Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
Features 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
Features 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.
Choosing the Right Hardware for Electronics Prototyping
Features 1/29/2015 2 comments When prototyping an electronic product idea, itís 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.
Guidelines in Using Allegro Angular Sensor ICs
Features 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
Megatrends Shaping PACs & PLCs
Features 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.
Robots Are Everywhere
Features 11/26/2014 14 comments Robots are moving out of their traditional industrial manufacturing environment. Youíll 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.
System Integration & Small Electric Actuators
Features 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
Features 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.
Custom Wooden Boats Are Eminently Functional
Features 10/3/2014 3 comments When youíre in the custom transportation business and designing cars, planes, or boats to meet one personís needs, taste, or budget, you never know whatís going to come through the door next. Thatís the challenge facing Van Dam Custom Boats of Boyne City, Mich., but itís one the company relishes.
The Rise of Constructable BIM
Features 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
Features 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
Features 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
Features 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.
The Ins & Outs of Conveyor Innovation
Features 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.
Warming Up to Cold Forming
Features 8/14/2014 5 comments Miniature and micro precision metal component development: a cost-benefit summary of cold forming (forging) vs. alternative manufacturing techniques.
Power Transmission Products Help Open New Doors
Features 8/1/2014 1 comment A Danish company has developed a new type of door-locking system that can be installed over an existing lock to create a system that is hands-free, can be remotely actuated, but can still use a traditional key.
The Power of CFD Simulation Early in Product Design
Features 7/31/2014 3 comments Time is of the essence in today's global marketplace, and by enabling design engineers to conduct what-if analysis and progress their designs quickly, they are able to provide products that offer a great combination of functionality and high reliability with a great price.
An Ecosystem of Innovation
Features 7/25/2014 2 comments Armed with unique bonding capabilities, reactive hot melts have a few distinct advantages in the handling and application process over other bonding options.
The word ďsmartĒ is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
Two issues have been the bane of the plastics industry for as long as one can remember: The ban on plastic grocery bags and whether the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics such as polycarbonate and PVC is harmful to humans.
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