Automation & Motion Control
Rob Spiegel

Supply Chains Will Change Radically over the Coming Decade
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
4/28/2015  0
Industry 4.0 is coming to the extended supply chain. Over the coming decade, innovations like predictive analytics, 3D printing, and wearable technologies will change the supply ...

Chris Wiltz

Meet The MRV, NASA's Stab at the Electric Vehicle
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
4/27/2015  2
NASA is dipping its toe into the automotive world with the development of the Modular Robotic Vehicle (MRV), a two-seat electric vehicle built off of the same technology NASA uses ...

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Rob Spiegel

The 10 Greatest Inventors of the Mid-20th Century 
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
4/24/2015  6
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs ...

Tracey Schelmetic, Contributing Writer

Guest Blogs
Soft Starters Spare Wear & Tear on Motors, Help Control Peak Energy Usage
Tracey Schelmetic, Contributing Writer
4/24/2015  2
It's conventional wisdom in industry and manufacturing that the most wear and tear happens on machines during the stressful startup process. By some estimates, the startup process ...

Rob Spiegel

Moving Big Data to Equipment Design
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
4/23/2015  1
Using computer intelligence for diagnostics and prognostics in industrial equipment has been in play for at least a decade. As data processing becomes less expensive and easier to ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Sustainability Expert: Solar Energy Can Help Alleviate Drought
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
4/22/2015  27
California is in the middle of a serious drought that has caused the state to take unprecedented measures to conserve water. The state is also the leader in solar installations and ...

Rob Spiegel

Automation Tools Bring Viability to Renewables
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
4/21/2015  0
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they're temperamental. A cloudy ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

STEM Connection
Engineer-Backed Competition Envisions Woman on TV as ‘The Next MacGyver’
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
4/20/2015  3
Anyone who grew up in the 1980s likely remembers the television series MacGyver, in which a very crafty scientist always managed to get himself out of a difficult situation by ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Meet Festo’s Biomimicry-Inspired, 3D-Printed Bionic Insects
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
4/20/2015  2
Biomimicry and 3D printing have come together in new swarming ant and butterfly robots that act very much like their insect counterparts, the inventions of German robotics firm Festo.


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

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Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week.

Today's AC Servo Systems Are Smarter and Faster
Technology advances boost positioning accuracy and stability at high speeds, while simplifying set up.

Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
Manufacturing organizations have faced a growing challenge of delivering products on time and to cost over the past decade, as product lifecycles and value chains have become increasingly complex. Even in the face of constant pressure to drive down costs, globalization and competition have led the design and manufacture of any given product or assembly to become distributed geographically as well as across organizational boundaries in the extended supply chain.

A CNC Machine OEM Pushes the Limits of Repeatability
The current generation of CNC machining systems has features that significantly improve metalworking operations from what they were only a few years ago. These machines are generally faster and quieter than ever, more resistant to mechanical noise, have powerful controls and extensive automation capabilities, and fabricate a wider range of metals.

Megatrends Shaping PACs & PLCs
Machine controllers have always played a pivotal role in manufacturing performance. Now the focus is on simpler integration, more connectivity, and harvesting the benefits of information-enabled operation.

Implementing Adaptive Segment-Based Cams
By integrating event-driven strategies into motion control schemes, automation systems may be optimized beyond what’s possible with traditional electronic cams or motion profiles.

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Piezo Motor With Integrated Encoder
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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’s Piezo Legs Caliper Motor
Customers can get higher resolution from a scalable motor. ...
Micromo 8 & 10mm Brushless Motors
In a tiny package, they supply a high amount of torque and ...
Ford Showcases Its First Plug-in Hybrid
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Tesla's Model S Nears Production
Khobi Brooklyn of Tesla Motors talks about the advantages ...
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Iglide Plastic Bushings in Palletizer
Watch igus's iglide plastic bushings in action in an ...
Iglide Plastic Bushings in Bicycles
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Phil Hester Talks Advanced Software
National Instruments VP of R&D Phil Hester provides a ...
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If you think the Apple Watch will turn heads, wait until you build the Apple II version.
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Get Your Wireless Demo Boards at Gadget Freak ...
Followers of Design News’ Gadget Freak blogs will have the opportunity next week to take home a ...
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted ...
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Voting in the final round of our annual Gadget Freak of the Year contest is now open. Cast your ...
Discover-E’s ‘New Face’ of Engineering Helps ...
Discover-E has chosen its 13 New Faces of Engineering for 2015, and the list includes an ...
Engineer-Backed Competition Envisions Woman ...
A group of collaborators wants to recast MacGyver or a show similar to it with a female ...
A STEM Lesson from an IoT Electronic Thermometer
The business and educational opportunities of Internet of Things (IoT) are abundant. Cisco’s ...
DARPA Asks Teens to Determine Future Societal ...
A STEM contest called Robots4Us, sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, ...
igus Celebrates National Robotics Week at the ...
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Not So Nice Tribute to a 2003 Mazda
One reader had to dismantle the Mazda Tribute for the sake of changing the alternator and some ...
Ford Spark Plugs Break During Removal
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Unsafe Stove Has Owner Seeing Red
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Cable Box Causes Bigger Headache Than Daytime TV
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Karaoke Machine Has Owner Singing the Blues
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
The Register That Wouldn't Register
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and ...
Flagrant Fan Fuels Diagnostic Failure
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A Revealing Quiet
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Balancing Efficiency and Comfort in a Ford
Building a prototype of a car is a tough way to find the optimal balance between efficiency and ...
The Singing Telephone Switch
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