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Designer of Things Conference Session Will Examine Importance of Haptics
11/29/2015  Post a comment
Designers of electronic interfaces will need to be prepared to incorporate haptics in next generation products, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Designer of Things Conference in San Jose.
Plastics Continue to Invade Cars Under the Hood
11/21/2015  Post a comment
High-performance polymers have been making inroads in high-heat, under-hood car environments for awhile now. At some recent industry events, DuPont Performance Polymers showed off several new parts made of polymers designed for these uses.
Why EPA Standard Could Push Hydraulic Hybrid Powertrains Forward
11/19/2015  24 comments
The long-overlooked hydraulic hybrid may finally be on the verge of making gains in the heavy-duty truck market, thanks to newly proposed fuel economy standards from the EPA.
STMicroelectronics Slays 'Vampire Power'
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11/18/2015  Post a comment
With a new power-supply chip, the semiconductor giant aims to minimize the loss of power that happens when devices, appliances, and other electronic equipment is in standby mode.
Software Algorithm Reads Damaged Barcodes
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11/11/2015  Post a comment
Cognex's PowerGrid software is said to read virtually all barcodes, even those that have been badly damaged.
3D Printers Making In-Roads in Medical Device Design
11/9/2015  Post a comment
3D printing showed that it’s gaining momentum in the medical industry this week, as suppliers at the Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis demonstrated new applications for the technology.
MEMS Industry Group Makes Important Name Change
11/6/2015  1 comment
MEMS Industry Group, the trade group representing the semiconductor and microelectromechanical system industries, has changed its name to MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, reflecting the increasing importance of sensors in the growing IoT world.
This Startup Wants Industrial 3D Printing to be Affordable in the Developing World
10/29/2015  1 comment
Austin-based startup re:3D is making cost-effective large format industrial 3D printers and having a lot of fun along the way.
Have Your Say for Best ARM-based Product
10/28/2015  Post a comment
Design News sister publications EDN and EE Times needs you to vote for a Reader's Choice Winner in their ARM TechCon Innovation Challenge. Please help our EDN/EE Times friends out!
These Electronic Inks Work with Existing In-Mold Technologies for Printed Circuits
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10/26/2015  Post a comment
A new suite of in-mold electronic inks from DuPont Microcircuit Materials help streamline the production of electronic devices by letting engineers print electronic circuits directly onto plastic substrates.
Slideshow: 'Design & Manufacturing Philadelphia' Recap Provides Peek at Latest Engineering Innovations
10/17/2015  Post a comment
Design News' recent Design & Manufacturing Philadelphia event provided a snapshot of the continually changing nature of design engineering, showing off innovations in materials, automation, components, services, and, of course, 3D printing, plus more.
Don't Overlook the Hydraulics in Motion Control Applications
10/14/2015  1 comment
For engineers who are laying plans for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, executives at Bosch Rexroth have a bit of advice: Don’t forget the hydraulics.
How Machine Designers and Manufacturers Can Streamline Enclosure Certification
10/12/2015  1 comment
A free UL webinar will show how to faster machine panel enclosure certification avoids delays to market, reduces cost, and eases traceability issues.
Free Composites Test Database Now Available from Sandia Labs
10/10/2015  Post a comment
A database containing information on over 16,000 tests done on 500 composites and other materials for wind turbine blades is now available free from Sandia National Laboratories.
At Design News Event, Caterpillar Tells How 3D Printing Helps Low-Volume Production
10/8/2015  Post a comment
Caterpillar Inc. demonstrated this week at Design and Manufacturing Philadelphia that heavy industry can reap big benefits from 3D printing.
Extremely Low-Stress Thermal Interface Material Protects Against EMI
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10/4/2015  Post a comment
Extreme stress tolerance, thermal management capabilities, and EMI protection. What more could you want in a gap filler for PCBs?
Four-Axis Controller Tackles Stepper Motors in Lab Equipment
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9/16/2015  Post a comment
Advanced Control Systems Corp. (ACS) has introduced its MCR-4 rack-mount controller that drives and controls four two-phase motors with phase currents from 0.25 to 3.0 A per phase.
Plastics Machinery Shipments Post Solid Q2 Gains
9/15/2015  Post a comment
Shipments of primary plastics equipment in the second quarter jumped 5.5% over the first quarter, and year-to-date movement is 3.9% higher than last year after six months.
The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.
Hydraulic Servo Axis Cuts Costs in Molding Machinery
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9/3/2015  Post a comment
A new self-contained electro-hydraulic servo axis offers an alternative form of actuation for applications ranging from injection and blow molding to linear positioning.
Banner Expands Sensing Range for Q3X Laser Contrast Sensor
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9/3/2015  Post a comment
Banner Engineering has expanded the maximum sensing range for its Q3X laser contrast sensor, making the line well-suited for applications requiring high-speed detection of low-contrast differences.
ECIA Says Electronic Component Sales Are Still Sluggish
8/31/2015  Post a comment
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Magnesium Injection Molding
8/27/2015  Post a comment
Injection molding speedster Proto Labs is now offering magnesium molding as part of its rapid manufacturing services. Called thixomolding, the new service is aimed at both prototypes and low-volume production runs.
Cypress Offers Low-Power PMICs for Solar-Powered Wireless Sensors
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8/26/2015  Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has rolled out a new family of energy-harvesting power management integrated circuits that enable the development of tiny solar-powered wireless sensors for Internet of Things applications.
Renesas Synergy Platform Speeds IoT, Industrial, and RTOS Development
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8/23/2015  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics has developed a platform that removes obstacles for embedded software engineers and designers working in the IoT, industrial, and real-time operating system space.
Mouser Will Distribute Omron Products
8/17/2015  Post a comment
A new agreement between Mouser Electronics and Omron Electronic Components could result in broader, global availability of the latter's switches, relays, connectors, and sensors.
Servo Motion Actuator Replaces Encoder With Position Sensor
Product News 
8/12/2015  2 comments
QuickSilver Controls has extended its Mosolver servo motion actuator into a NEMA 17 frame format.
No More Welds: Fasteners for Composites and Other Rigid Materials
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8/11/2015  Post a comment
The PEM VariMount Fastening System works on more than composites: as PennEngineering's engineers discovered during R&D, it was easy to tweak the design a little so it could work on any rigid material. The VariMount is designed to mount on panels made of composites, as well as metals or plastics, without the need for welds.
First of Its Kind Processor Targets Embedded Applications
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8/4/2015  Post a comment
The new i.MX 7 Series heterogeneous applications processor from Freescale has applications ranging from wearables to IoT.
Energy-Harvesting RF Switches Can Replace Cabled, Powered Components in Industrial Applications
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7/28/2015  Post a comment
New energy-harvesting switches from ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s CHERRY electronics business unit can eliminate the need for cabling in industrial and other applications.
Jeep Hack Sparks Massive Recall from Chrysler
7/27/2015  1 comment
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announces recall of 1.4 million vehicles that could be susceptible to cyberattacks after real-world test infiltrates a Jeep Cherokee.
Freescale's New Automotive MCU Is Designed for Software Engineers
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7/21/2015  Post a comment
A new family of ARM Cortex-based microcontrollers (MCUs) promises to help designers speed and simplify the creation of automotive products ranging from power seats and door locks to touch interfaces and chassis controls.
Mercedes Gains the First-Ever Plastic Rear-Axle Transmission Crossbeam
7/20/2015  Post a comment
Engineers at BASF and ContiTech Vibration Control have developed the first-ever rear axle transmission crossbeam made of plastic instead of aluminum.
Viking Xtreme Valves Built for Extreme Environments
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7/13/2015  Post a comment
The Viking Xtreme valves offer a standardized product that can withstand extreme environments.
Parallax Propeller Packs Eight 32-Bit Cores In a 40-Pin MCU
7/6/2015  1 comment
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Famed Hacker: IoT Is Exploitable
6/25/2015  7 comments
At the Freescale Technology Forum, famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick focused on the growing influence of the Internet of Things, and the possibility of such applications being easily compromised.
Oven Uses Solid State RF to Cook Foods Better, Faster
6/25/2015  5 comments
A revolutionary new oven promises to combine the best features of convection and microwave technology, enabling home users to cook foods to restaurant-type quality within a few minutes.
Counterfeit Parts Persist in the Face of Arrests and Convictions
6/19/2015  20 comments
Despite the crackdown on counterfeiters in the US and China, the problem is more rampant than ever, causing competitors to come together to educate customers and train border patrol workers on how to identify bogus bearings and other parts.
Experts: EVs Are the Way to Meet California’s 2030 Petroleum Reduction Goal
6/15/2015  19 comments
Switching to alternative, cleaner fuels and electric-powered vehicles is the way forward if California wants to meet the goals of an initiative by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce the use of petroleum in the state 50% by 2030, according to experts in the transportation industry.
Ricoh Invents ‘Energy Generating Rubber’ for Flexible Sensors
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6/15/2015  Post a comment
Japan-based Ricoh Co. has developed new material called "Energy Harvesting Rubber" that strikes a balance between providing flexibility while also harvesting a significant amount of energy that could have a number of applications, including flexible sensors and wearables
Update: More About Algae, Pollution & Biofuel
6/12/2015  Post a comment
A team at Rice University has found that some algae strains can remove more than half of the nutrient pollution from municipal wastewater streams. Using those nutrients to grow algae could clean the water while growing more sustainable and perhaps less costly biofuel.
3D Systems Going Mainstream in Heathcare
6/12/2015  Post a comment
3D printing’s move to the medical industry is accelerating rapidly, due largely to its ability to offer solutions to patients who seek a more customized form of healthcare, an expert told engineers at this week’s Medical Design & Manufacturing East show.
Sensor Transmits Readings to Wireless Mobile Devices
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6/11/2015  Post a comment
A new sensor package with a built-in wireless transmitter enables pressure, temperature, and humidity to be tracked via a mobile tablet computer or smartphone.
'People Post-It' Takes the Ouch Out of Bandage Removal
6/10/2015  5 comments
By using an adhesive that departs from the half-century-old chemistry of common medical tape, 3M has produced a product that can be easily removed from human skin and reused.
Galaxie Drive System Nabs Hermes Award
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6/9/2015  Post a comment
Wittenstein's Galaxie Drive System introduces increased efficiency, greater intelligence, and connectivity over earlier versions. The improvements won Wittenstein the Hermes Award at Hannover Faire in Germany this year.
Solar Impulse 2 Forced to Abort Transpacific Flight
6/4/2015  2 comments
Adverse weather conditions have forced the Solar Impulse 2 to make an unexpected stop on its record-breaking, round-the-world journey.
Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic ‘Beast of Burden’
6/4/2015  1 comment
A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.
Material Inspired by Moth Eyes Boosts Solar-Cell Efficiency
6/3/2015  Post a comment
New glass coating, the design of which was inspired by two disparate examples in nature -- a moth’s eye and lotus leaf -- could mean significant improvements for solar panels, lenses, military equipment, windows, and other products in the future, thanks to the Department of Energy.
TI’s MSP432 MCU Provides 32-bit High-Performance, Low-Power Capability
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6/2/2015  Post a comment
Texas Instruments' MSP432 microcontroller bridges the ARM Cortex-M4F processor with the MSP430Gx mixed-signal architecture.
Inkjet Printing Process Used to Develop More Efficient Solar Cells
6/1/2015  Post a comment
Solar energy is becoming an increasing source of scalable, renewable energy around the world. However, while energy from the sun itself is natural and environmentally friendly, the process for creating solar cells is not, which means one area of research in the field is to try to change this scenario.
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