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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in June 2013
Can Your iPhone Bring Down a Plant?
Blog 
6/28/2013  61 comments
The network security challenge in a world where everything's connected.
Video: Robot Searches Burning Buildings
Blog 
6/28/2013  31 comments
A firefighting robot rides on two wheels with a stem a few feet high carrying stereo cameras and other sensors. It can record and map thermal data and on a 3D scene constructed from images taken by the cameras.
Slideshow: Technological Takeover in Philly
Blog 
6/21/2013  20 comments
The Pennsylvania Convention Center was transformed this week by a series of tradeshows, as hundreds of companies came to show off their latest and greatest advancements.
Gigabit Speed & Power Over Ethernet
Blog 
6/19/2013  9 comments
Gigabit and PoE are two networking technologies moving ahead in tandem as industrial users power remote Ethernet devices such as IP security cameras at 1,000 Mbps over existing CAT5 cable.
Disc Magnet Motors Hit Sweet Spot
Blog 
6/18/2013  3 comments
New disc magnet motors fit into the design trend of stepping up to closed loop performance while maintaining the cost advantage of stepper motor technology.
Design News Radio: Smart Machines Make the Grade for Control Applications
Blog 
6/18/2013  3 comments
Design News's latest radio show explores the benefits – and tradeoffs – of smart machines.
Connectivity Enabling Smart Manufacturing
Blog 
6/17/2013  14 comments
The push to achieving more intelligent, integrated manufacturing is putting a strong focus on networking and connectivity as key enabling technologies.
Energy-Harvesting Shock Absorbers Coming to a Car Near You
Blog 
6/14/2013  48 comments
Now that solar and wind harvesting technologies are a thriving market, researchers are seeking other environmentally related energy sources for which they can create harvesting devices.
EU Aims to Lead in Power Electronics
Guest Blogs 
6/13/2013  7 comments
The Last Power project aims to make the EU independent from other developed countries on wide band-gap semiconductors.
Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action
Blog 
6/12/2013  46 comments
Surveillance, reconnaissance, and search and rescue in military and first responder situations are popular applications for aerial robots. Yet not all the robots are considered unmanned aerial vehicles.
Protecting Legacy Endpoint Devices With Secure Enclaves
Guest Blogs 
6/12/2013  2 comments
The legacy endpoint devices that control our critical infrastructure (utility systems, water treatment plants, military networks, industrial control systems, etc.) are some of the most vulnerable devices on the Internet.
Video: Students Develop Tornado-Seeking Drones
Blog 
6/10/2013  27 comments
An unmanned aerial vehicle under development at Oklahoma State University can penetrate severe thunderstorms, including the supercells from which tornadoes can develop.
Mobile Machine Monitoring
Blog 
6/7/2013  8 comments
With apps for smartphones and tablets growing at an exponential rate, automation suppliers are responding with development tools that simplify integration of these devices with machine controllers and factory networks.
Slideshow: Watch Out, Hobbyist 3D Printing – Here Comes DIY Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2013  37 comments
A $1,500, hand-operated, bench-model, plastic injection machine crowdsource-funded via Kickstarter can be used to mold small, quality, plastic parts inexpensively, on demand.
Motors for Portable Medical Devices
Blog 
6/6/2013  5 comments
Understanding the advantages of different motor technologies is essential for designing motion solutions for low power, portable medical applications.
Video: RoboBee Finally Takes Off
Blog 
6/4/2013  15 comments
An engineering team at Harvard University's Microrobotics Lab has completed the maiden flight of its tiny RoboBee robot. The controlled flight of the insect-sized robot that flaps its wings is considered a robotics first.
Engineering for Extreme Environments
Guest Blogs 
6/4/2013  12 comments
Many drilling operators still employ hydraulic steering systems, but some operators have begun exploiting intelligent electric actuators for directional drilling.




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