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Content posted in January 2013
Tesla CEO: Boeing Batteries Needed Better Cooling
1/31/2013  39 comments
Questions about cooling the Boeing 787 batteries came up again this week, as Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk called the plane's large pack design risky.
Opto 22's LED Dimmer Connects to Serial Networks
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1/29/2013  7 comments
A new dimmer recently introduced by Opto 22 uses pulse width modulation (PWM) technology to control brightness from 0-100 percent for 9-30 to control VDC constant voltage LED lighting assemblies such as lamps, bulbs, strips, ropes, and bars.
Dow Plans North American Plastic Waste Recovery Facilities
1/28/2013  19 comments
Dow Chemical and Klean Industries are collaborating to build waste recovery facilities throughout North America for recovering energy, chemicals, and oil from nonrecycled waste plastics. The agreement especially targets used plastic packaging materials.
Were the Boeing 787 Batteries Cooled Properly?
1/25/2013  57 comments
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner's high-profile battery fire may have been the result of an engineering double-whammy: an energetic battery chemistry combined with a possibly inadequate cooling system.
Agile Planet Launches Plug-and-Play Smart Motion Controllers
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1/23/2013  11 comments
Texas-based startup Agile Planet has released two new smart controllers as part of its flagship product line aimed at simplifying motion control for manufacturing automation and other types of robots.
AAEON Releases Embedded Servers for Intelligent Automation
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1/21/2013  Post a comment
Taiwan-based industrial computing manufacturer AAEON has released two new embedded servers that can be used to power intelligent automation solutions in factories and buildings.
Cereplast Commercializes Algae-Based Bioplastic
1/21/2013  13 comments
Bioplastic leader Cereplast has successfully commercialized an injection-molding grade of algae-based bioplastics.
Biofase Makes Bioplastic From Avocado Pits
1/18/2013  18 comments
A Mexican company is offering a fully biodegradable, compostable polymer made from avocado pits for use as either a resin or an additive.
Lithium-Ion Batteries Emerge as Possible Culprit in Dreamliner Incidents
1/17/2013  34 comments
A succession of problems has plagued Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, but investigators are now most concerned about incidents involving overheating of lithium-ion batteries.
NHTSA Wants Hybrids, EVs to Be Noisier
1/16/2013  60 comments
In an effort to make streets safer for pedestrians, the National Highway Traffic Administration has proposed a rule that could require engineers to add more sound to hybrids and electric vehicles.
Siemens Adds Ethernet to Sinamics Drives to Enable Single-Plant Network
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1/14/2013  5 comments
Siemens has added support for industrial Ethernet to its Sinamics S120 drive system, providing flexibility for manufacturers that want to deploy a single network across their facilities.
Toyota, Audi Demo Self-Driving Technologies at CES
1/11/2013  40 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. and Audi AG are demonstrating active safety technologies that could one day serve as building blocks for the emergence of driverless vehicles.
TI Offers Low-Power Converter to Advance Design of Energy-Harvesting Electronics
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1/9/2013  11 comments
Texas Instruments has released a power converter that helps designers build ultra-low-power consumer electronics.
Ford Builds Metal Prototypes With 3D Printing
1/8/2013  27 comments
Ford Motor Co. is raising the stakes in rapid prototyping, making testable prototype metal parts ranging from brake rotors to transmission cases with three-dimensional printers.
Plastic Makes a Better Light Bulb
1/8/2013  35 comments
Wake Forest University scientists have devised a shatterproof, white light, flicker-free lighting device based on field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL) technology.
Rockwell Offers Integrated Mid-Range EtherNet/IP Motion Control
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1/8/2013  5 comments
Rockwell Automation has integrated several aspects of motion control into one new mid-range solution to help simplify system wiring for machine designers and builders.

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