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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.
Power Transmission Products Help Open New Doors
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
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.
Design Considerations for Maximizing Backplane Data Speeds
7/30/2014  1 comment
Designers and connector suppliers must work together to prepare for the future of high-speed data transmission.
Commercial Protocols & Aerospace Cabling: Finding the Right Balance
7/29/2014  1 comment
Whether they're using Cat 5e, USB, or IEEE 1394 cabling in aerospace, designers must balance the use of standards against the application's special needs.
Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate Film
7/28/2014  1 comment
Nanoparticle technology wet coated on LEXAN film creates a polycarbonate material that is highly transparent, flexible, and conductive.
An Ecosystem of Innovation
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.
3D Printing Ultra-Strong Polymers for End Production
7/24/2014  1 comment
3D printing production-grade parts faces major challenges in processes and qualification to support engineering materials like carbon composites. Here are some novel solutions.
Smart Power for Smart Infrastructure
7/8/2014  1 comment
Remote wireless sensors powered for decades by primary lithium batteries are essential to revitalizing America's aging infrastructure.
ABCs of Micro Molding: Understanding the Differences
7/7/2014  2 comments
Designing parts using micro molding is similar in many ways to designing with conventional injection molding. But there are a few critical differences. This guide helps engineers navigate the process.
Keeping the Production Line Up
7/7/2014  3 comments
Ease of diagnostics and advanced parameter data are key reasons IO-Link is on the rise.
Ultracapacitors Can Provide the Necessary Charge for Remote Power
7/3/2014  9 comments
Similar to a standard capacitor, an ultracap can save the day in many applications.
Plant Networks Are Getting Smart About Security & Safety
7/1/2014  1 comment
Hackers are getting sneakier and more sophisticated, which means plant personnel need to be more aware of what is going on around them.
Design Renaissance in Manufacturing
6/30/2014  4 comments
Technology has long been a critical factor in designing products for manufacturing, and that technology has come into full bloom in the last couple years.
SCADA Advances Enhance Efficiency
6/27/2014  1 comment
SCADA software offers improved user interaction and better integration with other systems.
Smart I/O Simplifies Packaging Automation
6/26/2014  1 comment
Adding distributed intelligence and advanced processing capabilities via I/O slices can boost performance and provide a replacement for hard-wired safety relays.
Achieving Enlightenment With Virtual Design
6/18/2014  1 comment
Better, faster, cheaper. This is our mantra as electronics designers and developers. Virtual design has been key to all three, but not without new challenges.
How Advances in Motor Control Are Lowering Power Consumption
6/17/2014  1 comment
Microcontrollers with advanced analog features, high-resolution PWMs, and adequate processing power can serve as the foundation of a motor control system that pays big dividends.
Thermoforming Advances Medical Design
6/17/2014  2 comments
Manufacturing advances in thick-gauge thermoplastic parts is producing an effective choice for medical equipment design.
Covert Planes Rely on Stealth Band Pass Filter Designs
6/11/2014  1 comment
For stealth airplanes and ships, detection avoidance methods need to work with all the critical onboard instruments. Simulation is making it easier for the Altran Group to design an optimized frequency selective surface pattern.
'Less Is More' Precision Motion Control
6/10/2014  3 comments
Robots are working alongside humans more often than ever before, so safety, weight, and user friendliness are becoming bigger concerns for designers of these systems.
Distributed CAD Removes the Barriers of Remote Design Teams
6/10/2014  3 comments
Teams can collaborate across the globe and not worry about version control, security, or power distribution.
Understand the Trends Shaping Modern Product Delivery
6/4/2014  2 comments
Yesterday's tactics don't work in today's fast-paced, information-rich product-development process.
Engineering Thermoplastics Expand Design Freedom in Consumer Electronics
6/2/2014  1 comment
Engineering thermoplastics are helping design engineers push the boundaries of what’s possible in many applications, including the development of increasingly thin, compact, and lightweight smartphones.
Engineering Polymers Play Key Role in Drug-Delivery Devices
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
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.
Your HMI in the Palm of Your Hand
5/13/2014  2 comments
Concurrent with the trend to consumerize HMI, we're seeing an increase in mobilized HMI. Not surprisingly, given all these new devices connecting to the plant, security is becoming an issue.
Minimizing Power Draw in Small, Portable Devices
5/8/2014  Post a comment
New advances compel wearable device designers to take another look at efficiency of their power supplies with the goal of extending run times.
Consolidating CAD Tools in the Cloud
5/7/2014  1 comment
Engineers continue to turn to cloud-based CAD environments for ease of use and consolidation.
Electrically Conductive Pastes Are Gaining Traction
5/6/2014  3 comments
We may someday see pastes used in common applications all around us. Preventive maintenance through the use of conductive pastes may not sound sexy, but it provides companies with an easy and cost-effective way to maximize electrical output and save thousands of dollars.
Small Things Are Big in Fluid Power
5/1/2014  Post a comment
While miniaturization continues to become more important, durability is also a strong factor.
Driving High-Brightness LEDs in High-Power Industrial Lighting Fixtures
4/21/2014  1 comment
High-power industrial Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures use series-parallel strings of High Brightness (HB) LEDs to produce superior lighting fixtures compared to traditional, “ballast-based” systems.
Optimizing Electronic Design Performance Through Test Integration
4/8/2014  Post a comment
The choice of tools significantly influences the development cost and number of prototype iterations necessary before a design goes to manufacturing.
Optimization of Total Operating Costs Using Electric Linear Drives
4/7/2014  3 comments
TCO analysis demonstrates high potential for savings, even for simple applications, by replacing pneumatic drives.
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