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Robots Are Everywhere
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11/26/2014  1 comment
Robots are moving out of their traditional industrial manufacturing environment. You’ll now find robots doing assembly side-by-side with humans, working in a wide range of warehouse duties, and moving up and down the halls of healthcare facilities. Best of all, the cost of robots is coming down.
COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
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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
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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
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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
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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.
The Rise of Constructable BIM
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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.
Simulating the Release Mechanism in Drug-Eluting Stents
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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 Power of CFD Simulation Early in Product Design
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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.
3D Printing Ultra-Strong Polymers for End Production
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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.
ABCs of Micro Molding: Understanding the Differences
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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.
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.
Design Renaissance in Manufacturing
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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
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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.
Achieving Enlightenment With Virtual Design
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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.
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.
Distributed CAD Removes the Barriers of Remote Design Teams
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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
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6/4/2014  2 comments
Yesterday's tactics don't work in today's fast-paced, information-rich product-development process.
Consolidating CAD Tools in the Cloud
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5/7/2014  1 comment
Engineers continue to turn to cloud-based CAD environments for ease of use and consolidation.
Optimizing Electronic Design Performance Through Test Integration
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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.
Tools for the Remote Workplace
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4/2/2014  7 comments
As we move forward and keep integrating the Internet into our workflows, remote work may become less of an exception and more of the rule.
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.
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.
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.
Multi-Disciplinary Design Exploration: Unleashing Simulation Led Design
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3/4/2014  Post a comment
In today's fast-paced and competitive climate, improved product performance and shortening of lead times are critical for business success across all industries.
The Best Apps Under One Roof
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3/3/2014  1 comment
Dassault Systemes and others put their best foot forward at SolidWorks World 2014.
Raspberry Pi & Simulink: A Future of Graphical Programming
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2/26/2014  1 comment
Similar to the Raspberry Pi, graphical modeling environments such as Simulink make it easy for students to learn engineering concepts.
3D Printing Using Powder Metals: Choose the Right Process for the Right Application
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2/19/2014  3 comments
Engineers are using additive manufacturing with powder metals to cut costs and cycle times in new product development, low volume manufacturing, and in-service product repair.
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.
Software-Designed PACs: Think Subroutine, Not Sub-Controllers
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1/23/2014  1 comment
PACs and embedded controllers can help simplify machine design by shifting the architecture from several unique custom designs to fewer, more consolidated, software-designed controllers.
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.
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.
Design Tools in the Cloud Are Here & They're Ready to Go
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11/5/2013  4 comments
Cloud-based design tools can greatly simplify collaboration and introduce nearly limitless compute power.
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.
Digitization’s Role in the Transformation of Manufacturing
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9/10/2013  5 comments
The global manufacturing industry is being driven by seven external forces: digitization, globalization, regulation, personalization, smart products, connectivity, and servitization.
Boosting Engineering Productivity with the Multiphysics Approach to Simulation
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9/6/2013  2 comments
The ability of multiphysics simulation software to provide accurate and reliable information about a product is positively influencing the product development process.
Materials Move Aerospace Additive Manufacturing From Prototypes to Finished Products
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9/5/2013  1 comment
High-performance engineering thermoplastics are giving engineers more options in using additive manufacturing for creating finished, end-use production parts. Aerospace is one of the industries where this move is happening first.
Cooling Strategies for Real-Time Embedded Systems
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9/4/2013  1 comment
Hotter components require more innovative cooling.
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.
Traceability Brings Visibility & Clarity to Embedded Projects
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6/25/2013  Post a comment
All product stakeholders benefit through better tracking of artifacts from test cases to defects and back to nonfunctional safety requirements.
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.
RF Trends in the Alarm & Security Market
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6/6/2013  6 comments
Wireless sensors in an intruder alarm system offer benefits from cost and end-user perspectives.
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.
There’s No Excuse for Not Designing Virtually
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4/3/2013  8 comments
When design engineers want more than the default look and feel, software should be customizable and extensible, ensuring they can define appearance and behaviors.
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.
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