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Content posted in September 2013
Buying IP Is Not for the Faint of Heart
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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
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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
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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.
Why You Should Assess Your Machines' Safety
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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
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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.
ESD Affects People, Too
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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.
In Search of the Energy-Efficient Family Car
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9/6/2013  38 comments
While on the quest for the perfect car, we must make a smart choice that is right for us and right for the planet.
Battery-Free AGVs Do the Heavy Lifting
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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.




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