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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.
How Standards Help Shape Tomorrow’s Products
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6/14/2013  2 comments
Although most design engineers have an opportunity to design hardware and/or software for new products, some also get a chance to shape the industry standards to which tomorrow’s products must conform.
Applying Brakes in Targeted Biopsy
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6/10/2013  10 comments
The Artemis system marks major advances in prostate cancer detection.
Bolt-On Motion Systems
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6/3/2013  Post a comment
PC-based motion offers higher performance capabilities for on-the-fly trajectory control, multi-axis synchronization, and integration of custom sensors and scanning systems.
DFAA: Design’s Acronym for Efficiency
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5/30/2013  7 comments
As manufacturers rush to install the latest productivity-boosting equipment, engineers are being challenged to master the skills of DFAA.
New Payment Methods Are Aimed at People on the Go
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4/26/2013  12 comments
In a society where consumers and businesses alike prize speed and convenience, mobile payment technologies are poised for tremendous growth.
Fully Integrated Motion Controllers Power Mobile, Social Robots
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4/5/2013  6 comments
While advanced controllers have exponentially increased the number and kind of tasks industrial robots can accomplish, mobile robotics brings a new set of challenges to motion control that favors the compact, increasingly integrated motion control systems.
The Convergence of Safety & Control
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4/4/2013  3 comments
Integrated safety is becoming predominant in automation strategies.
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  10 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  8 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  19 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  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.
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  1 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.
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