Miniature Vacuum Pumps Could Deliver Big Benefits
Guest Blogs 11/21/2013 10 comments A Honeywell lab team borrowed a page from conventional turbine compressors and applied the latest silicon micro fabrication techniques to machine hundreds of thousands of micron-sized turbine blades onto the surface of a silicon wafer the diameter of a penny. When the wafer is rotated at high speed, the result is an ultra-high vacuum in a small chamber, all on less than a watt of energy.
Top 3 Luxury Cars of 2013
Guest Blogs 11/20/2013 14 comments The UK has been at the heart of manufacturing some of the finest automobiles on the planet for more than a century. All that experience has led to a very impressive line of high-end sports cars that are highly coveted the world over. Here are three of the best.
PCB Design & Layout on a Budget
Guest Blogs 11/18/2013 5 comments The question that engineers continually look to answer is, "how do I get there with the least amount of effort and the lowest number of errors, and without spending a small fortune?Ē Itís a balance that often keeps engineers searching.
Reducing Cost With ERP Automation
Guest Blogs 11/13/2013 1 comment Implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in aerospace and defense can prove valuable for the automation of activities currently performed manually.
Slideshow: The 5 Coolest 3D-Printed Things
Guest Blogs 11/1/2013 11 comments Many interesting items are being 3D printed (even as we speak). We present five that we think are pretty cool -- from a Terminator arm and artsy coffee reproductions to an easy way to build a house of cards and a 3D printer made from scrap.
The RoHS Initiative Had a Big Effect on Product Quality
Guest Blogs 10/29/2013 17 comments When RoHS hit the manufacturing sector, big OEMs had to scramble with lead-free experiments to stay ahead of the competition. This had a monumental impact on a connector that now faced a redesign of virtually every connector in its portfolios.
Tactile Pressure Sensors Can Enhance Google Glass
Guest Blogs 10/18/2013 10 comments Google Glass puts a world of relevant, user-centric data literally right in front of your eyes. A tactile pressure sensor-equipped version could tap into the quantified self and health-tracking trends by allowing for real-time biometric monitoring.
Buying IP Is Not for the Faint of Heart
Guest Blogs 9/30/2013 9 comments Microsoft has agreed to purchase Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion. Two years ago, Google purchased Motorola's handset business for nearly twice that much, so it seems like Microsoft got a steal of a deal. Or did it?
Create 'Machines That See' Using Industry Resources
Guest Blogs 9/27/2013 2 comments This article explores the opportunity for incorporating visual intelligence into electronic products, introduces an industry alliance created to help engineers implement such capabilities, and describes an upcoming technical education forum sponsored by the alliance, along with other technical resources that the alliance provides.
Siemens Helps Student Engineers Race in the Outback
Guest Blogs 9/25/2013 6 comments Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan has built an electric vehicle, and are currently preparing for the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students will be blogging for Design News throughout the race.
Spreading Excitement About Space Exploration
Guest Blogs 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.
ESD Affects People, Too
Guest Blogs 9/13/2013 12 comments Electro-Static Discharge, while not necessarily permanently harmful to people, is still a pain. When possible, a machine design should handle ESD to prevent discharge through people or other equipment.
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
Guest Blogs 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.
From Napkin to Production
Guest Blogs 8/30/2013 31 comments After a night out with the guys, burning through five bar-napkin sketches, the perfect product idea is born. Or is it? How do you determine if your idea is worthwhile and worth pursing?
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.
Top Reasons for the US to Return to Space
Guest Blogs 8/14/2013 14 comments Over the years, government and popular support for further space exploration has dwindled, despite its many benefits. So, we've made a list of the top reasons we should continue to explore the outer depths, "to boldly go where no man has gone before."
FIR Filters Without the Math
Guest Blogs 8/2/2013 2 comments Previous columns have described how analog and switched-capacitors filters work and provided a real example of each. Now on to digital filters that process discrete-time digital values, rather than analog signals.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.