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The Cyberhacker Sitting Next to You
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3/4/2014  21 comments
Cybersecurity is a growing concern for plant networks. Smartphones, tablets, and flash sticks are potential enemies.
My Opinion on Walking the STEM Walk
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3/4/2014  18 comments
We are giving the First folks (and any associated parties) a mechanism to get their word out. If you're involved with First or have anything to say about the organization, let us know.
Border-Patrolling Bots Combat Drug Smugglers
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3/3/2014  6 comments
Applied Research Associates has delivered several of its Pointman Tactical Robots to the CBP in Tucson, which the agency is using to explore drainage tunnels that run between Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico. These tunnels are out of sight from border surveillance and are increasingly being used for illegal activity.
Slideshow: 15 Inventions That Changed Our Lives
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2/28/2014  87 comments
While there have been numerous inventions over the last 100 years that have made our lives better in some way, some more than others have significantly changed the way we do things in our everyday lives, and had the ability to change industries and markets. We present 15 of them.
Free WiFi for Everyone!
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2/25/2014  15 comments
Soon, the Internet will be free and accessible from anywhere in the world thanks to Media Development Investment Fundís mini-satellite WiFi network.
Oh Snap! Another 3D Printer
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2/24/2014  17 comments
Affordability is key with the Snap3D printer from TJIKO Labs.
US Army Goes Green With Solar Energy
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2/24/2014  62 comments
The solar array at Fort Carson, Colo., which is part of the Army's largest microgrid installation, is part of an overall strategy to use solar power to cut costs and for other tactical purposes.
Revelations From the Manufacturing Show Floor
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2/24/2014  13 comments
Vendors on the floor of the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show reveal their opportunities and challenges.
NI's Dr. T.: 'Competition Is Now Ecosystem to Ecosystem'
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2/20/2014  7 comments
Dr. James J. Truchard of National Instruments insists that successful technology companies have to create ecosystems to compete.
Slideshow: What You Missed at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
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2/19/2014  22 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, and WestPack shows, among others.
Slideshow: Smart Devices Add Intelligence to the Next-Gen Home
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2/18/2014  21 comments
Innovative inventors have developed a range of gadgets to create a more intelligent lifestyle, from a temperature-driven sleep sensor to a device that combines GPS and other sensors to monitor aspects of an automobile.
MarkForged Unleashes Carbon Fiber 3D Printer on World
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2/17/2014  16 comments
The world's first carbon fiber printer was introduced at SolidWorks world 2014.
Solar Research Paves Way for Energy-Harvesting Glass
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2/17/2014  45 comments
A UK-based company is developing solar-cell technology that could help advance the market for integrating solar energy-harvesting glass into commercial buildings.
Pains & Gains on Tech Street
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2/14/2014  12 comments
Word on the showfloor at Pacific Design & Manufacturing reveals manufacturing trends.
First's Robotics Competition Highlights Aerial Assistance
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2/14/2014  3 comments
First, the nonprofit that runs a series of robotics competitions, showcased some past winners and the parameters of the current contest at SolidWorks World 2014.
Slideshow: Robots Are Taking Over the Plants
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2/13/2014  28 comments
Industrial robots are taking on a greater range of tasks, from picking up delicate items to running a clean food line.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: & the Winners Are...
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2/12/2014  4 comments
The winners of the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards were announced last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
3 Questions Answered by an Energy Harvesting Expert
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2/11/2014  12 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recently sat down with Yogesh Ramadass, a design engineer with Texas Instruments and an expert on the subject of energy harvesting. He asked him some pertinent questions on the subject.
Learning Labs Explore New Tech for Manufacturing
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2/10/2014  Post a comment
Learning Labs cover a wide range of new technologies appearing in modern plants, and youíll get an opportunity to attend five programs on emerging technology for manufacturing at next weekís Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif.
Video: Double Robotics Gives Telecommuters a Virtual Office Presence
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2/7/2014  14 comments
Once the topic of debate about its validity to the workplace, telecommuting has now become an integral and sometimes even necessary part of the modern work style.
Learning Labs Offer a Path to Quality
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2/7/2014  Post a comment
Learning Labs at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., February 11 through 13, will offer two Learning Labs that focus on quality issues.
Learning Labs Looks at Vision Systems
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2/6/2014  3 comments
Learning Labs at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing show will explore new developments in vision systems.
Technology Prompts New Plastics Machinery Safety Standards
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2/5/2014  3 comments
Technology developments in plastics machinery has prompted new safety standards.
Slideshow: Robot Salamanders, Snakes & Bugs; Creepy Defined
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2/4/2014  42 comments
Some of these robot bugs have very creepy, realistic movements. Many of the snakes and amphibians are designed for inspection or search and rescue operations, while the bug robots are more often aimed at working out specific theoretical problems.
Reshoring's a Reality Ė Manufacturing's Coming Back
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2/4/2014  10 comments
Researchers at A.T. Kearney see a definite trend in manufacturers bringing their production back to North America.
Stratasys Unveils High-End, Multi-Material 3D Printer
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2/3/2014  8 comments
Stratasys came out swinging at SolidWorks World 2014, unveiling its high-end, multi-material 3D printer Ė- the Objet500 Connex3.
Manufacturing Robot Can Touch & See
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2/3/2014  47 comments
ABB Robotics has worked with Ford Motor Company to develop robots with real-time tactile feedback for delicate assembly and machining.
Video: Arduino & Raspberry Pi Drink-Mixing Robot
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1/30/2014  19 comments
The Drinkmotizer, an Arduino and Raspberry Pi drink-mixing robot, is four feet long. It can hold up to 16 bottles and has a chaser station at the end.
Siemens & CADENAS Offer Free Tools to STEM Students
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1/29/2014  2 comments
Siemens and CADENAS have partnered to offer free 3D part-search technology to educators and students.
EcoBot Turns Waste Into Power
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1/28/2014  12 comments
This robot uses sewage waste as a fuel source and works to clear sewer blockages.
My Opinion on Manufacturing: It Is Coming Back - Really!
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1/28/2014  28 comments
After decades of having jobs move to countries where labor was far cheaper, the tide is finally beginning to turn.
2013: Innovations in Automation & Control
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1/27/2014  2 comments
Each year, the Golden Mousetrap Awards offer the Design News editorial staff a chance to review the most innovative products of the previous year. In the automation and control area, the process also normally reveals some of the major trends in products and technologies that are making the biggest impacts in manufacturing, since the Golden Mousetrap is all about innovation and forwarding looking designs.
Can Micro Mills Recharge Your Cellphone?
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1/23/2014  16 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed micro wind turbines that could charge mobile and remote devices.
Fully Integrated Automation Lives in the PLC
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1/23/2014  13 comments
Smarter PLCs are giving plant engineers more flexibility while making systems less costly and easier to deploy.
Youíll Need to Test That MIMO Radio
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1/22/2014  Post a comment
Weíve assembled a series of classes in our Digi-Key Continuing Education Center called Testing MIMO Radios. While taking these online classes wonít make you an expert, itíll get you much further down the road in your wireless development.
Festo Uses Natural Waves to Convey Delicate Items
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1/22/2014  27 comments
Festo imitates natural wave action to move delicate items along a conveyor.
CES 2014: AMD Showcases FreeSync
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1/22/2014  Post a comment
AMD introduced FreeSync graphics smoothing tech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
FIRST Runs Robot Competitions With Top Automation Technology
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1/21/2014  7 comments
The FIRST student robot competitions have incorporated advanced automation technology to manage the playing fields.
Nvidia Creates Crop Circle to Introduce Tegra K1 Chip
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1/21/2014  7 comments
Nvidia's controversial crop circle was simply a marketing ploy created by the company to announced its Tegra K1 chip, which was unveiled at this month's Consumer Electronics Show.
Altair Speeds Smartphone Drop Testing
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1/20/2014  23 comments
Altair has reduced drop-testing time in smartphones significantly with the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE). The company worked with LG Engineering to create a simulation model that puts a smartphone through its toughest test -- dropping it on a hard surface.
Judging the Golden Mousetrap Awards Was Fun (& Difficult)
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1/20/2014  1 comment
We aren't allowed to tell you who the winners of our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards are just yet, but we'd love to brag about some of the finalists.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Who Will Reign in the Automation Circle?
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1/17/2014  Post a comment
The 2013 Golden Mousetrap Award finalists have been announced, and it's just a few short weeks until the winners will be revealed during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif. Do you have your tickets yet?
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Materials & Assembly Finalists
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1/16/2014  1 comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Materials & Assembly category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Design Tools Finalists
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1/15/2014  Post a comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Design Tools category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
Fuzzing Framework Fights Control Hackers
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1/15/2014  10 comments
SANS will debut an anti-hacking fuzzing framework for industrial control systems at its annual security summit.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Automation & Control Finalists
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1/14/2014  2 comments
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Automation & Control category of the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Electronics & Test Finalists
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1/13/2014  3 comments
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the electronics and test category of our 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards!
Slideshow: NASA's Ball Bots Explore Titan
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1/10/2014  21 comments
The latest NASA exploration robots are the Super Ball Bots, and they sort-of look like spheres, but are constructed quite differently from rigid models. These tensegrity-based bots are being designed to go to Titan.
Advancing the IoT Through a Tech Alliance Super Club
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1/10/2014  10 comments
How would a device made by Samsung communicate with a device made by Sony?
Earn While You Learn!
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1/9/2014  4 comments
The IEEE will award professional development hours to students who actively participate in Design News's Continuing Education Center classes.
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