Researchers Harvest Energy From Planes
Blog 4/30/2013 23 comments A team of Viennese researchers has come up with a way to harvest energy from airplanes to power sensors attached to a plane’s fuselage that can be used to monitor and collect data on aircraft structural health.
Hannover Highlights Industry 4.0
Blog 4/19/2013 11 comments The buzz at the recent Hannover Messe 2013 centered on a German industry initiative called “Industry 4.0” that automation suppliers believe will lead to increasing digitization, networking, and an ability for manufacturers to leverage productivity advances.
Video: Man-Sized Jellyfish Robot to Patrol the Seas
Blog 4/16/2013 16 comments Engineers at Virginia Tech have built a jellyfish robot prototype the size of an adult man they say will one day patrol the seas to monitor environmental conditions, study aquatic life, make maps of the ocean's floors, and perform military surveillance.
Ethernet Process Management & Machinery Standards
Blog 4/15/2013 6 comments At Hannover Fair, ODVA announced two initiatives to strengthen industrial Ethernet standards for process automation, along with a working group looking at exchanging information between machines to optimize machine integration.
Manufacturing Ramps Up in the Cloud
Blog 4/10/2013 7 comments Packaged goods companies are constantly being driven to offer higher levels of variety in consumer products. The goal for manufacturers and the machinery builders serving these industries is how they can adapt to move past today’s batch processes to ultimately work toward achieving a batch size of one.
My Opinion on Testing Without ATS
Blog 4/2/2013 2 comments Automated test software, or ATS, is nothing new. But as systems grow in complexity, the need for automated testing, and likewise automated testing software, grows correspondingly.
What if algae borne of fertilizer runoff that pollutes rivers and lakes could be harvested and used as biofuel feedstock? What if the leftovers could be recycled into farm soil nutrients, eliminating at least some of the need for artificial fertilizers in the first place? Western Michigan University researchers have a plan.
Manufacturers of plastic parts recognize the potential of conformal cooling to reduce molding cycle times. Problem is, conformal molds require additive manufacturing (AM), and technologies in that space are still evolving. Costs also can be high, and beyond that, many manufacturing organizations lack the knowledge and expertise needed to apply and incorporate additive technologies into their operations.
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