The Plantís Been Smart for Years
Blog 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.
Design Visualization Is Advancing in the Plant
Blog 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.
Researchers Make Breakthrough in Capturing, Storing Solar Energy
Blog 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
Blog 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.
7 Takeaways Surrounding Embedded Security
Blog 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
Blog 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
Blog 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.
PTC Doubles Down on IoT Market
Blog 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.
Omron: Manufacturing Inches toward Industry 4.0
Blog 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.
Strategic Design Advantages of Using Wireless Platforms
Blog 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?
Blog 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
Blog 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.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the worldís biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Samís Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesnít come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
Thereís a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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