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Charles Murray

Automotive News
Gigafactory Will Lead the Way as Battery Pack Prices Drop By 35%
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
5/28/2015  0
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, a ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Blog
Robotic Eel Tapped to Explore Jupiter’s Oceans
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
5/28/2015  0
Two researchers from Cornell University are working on an energy-harvesting eel-like robot for NASA that the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.

Rob Spiegel

Blog
The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
5/28/2015  0
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you'd think we've entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly ...

Don Wilcher

STEM Connection
Development of a CTE Project: An IoT Electronic Thermometer, Part 2
Don Wilcher, Contributing Writer
5/28/2015  0
In my previous article, I discussed how I'm developing an Internet of Things curriculum for my CTE (Career Technical Education) high school students in electronics technology by ...

William Ng

News
Design Engineers Are at the Center of the Industrial Automation Sourcing Process
William Ng, Editor-in-Chief
5/28/2015  0
The promise of advanced machine-to-machine networking, smart factories, and Industry 4.0 has gotten the wide field of manufacturing and industrial automation abuzz with excitement, ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
3D-Printed Working Motorcycle Demonstrates What the Tech Can Do
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
5/27/2015  12
Why would the biggest connector company in the world design and build what it says is the first fully functional 3D-printed motorcycle? That's what I asked TE Connectivity's Charles ...

Chris Wiltz

Blog
Sphero is a Robot Ball From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
5/27/2015  1
Star Wars: The Force Awakens won't be hitting theaters until December, but a new character has already stolen fans' hearts -- a beach ball-shaped droid named BB-8.

Rob Spiegel

Product News
Siemens PLM Updates Solid Edge With ST8
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
5/27/2015  0
Siemens PLM debuted its new release of Solid Edge software at PLM World in Dallas last week. The enhanced ST8 includes new functionality designed to help users accelerate design ...

Tina Hull, Omron Automation and Safety

Guest Blogs
How Do International Machine Safety Rules Apply to the US?
Tina Hull, Omron Automation and Safety
5/27/2015  0
"How can European standards affect me, especially since I only use machines built in the US?" This is a common question, and one way to answer this is to look at how machine safety ...

Features

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.

Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
3/3/2015
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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
2/18/2015
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Technology advances boost positioning accuracy and stability at high speeds, while simplifying set up.

Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
2/17/2015
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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
2/3/2015
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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.

Solving Aircraft Interior Design Challenges with Standardized Mechanisms
1/30/2015
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As the lightweighting trend continues to be a driving factor in aircraft design, aerospace OEMs must explore innovative ways of meeting production demands while ensuring reliable operation of interior touch points.

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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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