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Will Robots Give Jobs or Take Them Away?
Engineering Materials 
7/21/2014  7 comments
Lots of people who write about robots say they give us jobs, instead of taking them away from humans. Based on the evidence in some recent studies, I'm not so sure.
Robot Can Detect Gas Pipe Leaks
Engineering Materials 
7/18/2014  13 comments
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Great Film & TV Robots From the 50s & 60s
Blog 
7/17/2014  34 comments
Hereís a look at robots depicted in movies and on TV during the 1950s and 1960s. We tried to collect the classics here, omitting the scores of forgettable B movies such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. Stay tuned for slideshows of robot stars from later decades.
Servo Technology Makes for Flexible, Efficient Plants
Blog 
7/11/2014  Post a comment
AC servo technology has completely revamped plants with motion systems that are flexible, require less maintenance, and consume less energy.
Video: Wear Your Own Pair of Robot Arms
Engineering Materials 
7/10/2014  42 comments
Researchers at MIT's d'Arbeloff Laboratory are developing shoulder- and hip-mounted robotic arms to help workers in aircraft manufacturing perform difficult or complex assembly tasks that would normally require two people.
Bluetooth Module Enables Easy Implementation of Low-Power Wireless
Product News 
7/7/2014  10 comments
A new Bluetooth Smart Module offers a simple way for engineers to create low-power, wireless products.
3D-Printed Steel Building Structures
Engineering Materials 
7/2/2014  22 comments
Structural engineers have developed a design method for 3D printing structural steel elements to be used in construction projects. Complex, individually designed pieces can be created far more efficiently, and costs and waste will be reduced.
Position Sensor Boosts Rotational Measurement Accuracy
Product News 
7/1/2014  4 comments
A new family of magnetic position sensors promises to boost accuracy of pumps and motors in applications ranging from automobiles to factory automation systems.
Plant Networks Are Getting Smart About Security & Safety
Features 
7/1/2014  1 comment
Hackers are getting sneakier and more sophisticated, which means plant personnel need to be more aware of what is going on around them.
15 Engineering Disciplines by Salary & Job Prospects
Blog 
6/30/2014  33 comments
Hereís a snapshot of the salaries and job prospects for engineering careers by discipline. These numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that some professions such as biomedical engineering will see growth as high as 62% through 2020. Other disciplines do not look as promising.
Consumer-Grade 3D-Printable Metal Casting Resin
Engineering Materials 
6/26/2014  12 comments
MadeSolid is offering a 3D-printable casting resin for making small metal parts for things like jewelry. It costs a lot less than previous alternatives and can be used with multiple consumer-grade printers -- an industry first.
TI Rolls Out FRAM MCU Platform for Ultra-Low-Power Applications
Product News 
6/25/2014  6 comments
A new microcontroller platform with embedded ferroelectric random access memory could provide an ultra-low-power solution for applications ranging from smart utility metering to remote industrial sensing to building automation.
SABIC & Kringlan Develop Carbon Composite Wheel
Engineering Materials 
6/25/2014  9 comments
SABIC and Kringlan Composites are developing a thermoplastic carbon composite wheel with a matrix based on SABIC's ULTEM resin. Kringlan says its process is geared toward high volumes, short cycle times, and in-house recycling of production waste and end-of-life materials.
Autodesk Sparks Interest in 3D Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/24/2014  8 comments
Autodesk Spark brings the company to the 3D printer table with a resin-based system of its own.
Video: Roombots Transform Into Reconfigurable Furniture
News 
6/23/2014  17 comments
The Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne has developed robotic blocks that autonomously self-assemble to form reconfigurable, adaptive furniture.
Slideshow: igus's 3D-Printable Bearings Material
Engineering Materials 
6/20/2014  5 comments
igus is offering its tribological, integrated lubricant polymer in a filament for 3D-printing custom bearings, bushings, and prototypes. The Tribo-Filament is compatible with any filament fusion printer that has a heated nozzle and print bed, and uses ABS filaments.
A Fluid-Powered Design From the Educational Ranks
STEM Connection 
6/20/2014  1 comment
Editorís note: We are encouraging students to let us know about some of the innovative projects theyíre working on. Hereís one example.
Self-Aware Control Systems
Blog 
6/19/2014  2 comments
With broad support from automation vendors and an emphasis on software tools that can easily be implemented in machine control projects, the beginnings of self-aware control systems are within reach.
The IIoT: Itís Everywhere
Blog 
6/18/2014  8 comments
The Industrial Internet of Things is becoming an important factor in the growing efficiency and optimization of plants.
New Industrial Cables Are Fast, Quiet & Easy
Product News 
6/10/2014  2 comments
Industrial cabling is getting faster, easier to use, and more resistant to crosstalk.
'Less Is More' Precision Motion Control
Features 
6/10/2014  3 comments
Robots are working alongside humans more often than ever before, so safety, weight, and user friendliness are becoming bigger concerns for designers of these systems.
15 Famous Film Factories
Blog 
6/9/2014  27 comments
Take our tour of 15 factories and plants, and see how they have been depicted in the movies and on TV over the years.
Mobile Apps Speed Up Production
Guest Blogs 
6/9/2014  4 comments
A Detroit automaker was struggling with a semi-manual, labor-intensive parts receiving process. Workers had enter parts into a spreadsheet manually at a stationary workstation. This stopped the receiving process dead in its tracks. A better system was needed.
3D Print Plastic & Electronics in One Pass
Engineering Materials 
6/5/2014  4 comments
Stanford University grad students have developed open-source technology that 3D prints conductive traces and plastic in one pass. Their startup is selling a liquid syringe extruder that plugs into a filament fusion printer, a plug-in replacement dual extruder, and a dual-extrusion 3D printer.
Lockheed & RedEye Team to 3D-Print Rocket Fuel Tanks
Engineering Materials 
6/2/2014  21 comments
Lockheed Martin and RedEye have 3D-printed two huge rocket fuel tank prototypes, the biggest of which is 6.75 ft. long. The project took much less time than traditional manufacturing methods, at about half the cost.
Wide-Format HMI Touchscreens Bridge Consumer/Production Gap
Product News 
6/2/2014  3 comments
Kollmorgen Motion Technology Company has introduced the Kollmorgen Automation Suite HMI, a set of rugged IP65-rated touchscreen panels that feature a single-surface screen with a widescreen format.
15 Artistic Views of the Factory
Blog 
5/30/2014  36 comments
Here are 15 artistic views of the factory, from the romantic murals of the 1930s to the dark visions from today's video games.
Top 15 Engineering Schools by Salary
Blog 
5/19/2014  47 comments
Here are the top 15 engineering schools, ranked by the average starting salaries of their graduates. The list also show each school's mid-career average salary.
3D Printing Needs to Open Up
Engineering Materials 
5/19/2014  13 comments
The prototyping-based models 3D printing has used for 30 years must change if the industry is to continue growing and shift to production parts, says a new Lux Research study.
10 Cyber Attacks That Wreaked Havoc
Blog 
5/14/2014  24 comments
Most of the significant cyber attacks -- think Stuxnet -- have occurred in just the past eight years. Here are the highlights of attacks that have disrupted business, nabbed IP, or forced plants to go haywire.
Slideshow: Proto Labs Buys 3D Printing Service Bureau
Engineering Materials 
5/13/2014  18 comments
Not long after 3D printing leader Stratasys bought two service bureaus, rapid prototyping service bureau extraordinaire Proto Labs has embraced the technology by buying a service bureau focused solely on additive manufacturing. Before this acquisition, Proto Labs has concentrated on CNC machining and injection molding.
'Necessary & Sufficient' Cover the Safety Level
Guest Blogs 
5/7/2014  10 comments
There are many basic principles and maxims that engineers can use to solve simple problems. One trick is to ask at least two questions. First, what is necessary to satisfy the requirement? Second, what is sufficient to satisfy the requirement?
This Is Not Your Fatherís Plant
Blog 
5/6/2014  6 comments
A revolution of technology has completely revamped the plant; a new generation of engineers is taking automation and control into the future.
Migrating Legacy Devices to the IIoT
Guest Blogs 
5/2/2014  3 comments
Following on the heels of breathless coverage of consumer Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is now also garnering some well-deserved attention.
Fluid Power Is Alive & Well in the Era of Energy Conservation
Guest Blogs 
5/1/2014  2 comments
Despite what some people think, fluid power systems are capable of very high-performance motion control. A well-designed, closed-loop hydraulic actuator can do things that motors can't do economically and reliably, such as positioning very heavy loads with a 10-micron resolution or better.
XP Is a Sitting Duck for Cyberattacks
Blog 
4/29/2014  27 comments
With Windows XP no longer supported by Microsoft, plants using the operating system are now vulnerable.
3D-Printed Bioplastics Coming Soon
Engineering Materials 
4/25/2014  27 comments
Bioplastics formulator and manufacturer Sierra Resins and distributor 3D Printlife are working together to introduce a new biofilament for 3D printers.
Composite Rocket Fuel Tank Will Explore Deep Space
Engineering Materials 
4/23/2014  8 comments
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
Robotics Launches Focus on Fundamentals
Blog 
4/23/2014  6 comments
Focus on Fundamentals -- a new Design News webinar series -- kicks off April 29 with How to Select Drives for Robotics Applications. Don't miss it!
Turtle Inspires 3D-Printed Car Frame
Engineering Materials 
4/22/2014  6 comments
German engineering firm EDAG Group showed a single-piece, 3D-printed car body design inspired by a turtle at the Geneva Motor Show. It came about after an assessment of how additive manufacturing could be applied to making industrial components, modules, and complete vehicle bodies.
Stratasys Expands 3D Printing Materials Options
Engineering Materials 
4/21/2014  6 comments
Stratasys is buying assets of a key player in materials testing and R&D for its FDM filament printers, and there's a new polypropylene material for the PolyJet series of 3D printers.
World Demand for Service Robots Still Rising
Blog 
4/21/2014  18 comments
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
Rockwell Helps Machine Builders Design Safer Machines
Product News 
4/18/2014  4 comments
Rockwell Automation recently unveiled a new safety relay that can be configured and integrated through existing software to program safety logic in devices.
The Rise of Industrial Machines
Blog 
4/15/2014  14 comments
Worldwide economic expansion is spurring growth in industrial machinery sales to 5% or 6% per year through 2018.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
Blog 
4/15/2014  3 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Stratasys Buys 3D Printing Service Bureaus to Expand End Production
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2014  3 comments
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
Engineering Materials 
4/10/2014  9 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
Slideshow: New Carbon Composites for Volume Car Production
Engineering Materials 
4/9/2014  21 comments
At the JEC Europe 2014 composites show in Paris, many companies showcased their carbon fiber composite products, especially for volume automotive manufacturing. Some companies touted their contributions to BMW's all-carbon composite body-in-white. Others introduced automotive products and processes.
Embedded Computer Offers Faster Performance, Less Heat
Product News 
4/9/2014  7 comments
Engineers searching for a smaller embedded computer that combines high performance with extended temperature operation may now have a solution.
Women in Industrial Design
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.
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