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Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  1 comment
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
6/30/2015  3 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
It's a Challenge, but Corporate Venturing Can Internalize New Technologies
6/30/2015  1 comment
For companies that have gone into corporate venturing, sponsoring and nurturing startup companies, the subsequent IP transfer is tricky.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Hawaii - Maryland
6/25/2015  3 comments
From California to the New York island -- as the song goes -- here is the second installment of our five-installment 50-state slideshow showcasing the US' legacy of engineering innovations.
Mechatronics Matches Growing Complexity of Intelligent Factories Step for Step
6/24/2015  Post a comment
The Internet of Things is requiring the design of devices using engineering skills and knowledge in multiple domains: electronics, mechanics, control systems, software, and telecommunications, to name a few. In other words, the IoT needs mechatronics.
Understanding the Differences between Strategic Sourcing Goals, Objectives, and Requirements
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2015  Post a comment
Unlike a mission statement, goals, objectives, and requirements are tools that will be used actively in the sourcing project once it reaches the decision-making stage.
4 Steps to Securing the Smart Plant
6/17/2015  Post a comment
The fully connected smart plant is often vulnerable to cyber threats simply because of its extensive connectivity. So, as the plant gets more connected, control engineers need to make sure the plant’s security matches the complexity and sophistication of the plant’s intelligence.
The Best of Sensors Expo 2015: 14 Award-Winning Technologies
6/12/2015  Post a comment
Meet the 14 award-winning sensor innovations and applications from Sensors Expo 2015.
The Fallout from the UCLA Sterilization Failure Will be Better Medical Device Design
Engineering Materials 
6/12/2015  5 comments
Concerns about the rising number of infections acquired in US hospitals from reusable instruments is driving changes in medical device design and materials, mostly for the better.
Shooting for Industry 3.5
6/10/2015  2 comments
A conference day of presentations at the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing show focused on advanced technology in plants.
A Champion Is Crowned in the 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge
6/10/2015  Post a comment
After two days of competition DARPA has announced the winners of its robotics challenge.
5 Ways to Set Up Your Project for Success
Guest Blogs 
6/9/2015  9 comments
Experienced project managers know that proper preparation is the key for any successful project launch. To maximize your chances for success, here are five effective project preparation tips.
Made in the US Stamp on ABB Robots
6/9/2015  Post a comment
ABB Robotics has opened a robot manufacturing facility in Auburn Heights, Mich.
4 Factors That Determine if a Robot Can Do Your Job
6/8/2015  15 comments
There are four key traits that determine if a robot could replace you at work. How does your position score?
Mechatronics Delivers Greater Mobility for Paraplegic Patients
6/8/2015  Post a comment
The multidisciplinary field of mechatronics continues to find areas where it can deliver value in new ways. In medical, product development teams are bringing together multiple engineering disciplines, such as mechanics, sensing, electronics, and computing, to design robotic exoskeletons for people with paraplegia.
Mechatronics Education Fills Need for Multidisciplinary Engineering
STEM Connection 
6/8/2015  4 comments
The term “mechatronics” was coined by a Japanese company in the early 1970s, but only recently has the still-considered-emerging discipline become fully fleshed out at the academic level. Students are taught a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, including a systems integration approach to design and modeling.
Many-Core Processors for Control
6/8/2015  Post a comment
The latest Intel processors are powering many-core industrial servers for control applications, and extending the impact of Moore’s Law into the future.
Go Fail in the Real World: Google[x]'s Advice to Engineers
Chris Wiltz 
6/5/2015  13 comments
What do all of Google[x]'s high-profile projects have in common? They all come from a mindset that any engineer can emulate.
Flexible Is the New Fast in Redefined Automation and Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
6/5/2015  Post a comment
We are entering a new era of manufacturing -- one in which mass production is giving way to mass customization. A global marketplace, built on rich e-commerce platforms and make-to-order product configurations, is making “now” a great time to be a consumer -- but a challenging one to be a manufacturer.
Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic ‘Beast of Burden’
6/4/2015  1 comment
A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.
Manufacturing Plants as Centers of Data in the IIoT
6/1/2015  Post a comment
With the vast amount of data collected in manufacturing, it's time for plants to become data centers.
2015's Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
5/29/2015  8 comments
We take a look at 2015's top engineering schools by salary potential for undergraduate students.
Robotic Eel Tapped to Explore Jupiter’s Oceans
5/28/2015  Post a comment
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
5/28/2015  5 comments
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
Sphero is a Robot Ball From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
5/27/2015  3 comments
This is the story of a robotic ball clever enough to inspire the team behind the new Star Wars film.
The Right Stuff: Top 10 US Military Aircraft in Honor of Memorial Day
5/22/2015  6 comments
On Memorial Day, Americans remember the sacrifices the US armed forces have made, and continue to make, in service to the country. All of us should also consider the developments in technological capabilities and equipment over the years that contribute to the success of our military operations.
Chinese Researchers Prototype 1,800 MPH Train
5/22/2015  18 comments
Imagine if you could train it from San Francisco to New York faster than flying?
The Supplier Strategic Sourcing Process Explained
Guest Blogs 
5/21/2015  Post a comment
While people may talk about the procurement process, the procurement discipline actually encompasses a number of different processes. They include spend analysis, supplier relationship management, and contract management, just to name a few.
Collaborative Robots Are Helping Fuel a Robotics Boom
5/20/2015  Post a comment
The market for small, flexible robots is growing at a time when robots in general are surging in popularity in plants across the globe.
Bayshore Networks: Industrial-Strength Cyber Security Requires Trust
Guest Blogs 
5/20/2015  Post a comment
As the Industrial Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications movements gain speed, some companies are asking themselves, “Wait. How much information do we really want to flow in and out of our premises? Aren’t we supposed to be doubling down on cyber security?”
Maker Movement Celebrates 10 Years of DIY
Gadget Freak 
5/19/2015  Post a comment
Maker Faire recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with familiar celebrities and top chip companies, its youthful energy and do-it-yourself values intact.
Relive Gadget Freak’s Greatest Hits in Our ‘Volume 3’ E-Book
Gadget Freak 
5/15/2015  Post a comment
Eleven years ago one of those rare, brilliant moments emerged from the crack staff of Design News: Let’s put the tinkerers among our audience community to work in designing and building some truly wacky devices. And Gadget Freak was born.
The Slow Track to the Future
William Ng 
5/14/2015  Post a comment
It doesn’t take a genius like Dean Kamen to see that business and technology investment and innovation opportunities will be lost if unified, coordinated, and decisive action doesn’t take place.
13 Truths Proved by NASA's Curiosity Rover
5/13/2015  Post a comment
Luke Dubord, technical group supervisor, avionics subsystem engineering group, NASA, laid some truth on the opening keynote audience at last week's Embedded Systems Conference in Boston.
A Robotic Approach to Refueling Satellites
Guest Blogs 
5/12/2015  Post a comment
Robot uses teleoperated commands sent over long distances and sophisticated servo operation to successfully transfer fuel for effective satellite operations.
Rethink Robotics: Collaborative Robots Continue to Raise Automation Accessibility
Guest Blogs 
5/12/2015  Post a comment
Advances in digital technology have been reducing the cost of computing and promoting accessibility to factory automation for all manufacturers -- not just the biggest ones.
DARPA's Steerable Bullet Can Home in on Targets
5/8/2015  4 comments
DARPA's Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance (EXACTO) system allows a sniper bullet to be guided to its target in midair.
Dean Kamen’s Bold Words at Design & Manufacturing New England
5/7/2015  12 comments
If US industry could be given a grade for how it is cultivating today’s youngsters to become our next generations of engineers, a failing grade would be Dean Kamen’s assessment.
Writing for Design News
5/6/2015  Post a comment
Design News serves the biggest community of design engineers working in all manufacturing industries and end-markets. Design News, therefore, offers contributing authors the biggest exposure anywhere for your thought leadership. We welcome contributed articles from engineering professionals, consultants, as well as industry vendors.
MDEAs Celebrate Excellence in Medtech Design and Engineering
5/6/2015  Post a comment
Finalists have been announced for the annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs), recognizing the best achievements in medical device design and engineering.
The 15 Greatest Things Ever Said About EVs
5/1/2015  9 comments
At some point in the distant future, we may all be driving electric cars. Until then, however, the debate over their ongoing viability rages on.
Streaming Video Versus Machine Vision: How Do They Compare?
Guest Blogs 
5/1/2015  2 comments
Machine vision and video streaming systems are used for a variety of purposes, and each has applications for which it is best suited. This denotes that there are differences between them, and these differences can be categorized as the type of lenses used, the resolution of imaging elements, and the underlying software used to interpret the data.
Graphic Novel Draws Kids to STEM Careers
STEM Connection 
5/1/2015  2 comments
Comic books long have appealed to kids as a fun way to introduce reading and art without being overly didactic. Now a software engineer and project manager from Oklahoma thinks the medium can be used to get them interested in STEM careers.
Meet The MRV, NASA's Stab at the Electric Vehicle
4/27/2015  2 comments
(Video) NASA's Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV) is an EV inspired by manned rovers used for space exploration.
The 10 Greatest Inventors of the Mid-20th Century 
4/24/2015  7 comments
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Sustainability Expert: Solar Energy Can Help Alleviate Drought
4/22/2015  37 comments
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
Engineer-Backed Competition Envisions Woman on TV as ‘The Next MacGyver’
STEM Connection 
4/20/2015  3 comments
A group of collaborators wants to recast MacGyver or a show similar to it with a female protagonist as part “The Next MacGyver” competition, in order to get young girls interested in STEM fields.
Meet Festo’s Biomimicry-Inspired, 3D-Printed Bionic Insects
4/20/2015  2 comments
Biomimicry and 3D printing have come together in new swarming ant and butterfly robots that act very much like their insect counterparts, the inventions of German robotics firm Festo.
The 10 Best Cities to be a Biomedical Engineer
4/16/2015  Post a comment
Biomedical engineering is one of the fastest growing engineering fields; from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to more cutting-edge areas like tissue, genetic, and neural engineering, US biomedical engineers (BMEs) boast salaries nearly double the annual mean wage and have faster than average job growth.
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