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Latest Content tagged with Automation & Control
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Plant Networks Are Getting Smart About Security & Safety
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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.
SCADA Advances Enhance Efficiency
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6/27/2014  1 comment
SCADA software offers improved user interaction and better integration with other systems.
Smart I/O Simplifies Packaging Automation
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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.
Covert Planes Rely on Stealth Band Pass Filter Designs
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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
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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.
Your HMI in the Palm of Your Hand
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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.
Small Things Are Big in Fluid Power
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5/1/2014  Post a comment
While miniaturization continues to become more important, durability is also a strong factor.
Optimization of Total Operating Costs Using Electric Linear Drives
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4/7/2014  3 comments
TCO analysis demonstrates high potential for savings, even for simple applications, by replacing pneumatic drives.
Evolving Solutions for Remote HMI Monitoring
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4/1/2014  Post a comment
Web-enabled monitoring of production data is expanding to focus on a broader set of users, device types, use cases, and resulting workflows.
Force-Controlled Finishing Adds Human Touch
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3/31/2014  1 comment
Optimized, power-dense servomotor technology improves the automation of precise finishing and blending operations.
Hybrid Hexapods Resolve Inherent Weaknesses of Conventional Hexapods
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3/12/2014  5 comments
The hybrid hexapod enables applications that can benefit from six-degrees-of-freedom motion.
The Growing Importance of Wireless Standards for the Smart Home
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3/10/2014  9 comments
ZigBee, a global standard, is a low-power compliment to WiFi.
The Heat Is On: Wireless Automation Technology Application for Smart Homes & Buildings
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3/7/2014  4 comments
Advancements in embedded MCU and wireless design provide power efficiency and secure connectivity for smart homes.
Alternative Energy Fires Up Plants
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3/6/2014  16 comments
Technology has made renewable energy a contender to power factories.
Military Mechatronics Stores a Lethal Punch
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3/5/2014  4 comments
A new weapon storage management system converts helicopters and single-engine aircraft for surveillance and precision strike missions.
Guardbot Rolls Into Position
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2/27/2014  9 comments
An unmanned vehicle, the Guardbot is able to travel over most terrains, including snow, sand, mud, and water, for a wide variety of applications with special security needs.
Trends in Industrial Motors & Drives
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2/18/2014  1 comment
Integration and intelligence are the keys to new innovations, as suppliers use processing power to boost performance and simplify system deployment.
Intelligent Drug Delivery Systems Target Disease to Ease Pain of Medication
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2/17/2014  1 comment
Researchers are developing drugs that are more targeted to effect only diseased cells or areas of the body that need treatment rather than the body as a whole.
A Lean Approach to Designing Medical Drug Delivery Systems
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2/12/2014  1 comment
Applying Lean philosophy in the design cycle by eliminating variation through standardized systems and processes, plus vertically integrating rapid prototyping and tooling development, cuts time and cost.
Design Close-Up: Overcoming the Complex Demands of a Medical Part
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2/4/2014  2 comments
From functionality to aesthetics to cost pressures, product developers today face an unprecedented variety of conflicting demands. Every design engineer can benefit from working closely with experienced mold makers and molders.
Medical Devices With Force Sensors Show Enhanced Effectiveness
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2/3/2014  3 comments
Devices with force sensors offer advantages and insights that are desirable among most practitioners and patients. The added benefits of quantifiable data create more efficient and effective medical environments.
Pre-Integrated Sensors Cut Costs & Design Risk
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1/14/2014  4 comments
Designing the sensing element can be complex and time consuming, but help is here.
Hydraulic-Powered Blast Furnaces
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1/7/2014  3 comments
Advanced motion control and improved endpoint accuracy helped create a new hydraulic distributor for iron blast furnaces that delivers dramatically increased performance.
3 Steps to the Right Fluid Connectors
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12/17/2013  4 comments
Fluid connectors can boost the performance, increase the safety, and improve the user friendliness of devices and equipment used in a wide variety of life science, industrial, and chemical-handling applications.
Bionic Man Shows What’s Humanly Possible With Artificial Medical Technology
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12/10/2013  30 comments
London-based robotics company Shadow Robot says two thirds of the human body can be replaced with artificial materials. Enter the Bionic Man.
Managing Mechatronics Design Complexity With PLM
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12/6/2013  5 comments
Improving product quality requires an integrated product lifecycle management approach that combines mechanical, electronics, software, and simulation data into a single collaborative environment.
Factory Automation Design & the AC-DC Equation
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12/5/2013  4 comments
It is important to keep the end goal in mind when determining the best motor for an application.
Simplifying Cable Specification
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12/3/2013  4 comments
Knowing how to properly spec industrial cable can minimize factory operation downtime.
Motion in Medical Analyzers
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11/25/2013  4 comments
Miniature motors are helping diagnostic equipment move forward.
When Does a Custom Assembly Make Sense?
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11/15/2013  4 comments
A systematic approach to looking at how a collaboratively designed solution to match the application may provide cost and performance benefits.
Choosing Control Options for Off-Highway Transmissions: Pilot-Operated vs. Direct-Acting
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11/7/2013  3 comments
The market is full of transmission choices, so be sure to keep in mind what characteristics are most important for the application.
The Changing Face of Industrial Automation
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11/1/2013  3 comments
Advancing technologies such as simpler yet more capable drives, FieldBus-based pneumatic installations, and piezo-actuated valves point to a rapidly evolving industry.
3D Imaging Systems Bring Advances to Industrial Automation
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10/23/2013  7 comments
With an eye toward safety and ergonomics in factory automation, finding simpler and cost-effective ways to control factory floor equipment is of utmost concern.
Automakers Can Capture Production Data to Produce Better Cars
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10/10/2013  3 comments
The bottom line for the automaker is improved quality. An additional benefit of a complete error-proofing system is improved efficiency through better line balancing and throughput.
Take Advantage of the Latest Features in Compact AC Drives
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10/9/2013  2 comments
Similar to product development trends in consumer electronics, such as smartphones, compact ac drives are expanding in intelligence while shrinking in size.
Versatile Plastic Diaphragm Check Valves Increase Options in Medical Designs
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10/7/2013  3 comments
The latest plastic diaphragm check valves improve flexibility, flow control, and safety in medical device applications.
Inspiring Today’s Students to Become Tomorrow’s Innovators
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10/3/2013  13 comments
Educators need to provide students with interactive lessons that are academically rigorous while delivering fundamental concepts that bring theory to life.
Mechatronics Improves Design & Operation of Medical Devices
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9/12/2013  2 comments
Steady advancements in mechatronics have expanded its use, and a major focus is in medical devices.
Design Breakthroughs Bring Next-Gen Robots Into Lab Automation
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9/11/2013  10 comments
New robotic options reduce size, weight, and cost through parallel kinematics.
Motion Controller Helps Improve Automotive Testing
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8/19/2013  6 comments
When testing automotive components, this motion controller will increase flexibility and reduce costs.
Expanding the Capabilities of Piezo Motion Control
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8/16/2013  3 comments
Recently introduced integrated piezoelectric flexure actuators provide an enhanced level of convenience and performance for the OEM designer.
Energy-Efficient Actuation
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8/15/2013  4 comments
Different types of actuator technologies produce different results when it comes to industrial energy efficiency. Choosing the best technology can play an important role in reducing energy consumption and resulting emissions.
Slideshow: The Changing Face of Industrial Automation
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8/13/2013  Post a comment
Advancing technologies such as simpler yet more capable drives, FieldBus-based pneumatic installations, and piezo-actuated valves indicate a rapidly evolving industry.
Make Way for the Kiosk Invasion
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8/7/2013  5 comments
Engineers can play a key role in strategies to design and manage remote kiosks.
Bearing Life Prediction for Gearboxes With Applied Overhung Loads
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8/5/2013  5 comments
Design options can increase bearing life of a selected gearbox.
How to Get From Here to There
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8/5/2013  Post a comment
A company’s success depends on its plan, and the same applies to mechanical motion.
Bottles Up
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6/28/2013  7 comments
Millions of cycles are made possible with plastic bearings.
Simplifying Packaging Machine Design Process
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6/21/2013  2 comments
Motion-centric automation helps make packaging and machine applications demanding a lot of motion simpler.
Bearing Design Considerations in Medical Technology
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6/17/2013  6 comments
Pharmaceutical, dental, and medical device applications present many challenges for bearings. These include high speeds, low noise, long service life, and resistance to harsh environments or aggressive chemicals or fluids.
Improving Machine Processes & Plant Automation
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6/14/2013  2 comments
Leading companies are embracing mechatronics, and they are experiencing the rewards of the cost savings and operational benefits of an integrated and synergistic approach to machine design.
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