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Wide-Format HMI Touchscreens Bridge Consumer/Production Gap
Product News 
6/2/2014  2 comments
Kollmorgen Motion Technology Company has introduced the Kollmorgen Automation Suite HMI, a set of rugged IP65-rated touchscreen panels that feature a single-surface screen with a widescreen format.
Slideshow: Tiny Parrot Drone Takes Full HD Videos
5/29/2014  48 comments
Parrot's new hand-launchable Bebop Drone quadricopter is either super-cool or downright scary. It's stuffed with tech that lets it take 180-degree aerial videos with a 14 megapixel Full HD camera, plus a ton of other abilities.
Belden Debuts Cyber Security Toolkit
Product News 
5/23/2014  3 comments
Belden has introduced a toolkit design to deliver network cyber security from the inside out. As well as creating a ruggedized perimeter, the kit creates protection again internal threats.
Videos Highlight Some New Motor Products
Product News 
5/23/2014  Post a comment
Brand Director Rich Nass came across some videos shot at MD&M in Anaheim earlier this year that he had never seen before. Now, he wants you to see them, too.
One More Time: GM Announces Another Flood of Recalls
5/21/2014  10 comments
General Motors has again added to its already long list of recalls, citing 2.4 million more cars for lap belt, airbag, and transmission problems, as well as 218,000 for a potentially dangerous overheating hazard in the dashboard center stack.
Bionic Olympic Games Set for 2016
4/21/2014  12 comments
Cybathlon is an Olympic-style competition for those with bionic prosthetics.
Rockwell Helps Machine Builders Design Safer Machines
Product News 
4/18/2014  4 comments
Rockwell Automation recently unveiled a new safety relay that can be configured and integrated through existing software to program safety logic in devices.
IzoT Connects Industrial IoT
Product News 
4/11/2014  Post a comment
This kit -- IzoT from Echelon -- makes it easy to connect devices to the Industrial Internet of Things.
A New Twist on Ethernet Bonded-Pair Cable
Product News 
4/7/2014  1 comment
Turck is producing Ethernet cables that stand up to harsh plant environments.
Slideshow: Advanced Steels, Aluminum Answer the Call of Automakers
3/20/2014  12 comments
Driven by the need to improve fuel efficiency and safety, automakers are turning to a new blend of high-strength steels and aluminum in their vehicles.
Slideshow: Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles Picking Up Steam
3/18/2014  13 comments
The push toward compressed natural gas vehicles continues to gain momentum as major automakers unveil products and politicians voice their support for the technology.
Slideshow: Dream Cars of 2014
3/13/2014  34 comments
We’ve collected photos of “dream cars” from the Geneva Motor Show, as well as from the recent auto shows in Detroit and Chicago. From Maserati and Lamborghini to Chevy and Toyota, we offer a few of the recent standouts.
Slideshow: Venom GT Clocks in at Record 270 MPH
3/10/2014  27 comments
The world record for a two-seat sports car tumbled last month, as a Hennessey Venom GT hit a max speed of 270 mph.
DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab
2/27/2014  5 comments
As part of President Obama's promise to invest in innovation in American manufacturing, the US Department of Defense has awarded Chicago-based UI Labs $70 million to open the Digital Lab for Manufacturing, a research and commercialization institution.
Rugged Router Fights Cyber Foes
Product News 
2/12/2014  16 comments
Belden's Eagle One router is designed to fight network intrusions while operating in harsh environments.
ACS ServoBoost Algorithm Boosts Servo Performance
Product News 
1/31/2014  1 comment
ACS Motion Control's ServoBoost algorithm was designed to identify disturbances in real-time while also analyzing the root cause, compensating for it, and attenuating its impact. This results in decreased move and settle time, the ability to handle significant changes in load, and the elimination of cogging and similar issues.
GE Gets a Touch Closer to Automation Data
Product News 
1/24/2014  10 comments
GE releases a touchscreen device that brings plant control and historical data together on one tablet-like product.
bRight Switch Invents Android-Powered Homes
Product News 
1/10/2014  14 comments
Bellatrix Systems has invented a smart home electrical switching system that lets people program their lights and other devices from a touchscreen interface on the wall.
Spiral Ring, Wave Spring Simplify Setting of Tapered Roller Bearings
Product News 
1/7/2014  2 comments
Tapered bearings are used on a variety of equipment and machinery, including automobile wheel bearing assemblies, agriculture, construction and mining equipment, as well as gear boxes, engine motors, and reducers.
An Evolution in Industrial Robots
Product News 
1/6/2014  7 comments
Customer focus on total cost of ownership is shaping robotic offerings, along with the need for increased payload capacities and greater flexibility.
ABB Adds More Human Intelligence to Industrial Robots
Product News 
1/2/2014  4 comments
ABB has consolidated software that previously was available separately into an Integrated Force Control package that gives industrial robots more intelligent tactile sensing technology.
Datalogic Encoders Offer Motion Control in Automation Systems
Product News 
12/5/2013  5 comments
Datalogic Automation has introduced four specific lines of encoders that enable smart motion control in a range of industrial automation applications.
Innovative Aluminum Comes to the Factory
Product News 
12/4/2013  3 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Festo's Pneumatic Valve Terminal Offers More Control Options
Product News 
10/25/2013  5 comments
Festo has released a new pneumatic valve terminal for machine builders that provides more control options in a compact package, making it a good option for standardization on one terminal.
Maplesoft Adds Advanced Hydraulics Library to Modeling & Simulation Tool
Product News 
10/22/2013  6 comments
Maplesoft has integrated a library of hydraulics components into its MapleSim modeling, analysis, and simulation tool to make it easier for engineers to design hydraulics systems.
Advantech Bridges the Gap Between Control & Communication
Product News 
10/15/2013  5 comments
Advantech's latest controller combines control technology with communications to make it easier to implement factory-wide data acquisition and control applications.
X-Ray Machine Visits Patients' Rooms
Product News 
9/11/2013  15 comments
This portable X-ray machine is equipped with FCR and WiFi.
Motion Controller Simplifies Design of Automation Systems
Product News 
9/9/2013  15 comments
A new DC motion controller from Specialty Motors Inc. provides a way to create single, multi-axes, or synchronous automated systems without complex programming or purchasing specialty motors or equipment.
Salary Survey: 2013 Delivers Bigger Paychecks
8/13/2013  22 comments
This year's annual salary survey shows salaries have increased for the third year in a row. We also break down the current views of job security, workforce fluctuations, and job satisfaction.
Tech Kits Feature Hydraulics & Mechatronics
Product News 
8/12/2013  1 comment
Bosch Rexroth kits feature extensive tech information on hydraulics and mechatronics.
Rockwell Introduces Security Initiative for Industrial Systems
Product News 
8/9/2013  6 comments
Rockwell Automation said it will follow a three-pronged strategy to help industrial systems designers build security into their processes and networks.
A Unique Way to Maintain Wind Generators
Product News 
8/9/2013  28 comments
Maintaining wind generators with an exterior basket/elevator system allows for more freedom of movement and increases safety.
New & Noteworthy Products
Product News 
7/5/2013  6 comments
In the Design News Product Showcase, we’ve just posted some products from Grayhill Inc., SKF USA Inc., and Teknor Apex Company that need a little highlighting.
Roboteq Introduces Intelligent Robot Motion Controller
Product News 
6/5/2013  2 comments
Roboteq has released a wireless-enabled motion controller that can be used to design both full- and semi-autonomous robots with a highly accurate control capability and custom functionality.
Advantech, Aerotech Release Automation Control Panels
Product News 
5/31/2013  Post a comment
Both Aerotech and Advantech have released control panels optimized for laboratory and industrial animation, respectively.
Advantech Launches New Series of Motion-Control I/O Modules
Product News 
5/23/2013  4 comments
Advantech has launched a new series of motion-control I/O modules to meet the increased demands that come with more distributed industrial systems that require control of a growing number of axes and devices.
Lantronix Expands Line of Rugged Controller for Sensor Networks
Product News 
5/17/2013  5 comments
Lantronix Inc. has expanded its line of controllers for sensor networks with the release of a rugged controller that improves management of automation systems used in a number of industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, and chemicals.
TI Offers Advanced Motion Control Software
Product News 
5/7/2013  13 comments
TI's new InstaSPIN-MOTION motor control software is aimed at taking the pain out of motion-control development by optimizing complex motion sequences, reducing tuning to a single parameter, and accurately tracking desired trajectories across operating ranges.
Festo Introduces New Safety-Enhanced Servo Drive
Product News 
4/23/2013  5 comments
Festo has enhanced its servo drive line with the new CMMP-AS..M3 drive that offers new safety features integrated directly into the product, as well as two Internet connectivity options.
Rockwell Introduces Tools to Simplify Design of Safe Machines
Product News 
4/19/2013  8 comments
Rockwell Automation's Safety Automation Builder configuration software and Safety Functions pre-engineered design documents are aimed at helping those building machines and equipments to more deftly navigate the arduous process of designing safety systems.
Maxon Introduces Mini-Servo Motor for Robot Design, Automation
Product News 
4/18/2013  5 comments
Maxon has added a new miniaturized OEM plug-in module to its ESCON servo controller family line that can control permanent-magnet activated brushed and brushless DC with Hall sensors up to approximately 250W.
Slippery Material System Can Start, Stop Liquids
4/17/2013  14 comments
A new material system invented by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is continuously "tunable" for transparency and wettability: it repels water or oil to a greater or lesser degree as it becomes more or less transparent.
Mitsubishi's Dexterous Robots for Factory Automation
Product News 
3/28/2013  13 comments
Mitsubishi has released the latest in a series of vertical-axis robots that are designed to perform particularly dexterous and complex tasks formerly operated by humans in a factory setting.
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