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Rob Spiegel

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Is the IIoT Getting Out of Control?
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
6/27/2016  0
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply don't need to be ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

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Cockroach-Inspired Robots Aimed at Disaster Recovery Scenarios
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer, Design News
6/24/2016  0
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that's just what researchers at the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) did in the pursuit of ...

Rob Spiegel

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Bearings Are Covered with Mobile Apps
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
6/21/2016  0
Bearings represent some of the oldest and most steadfast technology in automation, but like everything in the smart factory, bearings are getting sling-shot into the new world of ...

Jeff Poirier, RedViking

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Beyond the Dyno: A Multi-Axis Test Simulator for Automotive
Jeff Poirier, RedViking
6/21/2016  0
Wide open throttle (WOT) is a standard test run by automakers. Think about sitting at a stop light with your manual transmission car, and as soon as the light turns green, you floor ...

Rob Spiegel

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Notorious Hacker Reveals Tricks, Blames the User
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
6/20/2016  3
"They don't make a patch for stupid." Famous hacker Kevin Mitnick launched into his keynote at the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing show in New York City by explaining that ...

Suzanne Deffree, Editor-in-Chief

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NASA and the Heart of Engineering
Suzanne Deffree, Editor-in-Chief
6/16/2016  0
Heart surgery. While attending this week's Atlantic Design and Manufacturing event keynote presentation by renowned astronaut and engineer Dr. Leroy Chiao, I could not get heart ...

Rob Spiegel

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Usefulness Trumps Cool in Medical Design Innovation
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
6/15/2016  5
Want to create a medical device that will also find real success? Better find something useful rather than just spectacular. At the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing show in New ...

Al Bredenberg, Contributing Writer

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Portfolio Management Tools Give Decision-Makers Line of Sight Into R&D Efforts
Al Bredenberg, Contributing Writer
6/15/2016  0
How does a large manufacturer keep track of all its product development and R&D efforts across the enterprise? This is a crucial question, because decision-makers have to make sure ...

Jacob Beningo

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7 Reasons to Skip the I in IoT
Jacob Beningo, Contributing Writer
6/14/2016  12
The talk these days about the IoT and the large number of companies hopping onto the IoT bandwagon with little to no strategic decision making is unbearable. Does it really make ...

Features

Remote Machine Connectivity Means Plant Data Everywhere and Anywhere
12/3/2015
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Remote connectivity delivers process and condition for greater plant efficiencies.

Project Management Gets an Upgrade -- and Into a Scrum
10/21/2015
 1
Innovations such as “scrum” and virtualization methods have changed the project management game.

Modular Application Software Comes On Scene in Industrial Automation
9/15/2015
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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
9/15/2015
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Integrated safety systems are paying for themselves in fewer injuries, reduced downtime, easier maintenance, and improved flexibility.

Human-Machine Interfaces Are Undergoing a Renaissance
9/15/2015
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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
9/15/2015
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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.

Writing for Design News
5/6/2015
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Design News serves the biggest community of design engineers working in all manufacturing industries and end-markets. Design News, therefore, offers contributing authors the biggest exposure anywhere for your thought leadership. We welcome contributed articles from engineering professionals, consultants, as well as industry vendors.

Check Out What Went On During National Robotics Week 2015!
4/10/2015
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In case you missed it, here are the highlights from National Robotics Week 2015.

Automation & Motion Control
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FemtoFET™: Smallest MOSFET
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LDC1000: A Revolution in Sensing
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WEBENCH Automotive Overview
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Micromo 8 & 10mm Brushless Motors
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Watch rotary movements with energy chain cable carriers.
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InkBot: Building Your Own Robot That Writes
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Prince: Legendary Musician, Advocate of STEM
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Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Not So Nice Tribute to a 2003 Mazda
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Ford Spark Plugs Break During Removal
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Strange Connections Killed the Mercedes-Benz
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The Case of the Incompatible Processor Upgrade
What should have been an easy microcontroller upgrade opens up a mysterious web of problems.
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