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New Directions in Energy Efficiency and Energy Harvesting
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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
Blog 
8/30/2015  Post a 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
Blog 
8/29/2015  Post a comment
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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?
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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?
Blog 
8/17/2015  74 comments
To evaluate the EV lifecycle you have to go beyond debates around tailpipe emissions.
The Secret of Canada’s Wind Energy Growth
Blog 
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
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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?
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
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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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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
Blog 
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.
Hybrid Structural Instant Adhesives Combine Strength and Speed
Guest Blogs 
7/15/2015  Post a comment
Some adhesives provide strong structural bonds but take hours to fixture and attain handling strength. The technologies that offer the fastest cure do not bear loads or withstand stresses. A new class of adhesives aims to make both stick.
Turning to Software to Identify Conflict Minerals in the Supply Chain
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7/14/2015  Post a comment
Conflict minerals reporting is now a due diligence burden for manufacturing organizations, heavy in administrative work and supplier queries. PTC says technology can help automate the process.
Counterpoint: Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
Blog 
7/14/2015  4 comments
Componentized software flow does exist and it's making software design just as easy as hardware design.
Here’s Why Intel Was So Smart to Snap Up Altera
Blog 
7/13/2015  1 comment
Intel's broad know-how could push Altera's programmable logic acumen to even greater heights. What programmable logic promises over the next few years is a radically different approach to data processing.
A Look at the Impact of IoT on Motion Control and Fluid Power
Guest Blogs 
7/10/2015  1 comment
As the Internet of Things makes more industrial automation data available, translating that data into information and knowledge can yield new insights into end users’ operations. In hydraulic equipment, “smart” pumps, motors and valves are able to send diagnostic data directly to end-users, OEMs, and developers.
This Fuel Cell is an Unexpected Answer to Carbon Capture
Blog 
7/7/2015  29 comments
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
Highway Barriers Block Noise, Generate Solar Energy
Blog 
7/7/2015  Post a comment
Researchers in The Netherlands are testing highway sound barriers that have a two-fold purpose: to block sound and also to harvest solar energy.
Sometimes All You Need Is a Little More Solder
Made by Monkeys 
7/6/2015  21 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Plastics, Not Better Silicon, Could Be Key to More Efficient Solar Cells
Blog 
7/3/2015  12 comments
Researchers in Australia think new types of plastic materials instead of silicon may be the key to building more efficient solar cells.
Experts: EVs Are the Way to Meet California’s 2030 Petroleum Reduction Goal
News 
6/15/2015  19 comments
Switching to alternative, cleaner fuels and electric-powered vehicles is the way forward if California wants to meet the goals of an initiative by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce the use of petroleum in the state 50% by 2030, according to experts in the transportation industry.
Ricoh Invents ‘Energy Generating Rubber’ for Flexible Sensors
Product News 
6/15/2015  Post a comment
Japan-based Ricoh Co. has developed new material called "Energy Harvesting Rubber" that strikes a balance between providing flexibility while also harvesting a significant amount of energy that could have a number of applications, including flexible sensors and wearables
Update: More About Algae, Pollution & Biofuel
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6/12/2015  Post a comment
A team at Rice University has found that some algae strains can remove more than half of the nutrient pollution from municipal wastewater streams. Using those nutrients to grow algae could clean the water while growing more sustainable and perhaps less costly biofuel.
Researchers Power Sensors, Camera With WiFi Signals
Blog 
6/12/2015  3 comments
A research team from the University of Washington has demonstrated the first sensors and camera to run powered only on signals from a WiFi router.
Spanish Firm Designs Bladeless Wind Turbine
Blog 
6/9/2015  18 comments
The Bladeless Vortex is more environmentally friendly and cost efficient than typical wind turbines, according to the Spanish company of the same name that invented it.
Energy-Harvesting Knee Brace Could Power Medical Devices
Blog 
6/2/2015  2 comments
A group of engineering students at Rice University have designed a knee brace that harvests energy from walking, which potentially can be reused to power small medical devices and even an artificial heart.
New Battery Comprised Solely of Lithium-Sulfur-Based Compound
News 
5/29/2015  9 comments
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
Gigafactory Will Lead the Way as Battery Pack Prices Drop By 35%
Automotive News 
5/28/2015  28 comments
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
Blog 
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.
3D-Printed Working Motorcycle Demonstrates What the Tech Can Do
Engineering Materials 
5/27/2015  13 comments
Why would the biggest connector company in the world design and build the first fully functional 3D-printed motorcycle? To show TE Connectivity's engineers what the technology can really do in making working load-bearing production parts, and free up their thinking when approaching design problems.
Concept EV Transforms to Solve Urban Parking Problems
Automotive News 
5/26/2015  17 comments
For city dwellers, finding a parking space can be a time-consuming and downright exasperating task. Now, however, engineers may have found a solution to that old urban problem.
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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.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
Texas Instruments has produced an e-book intended to get you up to snuff on the Industrial Internet of Things.
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.
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