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Content posted in May 2011
Drone Design
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5/31/2011  4 comments
As unmanned drones play an increasingly important role in defense strategies and tactics, the demands on the electronic control systems in these vehicles include extreme portability, ruggedness and safety. Every component in these systems carries with it the weight of mission success or failure - all the way down to the switches.
Unified Components and Controls for Robot Kinematics
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5/31/2011  2 comments
With the automotive industry employing 95 percent of the robots in use for industrial purposes, this industry's robotic trends points the way toward future robot designs, which increasingly involves modularization, reduction in the number of assemblies and elimination of proprietary hardware.
Automating the Perfect Game of 10-Pin
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5/27/2011  Post a comment
ARM Automation develops ultra-high-precision, EtherCAT-enabled robot for bowling equipment testing.
Simplifying the Complex in High-Risk Duty Robots
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5/26/2011  2 comments
With the right design strategy going in, the creation of a robot using high-torque, compact motors and rugged design does not necessarily negate the creation of an economical, lightweight bomb-disposal robot.
How Advanced Materials Improve Aerospace Engines
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5/26/2011  1 comment
As aerospace manufacturers look for high-temperature materials that increase performance, improve fuel efficiency and satisfy safety standards, while lowering manufacturing costs, advanced ceramics and high-performance superalloys play an increasingly important role in aerospace engine design.
Putting Physics into Human Modeling
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5/25/2011  1 comment
Using complex mathematical models, predictive dynamics and a sprinkling of robotics technology, the Santos digital human modeling software is helping the U.S. military and large manufacturers test quality, safety and ergonomics factors in a virtual world.
High-Tech Implants
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5/19/2011  1 comment
Recovery rates for wounded U.S. soldiers are improving dramatically because of advanced processes for producing custom cranial implants.
Engineers Give Bioplastics Thumbs Up
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5/5/2011  2 comments
Many problems remain, however, including cost, properties, their claimed environmental benefits, and potential impact on food supplies.
Designing for Wind Turbine Reliability
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5/5/2011  1 comment
Advancements in motion control are pivotal to delivering greater system reliability and serviceability as wind turbines grow larger and move offshore.
TiLite Races Ahead with Custom Wheelchair Design
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5/4/2011  1 comment
Using CAD and FEA, engineering team optimizes materials choices and frame design to accommodate a variety of usage scenarios.
Auto Manufacturers' Drive to Simplify
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5/3/2011  4 comments
Hybrid powertrains are adding complexity to electrical architectures that may already be reaching their limits. Moves to incorporate dual-core MCUs and more Flash memory may be the solution.




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