Robotics Make a Move Toward Autonomous Service
Features 6/29/2010 Post a comment With mechatronic solutions combining information and physical activity, more robots are finding their way into warehousing, order fulfillment, health care and, potentially, as service robots in automotive assembly plants
Universal Programmer for PB-Series Pressure Transmitters
Features 6/29/2010 Post a comment With Baumer's FlexProgrammer 9701, all pressure transmitters of the PB family can now easily be configured on PC. The battery-powered device can be used to recalibrate the full scale and the zero signal, to readjust the pressure range up to 20 percent F.S., and for the data logging of pressure and temperature signals.
Delta Robots Gain Greater Dexterity
Features 6/28/2010 Post a comment Innovative three-axis wrist design allows new Delta robots from FANUC Robotics to create complex motions for picking, twisting and placing products at simple or compound angles
Nissan Bets on the Electric Car
Features 6/24/2010 1 comment Thanks to a higher-energy, lower-cost battery, Nissan believes the electric car is ready for prime time. But are consumers prepared for all-electric performance?
Sample Acquisition on Mars
Features 6/23/2010 Post a comment The Mars Rover's spectrum analyzer relies on advanced motion control, precision bearing assemblies and a miniature vacuum pump to collect and analyze samples
The Social Side of Design News
Features 6/21/2010 Post a comment New group on LinkedIn entitled "Systems and Product Design Engineering" has been developed for greater peer-to-peer interaction across all design engineering issues and disciplines.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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