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Content tagged with Industrial Machinery
posted in October 2011
Selecting Controllers for Brushless DC Motors
News 
10/31/2011  2 comments
Depending on the application, a designer has many variables to consider when selecting controllers for brushless DC motors.
The Case of the Getting Out of Hot Water
Sherlock Ohms 
10/28/2011  5 comments
The hot water was a problem in ramping up a pharma manufacturing process. Call on the inner Sherlock Ohms.
Gadget Freak Jr.: Homebrew Jet Engines
Gadget Freak 
10/27/2011  17 comments
In an aerospace and mechanical technology trilogy, we bring you videos of homebrew jet engine projects including one made via 3D printing.
The Case of the Faulty Spring Clutch
Sherlock Ohms 
10/27/2011  4 comments
This problem with faulty springs revealed the problem with conventional-wisdom solutions.
The Card Swiper Swiped My Patience
Made by Monkeys 
10/26/2011  7 comments
The go-card readers in the Australian train stations are designed to drive you mad.
Slide Chart Helps Find Screws & Fasteners
Mechatronics Zone 
10/25/2011  15 comments
Mark Atkins at Great Innovations has come up with a great way to present frequently-used information about screws and metals in a two-sided slide chart.
Top 5 Roadblocks to Digital Factory of the Future
Features 
10/24/2011  29 comments
The digital factory of the future faces challenges of cost, compatibility and programmability as PLCs and PACs lurch towards a fulling integrated production cycle.
High-Speed Snowmobile Does Just One Speed Well
Made by Monkeys 
10/24/2011  19 comments
The 1980 Kawasaki 340 snowmobile loves to race. But that's all it loves.
Steel Fights Back Against Alternative Auto Materials
Green Scene 
10/24/2011  16 comments
The steel industry argues that it is a strong anti-emissions material if you take into account the full lifecycle of a vehicle.
Design News Radio Talks Automation Software
News 
10/24/2011  1 comment
The plant has become a video game. Design News Radio explores developments in automation software.
Video: Hockey Robot Stresses Sticks With Slap Shots
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/21/2011  11 comments
Hockey Robotics' testing robot takes professional-grade slap shots, helping stick manufacturers more effectively evaluate design tradeoffs around performance and durability.
Is There a Diamond Machine in Your Future?
Mechatronics Zone 
10/21/2011  9 comments
Researchers at the Sandia Corporation have created complete machines with gears and microscopic transmissions fabricated from microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) systems.
Case Study: Automated Patient Transfer Device
News 
10/20/2011  6 comments
Nurses face the daily challenge of caring for an overweight population, which leads to debilitating injuries. A motorized lateral transfer device allows even the smallest nurse to move a heavy patient.
Customized Coke Machine: Not the Free Choice I Want
Guest Blogs 
10/20/2011  22 comments
The new Coca-Cola Freestyle self-serve soda fountain is advanced technology but perhaps too much of a good thing.
Hot Off the Presses: Design News October Digital Issue
Wolfe's Den 
10/19/2011  Post a comment
The October 2011 digital issue of Design News is available for free download, with content on automation and control, CAD, materials and assembly, and RFID.
National Instruments Adds Vision & Motion Hardware
Product News 
10/19/2011  1 comment
National Instruments has added a reconfigurable vision tools and a motion module for the NI CompactRIO platform.
Siemens Sets FreeTrial for CAD, Sim Tool
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/19/2011  7 comments
Siemens PLM Software launches first-ever 45-day free trial of the Solid Edge CAD and Femap simulation software, hoping a test drive will spark user adoption.
What Would You Do With a 6-V Motor, Two Servos & a Battery?
Mechatronics Zone 
10/18/2011  10 comments
Someone should start a robotics competition that challenges kids to build something out of a small DC motor, a 2-channel transmitter and servo receiver, two servo motors, and a battery pack.
Dassault Deepens Composites Simulation
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/18/2011  3 comments
By acquiring Simulayt, a maker of specialized composites simulation software, Dassault is trying to differentiate its composites story around bi-directional integration among design, analysis, and manufacturing.
Why Mold Design Matters
News 
10/17/2011  6 comments
Consideration of tooling issues in part design can save money and dramatically improve part quality.
Slideshow: Car Electronics, From Dashboard Nav to Autonomous Vehicles
Blog 
10/14/2011  12 comments
In this automotive electronics slideshow, we've corralled developments in automotive electronics, from the advances in collision avoidance to the far-reaching technologies of autonomous vehicles.
Smart Sensor Connectivity Gets IO-Link Boost
News 
10/13/2011  4 comments
Point-to-point protocol simplifies configuration, expands diagnostics, and provides an effective, intelligent method for smart sensor communications.
New Horizons for RFID
Captain Hybrid 
10/12/2011  8 comments
Better chips and new standards are combining to place RFID in applications that no one dreamed of three years ago.
Smart Grid's Massive, Multidisciplinary Tech Challenge
News 
10/11/2011  2 comments
Communications integration; advanced control, sensing, metering and metrics; and a human interface methodology are still on the smart grid architects’ to-do list.
Why Did You Become an Engineer?
Wolfe's Den 
10/7/2011  30 comments
Design News asked participants in the LinkedIn System & Product Design Engineering group why they became engineers.
How Should Engineers Respond to Tepid US Manufacturing Report?
Wolfe's Den 
10/5/2011  14 comments
What do we make of new Commerce Department figures that say US capital equipment sales increased in August by the most in three months?
Stealth Material Cloaks Military Vehicles
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2011  16 comments
Infrared-camoflauging tiles developed by engineers at BAE Systems in Sweden can alter military vehicles' infrared (IR) signatures so that troop carriers could appear to be passenger cars or even blend into the background.
Multicore MCUs Gain Automotive Momentum
News 
10/3/2011  2 comments
In a Design News Radio interview, Ray Cornyn of Freescale Semiconductor said that engineers will widen their adoption of multicore technology in safety-related applications, and move it into new embedded products that need more raw processing power.




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