refrigerator-sized 3D printing machines that make actual metal production parts for medical or aerospace uses. Many were on display at MD&M West and co-located shows.
New Class of Mobile Industrial Robots
Blog 
2/25/2013  17 comments
A new category of mobile robots uses a localization and navigation engine to enable self-driving operation in indoor plant and warehousing environments.
Running Robots off the Cuff
Sherlock Ohms 
2/22/2013  16 comments
When they order the wrong robot and you have to keep the line running, it's time to find a hack solution.
The Subcontractor Zapped the Network
Sherlock Ohms 
2/20/2013  25 comments
While we were off on holiday, a subcontractor completely discombobulated the electrical network.
Saving Energy: Best-Practices & System View
Blog 
2/20/2013  11 comments
Looking at the options for saving electrical energy in US factories, industry experts say it’s important not only to look at a number of different technologies but also to adopt a new mindset.
Slideshow: Technology on Display in Anaheim
Blog 
2/19/2013  29 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, ATX, and MD&M West shows, among others.
Slideshow: Golden Mousetrap Gala
Blog 
2/18/2013  6 comments
See scenes from Design News's first annual Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony.
Restaurant in China Employs Robotic Wait Staff & Chefs
Blog 
2/18/2013  59 comments
The Harbin Haohai Robot Company in China has developed a robotic restaurant staff and opened a restaurant that uses them to cook, greet clients, and wait tables.
Engineering Education Starts at an Early Age
STEM Connection 
2/18/2013  31 comments
It's National Engineers Week! As the level of system complexity escalates, and we begin solving some of the world’s biggest problems, our society will grow increasingly dependent upon the talents of generations who are just now beginning to explore their creativity and learn about the way things work.
Report: Farm, War Machines Rule Professional Service Robot World
Blog 
2/13/2013  20 comments
The International Federation of Robotics expects more than 90,000 professional service robots to be sold from 2012 to 2015.
Video: Biggest 3D Manufacturing Machine Builds Jet Fighter Wing Boxes
Engineering Materials 
2/12/2013  20 comments
What may be the biggest build volume in additive manufacturing, at least for metal parts, is being done by Sciaky Inc. by combining an electron beam welding gun with wirefeed additive layering. It can make parts as large as 19 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft.
The European Pump Market, Post Financial Crisis
Guest Blogs 
2/12/2013  3 comments
What’s the trend that will shape the pump market in Europe’s building services industry in the future? The answer lies in the incorporation of more electronic features in pumps, leading to greater connectivity and integration into the overall system.
Slideshow: The Role of Embedded Platforms in Next-Gen Designs
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2013  4 comments
It's important to match the right hardware with the right software and tools.
Onshoring: A Trend in Automation?
Blog 
2/11/2013  22 comments
With automation, companies are able to bring manufacturing back to the US, respond to changing market demands quicker, protect Intellectual Property, and have total quality control.
French Designer Uses 3D Printer to Create Humanoid Robot
Blog 
2/8/2013  18 comments
Through his InMoov project, French artist and designer Gael Langevin is working on a humanoid robot that can be printed with a 3D printer then assembled at home.
PACs Combine the Best Features of PLCs, PCs & DCSes
Guest Blogs 
2/6/2013  3 comments
PACs provide a single platform for process and motion control, along with extensive data-handling and communication capabilities.
Slideshow: Robotic Snakes & Worms Get Under Your Skin
Blog 
2/5/2013  42 comments
The majority of robots modeled after snakes and worms are designed for rescue and medical operations.
Update: Design News Product Showcase
Blog 
2/5/2013  3 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from Siemens, Honeywell, and WAGO that we feel need a little highlighting.
Digital-Mechanical Engineers & 'Nex-Gen' Engineering
Blog 
2/4/2013  9 comments
In order for Internet-connected machines to produce substantial efficiency and productivity gains, there are sets of job categories that will be needed to drive growth and help us realize the benefits.
Report: World Industrial Robot Demand Up 38 Percent
Blog 
2/4/2013  10 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots increased by 38 percent in 2011 over 2010.
My Opinion on Manufacturing Coming Home
Blog 
2/4/2013  36 comments
Manufacturing in the US is making a comeback, and propelling this comeback is an increased need to reduce the duration between the time that a product is designed and the time that it appears on the shelves.
Plasma: A Cut Above the Rest
Guest Blogs 
2/1/2013  11 comments
Whether you are a heavy-duty do-it-yourselfer, or are managing an enormous steel manufacturing project, it's important to choose the right machinery for your needs.




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