New EV Battery Chemistry Boosts Range, Life
News 12/5/2013 20 comments 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.
Innovative Aluminum Comes to the Factory
Product News 12/4/2013 2 comments SUS Corp. offers aluminum frames that are designed for use in factories. The frames are used for workstations, assembly shelving, carts, and other factory and assembly support.
Teardown: Inside the Xbox One Kinect
Product News 12/2/2013 4 comments Hot on the heels of the Xbox One teardown, the iFixit team is cracking open the Kinect 2.0, the fully re-engineered next-gen version of Microsoft's voice, vision, and motion control accessory.
Slideshow: PlayStation 4 Teardown
Product News 11/19/2013 10 comments After seven (long for some) years, Sony PlayStation finally gets a 4 on the box. The teams at iFixit and Chipworks got their hands on one and tore it apart for you, our faithful readers.
3D Printing Goes Nanoscale
News 11/12/2013 6 comments Georgia Tech researchers have received a grant from the Department of Energy to develop nanoscale additive manufacturing that will use a variety of materials and material combinations.
ABB Introduces New Breed of Safety PLCs
Product News 11/6/2013 3 comments The trend moves forward of safety controllers becoming more integrated with the overall control and software architecture on OEM automation machines. A good example is how a new breed of safety PLCs from ABB that combines advanced software to coordinate real-time motion with safety processing, along with redundant hardware, is helping to make this happen.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Air
Product News 11/4/2013 12 comments The folks at ifixit.com and MacFixit Australia got their hands on Apple's just-released iPad Air. If you're like us, you are itching to get a look inside the latest update. Take the tour.
Full Flexibility in New Series of Turning Centers
Product News 11/1/2013 2 comments Northern Italian machine tool manufacturer Biglia recently introduced its multi-functional turning centers of the "Quattro" series with the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC. The mechanical concept, together with the scalable control, provides users with the most diverse standard turning and milling operations.
Slideshow: Latest 3D Printing Materials Include Nickel Alloy
News 10/31/2013 4 comments EOS's new 3D printing materials for final production parts introduced at the K show include a nickel alloy resistant to heat and corrosion and two new plastic materials in the company's PrimePart line: a flame-retardant PA 12 for aircraft interiors and a PEBA 2301.
Teardown: What Makes the iMac Intel 27 Inch Tick?
Product News 10/21/2013 14 comments In the calm after the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c storm, Apple thought it could slip a couple new iMacs by us. Today we're tearing open the 27-inch iMac. Check back later this week for the internals on the iMac 21.5 inch!
Teardown: Fitbit Flex
Product News 10/3/2013 17 comments The folks at iFixit ripped into Fitbit's newest pedometer/heart-rate monitor/sleep-tracker wristband. What kind of a diet helped this thing fit into its tiny jacket? We're about to find out.
Microchip SoC Simplifies Design of Portable Products
Product News 9/30/2013 7 comments Microchip's new system-on-chip family could speed development of blood pressure monitors, lab instruments, power meters, and myriad other products by combining a 16-bit microcontroller with high-precision analog components.
Slideshow: Apple iPhone 5c Teardown
Product News 9/27/2013 30 comments The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are tearing into the Apple Iphone 5c to let us know if and/or why we should care about it. Take a look inside.
Linear Introduces Multi-source Energy-Harvesting Chip
Product News 9/16/2013 9 comments Linear Technology, a provider of circuits and power-management technology, has released a new multi-source energy-harvesting chip, the LTC3330, which can deliver up to 50mA of continuous output current to extend battery life when harvestable energy is available.
Memory Plastic Reverses Shape 250 Times
News 9/11/2013 11 comments A new material developed by researchers at the German Institute of Biomaterial Science can change shape and return to the original one 250 times, something new in the world of temperature-controlled shape memory plastics.
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.