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Compliance Management Helps Medical Device Makers Cope with Regulatory Burdens
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6/5/2015  Post a comment
Companies in regulated industries such as medical devices and pharmaceuticals face increasing challenges in developing products that can make it through compliance hurdles and get to market -- and do so profitably.
Think You Know 3D Printing? Take The Challenge
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6/4/2015  1 comment
Design News and Stratasys invite you to test your 3D printing knowledge and win prizes in the Stratasys 3D-Printing Knowledge Challenge.
Certification Training Brokers Peace Between OT and IT
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6/4/2015  Post a comment
A certified training program developed by Rockwell Automation and Cisco Systems prepares plant personnel for IoT and aligns the priorities between control and IT.
New Manufacturing Tech Creates a New Form of Business
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6/3/2015  7 comments
Technology has changed manufacturing and it has changed product design. Now it's changing the very nature of business.
Does LG's Watch Urbane Fit the Smartwatch Bill?
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6/2/2015  3 comments
At first glance, LG's Watch Urbane looks like a regular watch; will we be disappointed by what's inside? Let's find out.
Successful Collaboration Between Design & Software Engineering Will Need Uptake
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6/2/2015  2 comments
The disciplines of industrial design and mechanical engineering -- often at odds in the past -- have brokered a workable and productive relationship.
Energy-Harvesting Knee Brace Could Power Medical Devices
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6/2/2015  2 comments
A group of engineering students at Rice University have designed a knee brace that harvests energy from walking, which potentially can be reused to power small medical devices and even an artificial heart.
Regional & Technological Trends Propel the Global Food Packaging Machinery Market
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6/2/2015  Post a comment
The global packaged food market is still rising, thanks to constantly changing consumer preferences and growing demand in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and the global food packaging machinery market is continuing to ride its fortunes.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Filters
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6/1/2015  7 comments
An upcoming free Continuing Education Center course to be taught by Charles J. Lord, PE, will teach you all about both designing your own filters as well as choosing turnkey solutions.
Siemens Juices Big Data Analytics with Omneo
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6/1/2015  Post a comment
With Siemens Omneo, manufacturers are deploying big data analytics to improve products.
Manufacturing Plants as Centers of Data in the IIoT
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6/1/2015  Post a comment
With the vast amount of data collected in manufacturing, it's time for plants to become data centers.
2015's Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
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5/29/2015  8 comments
We take a look at 2015's top engineering schools by salary potential for undergraduate students.
The Greatest IoT Nodes of All: Ourselves
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5/29/2015  2 comments
If we are going to be creating a network that serves us, one of its most critical nodes will need to be ourselves. This is where wearable technology comes into play.
Robotic Eel Tapped to Explore Jupiterís Oceans
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5/28/2015  Post a comment
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
The Plantís Been Smart for Years
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5/28/2015  5 comments
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, youíd think weíve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but itís been true for a while.
Sphero is a Robot Ball From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
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5/27/2015  3 comments
This is the story of a robotic ball clever enough to inspire the team behind the new Star Wars film.
Unstructured Big Data Is a Big Manufacturing Challenge
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5/26/2015  1 comment
Manufacturers have to manage a wide range of data, and unstructured data -- from PDFs to video files -- has become a big challenge as the new world of Big Data emerges.
How Do You Make Quick-Turn Design & Production a Reality?
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5/26/2015  3 comments
Answer this question, and more, during Design Newsí Focus on Fundamentals course -- From Rapid Prototyping to Quick-Turn Production: A Userís Guide -- June 2-4. Sponsored by Proto Labs.
The Right Stuff: Top 10 US Military Aircraft in Honor of Memorial Day
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5/22/2015  6 comments
On Memorial Day, Americans remember the sacrifices the US armed forces have made, and continue to make, in service to the country. All of us should also consider the developments in technological capabilities and equipment over the years that contribute to the success of our military operations.
Chinese Researchers Prototype 1,800 MPH Train
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5/22/2015  18 comments
Imagine if you could train it from San Francisco to New York faster than flying?
Design Visualization Is Advancing in the Plant
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5/21/2015  Post a comment
Advanced visualization can depict an entire plant in motion, while also detailing an individual workstation. Individual products can be rendered different for each discipline involved ó marketing, engineering, or suppliers.
The 7 Most Insane Vehicles in Mad Max: Fury Road
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5/20/2015  8 comments
The custom vehicle designs in Mad Max: Fury Road are probably just as amazing as the film's off-the-wall action sequences.
Top 10 Best Practices When Shipping Lithium Batteries
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5/20/2015  6 comments
A test conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in April 2014 showed that the current practices for transporting lithium batteries on airplanes are not as safe as they could be.
Collaborative Robots Are Helping Fuel a Robotics Boom
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5/20/2015  Post a comment
The market for small, flexible robots is growing at a time when robots in general are surging in popularity in plants across the globe.
Will Billions of IoT Devices Become Billions of Security Vulnerabilities?
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5/19/2015  2 comments
Conventional approaches to IT security will leave the Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerable to devastating attacks, according to Alan Grau, president of Icon Labs.
Smart PLCs and PACs ó More Complex and Easier to Use
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5/19/2015  Post a comment
Increased processing speeds and greater intelligence in smaller devices is changing traditional PLCs and PACs. The PAC is morphing into a PLC, and they both may be replaced by embedded PCs.
Researchers Make Breakthrough in Capturing, Storing Solar Energy
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5/19/2015  2 comments
One of the biggest challenges to implementing solar power on a larger scale is how to store the energy to use it when the sun doesnít shine. Now a researcher in Denmark has made a significant breakthrough in this endeavor, developing molecules that can take energy from the sun, store it, and then release it for use when needed.
Capturing the Essentials of Low-Power Design
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5/18/2015  Post a comment
Along with low-power requirements have come other design challenges, such as shrinking circuit board real estate in portable and wearable electronics and the Industrial Internet of Things requiring wireless and energy-storage-based design.
Tesla-Inspired iPhone Case Pulls Energy from Air to Charge Device
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5/15/2015  5 comments
A startup inspired by Nikola Tesla is about to launch an energy-harvesting smartphone case that can charge your phone on the go.
Yes, Autonomous Cars Have Accidents; Here are 3 Reasons Why
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5/14/2015  60 comments
Reports have surfaced that Google's self-driving cars have been involved in a handful of accidents since they began testing. What factors are contributing to this? And can they be solved?
The Internet of Things Isnít Waiting for Standards
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5/14/2015  2 comments
IoT will continue developing at a fast pace, even if interoperability standards lag.
7 Takeaways Surrounding Embedded Security
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5/13/2015  1 comment
Securing embedded devices is becoming a hot topic, especially as those devices begin to connect to the Internet. There is a real threat from hackers reverse engineering a connected device.
Speeding Up the Move from Art to Part
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5/13/2015  Post a comment
The recent release of Evolve 2015 by solidThinking points to a critical trend centered on the seamless concept-to-engineering transition of a product design from the mind of the industrial designer to the expertise of the engineer.
The Growing Need to Solve Light-Load Motor Efficiency
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5/13/2015  2 comments
As manufacturing companies become more mindful of the amount of energy they use in order to cut energy bills, become compliant with corporate energy targets, or meet government regulations, they have turned their attention to the motors they operate.
13 Truths Proved by NASA's Curiosity Rover
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5/13/2015  Post a comment
Luke Dubord, technical group supervisor, avionics subsystem engineering group, NASA, laid some truth on the opening keynote audience at last week's Embedded Systems Conference in Boston.
PTC Doubles Down on IoT Market
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5/12/2015  3 comments
PTC has invested half a billion to stake its claim in the burgeoning Internet of Things world, including some significant acquisitions in the IoT market to boost its position.
7 Things You Need to Know About Designing With Micro-Miniature Connectors
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5/11/2015  Post a comment
As demand for smaller connectors grows, design engineers face a new set of challenges.
Omron: Manufacturing Inches toward Industry 4.0
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5/11/2015  1 comment
Just like smart connected consumer products, manufacturing holds much promise in the Internet of Things vision, in which machinery and devices on the factory floor and beyond are seamlessly connected via sensors and standardized connectivity infrastructure.
Hacking Your Tesla? There's an App for That
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5/8/2015  2 comments
Any Tesla owner can hack their car. All it takes is some free, open-source software.
DARPA's Steerable Bullet Can Home in on Targets
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5/8/2015  4 comments
DARPA's Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) system allows a sniper bullet to be guided to its target in midair.
IoT Buzz Sounds Like the Dot Com Era
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5/7/2015  3 comments
PTC's LiveWorx 2015 IoT conference is tauting the transformative power of connected everything.
Dean Kamenís Bold Words at Design & Manufacturing New England
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5/7/2015  12 comments
If US industry could be given a grade for how it is cultivating todayís youngsters to become our next generations of engineers, a failing grade would be Dean Kamenís assessment.
The Supply Chain Is Lacking a Common Standard for Wearables
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5/7/2015  1 comment
Wearables are expected to play an integral role in the Internet of Things (IoT), but before they do that, they must able to communicate with thousands and possibly millions of different devices.
Backpack Is a Wireless, Wearable Charging System
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5/7/2015  Post a comment
The Flexible Integrated Energy Device (FIED) combines wearable technology and wireless power sources to create a complete power system for personal electronics.
MDEAs Celebrate Excellence in Medtech Design and Engineering
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5/6/2015  Post a comment
Finalists have been announced for the annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs), recognizing the best achievements in medical device design and engineering.
May the Lightsaber Teardown Be With You
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5/5/2015  4 comments
No, we're not having delusions of grandeur -- this is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. And we're dying to see how it works. Today, we tear down a lightsaber.
Strategic Design Advantages of Using Wireless Platforms
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5/5/2015  3 comments
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Whatís Your MEMS Story?
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5/5/2015  8 comments
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us itís probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps itís the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Biomimicry Hits the Mainstream
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5/5/2015  2 comments
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
Simulation Software Brings Big Changes to Cable Industry
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5/5/2015  Post a comment
Fully adopting multiphysics simulation software enables companies to optimize cable and systems designs for a wide range of harsh environments.
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