Automation & Motion Control
Rob Spiegel

Automation Vendors Validate the Importance of IoT
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
9/30/2016  0
Two automation vendors - ABB and Schneider Electric - have conducted independent studies to determine whether plants are moving to the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve their ...

Rob Spiegel

Critical Security Controls Could Thwart 70% of Cyber Attacks
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
9/29/2016  0
Most cyber attacks could be avoided by adopting a list of Critical Security Controls that were created by the Center for Internet Security. That's the message from Steve Mustard at ...

Ann R. Thryft

The Astronaut As Engineer: Winning the Space Race
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
9/28/2016  3
My favorite keynote at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis conference and co-located events was George Leopold's speech about astronaut and engineer Gus Grissom. ...

Kerry Erendson

Gadget Freak
Obey Your Cat's Demands and Build an Automated Food Dispenser
Kerry Erendson
9/27/2016  4
Cat owners know that few things make their pets happier than getting their food on time. But sometimes those times aren't always the most convenient (for humans at least). You can't ...

Suzanne Deffree, Editor-in-Chief

The Revitalization of Design & Manufacturing
Suzanne Deffree, Editor-in-Chief
9/26/2016  0
We forgot something. In all of our efforts here in the United States in the 15 years or so to make products faster and cheaper, and the outsourcing that came from that, we ...

Ann R. Thryft

BattleBots & Their Designers Show Off Moves & Design Tips
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
9/22/2016  1
BattleBot engineers from the hit TV show showed off two teams' robot designs at a session held yesterday at the Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis show and co-located events.

Rob Spiegel

In the Zombie Apocalypse, People Scream for the Internet
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
9/21/2016  2
When the zombie apocalypse comes, what you want? More weapons? A well-stocked pantry? Medical supplies? Nope. According to a recent survey from wireless provider, Cambium Networks, ...

Charles Murray

Product News
Coupling Offers Greater Concentricity for High-Speed Spindles
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test, Design News
9/21/2016  0
A new coupling for high-speed spindle motors promises greater shaft concentricity and smoother running for milling and grinding machines.

Rob Spiegel

Do You Have the Classic Traits of a Great Engineer?
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
9/20/2016  10
What makes a great engineer?


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

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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