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Content tagged with Automation & Motion Control posted in January 2003
Ask The Search Engineer
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The Search Engineer finds solutions to all your questions, problems, and dilemmas. Occasionally, he could be wrong. But he doubts it.
Charging Ahead
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A leading electrochemist at MIT is developing a battery that could revolutionize product design
An Ogle at Google
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Engineers love it because engineers designed it
Materials
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Simple. Not Stupid.
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Smart sensors are too complicated for many applications. Plug-and-play sensors, although simpler, offer some of the same advantages.
Fluid Power
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Safe at Any Speed
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To maintain high thrills and high chills, ride engineers are sharing secrets of good design
Dazzling Plastics, Difficult Engineering
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Ugly just does not sell anymore. Need proof? Just take a walk through any of the big-box retailers, where even the most mundane household products have gotten a dash of style.
Motion Controllers
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Virtual Instruments Find Their Niche
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They are great when many sensors are involved
Software/Hardware
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