Big-Data Gets Bigger
Blog 1/31/2013 8 comments As the machine-to-machine (M2M) revolution gets underway, there are some interesting developments in the technology that makes it possible and cost effective.
Healthcare You Can Wear
Blog 1/30/2013 29 comments Vancive Medical Technologies helps partners personalize prevention and wellness with wearable sensors to help doctors, caregivers, and lifestyle managers monitor their health and fitness.
Energy-Aware Industrial Devices
Blog 1/24/2013 7 comments The energy-aware industrial devices being introduced to the marketplace will help manufacturers and OEMs reduce energy costs as much as 20-30 percent.
3D Printing for the Home
Blog 1/24/2013 14 comments Mcor and Up 3D USA are just two companies making great advancements in the world of 3D printing. Both are at SolidWorks World 2013 in Orlando this week.
Virtual Support Engineer
Blog 1/22/2013 18 comments The high cost of sending an engineer or skilled technician onsite to solve machinery problems is putting the focus on new ways to achieve higher levels of remote access support.
Slideshow: Top Technologies of 2013
Blog 1/18/2013 12 comments It's a new year, and our sister publication, EE Times, has made a list of the overhyped/underexposed electronics technologies that are going to make a splash in the next 12 months. Do you agree?
Slideshow: Gadgets Galore at CES
Blog 1/14/2013 12 comments The Consumer Electronics Show curtain raiser, CES Unveiled, offered a glimpse at consumer market trends and how small and midsized companies are leveraging emerging technologies to create variations on current products.
Semester 3 Is Getting Started
Blog 1/10/2013 7 comments If you’ve perused Design News at any time over the past 12 months, you’re probably aware that we offer online training through our Continuing Education Center, sponsored by Digi-Key.
The Industrial Internet of Things
Blog 1/9/2013 9 comments One of the biggest stories in automation and control for 2013 could be the continuing emergence of what some have called the Internet of Things, or what General Electric Company is now marketing as the Industrial Internet.
Will One PLC Suffice?
Blog 1/8/2013 7 comments Recent questions on our LinkedIn System & Product Design Engineering group come from a reader who doubles as an industrial automation consultant. See what he has to say and let us know what you think.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.