Disney's Integrated Safety Makeover n an indication of just how seriously North American engineers are taking integrated safety in applications where life and limb are on the line, Walt Disney Imagineering and Siemens Energy & Automation have together been working on a PLC-based safety system for busbar powered rides. Full Story
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SCHUNK's Modular Robotic Arm of Tomorrow Graceful and quiet, this modular lightweight arm by SCHUNK is the robotic arm of tomorrow. A mechatronic system, it can run off a 24V dc battery and can be directly controlled by a PC, a PCI or USB interface. Full StoryInnovations in Mechanical Motion When it comes to innovative mechanical components, black chrome plating is a technology that offers a new alternative and impressive performance. Full Story
MoMA's Design and The Elastic Mind Motion MasterpiecesThe MoMA’s Design and The Elastic Mind Exhibit showed motion control and mechatronics in a new light.
NEW QUICKTRAK® CLAMP EXTRUSION FROM BISHOP-WISECARVER QuickTrak offers a quick and economical way to accurately mount Bishop-Wisecarver’s widely recognized DualVee® track – in a fraction of the time required by existing methods. Designed to fit the leading 40mm series structural aluminum extrusions, QuickTrak requires no track drilling or fasteners, resulting in a low-cost installation. Click Here.
Industrial Robot Plays Air Hockey - VIDEO An industrial robot at the Freescale Technology Forum used a 32-bit processor to control a robot that plays air hockey. Watch Now
Measuring Combustion Cylinder Pressure for Advanced Engine Control- WEBCAST The pressure to reduce carbon dioxide generation, substantially increase fuel economy and continue to reduce vehicle emissions requires more advanced sensing techniques. Guest expert Dr. Marek Wlodarczyk, president, Optrand Inc. explores existing technology approaches and discusses a direct measurement solution rapidly gaining acceptance for future vehicles. Watch Now
Sponsored Technology Content Webcast: Mechatronics in the Age of Digital ImagesIn partnership with Bosch Rexroth, National Instruments and Siemens PLM
Avid photographers talk about image focus, shutter speed and depth of field, but rarely do they talk about image sensors, gyroscopes, actuators and ultrasonic motors. But the digital camera is truly a mechatronics marvel. Kevin Craig's three-part webcast takes you through the basics of photography through the birth of the digital age to explain how mechatronics is revolutionizing the digital camera. Read More Partnering with Iowa State's Institute for Physical Research and TechnologyIn partnership with Groschopp Inc.
Groschopp Inc. engineers and manufactures customized, high-reliability fractional horsepower electric motors and gear motors for some of the world's most demanding Original Equipment Manufacturers. Find out why the company has turned to IPRT Company Assistance to help it maintain its reputation for products of the highest quality. Read More Sensorless Field Oriented (FOC) Control for AC Induction MotorsIn partnership with Microchip Technology Inc.
The requirement of low-cost, low-maintenance, robust electrical motors have resulted in the emergence of the AC Induction Motor (ACIM) as the industry leader. Learn how to apply sensorless field-oriented control of induction motors using a dsPIC® Digital Signal Controller (DSC) from Microchip Technology. Read More
2008 Engineering Salary Survey - Available NowIn Partnership with Aerotek
Did your pay increase measure up to the industry average last year? Based on your level of education and years of service, what should your annual base salary be? What specific skills do engineers need to get ahead in their profession today? The Design News 2008 Engineering Salary Survey has the answers. Read More
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Balanced Constant Current Excitation for Dynamic Strain MeasurementsVendor:Precision Filters | Type:White Paper Balanced constant current excitation uses a pair of matched constant current sources to excite a single active strain gage. The technique provides enhanced immunity from electrostatic noise pickup and may be employed for dynamic strain measurement applications that require only two wires to the transducer. In this paper, the properties of balanced constant current excitation will be examined and compared against traditional techniques using the Wheatstone bridge or single-ended constant current excitation.
Cost Savings through Energy Efficient Power Transmission SystemsVendor:Gates | Type:White PaperAny loss of power is a loss of money for users. To minimize losses and keep energy consumption in check, power transmission drives must operate at optimum efficiency.This paper compares the efficiency-related characteristics of two belt drives, V-belt drives and synchronous belt drives to show the potential for savings.
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There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.