Robots Are Everywhere
Features 11/26/2014 Post a comment 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.
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 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.
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.
Engineering Polymers Play Key Role in Drug-Delivery Devices
Features 5/21/2014 1 comment As designs of drug-delivery devices become increasingly complex, engineers have an even wider choice of plastics to choose from. This overview helps navigate what can be a bewildering selection of materials by outlining some key properties, capabilities, advantages, and limitations.
Wireless Power for Harsh Environments
Features 5/15/2014 Post a comment When powering remote wireless devices in extreme environments, design engineers now have two choices: lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOCL2) batteries and energy-harvesting devices coupled with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries with wider temperature ranges.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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