Manufacturers and Companies Are Struggling with ‘Conflict Minerals’ Reporting
Blog 6/22/2015 3 comments In attempts to weed out illicit 3TG trade and funding to the warlords and their violent causes, the US does not outright ban conflict mineral use, but it believes the public SEC filings will discourage companies from using DRC-region sources, encourage them to take action on their supply chains, and (over the long term) spawn alternative materials.
Can’t We All Get Along?
William Ng 6/19/2015 Post a comment The consensus is that design and manufacturing companies that don’t change from legacy organizational structures will struggle, while those that take holistic, systems-integration approaches will do well.
Learn to Design Internet-Connected Devices
Blog 6/18/2015 Post a comment An upcoming free Continuing Education Center course to be taught by Fred Eady, owner of EDTP Electronics, will teach you how to build an inexpensive garage door opener RF receiver and transmitter, as well as an Internet gateway using a Microchip 32-bit PIC MCU, among other things.
4 Steps to Securing the Smart Plant
Blog 6/17/2015 Post a comment The fully connected smart plant is often vulnerable to cyber threats simply because of its extensive connectivity. So, as the plant gets more connected, control engineers need to make sure the plant’s security matches the complexity and sophistication of the plant’s intelligence.
Virtual Reality Industry Is Getting Even More Real
Blog 6/16/2015 Post a comment Up until now, most of the VR experiences have been mainly ocular, allowing you to immerse yourself in 360-degree visual perspectives. But if the showroom floor at the Augmented World Expo is an indicator, VR is about to get even more real, bringing your eyes, body, and even your friends into the mix.
NASA Wants Your 3D Printed Habitat Design
Engineering Materials 6/11/2015 4 comments Think you can design 3D-printed deep space buildings that will sustain human life? Think your design can win out over zillions of entries? You've got until July 15 to submit your registration package to America Makes and NASA for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
Industry Group Pushes for Free Open-Source Ethernet Standard for Machine Communications
Blog 6/10/2015 1 comment As we are on the cusp of the Industrial Internet of Things and its extensive connectivity potential, the Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group believes that industrial machinery and components can communicate data rapidly and reliably among themselves, system controllers, and ultimately to their human overseers via an open-source, software-based Ethernet communication standard.
5 Ways to Set Up Your Project for Success
Guest Blogs 6/9/2015 9 comments Experienced project managers know that proper preparation is the key for any successful project launch. To maximize your chances for success, here are five effective project preparation tips.
Hybrid 3DP/CNC System for Metals Costs Less
Engineering Materials 6/8/2015 3 comments It's possible to integrate both additive and subtractive manufacturing processes in one system to make a single part. An America Makes project spearheaded by Optomec makes structural metal parts, and for less than it used to cost.
12 New & Notable 3D Printing Products from RAPID 2015
Engineering Materials 6/4/2015 Post a comment Trying to see everything on the show floor and attend all the presentations at the recent RAPID 2015 show in Long Beach, Calif. is like drinking from the proverbial firehose. In this slideshow we give you the highlights of major new hardware, software, and materials products as well as mentions of some not-so-new but definitely noteworthy machines.
3D-Printed Working Motorcycle Demonstrates What the Tech Can Do
Engineering Materials 5/27/2015 13 comments Why would the biggest connector company in the world design and build the first fully functional 3D-printed motorcycle? To show TE Connectivity's engineers what the technology can really do in making working load-bearing production parts, and free up their thinking when approaching design problems.
In Space, a 3D Printer Beats Duct Tape Every Time
Engineering Materials 5/26/2015 Post a comment In his keynote address at the RAPID 2015 conference last week, Made In Space CTO Jason Dunn gave an update on how far his company and co-development partner NASA have come in their quest to bring 3D printing to the space station -- and beyond.
Design Visualization Is Advancing in the Plant
Blog 5/21/2015 Post a comment Advanced visualization can depict an entire plant in motion, while also detailing an individual workstation. Individual products can be rendered different for each discipline involved — marketing, engineering, or suppliers.
The Supplier Strategic Sourcing Process Explained
Guest Blogs 5/21/2015 Post a comment While people may talk about the procurement process, the procurement discipline actually encompasses a number of different processes. They include spend analysis, supplier relationship management, and contract management, just to name a few.
Capturing the Essentials of Low-Power Design
Blog 5/18/2015 Post a comment Along with low-power requirements have come other design challenges, such as shrinking circuit board real estate in portable and wearable electronics and the Industrial Internet of Things requiring wireless and energy-storage-based design.
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