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Content tagged with Automation & Control posted in August 2013
Good Robot Gets All the Blame
Sherlock Ohms 
8/30/2013  30 comments
You can't blame the robot if the parts it receives are misfed.
Narrow Bandwidth Optical Filtering
Guest Blogs 
8/28/2013  Post a comment
Narrowband filtering is an excellent tool for obtaining useful data of weak signals in noisy environments.
Slideshow: Are You Being Fairly Paid?
Blog 
8/27/2013  12 comments
Although engineering salaries are up, only 27 percent of engineers say they are paid fairly and have the appropriate workload.
Robotic Automation Helps Bring Manufacturing Back Onshore
Blog 
8/27/2013  10 comments
Steve Kruse, a senior applications engineer at Bastian Solutions, will discuss reshoring and the technologies contributing to it at the upcoming Design and Manufacturing Midwest conference. He spoke to us recently about his views on the topic.
Designing Secure Machine Control Networks
Blog 
8/27/2013  5 comments
Industrial network security has become a hot topic in the wake of the Stuxnet virus and concerns about all types of Internet site attacks that could cause major damage to industrial machinery.
Modular Systems Are the Way Forward for Motion & Motor Control
Blog 
8/26/2013  10 comments
B&R's Corey Morton and Marcel Voigt will speak about modularization and other trends in motion and motor control at the Design and Manufacturing Midwest conference in Chicago, Septempber 10–12.
Bearing Application Solution for Magnetic Clutch Failures
Blog 
8/26/2013  Post a comment
We recently asked Richard Spore, a bearing applications engineer for C&U Americas, to define the solution for a problem faced by one of his customers.
Choosing the Right Pressure Gauge
Guest Blogs 
8/22/2013  6 comments
Used since 1849, pressure gauges have had many applications, from depth to altitude measuring. Classified in different types, they show the increase and reduction of pressure in different fields. Here are some of the gauges used today.
Video: Robomotive Humanoid Robot Uses 3D Vision
Blog 
8/21/2013  27 comments
A 3D structured-light imaging system helps create the human-like capabilities deployed in the design of a Robomotive humanoid robot jointly developed by Yaskawa Motoman, Beltech, and Robotiq.
Design & Manufacturing Show Is Sure to Attract Engineers From Across the Globe
Blog 
8/21/2013  4 comments
3D printing is sure to steal the show at the Design & Manufacturing Midwest Expo held at Chicago's McCormick Place Sept. 10-12.
Slideshow: Design News Product Time Warp
Blog 
8/19/2013  15 comments
Take yourself back to August 1958 with a tour of some products that appeared in that month's issue of Design News.
Naming Rights to the Factory Solution
Sherlock Ohms 
8/19/2013  17 comments
Sometimes figuring out what vendor's product is failing is half the solution.
Molecular Robots Could Help Medications Target Specific Cells
Blog 
8/16/2013  12 comments
What if medications could specifically target only the areas inside the body that need repair? That is the promise of molecular nanorobots developed at Columbia University that can zero in on specific human cells and either provide medication or destroy them depending on the appropriate action.
Chinese Companies Are Using Manufacturing Intelligence to Overcome Shifting Dynamics
Guest Blogs 
8/13/2013  10 comments
If Chinese manufacturers continue on the path to quality-driven manufacturing operations, there is little doubt that the label made in China will once again stand alongside made in Germany, made in Japan, Made in the USA, and others to represent quality products.
Robotic Machine-Tending Software Leverages Simulations
Blog 
8/13/2013  9 comments
A point of emphasis for industrial robotics going into the future is the trend of suppliers offering simpler software solutions, driven by strong feedback from customers that software complexity is a key difficulty.
Bad Timing Made a Bad Robot
Sherlock Ohms 
8/12/2013  19 comments
The robot can't deliver its expertise if it's scheduled to miss its weld.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here
Blog 
8/8/2013  28 comments
The fourth industrial revolution began a few short years ago, according to a keynote address by Dr. James Truchard of National Instruments, during NIWeek in Austin, Texas.
USB 3.0 in Industrial Applications
Blog 
8/8/2013  7 comments
USB 3.0 has gotten off to a slow start in commercial areas, but acceptance is picking up as people see more and more requirements for high bandwidth operation.
Expert Q&A: The Future of Design, Manufacturing & Automation
Blog 
8/7/2013  Post a comment
Here is a sneak-peek Q&A with two of the experts who will be presenting Sept. 11-12 at the Design, Manufacturing & Automation Conference in Chicago.
Universities Prepare for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Demand
Electronic News & Comment 
8/6/2013  21 comments
If you’re looking for a branch of engineering that’s on the cusp of growth, look no further than unmanned aerial vehicles.
Out-Thinking the Plant’s HMI Alarms & Personnel
Sherlock Ohms 
8/6/2013  10 comments
Sometimes you have to program-in fake alarms in order to keep control engineers from changing settings.
Boy Scouts Launch Programming Merit Badge
STEM Connection 
8/6/2013  27 comments
The Boy Scouts of America have teamed up with AutomationDirect.com, Radio Shack, and VEX to create the Programming Merit Badge.
Servo-Variable Pump Drives Offer Energy Efficiency & Control
Blog 
8/5/2013  5 comments
Sytronix servo-variable pump drives from Bosch Rexroth provide a hybrid-type control that combines the advantages of servo technology with hydraulic pump control.
Rockwell Opens Nominations for Manufacturing Safety Excellence Award
Blog 
8/5/2013  1 comment
Rockwell Automation is seeking entries for its manufacturing safety excellence award.




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