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Content posted in November 2013
My Opinion on the Internet of Things
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11/29/2013  6 comments
The idea of having everything connected to everything is quite intriguing and opens up a wealth of opportunities.
The Many Faces of Manufacturing Efficiency
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11/29/2013  13 comments
Plants are becoming more efficient through a number of changes, from improved software to simulation, and improved safety to employee buy-in.
Self-Healing Polymer Could Be Key to Longer-Lasting Batteries
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11/26/2013  43 comments
Researchers at Stanford University are using a Terminator-like material to improve the durability of lithium-ion batteries so they don’t crack under the pressure of use. This tech is promising for EVs and consumer electronics.
Slideshow: Holistic View Drives Industrial IP Advantage
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11/25/2013  8 comments
Adopting a holistic view that brings together control engineering, IT, and plant management is ultimately a key to success.
Manufacturing Is Officially Coming Home
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11/22/2013  26 comments
Manufacturers are investigating a new great location for their plants: North America.
Smart Glasses Help the Blind See
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11/21/2013  21 comments
Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford has created smart glasses that use simple visual images along with descriptions of nearby signs to help the blind navigate.
New Journal Covers Responsible Innovation
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11/20/2013  5 comments
The Journal of Responsible Innovation will offer practitioners and scholars a place to articulate, strengthen, and critique perspectives about the role of responsibility in research and development. It intends to provide a forum for discussions of ethical, social, and government issues related to innovation.
Slideshow: New Directions in Wearable Tech
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11/19/2013  27 comments
A recent contest sponsored by the element14 design community and Adafruit Industries shows that designers are hard at work on innovations that integrate fabric and technology to create smart products.
What’s Your Plant’s Rank on the Safety Maturity Index?
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11/18/2013  11 comments
Rockwell Automation has released a free tool designed to assess a plant's Safety Maturity Index.
Slideshow: DIY Robots With Modular Robotics’ MOSS Dev Kit
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11/14/2013  7 comments
Modular Robotics is offering a development kit that lets people build their own custom robots using modular building blocks that fit together via magnets and allow for complex designs and movements.
Hackers at Your Gate
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11/14/2013  19 comments
Michael Assante, director of the National Board of Information Security Examiners, painted a dire picture of the growing threat of cyber-security at the Rockwell Automation Fair in Houston this week.
Safety Finds a Home on the Ethernet Network
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11/14/2013  4 comments
The US government is now looking at ways to make safety networks at plants more secure.
Slideshow: Super Cell Brings Efficiency to Server Production
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11/12/2013  3 comments
Efficiency in production can sometimes be improved by redesigning the production space.
Early Safety Consideration Speeds the Design Process
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11/12/2013  6 comments
Bringing safety into the design process early improves time to market.
Account for Uncertainty
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11/12/2013  5 comments
It is important to keep in mind that measurement uncertainties do not always equal one half of the smallest measurement interval.
Disney Develops Energy-Harvesting Finger-Touch Tech
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11/11/2013  28 comments
Disney has developed a technology that can generate enough energy from the movement of a fingertip to light a string of LEDs or control electrical components on e-paper or printed materials.
Engineers Design Battery-Free Wireless Device
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11/11/2013  13 comments
Engineers from the University of Washington have developed a way to power communications devices without the need for batteries or other power sources.
Collaboration Between Controls & IT Is a Growing Priority
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11/11/2013  5 comments
Collaboration between controls, engineering management, and information technology is becoming a critical business priority.
Slideshow: Artsy Robots Take Center Stage
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11/8/2013  25 comments
Once the realm of just science and technology, robots now are turning up more and more in the world of fine arts, making appearances in art exhibitions, creative promotional campaigns, and even on stage in the theater.
Bluetooth and Audio: a Great Combination
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11/8/2013  4 comments
Microchip recently released a development kit with the goal of simplifying design for Bluetooth-enabled smartphone docks and speakers.
Building Circuit Boards With an Inkjet Printer
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11/7/2013  18 comments
Researchers from the University of Tokyo have found a way to print conductive ink onto a piece of paper from an everyday inkjet printer, making it a cheap, fast, and reliable way to quickly create and test PCB designs.
My Opinion on 57 Years of Plastics
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11/7/2013  17 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recently attended the annual convention for the IAPD. What he found took him by surprise.
Meet the World’s Smallest Semiconductor Company
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11/6/2013  9 comments
JVD Inc., which specializes in custom analog ICs, has just four full-time employees, but has a big presence in the semiconductor industry.
Always-On Sensors Bring Real Benefits
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11/5/2013  7 comments
QuickLogic's ArcticLink 3 S1 platform integrates a sensor manager that can implement a very low-power I2C master interface that communicates with multi-axis sensors like accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, ambient light sensors, and pressure sensors.
Lean Manufacturing Optimizes Everything
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11/5/2013  16 comments
New views of lean manufacturing include reduced waste, higher throughput, lower costs, and reduced energy use.
Slideshow: Robots Turn Housekeepers
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11/4/2013  28 comments
Companies such as iRobot and Toyota have developed robotic helpers that not only assist with household chores, but also serve as robotic companions.
Add Touch to a Smartphone or Mini Tablet
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11/4/2013  10 comments
To simplify the design of touch-based products, Atmel has developed the mXT640T, mXT336T, and mXT224T touchscreen controllers.




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