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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in April 2013
Mobile Technology’s Influence on Data Acquisition
Blog 
4/30/2013  9 comments
Industrial users are coming to expect mobile access to measurement data, according to an article that is part of a recently released National Instruments report.
Video Blog: We May Be Geeks, but We Control the World
Blog 
4/29/2013  18 comments
People who attend technical conferences like Design West are often mistakenly labeled as geeks. Do you even know what the real meaning of a geek is? Check out my video blog and I'll fill you in.
Video: Oxford RobotCar Takes It to Another Level
Blog 
4/26/2013  24 comments
Oxford Mobile Robotics Group created RobotCar, which has a 360-degree scanner, GPS, and LIDAR.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Go With the Flow
Blog 
4/25/2013  51 comments
Whether they navigate the salty seas or fresh water lakes, rivers, or oceans, many underwater robots can do a number of different types of tasks, depending on their payloads.
Patching for Industrial Cybersecurity Is a Broken Model
Blog 
4/25/2013  12 comments
Recent research from Belden Tofino Security confirms that patching is often ineffective in protecting from the multitude of vulnerability disclosures and malware targeting critical infrastructure systems today.
Combating Shock & Vibration Is About More Than Cost
Guest Blogs 
4/25/2013  9 comments
People don't always consider the benefits of wire rope isolators.
Yes, This Was Really on Display at Hanover Fair
Blog 
4/24/2013  23 comments
As a wrap-up to all the reporting we did at Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany, here are some of the more interesting sights we came across.
Wind Turbines Coming to a City Near You
Blog 
4/24/2013  54 comments
Professor Farzad Safaei of Australia’s University of Wollongong has developed a wind turbine that can be used in urban areas via positioning on skyscrapers and other buildings.
New Scale's Piezoelectric Micro Motor Lens Actuator for Micro Cameras
Blog 
4/22/2013  5 comments
With nearly two billion mobile phones and 800 million digital cameras shipping each year, there has been an ongoing need for faster focus, rapid picture taking, and continuous auto focus for clearer video capture.
Hannover Highlights Industry 4.0
Blog 
4/19/2013  11 comments
The buzz at the recent Hannover Messe 2013 centered on a German industry initiative called “Industry 4.0” that automation suppliers believe will lead to increasing digitization, networking, and an ability for manufacturers to leverage productivity advances.
Can a Robot Bend a Part?
Sherlock Ohms 
4/19/2013  14 comments
Can a robot bend parts? It depends on how dirty the die gets.
Engineering Creativity Peaks in Kindergarten
Guest Blogs 
4/19/2013  25 comments
As engineers, we’re not nearly as creative as we think we are.
Video Blog: German vs. American Tradeshows
Blog 
4/16/2013  7 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass spent last week at the Hanover Fair tradeshow in Germany. Here are his observations from the show.
A Chat With Bosch Rexroth Chairman Karl Tragl
Blog 
4/16/2013  7 comments
While at Hanover Fair last week, Brand Director Rich Nass engaged in an interesting discussion with Dr. Karl Tragl, chairman of the Executive Board of Bosch Rexroth.
Video: Man-Sized Jellyfish Robot to Patrol the Seas
Blog 
4/16/2013  16 comments
Engineers at Virginia Tech have built a jellyfish robot prototype the size of an adult man they say will one day patrol the seas to monitor environmental conditions, study aquatic life, make maps of the ocean's floors, and perform military surveillance.
Ethernet Process Management & Machinery Standards
Blog 
4/15/2013  6 comments
At Hannover Fair, ODVA announced two initiatives to strengthen industrial Ethernet standards for process automation, along with a working group looking at exchanging information between machines to optimize machine integration.
Video: Festo's Dragonfly Robot Flies, Hovers & Glides
Blog 
4/12/2013  37 comments
Modeled after a dragonfly, Festo's latest sophisticated robot is the BionicOpter, which can independently move each of its wings to fly in any direction, as well as hover and glide.
Networked Energy Management
Blog 
4/11/2013  6 comments
Ethernet/IP provides support for energy awareness and power management.
Manufacturing Ramps Up in the Cloud
Blog 
4/10/2013  7 comments
Packaged goods companies are constantly being driven to offer higher levels of variety in consumer products. The goal for manufacturers and the machinery builders serving these industries is how they can adapt to move past today’s batch processes to ultimately work toward achieving a batch size of one.
DESIGN West: Ben Heck's Prototyping Tales of Horror
Blog 
4/9/2013  7 comments
If you are planning on attending DESIGN West, don't miss Ben Heckendorn's session, "What the Heck is That? Prototyping Tales of Horror from Ben Heck."
Design Decisions: A Comparison of 3 Different Ball-Bearing Materials
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2013  3 comments
Every manufacturer offers its own versions of ball bearings with varying features. Which one is right for you?
Banner's Breakthrough in Wireless Photoelectric Sensors
Blog 
4/5/2013  5 comments
Completely self-contained, wireless photoelectric sensor provides solution for control and monitoring applications, deterministic performance, and a five-year battery life.
ProBueno Turns Your Donated Skills Into Dollars for Charity
Blog 
4/5/2013  6 comments
ProBueno allows skilled workers to donate their time for contributions to the charity of their choice.
Robotic Advances in Aerospace Manufacturing
Blog 
4/4/2013  12 comments
The unique demands of aerospace and defense manufacturing are stretching robotic system suppliers to add advanced control functions to keep up the pace of innovation.
Self-Assembled Devices May Transform Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
4/3/2013  33 comments
The line between materials and machines will blur when modular, self-reconfigurable robots and self-assembling engineered DNA bricks change the rules of product manufacturing.
If It's Not the Undervoltage, It’s the Overvoltage
Sherlock Ohms 
4/3/2013  11 comments
In setting up automated test equipment, it seemed there was an undervoltage -- then it became an overvoltage problem.
My Opinion on Testing Without ATS
Blog 
4/2/2013  2 comments
Automated test software, or ATS, is nothing new. But as systems grow in complexity, the need for automated testing, and likewise automated testing software, grows correspondingly.
Helicopter Had Lift & Pitch, But No Yaw
Made by Monkeys 
4/2/2013  15 comments
A simple soldering problem kept a 13-year-old boy from enjoying the three-channel, radio-controlled helicopter he received for Christmas.
Design Decisions: Understanding the Value of Integrated System Design
Guest Blogs 
4/1/2013  2 comments
Learn the benefits of an integrated system design and when it serves as the most cost-effective and time-efficient approach.
Excelling in Shades-of-Grey Real World
Guest Blogs 
4/1/2013  5 comments
Grey-box modeling combines the physical and empirical to solve problems.




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