Ethanol Is the New Homebrew The E-Fuel 100 allows motorists to make their own ethanol from sugar or even leftover booze. The system features fermentation, solid-state distillation and control advances that make production a breeze. Full Story
That hydrogen can reliably power cars is all but proven, but the work to create a mass fuel cell vehicle market has just begun. Our extensive coverage provides an in-depth look at the future of hydrogen power. Videos and photo gallery included!
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Electric Motor Breaks New Ground A patented electric motor design from NovaTorque improves efficiency and design flexibility by shoehorning an axial motor design into a rotary motor package. Full StorySafety in Automation The focus on safety is effectively providing an impetus for the adoption of technologies and products that ultimately will be the basis of new generations of safer machines. Full Story
Narrow Escape from an Exploding Wind TurbineThis video darkly and dramatically demonstrates what happens when angular momentum runs amok.
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Robotic Foosball - VIDEO This foosball table uses a 96-pinhole camera and LED sensor grid system to keep track of the ball’s position on the table. 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
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Increasing shaft power with less input power is crucial to improve product performance. ThinGap offers a series of low-voltage, high-efficiency, and high-power density brush and brushless DC motors for applications with input power limitations. For a white paper that explains this unique technology, Click Here.
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 Sliding Glass Door ChallengeIn partnership with Groschopp
Unlike prison doors, some tough doors are pretty. The gearmotors for elegant three and four element sliding doors that lead to your sunny poolside patio had to fit into the 3.5 inch deep space in exterior walls. The toughest job, however, was noise reduction in this residential application. Find out how these doors open and close smoothly and quietly in sequence. Read More
Dive into Direct Digital Manufacturing - WEBCASTIn partnership with Stratasys
Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) or rapid manufacturing is taking place today. Knowing what DDM is and how to implement within your company is a competitive advantage in today's manufacturing environment. Watch Now
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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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At SafetyBase.com you'll find the latest news and information about machine and process safety—created through a unique collaboration of safety experts. This is the one interactive site designed to provide you everything from safety regulations to products to applications. It's safety automation made simple. Visit SafetyBase.com today! 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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Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.