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Content tagged with Industrial Machinery
posted in September 2011
The Case of the Mysterious Computer Resets
Sherlock Ohms 
9/30/2011  3 comments
Computers were resetting themselves for no apparent reason. For no reason, that is, until Sherlock Ohms looked into the matter.
The Case of the Failing Bus Transmissions
Sherlock Ohms 
9/29/2011  11 comments
Electric bus transmissions were failing in the field. Sherlock Ohms had to track down the problem.
Fujitsu Expands Cortex-Based MCU Line
Product News 
9/29/2011  1 comment
Fujitsu Semiconductor has added 64 devices to its FM3 family of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor core.
Balluff Offers Distributed Modular I/O for Industrial Ethernet
Product News 
9/28/2011  2 comments
Balluff has introduced a new generation of distributed modular I/O for industrial Ethernet.
Design News Radio Talks Multicore MCUs on Wednesday
Blog 
9/27/2011  Post a comment
Design News Radio's "MCUs Grow Up: The Next Generation of Multicore Controllers," will be a live, streaming audio show and companion online chat Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Troubles With the Ford Taurus SHO
Made by Monkeys 
9/27/2011  19 comments
Watch out for the Ford Taurus SHO. Its weird engine means big troubles.
Another Case of a Buried Electrical Box
Sherlock Ohms 
9/27/2011  4 comments
How do you find electrical materials buried in a wall? You get as inventive as Sherlock Ohms.
Slideshow: Humanoid Robots Get Real
Features 
9/26/2011  41 comments
"Uncanny valley" refers to the revulsion that humans feel when they see a humanoid robot.
Safety Is Basis of TI's Hercules MCUs
Blog 
9/26/2011  2 comments
TI’s Hercules line of safe microcontrollers features comprehensive diagnostic and self-testing capabilities built into the hardware.
China's Rare Earth Export Cutbacks Raise Alarms
Blog 
9/22/2011  20 comments
Prices for rare earth elements, an important component electromechanical products, have jumped by at least an order of magnitude in the past year as a result of export cutbacks from China, the world's largest source.
Linear Motor Makers Boost Precision, Positional Accuracy
News 
9/22/2011  4 comments
Linear motor manufacturers at Design & Manufacturing Midwest unveiled new products.
The Case of the Semi-Proficient Measurement
Sherlock Ohms 
9/22/2011  6 comments
Sometimes old equipment is just right -- other times, it's just too old.
MCU Vendors Tackle Electronic Safety
Electronics News 
9/21/2011  4 comments
Electronics suppliers are rolling out hardware and software that promote electronic safety.
So What's an 'Embedded System,' Anyway?
Blog 
9/21/2011  10 comments
IDC says 1.8 billion embedded systems will ship this year, generating $1 trillion in revenue. Is its definition of the market so broad that we must reconsider what does and doesn't fit in its boundaries?
The Monkeys Are All Over the LG Refrigerator
Made by Monkeys 
9/21/2011  14 comments
The LG deluxe refrigerator is anything but deluxe with it comes to design.
The Dump Trailer Won't Dump
Made by Monkeys 
9/20/2011  13 comments
What happens when your dump trailer won't dump? Such a simple function, and so hard to find.
Slideshow: BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Teardown
Guest Blogs 
9/20/2011  3 comments
A UBM TechInsights teardown of the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablet reveals that Texas Instruments (TI) is the big design winner.
Will an MBA Benefit You?
Electronics News 
9/19/2011  9 comments
The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree, long a staple for engineers preparing for leadership, is looking pretty enticing lately.
At Wit's End With the Kenmore Microwave
Made by Monkeys 
9/19/2011  20 comments
We bought this Kenmore microwave for "ease of use." What a laugh.
Electronics Group Resisting Calif. Energy Regulations
Green Scene 
9/19/2011  22 comments
The CEA pounds California policymakers for proposing new regulations while the electronics industry is reporting gains in energy efficiency.
Survey Results: Mold Design & Use
News 
9/16/2011  8 comments
Engineers buy molds from China but report significant quality and delivery problems.
Hot Off the Presses: Design News September Digital Issue
Wolfe's Den 
9/14/2011  Post a comment
Download the free e-magazine and PDF versions of the September issue of Design News.
Now You Know What Rime Ice Is
Mechatronics Zone 
9/14/2011  10 comments
A new sensor uses the optical properties of ice to detect when it builds up on refrigerator coils.
My Mercury Wiring Harness Nightmare
Mechatronics Zone 
9/13/2011  8 comments
When I attempted to replace a power-window motor on my '96 Mercury I uncovered an amazing nest of wires that controls windows, door locks, and mirror positions.
Monkeys Only Mess With New Appliances
Made by Monkeys 
9/13/2011  15 comments
One after another -- from washers to dishwashers -- it's the new appliances that fail.
Thermal Bandits Beget Shrinking Chip Packages
Blog 
9/9/2011  3 comments
The driver of efforts to shrink the package size and power consumption of semiconductor chips is usually assumed to be consumer devices, but it's really Internet communications.
Slideshow: CAD's New Age of Functionality
Features 
9/9/2011  15 comments
After a semi-lost decade, CAD vendors have reinvigorated their focus on CAD, introducing an array of innovative functionality and 3D modeling advances that take CAD to the next level.
Rare Earth Shortages Revive Alternatives
Blog 
9/6/2011  9 comments
Rising concern over China restricting exports of rare earth elements has caused the industry to revisit older magnetic materials from the mid-20th century, such as aluminum-nickel-cobalt compounds and thin films of iron and nitrogen.
Can You Test & Measure With an MCU?
Mechatronics Zone 
9/6/2011  5 comments
The Arduino Uno module provides an easy way to learn about microcontrollers.
Discussion: What's Changed Most in the Design Engineering Profession?
Wolfe's Den 
9/2/2011  2 comments
Design News asks: What's changed most about the design engineering profession in the past decade?
Gadget Freak Case #193: The Gadget Let the Dog Out
Gadget Freak 
9/1/2011  9 comments
Les Kelly first showed off his gadget skills in Gadget Freak Case #178, where he created a device that let his dog out of a crate remotely. Now Les has taken the show outdoors with his Easy/Out! remote trigger.




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