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Embedding Robots Into the Process
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3/27/2013  6 comments
Robots are increasingly being integrated into manufacturing systems by combining off-the-shelf mechanical solutions with programmable robotic safety zones.
Changing the Look & Feel of Factories & Industrial Environments
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3/22/2013  3 comments
When plant managers evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of wired versus wireless networks, they need to consider cost savings, maintenance issues, ease of installation, and configurability, uptime, and security.
Slideshow: Vending Machines Undergo a Complete Overhaul
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3/7/2013  9 comments
Exciting changes are coming to vending technology, from telematics and new user interfaces to mobile payments and high-precision automation. Coke, Best Buy, and Starbucks are already on board.
Energy Efficiency Drives Motor Control Design Trends
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2/28/2013  4 comments
The latest model-based methods can also shorten time to market.
Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
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2/13/2013  12 comments
Design News is pleased to announce the winners in our 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Human-Like Bipedal Walking Robot
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1/16/2013  10 comments
In the world of robotics engineering, there are two primary ways to view how a robot walks. The trick has always been keeping a dynamically walking robot upright.
Influence of Position Measurement on Accuracy in 5-Axis Machining
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11/30/2012  2 comments
Due to complex shaping of implants, medical technology is one of the largest fields of application for 5-axis machining and a prerequisite for the economical manufacturing is machines with high-accuracy position measurement.
Micro-Motion Systems Enable New Technology
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11/2/2012  7 comments
Tiny focus modules, using sophisticated micro-motion systems, are enabling faster, more accurate detection systems for biometrics and DNA testing.
Building a Solid Foundation
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10/11/2012  2 comments
The OPC-80N is providing consistent, repeatable torque in places few humans have ever seen.
Portable Data Collection System Profiles the Ocean
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9/19/2012  6 comments
The system, developed by The Oceanscience Group with help from Ogura, aids scientists in understanding the world's waters and its changing climates.
The Evolution of Packaging Controls
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8/28/2012  17 comments
The OMAC Packaging Workgroup initiative puts focus on HMIs with a common look and feel and easier access to on-screen machine diagnostics to improve operator effectiveness.
The Force Behind Formula 1 Wings
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8/24/2012  6 comments
The Lee Co.'s three-way solenoid valve helps control the movement of the active rear wing, which had long been banned on F1 cars.
Energy Harvesting Empowers Next-Gen Wireless Designs & Automation
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7/12/2012  7 comments
Energy-harvesting wireless technology delivers maintenance-free wireless sensor solutions for use in buildings and industrial installations.
Robots Promote Safety & Productivity in Wood Industry Apps
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6/29/2012  6 comments
Use of programmable, reliable, and predictable robots is a growing trend in manufacturing where they can be used to remove workers from unsafe conditions and inherently force safer methods.
Rib Spreading Tool Gets Robotic Update
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6/26/2012  7 comments
One advanced technology company is taking on the challenge of developing handheld, automated surgical instruments to help patients hurt less and heal faster.
Case Study: Building Your Own 20kW Hydroelectric Power Plant
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11/16/2011  52 comments
Using automation components from AutomationDirect, this small-scale hydroelectric system generates 20kW of power from a nearby lake.
Slideshow: Messiest Engineering Desks
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10/26/2011  44 comments
Here's a slideshow of the messiest engineer's desks submitted by readers of our sister site EETimes.
Top 5 Roadblocks to Digital Factory of the Future
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10/24/2011  29 comments
The digital factory of the future faces challenges of cost, compatibility and programmability as PLCs and PACs lurch towards a fulling integrated production cycle.
Slideshow: Humanoid Robots Get Real
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9/26/2011  41 comments
"Uncanny valley" refers to the revulsion that humans feel when they see a humanoid robot.
Design News 2011 Salary Survey: Best News in Years
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8/10/2011  7 comments
The results of our annual salary survey show solid improvements in pay, as well as overall satisfaction with the engineering profession, despite rising stress levels and a still-tight economy.
Hardened, Robust Switches & Routers
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7/5/2011  3 comments
Industrial networks can use upgraded technology to address concerns about temperature, redundancy, data creep, security, and software standards.
Strategies for Energy Monitoring
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6/29/2011  5 comments
Standard Ethernet networking and PAC technology, new software tools, and demand-response programs team up to identify energy savings and reduce consumption.
Miniature Motion in Medical Devices
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6/24/2011  4 comments
Solutions offer more compact, mobile, low power, and lightweight motion control to help spur advances in medical device design and development.
Lunar Crane Design
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6/3/2011  18 comments
Designing a robotic tool changer for use on the moon not only means dealing with the vacuum of space and moon dust, but also the changing scope of requirements for the device.
A Strategy for Better Test Equipment Management
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6/3/2011  4 comments
At the heart of advanced product innovation and development speed in the aerospace and defense industries lies the improvement of test equipment utilization rates.
Integrated Safety Moves Beyond Outlier Status
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6/2/2011  4 comments
Though still considered a heretical idea by some engineers, the integration of safety and machine control on one controller is gaining increased acceptance with the help of new safety standards and the never-ending push for greater productivity.
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  1 comment
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.
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.
TiLite Races Ahead with Custom Wheelchair Design
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5/4/2011  Post a comment
Using CAD and FEA, engineering team optimizes materials choices and frame design to accommodate a variety of usage scenarios.
Lab Innovation Based on Toy and Material Handling
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4/25/2011  Post a comment
How a flat-panel TV handling system and the simplicity of the Etch-a-Sketch resulted in the design of a miniature, automated, two- axis laboratory sample handling system.
Pile Driving Machine Design
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4/21/2011  Post a comment
Sixteen precision 112.5-degree gearboxes regulate timing for the Octa-Kong pile driver that is being used to build the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in China.
The Pneumatic-Electromechanical Connection
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4/21/2011  Post a comment
Flexible pneumatic technology offers multi-position, force control and industrial network support for distributed architectures to bridge the abilities of standard pneumatic and electromechanical actuators.
Self-Healing Instrumentation
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4/18/2011  Post a comment
What do engineers think of smart devices in self-healing machine design?
Choosing Electric, Hydraulic or Pneumatic Drives
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4/18/2011  1 comment
Understanding how electric, hydraulic or pneumatic drive systems function is critical to comprehending their affects on machine performance, ease of use, flexibility and reliability.
Applying Lean to Product Development
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4/15/2011  Post a comment
Rather than mapping lean manufacturing principles directly to product development, engineering teams need to consider information flow and knowledge capture to truly reduce inefficiencies and optimize the process.
Industrial Cameras with Video Monitoring Software
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4/15/2011  Post a comment
Longwatch video monitoring software products have been integrated with IVC's industrial cameras.
IEC61131-3 as an Integration Tool
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
Understanding the benefits of IEC61131-3 and why its programming methods are becoming preferred for mechatronic designs.
Designing Systems for Remote Access
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
Using standard industrial Ethernet technologies, forward-thinking machine builders can leverage an array of enterprise technologies that allow for their machines to more easily be used by partner service organizations increasingly relied upon by manufacturers of all sizes.
In System Integration, Software Rules
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
To address machine builder needs, the automation industry is increasingly focused on delivering application-specific software that is highly tailored to specific machines and easy to use.
Mini PC
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
With the latest Intel Core i7/i5/i3 Mobile Processor Family.
Miniature Circuit Breakers
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
For saving DIN rail space.
Computing Advances Permit New Integration Answers
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4/14/2011  Post a comment
From robots that can handle heavy-duty, yet delicate tasks to the integration of complex, modular systems, systems integrators are increasingly able to solve machine and production system design problems through the application of advanced computer technologies.
Compact Embedded Box PC
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4/13/2011  Post a comment
For an extended temperature range.
Compact Actuator with CANopen Interface
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4/12/2011  Post a comment
Absolute multi-turn position detection, integrated controller, bus system, thermal regulation and digital I/Os.
Next Generation Empower PLM Solution
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4/12/2011  Post a comment
Version 5.0 introduces web-based platform for enhanced accessibility, performance and scalability.
Applying Zero Backlash Brakes in Magnetic Therapy
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4/12/2011  Post a comment
Neuronetics develops a device using power-off brakes to deliver transcranial magnetic simulation therapy as a non-pharmaceutical approach to treating depression.
Gearing Up to Improve Analytical Instruments
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4/12/2011  Post a comment
Bruker AXS makes a move to brass worm gear sets for its analytical diffractometers to improve optic performance and overall equipment life.
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