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'Life Expectancies Will Soar in 20 Years'
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2/11/2016  3 comments
Futurist Raymond Kurzweil discussed biotechnology, solar power, and 3D printing at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim this week.
Renesas Demos Servo Drive on a Chip
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2/10/2016  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics America Inc. rolled out what is believed to be the first industrial servo drive on a chip at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim.
Video: Two Different Shape-Shifting Polymers Change Shape In Water
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2/10/2016  Post a comment
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
NI Releases Enhanced Version of the All-in-One Test Package, VirtualBench
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2/8/2016  1 comment
National Instruments has introduced an enhanced version of its software-based test package, VirtualBench.
Development Kit Speeds Creation of IoT Demos
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2/1/2016  Post a comment
A new “rapid prototyping tool” enables developers to bring Internet of Things (IoT) designs to life more quickly.
TI Rolls Industry’s First On-Chip Solution for Analog, Digital Position Sensors
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1/28/2016  5 comments
A new system-on-chip solution enables developers to more easily incorporate digital and analog position sensors, thereby simplifying the development of industrial robots, elevators, CNC machines, material conveyance systems, and servo applications of virtually all types.
Aerojet Will Set 3DP Rocket Engine Standards for the US Air Force
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1/26/2016  Post a comment
The US Air Force has picked Aerojet Rocketdyne to define standards for qualifying 3D printed components used in liquid-fueled rocket engines.
ON Semiconductor Releases Highest Resolution CCD Image Sensor
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1/25/2016  Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has released its highest resolution Interline Transfer CCD image sensor, providing high resolution without sacrificing image uniformity and global shutter architecture.
Industrial PC Stands Up To Heavy Duty Harshness
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1/25/2016  Post a comment
A new industrial PC combines ruggedness with high performance, making it a potential candidate for applications ranging from trains and monorails to mining and construction equipment.
Schneider Releases New Lexium Chip-Based Motion Controller for Compact Applications
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1/19/2016  Post a comment
Schneider Electric has released a new, ultra-compact programmable motion controller well suited for applications where space is a concern.
Optomec Adds Process Control to Hybrid 3DP/CNC Metals Systems
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1/8/2016  Post a comment
Hybrid subtractive/additive manufacturing systems made possible by Optomec's modular LENS metal print engine can now be monitored for quality control with the company's SmartAM option. During a build, this closed-loop control system monitors and adjusts key process parameters to help ensure consistent quality of metal parts. Shown here, a Fadal Vertical Mill upgraded with the print engine.
Consultant Shares Secrets Behind Design of Swimmers' Heart Rate Monitor
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12/17/2015  1 comment
An engineer at UBM’s recent Designers of Things conference shared his insight into the trials and tribulations of developing one of the most challenging kinds of wearable products -- a heart rate monitor for swimmers.
Spirol: Edge-Bonded Shims Minimize Assembly Costs for Manufacturers
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12/16/2015  Post a comment
Edge-bonded shims can reduce assembly time and minimize the costs of assembly for manufacturers when used instead of the more common surface-bonded laminated shims, the company outlines in a recent white paper.
Building a Better Mousetrap at the Designers of Things Conference
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12/14/2015  1 comment
UBM’s recent Designers of Things Conference in San Jose highlighted the work, not only of materials and components suppliers, but of the makers of innovative products from around the world.
Software Tool Secures Hydraulics' Role in Factories of the Future
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12/8/2015  Post a comment
To meet the needs of the so-called Industry 4.0 movement, Bosch Rexroth AG is rolling out a hydraulic power package featuring a smart software tool that targets the needs of the future factory.
Here's the Cure for Problems Facing the Internet of Things
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12/3/2015  3 comments
The Internet of Things is broken and needs ARM-based field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology to fix it, an expert told engineers at UBM’s Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
ABB Introduces Its Largest Industrial Robot Ever
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12/1/2015  Post a comment
The IRB 8700 is aimed at material-handling applications in the automotive, transportation, and other heavy industries.
Designers of Things Session Explores 'Digi-Med' Testing
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11/30/2015  Post a comment
Digital healthcare devices and wearable electronic products need to be thoroughly tested, lest they live short, ignominious lives, an expert will tell attendees at UBM’s upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Designers of Things Session Will Examine Importance of Haptics
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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 Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Plastics Continue to Invade Cars Under the Hood
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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
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11/19/2015  26 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Product News 
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
Product News 
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
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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
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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
Product News 
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
Product News 
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
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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
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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
Product News 
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
Product News 
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
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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
Product News 
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
Product News 
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
Product News 
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
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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.
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