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.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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