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Register Early for ARM TechCon 2016 and Save Big Bucks
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6/30/2016  Post a comment
Thinking about attending ARM TechCon 2016? Early Bird registration can save you, or your company, up to $650. But do it now before the deals run out.
ARM TechCon 2016 CFP Deadline Extended to June 17
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6/13/2016  Post a comment
Submission deadline for ARM TechCon 2016 Call for Proposals has been extended to June 17. Get your proposal in for the opportunity to be on the ARM podium in October!
ESC Silicon Valley 2016 Call for Speakers -- Deadline Extended
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6/13/2016  Post a comment
Our goal is to deliver a unique and highly useful educational experience for embedded designers involved in developing electronics products and systems.
DesignCon 2017 Call for Abstracts Now Open
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5/24/2016  Post a comment
We want you on the podium! Share your engineering knowledge and industry smarts with your peers at DesignCon – start by submitting your idea to our 2017 Call for Abstracts.
Call for Proposals Open for ARM TechCon 2016
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5/3/2016  1 comment
Designers, engineers, and developers are encouraged to submit their proposals for ARM TechCon 2016, happening October 25-27. Submission deadline is June 10.
How Superbugs Could Change Medical Cable Assemblies
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1/28/2016  Post a comment
Proposed new designs for surgical tools, such as endoscopes, may enable manufacturers to opt for less costly cabling materials.
CAD Expands Beyond Graphics
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1/28/2016  Post a comment
CAD programs are beginning to integrate product development tools such as simulation and analysis while also foregoing the 2D drawing.
Aerospace Fastener Designs Get Smarter and Tougher
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1/6/2016  Post a comment
Mixing composites and metals in aerospace structures, as well as the general demand for lighter-weight commercial planes, pose challenges for all types of fasteners used in aircraft and spacecraft.
What's Going to Drive the Future of LED Lighting?
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12/3/2015  15 comments
A new breed of LED drivers is enhancing lighting efficiency and opening up new applications.
Everybody's Designing Their Own Aerospace & Military Materials
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12/3/2015  1 comment
The need for higher-performing aerospace and defense materials is getting so critical to design success that OEMs, government agencies, and the armed forces are pursuing R&D programs.
Remote Machine Connectivity Means Plant Data Everywhere and Anywhere
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12/3/2015  1 comment
Remote connectivity delivers process and condition for greater plant efficiencies.
Tougher, Lighter, Thinner: New Metal Alloys Prove Their Strength
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10/21/2015  Post a comment
High-performance metal alloys are lightening up vehicles to meet new standards and boosting the strength-to-weight ratios of mobile device.
Demilitarized Zones Join Defense-in-Depth in Plant Cyber Security Measures
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10/21/2015  3 comments
Multiple defenses to harden network infrastructures and better management of user access are defeating cyber threats that can be physical, procedural, or electronic.
Smoothing the Bumpy Road to 5G Wireless
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10/21/2015  Post a comment
By creating new ways to develop 5G software, suppliers are speeding 5G wireless development and eliminating the “over-the-wall” approach to design.
Design Outsourcing Is on the Rise
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10/21/2015  Post a comment
Product design teams are turning to outside help for new ideas and to balance the ups and downs of design needs.
Project Management Gets an Upgrade -- and Into a Scrum
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10/21/2015  2 comments
Innovations such as “scrum” and virtualization methods have changed the project management game.
Injection Molding Evolves to Today's Global Product Needs
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9/15/2015  Post a comment
Rapid molding is changing the face of injection molding, as globalization, low-energy concerns, and the Internet of Things bump up the SKU count for many products.
3D Printing in End-Production: What's It Gonna Take?
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9/15/2015  2 comments
What has to happen before 3D printing end-production parts become a widespread reality?
Human-Machine Interfaces Are Undergoing a Renaissance
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9/15/2015  Post a comment
Mobile technology is putting its imprint on industrial operator interfaces, offering touch capabilities, new design approaches, and more sophisticated functionality.
Modular Application Software Comes On Scene in Industrial Automation
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9/15/2015  1 comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
7 Essentials for Designing with Micro-Miniature Connectors
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9/15/2015  1 comment
As demand for smaller connectors grows, design engineers face a new set of challenges.
8-Bit Microcontrollers Stick Around Like Wily Old Pros
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9/15/2015  6 comments
New peripherals are paving the way for the continued success of the humble ol' 8-bit microcontroller.
Smart PLCs and PACs — More Complex but Easier to Use
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9/15/2015  Post a comment
Increased processing speeds and greater intelligence in smaller devices is changing traditional PLCs and PACs. The PAC is morphing into a PLC, and they both may be replaced by embedded PCs.
Integrated Safety Breaks the Cost-Savings Barrier at Plants
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9/15/2015  Post a comment
Integrated safety systems are paying for themselves in fewer injuries, reduced downtime, easier maintenance, and improved flexibility.
Writing for Design News
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5/6/2015  Post a comment
Design News serves the biggest community of design engineers working in all manufacturing industries and end-markets. Design News, therefore, offers contributing authors the biggest exposure anywhere for your thought leadership. We welcome contributed articles from engineering professionals, consultants, as well as industry vendors.
Check Out What Went On During National Robotics Week 2015!
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4/10/2015  Post a comment
In case you missed it, here are the highlights from National Robotics Week 2015.
Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
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3/3/2015  Post a comment
In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week.
Today's AC Servo Systems Are Smarter and Faster
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2/18/2015  Post a comment
Technology advances boost positioning accuracy and stability at high speeds, while simplifying set up.
Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
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2/17/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturing organizations have faced a growing challenge of delivering products on time and to cost over the past decade, as product lifecycles and value chains have become increasingly complex. Even in the face of constant pressure to drive down costs, globalization and competition have led the design and manufacture of any given product or assembly to become distributed geographically as well as across organizational boundaries in the extended supply chain.
A CNC Machine OEM Pushes the Limits of Repeatability
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2/3/2015  2 comments
The current generation of CNC machining systems has features that significantly improve metalworking operations from what they were only a few years ago. These machines are generally faster and quieter than ever, more resistant to mechanical noise, have powerful controls and extensive automation capabilities, and fabricate a wider range of metals.
Solving Aircraft Interior Design Challenges with Standardized Mechanisms
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1/30/2015  2 comments
As the lightweighting trend continues to be a driving factor in aircraft design, aerospace OEMs must explore innovative ways of meeting production demands while ensuring reliable operation of interior touch points.
Choosing the Right Hardware for Electronics Prototyping
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1/29/2015  2 comments
When prototyping an electronic product idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from costly, proprietary and all-in-one packages to low-cost and open-source options.
5 Ways to Evaluate Aluminum Extrusion for Wider Application
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1/27/2015  Post a comment
After more than a century of progressively more mainstream application, aluminum has finally arrived. Here are five questions product development teams can apply to determine whether there is reason to start -- or move deeper into -- aluminum extrusion adoption.
Guidelines in Using Allegro Angular Sensor ICs
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1/21/2015  Post a comment
The design of a magnetic circuit for angle sensors is a complex task, where many influencing parameters need to be considered. Here, we will show some of the interdependencies that exist between magnet selection, mechanical tolerances, and accuracy requirements for on-axis applications.
Megatrends Shaping PACs & PLCs
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12/30/2014  Post a comment
Machine controllers have always played a pivotal role in manufacturing performance. Now the focus is on simpler integration, more connectivity, and harvesting the benefits of information-enabled operation.
Aerospace and Military Lighten Up
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12/30/2014  Post a comment
Engineers are using new composites and metal to create components for military and aerospace that are lighter and cheaper, but just as strong and durable.
Implementing Adaptive Segment-Based Cams
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12/29/2014  Post a comment
By integrating event-driven strategies into motion control schemes, automation systems may be optimized beyond what’s possible with traditional electronic cams or motion profiles.
Eliminating DRAM from Embedded HMI Designs
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12/29/2014  Post a comment
Designers have a way to design better interfaces using an MPU that includes abundant on-chip SRAM and the ability to execute code in-place efficiently from low-cost serial Flash memory.
Underground Wireless Sensors Demand Powerful Solutions
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12/23/2014  Post a comment
In order for underground wireless sensors to proliferate, several major technological hurdles need to be overcome.
From the Ford GT to the F-150: Aluminum Extrusion Aids Auto Lightweighting
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12/22/2014  Post a comment
As US automakers rev up automotive lightweighting, aluminum plays an expanding role. Extrusion lets engineers put metal where it’s needed and incorporate more features in a single part.
Robots Are Everywhere
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11/26/2014  15 comments
Robots are moving out of their traditional industrial manufacturing environment. You’ll now find robots doing assembly side-by-side with humans, working in a wide range of warehouse duties, and moving up and down the halls of healthcare facilities. Best of all, the cost of robots is coming down.
Low-Power Wireless for the IIoT
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11/25/2014  Post a comment
Low-power wireless networking can extend the network edge and improve uptime to support the Industrial Internet of Things.
Supercapacitors: A New Hero in the Spotlight
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11/24/2014  8 comments
"Supercaps” are moving from mundane applications, such as internal battery backup and memory protection, to high-profile smartphones, hybrids, and electric vehicles.
System Integration & Small Electric Actuators
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10/28/2014  Post a comment
As the industry has grown and adapted to the various types of automation and motion control solutions, achieving the desired result with the least cost and effort on behalf of the user has always been the top priority.
Metal & Ceramic Matrix Composites Beat the Heat
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10/24/2014  2 comments
Engineers are looking more to metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites to solve design & materials problems in thermal management and lighten up industrial turbines and jet engines, as well as traditional aerospace & defense uses.
Portable Wireless Device Characterization Requires Speed & Sensitivity
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10/20/2014  1 comment
To satisfy the market demand for low-power wireless devices, device developers and production test engineers will require an extensive mix of test instrument capabilities.
Accuracy & Repeatability in Linear Motion Systems
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10/17/2014  Post a comment
With linear systems moving to higher precision operation, it’s important to understand how actuator performance factors into new system design.
Innovations in BLDC Motor Driver ICs
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10/16/2014  Post a comment
This article will explain how advances in integrated BLDC drivers featuring on-chip commutation considerably reduce BLDC motor control cost and development time.
COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
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10/15/2014  Post a comment
The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.
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