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.
3D Printing Could Make Better Fiber Optics
Engineering Materials 7/25/2015 1 comment University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
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 Environmental Impact and Safety of 3D Printing
Blog 7/15/2015 7 comments Some initial studies contend that certain additive manufacturing processes produce harmful eco-impact. Evaluating 3D printing’s footprint will be a multifaceted question requiring detailed systemwide analysis and product lifecycle consideration.
Motion Control in Packaging: 11 Tips for Improvement
Guest Blogs 7/10/2015 Post a comment Automation combined with trained personnel will provide faster, more efficient and cost-effective production. With automation products and software becoming so much more reliable and affordable, the days of the purely mechanical system are numbered, if not already spent.
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.
Parallax Propeller Packs Eight 32-Bit Cores In a 40-Pin MCU
News 7/6/2015 1 comment Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
7 New Coatings and Sealants Get Tough, Sticky & Fast-Curing
Engineering Materials 6/26/2015 4 comments The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
Identifying and Reducing Stresses in Pressure Vessels
Guest Blogs 6/26/2015 1 comment Pressure vessels are part of common equipment utilized in plants to store liquids and gases under high pressure. It is certain that pressurized fluids will develop stresses in the vessel, which when exceeds failure limits, will lead to hazardous incidents and fatalities.
Famed Hacker: IoT Is Exploitable
News 6/25/2015 7 comments At the Freescale Technology Forum, famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick focused on the growing influence of the Internet of Things, and the possibility of such applications being easily compromised.
3D Systems Going Mainstream in Heathcare
News 6/12/2015 Post a comment 3D printing’s move to the medical industry is accelerating rapidly, due largely to its ability to offer solutions to patients who seek a more customized form of healthcare, an expert told engineers at this week’s Medical Design & Manufacturing East show.
Industry Group Pushes for Free Open-Source Ethernet Standard for Machine Communications
Blog 6/10/2015 1 comment As we are on the cusp of the Industrial Internet of Things and its extensive connectivity potential, the Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group believes that industrial machinery and components can communicate data rapidly and reliably among themselves, system controllers, and ultimately to their human overseers via an open-source, software-based Ethernet communication standard.
Hybrid 3DP/CNC System for Metals Costs Less
Engineering Materials 6/8/2015 3 comments It's possible to integrate both additive and subtractive manufacturing processes in one system to make a single part. An America Makes project spearheaded by Optomec makes structural metal parts, and for less than it used to cost.
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