Siemens Previews SPS IPC Drives Show
Blog 10/22/2013 1 comment The SPS IPC Drives 2013 show, an important event for new products and services in the world of automation and motion control, will be held in Nuremburg, Germany, late in November.
Video: 0-62 MPH in 2.9 seconds
Blog 10/10/2013 7 comments Swedish automaker Koenigsegg's 2014 Agera S “hypercar” will take you from 0 to 62 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 260 mph -- for a starting price of $1.46 million.
Record 44.7% Solar-Cell Efficiency Achieved
Blog 10/9/2013 12 comments Researchers achieved a new world record in solar-cell efficiency with a four-junction solar cell comprised of four solar subcells based on III-V compound semiconductors for use in concentrator photovoltaics.
Multi-Axis Digital Tension Control
Blog 10/4/2013 3 comments Bosch-Rexroth has published a technical report that provides an overview of how digital roll-to-roll web processing is enabling mass production of printed electronic devices.
Artificial Retina Is Solar Powered
Blog 9/26/2013 32 comments A New Jersey company has been granted a patent to design the first solar-powered artificial retina, an invention that would preclude the current need for external hardware and give a patient the possibility of near-normal vision.
Engineers Eye the Prize in Solar Car Road Challenge
Blog 9/23/2013 6 comments Next month, a team of cars will travel 3,000 km in searing desert heat across Australia as part of a global road challenge. This contest is a bit different -- instead of using the usual combustible engines, all the cars in this challenge are solar-powered.
NI Controllers Help Modernize Power Grid
Blog 9/20/2013 5 comments National Instruments recently announced a new platform for its software-designed cRIO 9068 controller. This new product still uses LabVIEW programming but offers a 4x performance boost by using a 667 MHz ARM dual core processor and new FPGAs.
Wearable Devices Help Parents ‘Guard’ Children
Blog 9/19/2013 35 comments Inspired by personal experience, a Taiwanese entrepreneur has come up with wearable devices that can help parents locate their kids if they wander off, and aid in the location of children before they go missing permanently.
Convergence at the Operator Panel
Blog 9/16/2013 9 comments An important ongoing trend for automation and control over the past decade has been the convergence of machine control systems on fewer pieces of control hardware.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.