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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in July 2013
Computer Vision Enhances Crop Yield
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7/31/2013  6 comments
Roboticists from Carnegie Mellon Universityís Robotics Institute have designed a system that uses computer vision to count grapes for an exact crop yield.
Power Plants & Water Treatment Facilities Diagnose Motor Problems
Guest Blogs 
7/25/2013  3 comments
With advanced, user-friendly surge testers and windings analyzers, motor diagnostics can now be performed at the push of a button.
edX Offers Free Online Courses
Blog 
7/22/2013  6 comments
In an effort to help those all over the globe further their education, MIT and Harvard University created a non-profit organization called edX.
Researchers Develop World's First Soft Robot
Blog 
7/19/2013  27 comments
A consortium of European researchers are designing a robotic octopus they say will be the first entirely soft robot.
Design Tools Simplify Load-Pull Measurement
Blog 
7/19/2013  1 comment
Load-pull characterization is an essential tool for increasing the efficiency of power amplifiers.
Favorable Economics & Strong Design Boost American Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
7/17/2013  5 comments
After years of off-shoring their manufacturing operations, companies are bringing long-shuttered US factories back to life.
Multi-Touch Industrial HMIs
Blog 
7/17/2013  6 comments
The industrial HMI is continuing to evolve with the addition of multi-touch capabilities that are now standard on smartphones and tablets.
Australian Researchers Develop Robots to Improve Agriculture
Blog 
7/16/2013  16 comments
Researchers at the University of Sydney are giving the booming Australian agricultural industry some help with its search for cheap labor -- two robots called Mantis and Shrimp that help monitor crops and provide valuable information to farmers.
An Engineer Examines Engineering
Blog 
7/12/2013  34 comments
A new book looks at the 101 things an engineer learned in engineering school.
Running the Robot to Ruin
Sherlock Ohms 
7/9/2013  22 comments
When the robot's speed was increased to improve production, it was set on a collision course for disaster.
Linear Transport System Offers Mechatronic Flexibility
Blog 
7/9/2013  3 comments
A new linear transport system from Beckhoff Automation is combining linear motion sections with built-in motion networking, control software, and the ability to use PC-based control.
Slideshow: Welcome to the Brilliant Plant
Blog 
7/8/2013  27 comments
The new plant is clean, quiet, and requires less space. It also takes some of the pressure off the control engineer.
My Opinion on Increased Military Spending: Itís a Good Thing
Blog 
7/2/2013  33 comments
My simple thinking is that manufacturing of just about anything is a good thing, as it has a snowball effect.
Slideshow: Engineering the Perfect Crime
Electronic News & Comment 
7/1/2013  37 comments
Every year, a handful of engineers end up on the wrong side of the law, for offenses ranging from trade secret theft and spying to computer hacking and bank robbery.




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