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Charles Murray

Electronic News & Comment
Backup Camera Mandate Will Lead to More Electronic Innovation
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
4/24/2014  3
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, ...

Ray Almgren

Guest Blogs
A FIRST Cinderella Story
Ray Almgren, National Instruments; FIRST in Texas Chairman
4/24/2014  1
We hear a lot about Cinderella stories this time of year. With the Final Four and the Master's golf tournament coming to a close, we're all familiar with underdogs who rise up ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Solar Impulse 2 Flies New Materials
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
4/24/2014  0
The second version of the 100% solar-powered airplane, Solar Impulse, has been completed. It debuted April 9 in Payerne, Switzerland. The new airplane will be the one used in next ...

Rob Spiegel

Sherlock Ohms
Simulation Identified & Solved Factory Noise Problem
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
4/24/2014  0
Ship builder Wartsila was getting complaints about the nighttime noise in a residential area of Vassa, Finland near one of the company's main large 4-stroke engine factories. The ...

Cabe Atwell

Blog
Smart Glasses Rival Google
Cabe Atwell, Contributing Editor, Design Hardware & Software
4/23/2014  12
Lumus and eyeSight are giving Google a run for its money. The technology powerhouses recently revealed consumer-grade devices that offer all the prime functions of smart glasses ...

Cabe Atwell

CAD/CAM Corner
QNX Tech Powers VisLab's Autonomous Car
Cabe Atwell, Contributing Editor, Design Hardware & Software
4/23/2014  4
The University of Parma's Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (VisLab) recently announced that its newest autonomous vehicle project is being powered by the QNX ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Composite Rocket Fuel Tank Will Explore Deep Space
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
4/23/2014  3
A year ago, we told you about the first spacecraft fuel tank from NASA and Cobham Life Support that could fall apart harmlessly when re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. Its secret? ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Robotics Launches Focus on Fundamentals
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
4/23/2014  4
The drives that power the robotics movement have advanced significantly in recent years, right along with advancements in robot flexibility and strength. Design News is launching ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Blog
10 Technologies That Make Us Super-Human
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
4/22/2014  15
Innovations in medicine and technology are rapidly approaching capabilities humans could only imagine. Things from artificial organs to prosthetics are becoming as good as the parts ...

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Features

Driving High-Brightness LEDs in High-Power Industrial Lighting Fixtures
4/21/2014
 1
High-power industrial Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures use series-parallel strings of High Brightness (HB) LEDs to produce superior lighting fixtures compared to traditional, “ballast-based” systems.

Optimizing Electronic Design Performance Through Test Integration
4/8/2014
 0
The choice of tools significantly influences the development cost and number of prototype iterations necessary before a design goes to manufacturing.

Optimization of Total Operating Costs Using Electric Linear Drives
4/7/2014
 1
TCO analysis demonstrates high potential for savings, even for simple applications, by replacing pneumatic drives.

9 Fundamental Facts for Self-Clinching Fastener Success
4/3/2014
 2
By following nine basic principles, engineers can take advantage of self-clinching fasteners for their ability to join thin metal sheets, reduce hardware counts, and allow removal or replacement of components.

Tools for the Remote Workplace
4/2/2014
 2
As we move forward and keep integrating the Internet into our workflows, remote work may become less of an exception and more of the rule.

Evolving Solutions for Remote HMI Monitoring
4/1/2014
 0
Web-enabled monitoring of production data is expanding to focus on a broader set of users, device types, use cases, and resulting workflows.

Force-Controlled Finishing Adds Human Touch
3/31/2014
 0
Optimized, power-dense servomotor technology improves the automation of precise finishing and blending operations.

Hybrid Hexapods Resolve Inherent Weaknesses of Conventional Hexapods
3/12/2014
 5
The hybrid hexapod enables applications that can benefit from six-degrees-of-freedom motion.

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