Automation & Motion Control
Fred Eady

ON Semiconductor Keeps Watchful, High-Res Video Eye with Development Kit
Fred Eady, Contributing Writer
11/27/2015  0
If you are just entering the realm of IoT device design, you might come to realize that you have stepped into familiar territory. When you step back and take an objective look at ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
10 New 3D Printing Technologies: Multimaterials, Clay, & Factory-Floor Composites
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
11/25/2015  0
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, ...

Jennifer Campbell

Gadget Freak
Gadget Freak of the Year: Help Us Break a Tie Vote!
Jennifer Campbell, Executive Editor
11/24/2015  0
Voting has closed on our 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year contest, but it is not game over yet for two competing projects.

Jennifer Campbell

Rising Engineering Star: Where Are They Now? – Part 2
Jennifer Campbell, Executive Editor
11/23/2015  0
When we last saw Punya Prakash, a well-spoken Texas Instruments engineer, she was coming off an impressive win during our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards.

Rob Spiegel

GE: Plan for Failure in Cyber Security to Succeed
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
11/22/2015  0
The safest way to protect against cyber attacks is to assume your system will be cracked. "No matter how strong your safe is, it's going to fail," Pete Sage, senior chief engineer ...

Rob Spiegel

Remote Machine Connectivity Means Plant Data Everywhere and Anywhere
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
11/20/2015  1
Thanks to Internet connectivity, plant data is now free from the wire. Control engineers can monitor plant production and equipment from any location. One plant manager tracks ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Predictive Maintenance Hits Robotics as Fanuc and Cisco Team Up
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer, Design News
11/20/2015  2
The manufacturing industry is among the first to adopt the Internet of Things (IoT), connecting automated machinery and making them smarter while pushing toward predictive ...

Ann R. Thryft

Must See: Cornell 3D Prints Soft Robotic Tentacles
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
11/19/2015  0
A new method for making a robotic tentacle with more agility and degrees of freedom (DOF) of movement relies on 3D printing. Developed by Cornell University engineers, the method ...

RP Siegel, Contributing Writer

Portland Is Recycling Power from its Water System
RP Siegel, Contributing Writer
11/17/2015  9
Water is heavy. It can produce a great deal of power as it flows downhill. People have been taking advantage of that fact for centuries. At the same time, it takes quite a bit of ...


Project Management Gets an Upgrade -- and Into a Scrum
Innovations such as “scrum” and virtualization methods have changed the project management game.

Modular Application Software Comes On Scene in Industrial Automation
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.

Integrated Safety Breaks the Cost-Savings Barrier at Plants
Integrated safety systems are paying for themselves in fewer injuries, reduced downtime, easier maintenance, and improved flexibility.

Human-Machine Interfaces Are Undergoing a Renaissance
Mobile technology is putting its imprint on industrial operator interfaces, offering touch capabilities, new design approaches, and more sophisticated functionality.

Smart PLCs and PACs — More Complex but Easier to Use
Increased processing speeds and greater intelligence in smaller devices is changing traditional PLCs and PACs. The PAC is morphing into a PLC, and they both may be replaced by embedded PCs.

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