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Content posted in November 2013
Slideshow: Xbox One Teardown
Product News 
11/29/2013  22 comments
The iFixit team got its hands on Microsoft's Xbox One and promptly took it apart.
Rockwell Facilitates Implementation of Safety Automation Processes
Product News 
11/27/2013  11 comments
Rockwell Automation is offering a number of tools to help manufacturers design safer systems.
Tesla to NHTSA: Investigate Our Model S Fires
News 
11/19/2013  20 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is opening an investigation to examine the potential risks associated with “undercarriage strikes” on Tesla’s Model S electric cars.
Slideshow: PlayStation 4 Teardown
Product News 
11/19/2013  12 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.
4D Printing Self-Assembled Shapes Using Shape Memory Plastics
News 
11/19/2013  13 comments
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have combined 3D printing on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer with making shape-memory composites, calling that process 4D printing.
Connect Your System to the Outside World
Product News 
11/19/2013  8 comments
Microchip has announced its 24-member PIC32MZ Embedded Connectivity (EC) family.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display
Product News 
11/15/2013  14 comments
The folks at ifixit have wielded their trusty tools yet again. This time, they are breaking into Apple's iPad Mini Retina Display. Take a look inside.
Teardown: Google's Nexus 5 Deconstructed
Product News 
11/13/2013  15 comments
The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are taking apart Google's Nexus 5 smartphone.
Honeywell's Distributed Control System Aims at Small, Mid-Sized Plants
Product News 
11/13/2013  10 comments
Honeywell has released a distributed control system (DCS), Experion LX, which is specifically aimed at plants that want an easy-to-use yet multi-function control system.
3D Printing Goes Nanoscale
News 
11/12/2013  9 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.
Road Debris Causes Another Tesla Model S Battery Fire
News 
11/11/2013  45 comments
A second Tesla Model S electric car caught fire last week after the driver struck a metal object in the road.
Embedded Expert: No Pedal Misapplication in Toyota Case
News 
11/8/2013  37 comments
The Toyota unintended acceleration case decided by a jury two weeks ago may have hinged on the testimony of an embedded systems expert who definitively said there was no pedal misapplication.
Advantages of a Common Automation Platform
Product News 
11/8/2013  2 comments
Norcimbus, a manufacturer of gas and chemical distribution equipment, is cutting costs, increasing efficiency, and building business at home and abroad.
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.
Programmable Gages Help Create the Ultimate Automation Cell for Bearing Machining & Parts Sorting
Product News 
11/5/2013  Post a comment
Conroe Machine's automation team deploys Equator programmable gages for measuring and sorting mud-motor bearings.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPad Air
Product News 
11/4/2013  15 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.
Hazardous Situations Require a Dependable Brake
Product News 
11/4/2013  3 comments
Safety is an important factor when deciding on the best brake for your application.
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.




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