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Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control posted in September 2013
Reader Vote Round 3: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
9/30/2013  17 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year and we need help from you, our readers.
NASA Seeks Commercial-Sector Tech for Human Missions
Engineering Materials 
9/30/2013  8 comments
NASA is on a mission to involve commercial suppliers in advancing human space flight. Jacobs Engineering, NASA's partner in getting technologies and materials human-rated for space, will give details at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Texas show.
Don’t Talk About the Temperature Gap
Made by Monkeys 
9/30/2013  18 comments
If there is a gap in the temperature gauge, you'd better not talk about it.
Video: Baxter 2.0 Extends Robot's Reach
Engineering Materials 
9/27/2013  14 comments
A new software upgrade to Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot extends the innovative bot's reach, makes it easier to program more precisely, improves overall performance, and expands its uses in the small to medium-sized companies it was designed for.
Using PACs and PLCs for Data Acquisition, Logging & Analytics
Blog 
9/24/2013  4 comments
Modern and powerful PLCs and PACs can perform many of the data acquisition functions formerly reserved for SCADA, PC-based, and other control systems.
No Pressure on the Pressure Gauge
Sherlock Ohms 
9/23/2013  13 comments
The finishing machine had oscillation errors.
Design News Is Looking for the Best of the Best
Blog 
9/23/2013  Post a comment
Fall is in the air, and you know what that means, don't you? It's awards season at Design News.
NI Controllers Help Modernize Power Grid
Blog 
9/20/2013  5 comments
National Instruments recently announced a new platform for its software-designed cRIO 9068 controller. This new product still uses LabVIEW programming but offers a 4x performance boost by using a 667 MHz ARM dual core processor and new FPGAs.
Spreading Excitement About Space Exploration
STEM Connection 
9/20/2013  21 comments
It's commonplace to hear engineers lament the small size of the NASA budget, the lack of a successor to the Space Shuttle, and the lack of a US heavy launch vehicle. We need to teach young people to have an optimistic view of the future of human space exploration.
Why You Should Assess Your Machines' Safety
Guest Blogs 
9/19/2013  13 comments
If your business relies on the use of automation machines, you should know how important it is to keep them serviced. This means not just keeping them functioning well, but also maintaining their safety standards.
Extend USB 3.0 Vision Applications Over Fiber
Guest Blogs 
9/19/2013  4 comments
With more than 10 billion devices in the market already, USB is undisputedly the most successful computer connection interface to date.
Growth in Model-Based Design for Automation Control
Blog 
9/18/2013  2 comments
Systems are adding new sophisticated functions and tools.
Slideshow: Robots Will 3D Print & Build Space Structures
Engineering Materials 
9/17/2013  21 comments
NASA is funding technology that would use robotics and 3D printing to construct parts of very large spacecraft and other structures in space. Doing this could reduce the cost and risk of building and launching systems and allow for bigger structures.
Smartphones & Tablets as Remote HMIs
Blog 
9/17/2013  2 comments
New technology is offering an interesting and useful way to track critical plant production information.
Convergence at the Operator Panel
Blog 
9/16/2013  9 comments
An important ongoing trend for automation and control over the past decade has been the convergence of machine control systems on fewer pieces of control hardware.
Enter the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards!
Blog 
9/13/2013  3 comments
Nominations are now open for our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Researchers Develop Brain-to-Brain Interface for Human Motion Control
Blog 
9/12/2013  22 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have created what they’re calling the first human brain-to-brain interface that allowed one researcher to control another’s hand with their mind.
Capacitor Problem? Replace the Contactor
Sherlock Ohms 
9/11/2013  13 comments
When someone tells you what's wrong with your system, it pays to double check to see the real cause of the problem.
Are You the Next Rising Engineering Star?
Blog 
9/9/2013  10 comments
For the second year, Design News is on the hunt for engineers who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
Don't Miss the Solution-Packed Seminars at Design & Manufacturing Texas
Blog 
9/9/2013  5 comments
If you haven't registered for Design & Manufacturing Texas yet, what are you waiting for?
New Servo Tech Makes For Quiet, Cleaner Factories
Blog 
9/6/2013  13 comments
Servo technology has created a significant opportunity for plants to simplify motion control while gaining increased flexibility and reduced energy and maintenance costs.
My Opinion on Technology in Sports
Blog 
9/5/2013  27 comments
The discussion of technology in sports is front and center these days.
Battery-Free AGVs Do the Heavy Lifting
Guest Blogs 
9/5/2013  9 comments
There will always be a need for battery-powered AGVs, especially where paths vary unpredictably and loads are light. But when heavy lifting is required and paths vary on a predictable basis, battery-free AGVs are best.
STEM 101: Give Students Access to 21st Century Tools
STEM Connection 
9/4/2013  25 comments
By freshman year of high school, more than 57 percent of students lose interest in pursuing STEM-related careers, and a recent report prepared by the White House indicates a lack of preparation and inspiration as key reasons why students lose interest in STEM.




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