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10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 
4/16/2014  6 comments
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
Blog 
4/15/2014  2 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Your Customers May Be Clueless, but You Needn't Be
Guest Blogs 
4/11/2014  Post a comment
Itís your job to find the right people, ask the right questions, to dig deeper, and properly prepare your users so they can provide you the most useful and productive answers possible.
'Einstein' Sparks STEM Initiative
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2014  5 comments
Einstein in a Box inspires critical thinking with the actual doing and experiencing. They take the statement "inquiring minds want to know" to a whole new level.
Students Design Space Habitats, Tech for NASA
Blog 
4/9/2014  4 comments
NASA is once again calling upon college students to help the space agency design solutions for future space habitats and exploration systems through its Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge.
Robots Aid in Search of Missing Malaysian Jet
Blog 
4/8/2014  18 comments
An underwater robot dispatched by Bluefin Robotics is on deck, ready to aid in the intensive search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane that went missing in March.
Women in Industrial Design
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didnít Live Up to the Hype
Blog 
4/7/2014  75 comments
From grocery delivery services to the Segway, here are 15 modern inventions that fell flat.
What Could Go Wrong When Outsourcing Product Development?
Guest Blogs 
4/7/2014  10 comments
To make sound outsourcing decisions, identify the functions and features, all of the must-haves, your new product requires. Then find a product development partner able to marshal the right technologies for each stage of development and use a proven process to ensure timely, cost-effective delivery.
Students Invent a Device to Save the Elderly
Guest Blogs 
4/4/2014  6 comments
The Nano Consultants are a group of high school engineering students from the Walker Career Center in Indianapolis, Ind. They are proud to announce their solution to this year's Phoenix Contact, Nanoline automation-solution Competition: RoboDose.
Mentoring Is the Key to a Competitive Robotics Team
Guest Blogs 
4/3/2014  Post a comment
When a school like Boyle Heightsí Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles wants to enter into the high-tech world of competitive robotics, there are three things that are needed to support the project: money, students, and most importantly, skill.
Force-Controlled Finishing Adds Human Touch
Features 
3/31/2014  Post a comment
Optimized, power-dense servomotor technology improves the automation of precise finishing and blending operations.
Teen Invents Artificial Arm Controlled by Bluetooth-Powered Brain Waves
Blog 
3/28/2014  23 comments
Shiva Nathan, 15, built the prosthetic for his cousin in India, after she lost her arms in an explosion.
How Does an Engineer Predict Step Motor Pull-Out Torque?
Guest Blogs 
3/27/2014  1 comment
Pull-out torque curves are rarely available for actual application conditions.
Orbiting Solar Panels Beam Energy From Space
Blog 
3/26/2014  31 comments
Paul Jaffe, from the US Naval Research Laboratory, has built modules of satellites outfitted with solar panels and antennas to beam solar power from space.
My Life as a FIRST Robotics Mentor
Guest Blogs 
3/25/2014  3 comments
When you experience the energy of FIRST through the students youíre mentoring, you discover that itís one of the more fun things you can do with your spare time. I encourage you to find a team and help out. Youíll discover that the students who participate are first-rate, dedicated, responsible, and creative. And if youíre already involved with a FIRST team, thank you.
Slideshow: Itís a Simulated World
Blog 
3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Video: Virtual Reality Makes Human-Robot Interaction Safer
Blog 
3/20/2014  19 comments
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are trying to bridge the distance between humans and industrial robots, not in the real world, but in the virtual one. They have created a way to make these types of interactions safer through a virtual reality environment that enables humans to work closely with robots without being near them.
Slideshow: Robot Ants, Termites & Honeybees Get Autonomous
Engineering Materials 
3/19/2014  11 comments
We've found some swarms of robot termites, a robot modeled after a honeybee, and studies of ants to produce stronger robot joints and muscles.
Slideshow: View Automation's History, From George Washington to Robots Everywhere
Blog 
3/17/2014  10 comments
The history of automation begins in 1790 and roars through the 20th Century with stunning advances. One of the highlights was the Ford River Rouge Plant -- iron ore went into one end of the plant and a finished Model T came out the other end.
Knowing When to Say When: Product Retirement Strategies
Guest Blogs 
3/7/2014  9 comments
Knowing when and how to retire a product is as important to maximizing profits as knowing when to introduce new offerings.
Control Products Proliferate at Pacific Design Show
Blog 
3/5/2014  4 comments
A wide assortment of new automation and control products were on display at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month.
Building a Drone Whirly Bird: Copter Mechanics
Blog 
3/5/2014  10 comments
The mechanical design of a helicopter drone involves attention to weight, strength, and vibration.
Machines Canít Do What Engineers Do So Well
Guest Blogs 
3/5/2014  23 comments
Engineers are well positioned to be the leaders for innovation in this new age of machines. Human-centered design enables us to manage the vast amounts of information and the power of technology in solving the worldís problems.
Military Mechatronics Stores a Lethal Punch
Features 
3/5/2014  4 comments
A new weapon storage management system converts helicopters and single-engine aircraft for surveillance and precision strike missions.
My Opinion on Walking the STEM Walk
Blog 
3/4/2014  18 comments
We are giving the First folks (and any associated parties) a mechanism to get their word out. If you're involved with First or have anything to say about the organization, let us know.
Border-Patrolling Bots Combat Drug Smugglers
Blog 
3/3/2014  6 comments
Applied Research Associates has delivered several of its Pointman Tactical Robots to the CBP in Tucson, which the agency is using to explore drainage tunnels that run between Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico. These tunnels are out of sight from border surveillance and are increasingly being used for illegal activity.
DoD Awards $70M for Digital Manufacturing Open Research Lab
News 
2/27/2014  4 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.
Guardbot Rolls Into Position
Features 
2/27/2014  8 comments
An unmanned vehicle, the Guardbot is able to travel over most terrains, including snow, sand, mud, and water, for a wide variety of applications with special security needs.
Baxter Shows Off His Moves at ATX West
Engineering Materials 
2/26/2014  16 comments
Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
Reshoring, TCO & DFMA
Guest Blogs 
2/25/2014  9 comments
With labor becoming a smaller part of most companiesí total cost and much of the cost-savings opportunities residing in lean and DFMA manufacturing, why endure the higher costs and negative aspects of offshoring?
Slideshow: What You Missed at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
2/19/2014  22 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, and WestPack shows, among others.
Pains & Gains on Tech Street
Blog 
2/14/2014  12 comments
Word on the showfloor at Pacific Design & Manufacturing reveals manufacturing trends.
First's Robotics Competition Highlights Aerial Assistance
Blog 
2/14/2014  3 comments
First, the nonprofit that runs a series of robotics competitions, showcased some past winners and the parameters of the current contest at SolidWorks World 2014.
Slideshow: Robots Are Taking Over the Plants
Blog 
2/13/2014  28 comments
Industrial robots are taking on a greater range of tasks, from picking up delicate items to running a clean food line.
Top 7 Skills for Management
Guest Blogs 
2/11/2014  18 comments
If you can transform yourself into a successful manager, you can heighten the productivity of your company, and thus establish a reputable business presence.
Video: Double Robotics Gives Telecommuters a Virtual Office Presence
Blog 
2/7/2014  14 comments
Once the topic of debate about its validity to the workplace, telecommuting has now become an integral and sometimes even necessary part of the modern work style.
Slideshow: Robot Salamanders, Snakes & Bugs; Creepy Defined
Blog 
2/4/2014  42 comments
Some of these robot bugs have very creepy, realistic movements. Many of the snakes and amphibians are designed for inspection or search and rescue operations, while the bug robots are more often aimed at working out specific theoretical problems.
Manufacturing Robot Can Touch & See
Blog 
2/3/2014  47 comments
ABB Robotics has worked with Ford Motor Company to develop robots with real-time tactile feedback for delicate assembly and machining.
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.
Learning Labs Focus on Robotics & Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
1/30/2014  3 comments
At the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show next month UBM Canon is introducing Learning Labs. Here's what's up on the sessions covering robotics and manufacturing.
Siemens & CADENAS Offer Free Tools to STEM Students
Blog 
1/29/2014  2 comments
Siemens and CADENAS have partnered to offer free 3D part-search technology to educators and students.
EcoBot Turns Waste Into Power
Blog 
1/28/2014  12 comments
This robot uses sewage waste as a fuel source and works to clear sewer blockages.
Full Step, Half Step, or Micro-Step?
Guest Blogs 
1/24/2014  3 comments
Here are some facts about step-motor system performance all engineers need to know.
Can Micro Mills Recharge Your Cellphone?
Blog 
1/23/2014  16 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed micro wind turbines that could charge mobile and remote devices.
Fully Integrated Automation Lives in the PLC
Blog 
1/23/2014  13 comments
Smarter PLCs are giving plant engineers more flexibility while making systems less costly and easier to deploy.
Google Buys Boston Dynamics: Is That a Good Thing?
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2014  28 comments
Google's expected target applications for its new robot division are in manufacturing and retailing, and its other robot purchases are right in line. So why did it buy Boston Dynamics, the leading-edge military robot company?
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Who Will Reign in the Automation Circle?
Blog 
1/17/2014  Post a comment
The 2013 Golden Mousetrap Award finalists have been announced, and it's just a few short weeks until the winners will be revealed during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif. Do you have your tickets yet?
Slideshow: NASA's Ball Bots Explore Titan
Blog 
1/10/2014  21 comments
The latest NASA exploration robots are the Super Ball Bots, and they sort-of look like spheres, but are constructed quite differently from rigid models. These tensegrity-based bots are being designed to go to Titan.
An Evolution in Industrial Robots
Product News 
1/6/2014  5 comments
Customer focus on total cost of ownership is shaping robotic offerings, along with the need for increased payload capacities and greater flexibility.
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