Fans of the Design News “Mechatronics Zone” will find a fresh look at the MechZone microsite, mechzone.designnews.com, that is if you’re not here now. The new site includes sections for News, Blogs, and Resources along with a list of Popular Videos and Related Links. You can bookmark this site and or you can still get to it directly via the regular Design News site by looking under the Technology Beats, Blogs, and Hot Topics tabs. Either way, I bet you’ll like the variety of information on the new page.
And, yes, you can still leave comments for we bloggers and editors. We also welcome comments about the new organization of and value of the information on the MechZone site. –Jon Titus
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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