2013: Innovations in Automation & Control
Blog 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.
You’ll Need to Test That MIMO Radio
Blog 1/22/2014 Post a comment We’ve assembled a series of classes in our Digi-Key Continuing Education Center called Testing MIMO Radios. While taking these online classes won’t make you an expert, it’ll get you much further down the road in your wireless development.
Altair Speeds Smartphone Drop Testing
Blog 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.
Slideshow: NASA's Ball Bots Explore Titan
Blog 1/10/2014 23 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.
Earn While You Learn!
Blog 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.
Slideshow: Upping the Efficiency of Solar Cells
Blog 1/8/2014 50 comments Solar energy has emerged as one of the most viable forms of renewable energy. But to make it even more prevalent and a standard part of power grids, solar-energy harvesting technologies need to perform at a higher level, achieving more efficiency, or a higher ratio of electrical output to the incident energy in the form of sunlight.
Bio-Battery Leverages Viruses to Power EV
Blog 1/3/2014 10 comments Scientists at MIT have developed a new bio-battery leveraging viruses that has two to three times better energy density than currently developed lithium-air batteries, the latter of which is being eyed as a top contender to power the future electric car.
Slideshow: Nautical Robots Ride Out the Storm
Blog 1/2/2014 40 comments Our latest crop of nautical robots are a talented lot. They include a new and growing category of recreational, as well as professional, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and some that look like or emulate the movements of fish, turtles, or octopus.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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