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Injection Molding Evolves to Today's Global Product Needs
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?
9/15/2015  1 comment
What has to happen before 3D printing end-production parts become a widespread reality?
Modular Application Software Comes On Scene in Industrial Automation
9/15/2015  Post a comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
Human-Machine Interfaces Are Undergoing a Renaissance
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.
7 Essentials for Designing with Micro-Miniature Connectors
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
9/15/2015  1 comment
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
10/15/2014  Post a comment
The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.
3D Printing: A Balance of Promise Vs. Practicality
10/13/2014  12 comments
Is 3D printing a fashionable manufacturing trend with more style than substance, or does it have viable consumer and commercial staying power?
A Level Approach to Automotive Connectivity
10/10/2014  Post a comment
The auto industry’s ideal connector solution is one that balances performance and cost, while delivering bandwidth to fuel the needs of automotive manufacturers and consumers.
Custom Wooden Boats Are Eminently Functional
10/3/2014  3 comments
When you’re in the custom transportation business and designing cars, planes, or boats to meet one person’s needs, taste, or budget, you never know what’s going to come through the door next. That’s the challenge facing Van Dam Custom Boats of Boyne City, Mich., but it’s one the company relishes.
5 Factors That Will Drive ROI for Food/Beverage Manufacturers
9/24/2014  Post a comment
These important industry trends affect your plant’s ROI now -- and into the future.
Interactive Packaging Adds Digital User Experience to Consumer Products
9/8/2014  4 comments
Examples of interactive packaging include wireless sensors and technology on food packages that can let you know the item's expiration date, as well as similar technology on medicines with dosage and other safety and health information.
A Look at Specialty Coatings for Bearings
9/5/2014  1 comment
Here's a look at some newly developed specialty coatings for bearings and how they can help keep machinery up and running as intended.
The Rise of Constructable BIM
9/4/2014  1 comment
Constructable Building Information Modeling -- It's an interactive 3D blueprint. It's everyone using the same set of plans. It's designing a building virtually. It's no longer just a tool for architects and design engineers.
Eco-Friendly Packaging Wraps Products in Natural Designs
9/3/2014  7 comments
While sustainable packaging is still in its early stages, there's a fair number of companies already offering options for the food service and manufacturing industries. Meanwhile, designers are coming up with some innovative ways to create biodegradable and sustainable packaging for food products.
Automotive Structural Adhesives Drive Material Changes
9/2/2014  2 comments
As high-strength steel, aluminum, and composites join steel in automobile structures, bonding them gets complicated. Structural adhesives are stepping in to add strength to rivets or welds and make possible bonds that can't otherwise be done.
Medical Combination Pouching System
8/29/2014  1 comment
Automation controls maximize the precision manufacturing of medical pouch seals, minimize material waste, and improve system accuracy through better data management.
Simulating the Release Mechanism in Drug-Eluting Stents
8/28/2014  2 comments
Engineers at Boston Scientific are revolutionizing medical device designs. Their recent simulations of drug-eluting stents provide an understanding of the drug release mechanism by tying experimental findings to a computational model.
The Ins & Outs of Conveyor Innovation
8/26/2014  1 comment
Recent trends in conveyor design and accessories are leading to increase throughput and productivity in equipment. While the most common type of conveyors are straight-line, many other designs are now becoming commonplace in plants.
How Mixed-Signal Integration With ARM Enables Smart Sensors
8/21/2014  Post a comment
System level goals, such as adding functionality without increasing power levels and size, requires direct collaboration between the silicon providers and the end system developers.
Warming Up to Cold Forming
8/14/2014  5 comments
Miniature and micro precision metal component development: a cost-benefit summary of cold forming (forging) vs. alternative manufacturing techniques.
Revolutionizing Regenerative & Implantable Medical Apps Through Next-Gen Techniques
8/11/2014  3 comments
The emergence of alternative extrusion methods that occur at room temperature is enabling drug loading of a wider range of pharmaceutical and biological agents than ever before.
Choosing the Best Technology for Your Application
8/4/2014  1 comment
To solve a motion application, engineers have the choice between different motor and driver technologies. There is no universal solution.
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