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Industrial Automation Is Seeing Modular Application Software Grow
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9/1/2015  Post a comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
MEMS Technology Transfer and the Fable of the 'Golden Wafer'
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9/1/2015  Post a comment
Everyone working in MEMS is chasing the ever-elusive golden wafer. But there is a moral to this story, and help is on the way.
Should Approved Vendor Lists Be More in Line with Design Cycles?
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9/1/2015  Post a comment
Despite pervasive emphasis on “faster, sooner, better,” companies that have multiple design cycles a year only update their approved vendor lists on an annual basis. Maybe it's time to rethink this.
New Directions in Energy Efficiency and Energy Harvesting
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8/31/2015  Post a comment
Taking energy from renewable sources, recycling existing energy, and using components that don’t need much energy at all are becoming critical industrial and consumer design criteria.
TI Releases E-Book Guide to the IIoT
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8/30/2015  1 comment
Texas Instruments has produced an e-book intended to get you up to snuff on the Industrial Internet of Things.
Solar-Powered Schoolbags Are a Light in the Lives of Underprivileged Students
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8/29/2015  1 comment
A South African startup is combining recycled plastic with solar power to give underprivileged schoolchildren a stylish schoolbag that also supplies them with light to study by.
BWG President: Here's Why Women's Perception of Manufacturing Is Turning Around
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8/28/2015  1 comment
Technology and global expansion are playing key roles in making manufacturing an attractive field for women to join, more than ever before, said the president of a woman-owned family of companies.
It's Too Soon to Put Reshoring on the Pedestal
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8/28/2015  4 comments
A few years ago, reshoring roared onto the scene as the next great movement in manufacturing, but the data so far reflect otherwise.
The Top 10 Degrees for Earnings Are All STEM
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8/27/2015  3 comments
The highest paying bachelor's degrees -- both in starting salaries and mid-career incomes -- are mostly engineering and entirely STEM disciplines.
Why Wearable Cameras Will Be Profoundly Disruptive in Capturing Our World
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8/27/2015  9 comments
Wearable cameras possess the power to alter our work lives, the way industrial enterprises operate, and our personal lives because of the insights they can bring from their unobtrusive, first-person point of view.
Leveraging Existing Designs for New Products
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8/26/2015  3 comments
Design teams are improving efficiency and lowering costs by utilizing previous designs as a pre-validated foundation for next-generation goods.
Design Can Escape the Silo Through Closed-Loop Quality Systems
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8/26/2015  Post a comment
At the level of design engineering, good integration between enterprise quality management and product lifecycle management can provide particular value to companies.
Cisco and IBM: Progress on Cyber Security But Not Enough
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8/26/2015  1 comment
Executives at Cisco and IBM say there have been advances in cyber security, but they also see much progress yet to be made.
Walmart Partners with Reshoring Initiative as Made in USA Gets Real
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8/25/2015  3 comments
Walmart has partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to ramp up its effort to significantly increase US manufactured goods.
Graphene Ink Is the Key to Next-Gen Energy Storage
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8/24/2015  2 comments
A Manchester University professor is leading a project to develop a graphene-ink 3D printer capable of creating the next generation of energy-storage systems.
DN Webcast Preview: Writing Portable and Robust Firmware in C
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8/22/2015  Post a comment
Most C developers recognize that it is easy to write code, but what techniques should be followed to maximize portability of the code without compromising its integrity?
Is DFMA the Way Forward for Reshoring Efforts?
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8/21/2015  Post a comment
How is design for manufacturing and assembly being coordinated with total cost of ownership (TCO) strategies in the effort to reshore US manufacturing jobs?
For Apple, watchOS 2 Is Go-Time for Apple Watch
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8/21/2015  Post a comment
Apple's watchOS 2 promises new features for users and new freedom for app developers.
Why Are Plastic Film Capacitors Making a Comeback?
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8/20/2015  8 comments
After years of sluggishness, trends are pointing toward growth in the plastic film capacitors market.
This Device Delivers Electricity and Clean Water Simultaneously
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8/20/2015  3 comments
The SunSaluter is a solar tracker that purifies water while also using it to power and control the rotation of the solar panel.
Rapid Prototyping Advances with Inkjet-Based 3D Printing
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8/20/2015  Post a comment
Stratasys Direct Manufacturing will present tips and details on process and materials for product development and manufacturing with inkjet-based prototyping in a three-day online course next week.
More Must Be Done to Overcome the Challenges to Reshoring
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8/19/2015  10 comments
Despite reports that reshoring efforts are bringing manufacturing back to the US, companies face separation difficulties in offshoring countries and issues when they do get back on domestic territory.
Virtual Reality Is Changing the Game of Sports
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8/19/2015  Post a comment
While virtual reality is bringing new dimensions to video games, it is also being used in real-life sports to take players and fans to the next level.
When the Internet of Things Doesn't Make Sense
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8/18/2015  14 comments
Implementing Internet of Things functionality into a product is often technically feasible. But is it really a good idea? In some cases, the IoT simply doesn't make sense.
A Rose is a Rose: How to Choose the Best 3D CAD Software
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8/18/2015  4 comments
All 3D CAD solutions are not the same. Here's a breakdown to help you pick the right one for your application.
Hyundai Demos Robotic Exoskeleton at NIWeek 2015
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8/18/2015  Post a comment
Automaker Hyundai presented a robotic exoskeleton assistive walking device at NIWeek 2015.
So Just How Green Are Electric Vehicles, Really?
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8/17/2015  74 comments
To evaluate the EV lifecycle you have to go beyond debates around tailpipe emissions.
HMIs Bridge Different PLCs and Communication Protocols
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8/17/2015  Post a comment
There are three leading ways to establish communication among different PLCs. Here’s how to specify the best method for your application.
Who Will Come Out on Top of the IoT Protocol Wars?
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8/16/2015  Post a comment
Several consortiums are vying for their IoT method to be adopted by the masses. But who will win the war over IoT protocols?
Which Engineering Disciplines Have the Most Job Openings?
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8/14/2015  2 comments
There are currently about 300,000 job openings for engineers in the US and Canada. Here are the disciplines offering the most positions.
QuickLogic Claims World's Most Advanced Sensor Processing SoC
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8/14/2015  Post a comment
Custom semicon solutions supplier says its EOS S3 platform handles sensor-intensive applications at ultra-low power consumption.
Robot Brains Made of E. coli Bacteria?
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8/13/2015  2 comments
Engineered E. coli bacteria are showing up everywhere from fuel to fashion. Now Virginia Tech researchers are using them to construct robot brains.
Wearality Sky Is Bringing Virtual Reality Mainstream
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8/13/2015  Post a comment
The Wearality Sky is looking to bring immersive, affordable VR to smartphone users with its 3D-printed glasses.
Organization Gives Kids ‘Magic Arms’ Thanks to 3D Printing
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8/13/2015  Post a comment
Magic Arms provides plastic, 3D-printed devices that help children who’ve lost the use of their arms due to neuromuscular disorders regain movement
The World's Most Unusual Robots (Slideshow)
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8/12/2015  2 comments
A new exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry examines the ever-growing capabilities of modern robots.
Tiny Robotic 'Wrist' Has the Skill to Perform Brain Surgery
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8/12/2015  Post a comment
A tiny mechanical wrist, developed by a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University, is dexterous enough to perform even brain surgery procedures.
The Secret Behind Better Material Adhesion Is Surface Pretreatment
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8/12/2015  Post a comment
If you want the bonds between your design's components to be reliable and highly resistant to humidity, extreme temperatures, and aggressive substances, then pretreating the surfaces of those components is a must.
The Secret of Canada’s Wind Energy Growth
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8/11/2015  48 comments
A multitude of factors are driving Canada’s wind-energy success.
Continuing Education: It's No Surprise that Engineers Like Homework
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8/11/2015  1 comment
Design News contributing writer and webcast lecturer Warren Miller learned that engineers who attend his online classes want to get very hands-on with learning.
Mechatronics Propels New Medtech Designs in Prosthesis, Surgery, and Mobility
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8/10/2015  Post a comment
Lifelike prostheses, better noninvasive surgery tools, and a more nimble wheelchair are just a few examples of which the multidisciplinary field of mechatronics is helping medical device makers make lives better.
MakerBot Expands With Bigger NYC Factory
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8/10/2015  Post a comment
MakerBot has expanded its footprint with a new factory in Industry City, Brooklyn, that will allow the company to grow its desktop 3D printing business.
Future Cars and Transport Will Mean Radical Interior Designs
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8/7/2015  7 comments
As we approach commercialization of autonomous vehicles, and as shared mobility car services expand, automakers are ushering in much more functional interiors for business and pleasure.
Peering Into a Future Full of Robots
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8/7/2015  10 comments
Robots have always inspired fear in movies and science fiction, but as robots become more and more entrenched as service aides, just how much are we doing to prevent life from imitating art?
Lead Wires or Connectors for LVDT Sensors? It Depends
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8/7/2015  1 comment
Here's a guide info on whether to use lead wires or connectors on LVDT sensors.
10 Great Inventors of the Late 20th Century – Readers' Picks
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8/6/2015  6 comments
Design News readers offer their choices for the great inventors of the late 20th century.
How Would You Design the World’s First Smart Umbrella?
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8/6/2015  6 comments
Haz is a “smart” umbrella that leverages technology to solve some common woes of the parasol. But we'd like to know how you would improve upon it.
Slideshow: The Industrial Internet of Things' Expansive Scope
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8/5/2015  Post a comment
These 10 applications demonstrate just how far Industrial Internet of Things connectivity reaches.
A Sudden End for That Famous Hitchhiking Robot -- Or Is It?
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8/5/2015  6 comments
HitchBOT, a robot that successfully hitchhiked across Canada last summer, wasn't as lucky in a similar trip across the United States.
Plant Safety Breaks the Cost-Savings Barrier
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8/4/2015  Post a comment
Integrated safety systems are paying for themselves in fewer injuries, reduced downtime, easier maintenance, and improved flexibility.
Hardware, Sadly, May Be Easier than Software
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8/4/2015  2 comments
If hardware and software development were judged by the level of symbolic logic manipulation, hardware would prove to be simpler. Can the argument hold up?
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The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
Everyone working in MEMS is chasing the ever-elusive golden wafer. But there is a moral to this story, and help is on the way.
Despite pervasive emphasis on “faster, sooner, better,” companies that have multiple design cycles a year only update their approved vendor lists on an annual basis. Maybe it's time to rethink this.
Taking energy from renewable sources, recycling existing energy, and using components that don’t need much energy at all are becoming critical industrial and consumer design criteria.
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