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Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control posted in August 2012
What Is Embedded Vision & What Can I Do With It?
Blog 
8/30/2012  6 comments
Our Continuing Education Center course on embedded computer vision will tell you why you need to consider embedded vision as a key feature of your system, as well as show you how to incorporate it into your design.
Why Aren't Engineering Students Happier? Because It's Hard
STEM Connection 
8/29/2012  33 comments
The Princeton Review came out with its annual edition of "The Best 377 Colleges" last week, and engineering schools again did poorly in the area of student happiness.
Want to Track Sharks? There's an App for That
Blog 
8/28/2012  40 comments
A surfboard-like robot floating in the Pacific off San Francisco is following great white sharks and transmitting information about them back to shore.
Case of the Data-Corrupting Pocket
Sherlock Ohms 
8/28/2012  34 comments
When transferring data from the control computer to the maintenance computer, you have to be careful how you carry the disk.
Slideshow: These Robots Soar
Blog 
8/27/2012  30 comments
Flying robots are generally small in size, but vary widely in design and purpose.
Learn How to Photograph Your Product
Blog 
8/27/2012  16 comments
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a good photo must have a value many times that number.
Joining Techniques Critical to Auto Composites
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2012  10 comments
Automating production isn't the only technical problem carbon composites face in mass manufacturing. There is also the lack of standards and technologies for joining techniques.
RobotExpert Brings Simplified Simulation to the Shop Floor
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/22/2012  10 comments
Siemens PLM Software has broadened its Tecnomatix digital manufacturing portfolio with RobotExpert, an out-of-the-box solution for shop floor robotic simulation and programming.
Rebuild the Fuel Pump, or It Won’t Work
Made by Monkeys 
8/22/2012  9 comments
In order to get this SUV's fuel pump to work correctly, you have to rebuild it.
Slideshow: Scenes From NI Week
Blog 
8/16/2012  6 comments
The exhibit floor at NI Week featured a few demonstrations that were definitely noteworthy.
Glue Troubles Run Hot & Cold
Sherlock Ohms 
8/13/2012  27 comments
First, it was trouble with the hot glue applicator. Then, the cold glue system started acting up.
If I Had Known Then What I Know Now...
Blog 
8/10/2012  19 comments
What advice would you give to a student just starting out in engineering, whether about academics, careers, or just practical living? What do you wish that you had known back in the beginning?
Do You Have a Right to Repair What You Own?
Blog 
8/8/2012  50 comments
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has worked on a "right to repair" ballot initiative for the November 2012 election.
My Opinion On Hacking on the Factory Floor
Blog 
8/7/2012  16 comments
Networks are vulnerable, and security has to be implemented as part of the development process.
Blowing Fuses & Exploding Circuit Panels
Sherlock Ohms 
8/7/2012  28 comments
If the fuse keeps blowing, the problem may not be a power surge.
Video: Robots Climb Stairs, Walk Like a Human
Blog 
8/3/2012  29 comments
A pair of robotic legs modeled closely on human walking mechanisms walk with a biomechanically accurate gait.
Do You Use an Application-Based Title?
Blog 
8/3/2012  5 comments
Should engineers still classify themselves using older nomenclatures, or is that passé?
Petroski on Engineering: Checking In & Checking Out Design
Guest Blogs 
8/2/2012  11 comments
It is relatively easy to find fault with something that we ourselves have not designed, arranged, or prepared.




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