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Latest Update to Autodesk's Fusion 360 Emphasizes the Cloud
10/6/2015  Post a comment
The September release spotlights Autodesk's long-term strategy for provisioning of its CAD, CAM, and CAE software and its commitment to cloud delivery.
India Eyes Tesla’s Powerwall as Key To Solar Energy Storage
10/6/2015  Post a comment
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking help from Tesla Motors' Powerwall technology for solar-energy storage in India.
PLM and Digitalization Will Redefine Engineering and Manufacturing
10/5/2015  Post a comment
The transformative nature of designing and making things was the overarching, common theme at separate conferences held in Boston by two giants in the PLM space: Autodesk, with its Accelerate 2015, and Siemens’s Industry Analyst Conference 2015.
6 Tips for Raising a Kid to Love STEM
STEM Connection 
10/2/2015  6 comments
Schools can't be solely responsible if we want our children to be successful in STEM. It has to be a lifestyle.
Energy-Harvesting Bike, People Path Over Thames River to Power Londoners
10/1/2015  Post a comment
A project to build an eight-mile floating pedestrian and cycle path that leverages solar, wind, and tidal energy to support its own infrastructure is now seeking funding.
ISO 9001 Revision Puts Risk and Quality Management Closely Together
9/26/2015  1 comment
Among the higher-level changes in ISO 9001:2015, there is heightened importance of risk-based thinking. But what about prevention?
Moog Wants to Know If You Have Its Oldest Operating Servo Valve
9/24/2015  Post a comment
The Industrial Group of Moog Inc. is holding a contest to find the oldest operating Moog servo valve.
Siemens: Big Data Will Redefine Industrial Services
9/17/2015  1 comment
The industrial giant is betting on Big Data to create new business models around product development and lifecycle management.
Kids Solve Everyday Problems in 3M-Backed Science Challenge
STEM Connection 
9/17/2015  Post a comment
3M and Discovery have partnered once again to host the “ultimate middle school science competition” with the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.
How to Design Membrane Switches for Harsh Environments
9/16/2015  Post a comment
There are special considerations when designing membrane switches for devices that are used in or exposed frequently to moisture, UV rays, and extreme temperatures.
National Instruments and IBM Testbed Works on Predictive Maintenance
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Motivated by IoT and hugely expensive industrial machinery breakdowns, NI and IBM want to bring new predictive maintenance analytics modeling techniques and industrial networking standards.
Build a Working Embedded Design Workbench for Less Than a Grand
9/7/2015  13 comments
There are a number of big-ticket items that every developer should have on his or her bench. Let’s examine the core tools that every developer needs to build an embedded workbench on a budget of $1,000.
Electric Vehicle Batteries: Clean and Green, or Something Less?
9/7/2015  14 comments
A recent study examined the air-quality impacts of light-duty vehicles on human health in the US, including battery electric vehicles. However, there's more behind the batteries themselves.
Capacitive Fabrics Are Creating Batteries You Can Wear
9/4/2015  Post a comment
Work in embedding conductive materials into commercially available yarn could lead to energy textiles that store power for use.
Demilitarized Zones Join Defense-in-Depth in Plant Cyber Security Measures
9/2/2015  2 comments
Multiple defenses to harden network infrastructures and better management of user access are defeating cyber threats that can be physical, procedural, or electronic.
Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency Driving Global Medium-Voltage Motors Growth
9/2/2015  Post a comment
The oil and gas and power industries will combine for a hefty 45 percent of the global medium-voltage motors market, with oil and gas investments worldwide pushing demand.
Industrial Automation Is Seeing Modular Application Software Grow
9/1/2015  Post a comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
Should Approved Vendor Lists Be More in Line with Design Cycles?
9/1/2015  3 comments
Despite pervasive emphasis on “faster, sooner, better,” companies that have multiple design cycles a year only update their approved vendor lists on an annual basis. Maybe it's time to rethink this.
New Directions in Energy Efficiency and Energy Harvesting
8/31/2015  Post a comment
Taking energy from renewable sources, recycling existing energy, and using components that don’t need much energy at all are becoming critical industrial and consumer design criteria.
TI Releases E-Book Guide to the IIoT
8/30/2015  1 comment
Texas Instruments has produced an e-book intended to get you up to snuff on the Industrial Internet of Things.
Solar-Powered Schoolbags Are a Light in the Lives of Underprivileged Students
8/29/2015  2 comments
A South African startup is combining recycled plastic with solar power to give underprivileged schoolchildren a stylish schoolbag that also supplies them with light to study by.
Design Can Escape the Silo Through Closed-Loop Quality Systems
8/26/2015  Post a comment
At the level of design engineering, good integration between enterprise quality management and product lifecycle management can provide particular value to companies.
Avnet Upgrades Development Kit for Motor Control and Industrial Networking
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  Post a comment
The ZIDK-II intelligent drives kit enables high-performance brushless DC motor control and industrial networking connectivity.
Graphene Ink Is the Key to Next-Gen Energy Storage
8/24/2015  2 comments
A Manchester University professor is leading a project to develop a graphene-ink 3D printer capable of creating the next generation of energy-storage systems.
DN Webcast Preview: Writing Portable and Robust Firmware in C
8/22/2015  Post a comment
Most C developers recognize that it is easy to write code, but what techniques should be followed to maximize portability of the code without compromising its integrity?
Why Are Plastic Film Capacitors Making a Comeback?
8/20/2015  8 comments
After years of sluggishness, trends are pointing toward growth in the plastic film capacitors market.
This Device Delivers Electricity and Clean Water Simultaneously
8/20/2015  3 comments
The SunSaluter is a solar tracker that purifies water while also using it to power and control the rotation of the solar panel.
A Rose is a Rose: How to Choose the Best 3D CAD Software
8/18/2015  4 comments
All 3D CAD solutions are not the same. Here's a breakdown to help you pick the right one for your application.
So Just How Green Are Electric Vehicles, Really?
8/17/2015  83 comments
To evaluate the EV lifecycle you have to go beyond debates around tailpipe emissions.
The Secret of Canada’s Wind Energy Growth
8/11/2015  48 comments
A multitude of factors are driving Canada’s wind-energy success.
Highlights of National Instruments' NIWeek 2015 (Slideshow)
Electronics News 
8/8/2015  1 comment
This year, National Instruments' annual developer conference, NIWeek, set its sights on Big Data and the Industrial Internet of Things.
Slideshow: The Industrial Internet of Things' Expansive Scope
8/5/2015  Post a comment
These 10 applications demonstrate just how far Industrial Internet of Things connectivity reaches.
A Sudden End for That Famous Hitchhiking Robot -- Or Is It?
8/5/2015  6 comments
HitchBOT, a robot that successfully hitchhiked across Canada last summer, wasn't as lucky in a similar trip across the United States.
A University Blends Mechatronics with Real-World Problem-Solving
STEM Connection 
8/5/2015  1 comment
California State University, Chico was the first school in California to offer an ABET-accredited degree program in mechatronic engineering. Now its California Mechatronics Center works with industry on machinery, robotics, and surveillance vehicles.
Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive
8/3/2015  1 comment
Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.
New Energy-Saving Fan Motor Aims to Disrupt Commercial Refrigeration
7/30/2015  8 comments
After impressive test results, QM Power's Q-Sync fan motor has been identified as an emerging energy-saving technology and earned additional funding from the Department of Energy.
Just-in-Time Training Helps Designers Cope with Rapid Software Changes
7/30/2015  Post a comment
With the pace of new editions and iterations, designers can fall behind quickly on software knowledge and skills. That's where JIT software training comes in.
How to Regain Design Freedom in Machine Linear Guides, Part 1
7/29/2015  Post a comment
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
What You Need to Know About Conflict Minerals
Guest Blogs 
7/28/2015  4 comments
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
The IIoT Has No Place for Warring Communication Protocols
7/28/2015  1 comment
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
Researchers Develop Solar Cell that Stores Energy When It's Dark
7/26/2015  3 comments
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night.
Why Hardware Is, Indeed, Easier Than Software
7/22/2015  6 comments
If you examine the complexity of the design methodology, there's still an important argument for hardware being easier than software.
Your Supplier Is Not Your Friend
7/21/2015  5 comments
Sometimes outsourcing comes with a healthy dose of pushback. And that pushback from the supplier, warning of supply chain transgressions that could sink your product design, is good for you.
The 3 Reasons a PDM Isn't Implemented on Time
7/21/2015  1 comment
Product data management (PDM) implementation projects often become exercises in bloated futility. Here's how to maximize your chances for a successful PDM delivery.
Survey Reveals Trends, Concerns for Embedded Development Engineers
7/21/2015  1 comment
The study, conducted by Design News' parent company, shows that there are changes afoot in such things as processor size, operating system choices, and developer concerns as embedded development evolves.
Technology of the Future Could be Powered by Evaporation
7/17/2015  1 comment
Columbia University researchers have found a way of potentially powering robotics, devices, sensors, and other machinery using water evaporation.
The ProtoCycler Recycles Your 3D-Printed Prototypes
7/17/2015  1 comment
The ProtoCycler turns old plastic parts, including old 3D-printed prototypes, into reusable 3D printing filament.
Vote in LUXeXceL's 2015 Innovative Application Student Award Contest & Win a Sample Kit
STEM Connection 
7/16/2015  Post a comment
Vote for your favorite student design using LUXeXceL's 3D-printed optical technology and you might also win a sample kit.
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