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Why EPA Standard Could Push Hydraulic Hybrid Powertrains Forward
11/19/2015  24 comments
The long-overlooked hydraulic hybrid may finally be on the verge of making gains in the heavy-duty truck market, thanks to newly proposed fuel economy standards from the EPA.
Portland Is Recycling Power from its Water System
11/17/2015  9 comments
It is a fact that water utilities are among the largest consumers of energy in a given area. Lucid Energy has come up with a way to recover some of that energy from water as it passes through a utility’s pipes in the network.
Golden Mousetrap Awards – the Time to Enter Is Now
11/16/2015  Post a comment
Don't miss your chance to be part of our red-carpet evening in February celebrating exceptional, cutting-edge products in Automation & Control; Design Hardware & Software; Electronics & Test; and Materials & Assembly.
Wildlife Tagging Sparks Funding for Energy-Harvesting Sensors
11/15/2015  1 comment
The National Science Foundation has awarded a mechanical engineering professor in the mountains of Arizona a grant to develop energy-harvesting sensors for marine wildlife.
Designing for Global: 8 Steps to Compliance, Testing, and Sales Success
11/9/2015  Post a comment
Here are ways companies can get across the high-wire task of getting products to international markets quickly without running into trouble in unfamiliar business and regulatory environments.
Federally Backed Applied Research on Industrial Digitalization Pushes Ahead
11/6/2015  Post a comment
The Chicago-based Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) recently announced its first five recipients of funding support for projects to solve three major pain points head on.
How to Set a Realistic Delivery Date For Your Project
11/4/2015  Post a comment
It will not help you or your company by giving unrealistic project delivery dates, but consistently delivering on time will give you a reputation of integrity and company value.
Stanford Students Disprove Long-held Li-Ion Battery Design Theory
10/30/2015  2 comments
Two Stanford University students have debunked a long-held belief about carbon black material that could lead to new innovations in lithium-ion battery development.
Never Forget These 7 Points Before Selecting a High-Tech Adhesive
10/27/2015  Post a comment
Choosing the best adhesive for a specific application can be complex, but an understanding of the following parameters will keep you from a sticky design situation.
UL Takes a 'Shot' at Predicting Solar PV Module Reliability
10/26/2015  4 comments
Not all solar panels are created equal, and test and safety organization UL is going to create methods for determining PV module failure, using DoE's SunShot funding.
Demilitarized Zones Join Defense-in-Depth in Plant Cyber Security Measures
10/21/2015  3 comments
Multiple defenses to harden network infrastructures and better management of user access are defeating cyber threats that can be physical, procedural, or electronic.
Have You Entered In Design News' Golden Mousetrap Awards Yet?
10/19/2015  Post a comment
Don't miss your chance to be part of our red-carpet evening in February celebrating exceptional, cutting-edge products in Automation and Control, Design Hardware and Software, Electronics and Test, and Materials and Assembly.
Free Composites Test Database Now Available from Sandia Labs
10/10/2015  Post a comment
A database containing information on over 16,000 tests done on 500 composites and other materials for wind turbine blades is now available free from Sandia National Laboratories.
Latest Autodesk Fusion 360 Update Highlights Cloud Power
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  9 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  2 comments
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  14 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.
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
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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  84 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.
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