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Chris Wiltz

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Paralyzed Woman Controls Fighter Jet Simulator With Her Mind
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
3/6/2015  0
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has unveiled a new milestone in brain-computer interfaces with the announcement that a quadriplegic woman was able to control a ...

Ann R. Thryft

Blog
App Lightens Up Your Design's Materials
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
3/6/2015  0
For only $4.99, you can buy an app for your Android phone that finds lighter materials for your design and even tells you how much each will save (or cost) you. The database for the ...

Rob Spiegel

Product News
Racer999 Is a Hot-Shot Italian Robot
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
3/6/2015  0
Another small and agile robot hits the plant floor. In keeping with the trend of smaller more dexterous robots, Italian robot maker, Comau Robotics, has introduced the Racer999, a ...

Charles Murray

Electronics News
Wireless Gaining Momentum in Remote Monitoring
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
3/6/2015  0
Time was when the term "wireless" only conjured up images of mobile phones and garage door openers.

Tim McAward, Kelly Services

Guest Blogs
How to Engineer a Good Job Move
Tim McAward, Kelly Services
3/6/2015  0
As an avid golfer in my spare time, I've long been aware how important good transitions are to making an effective swing and having success on the course. From the backswing to the ...

Design News Staff

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Carbon-Fiber 'Chairless Chair' Improves Ergonomics
Design News Staff
3/6/2015  1
Audi is testing a new technology that eases many assembly activities at its Neckarsulm plant: the so-called "chairless chair." The device's carbon-fiber construction allows ...

William Ng

News
Factory Orders Slip in January, but Machinery Orders Bounce Back
William Ng, Editor-in-Chief
3/6/2015  0
US factory orders fell in January for the sixth straight month, slipping 0.2% from December and further crimping the recent slowdown in the nation's manufacturing sector.

Charles Murray

Blog
Engineering Disasters: SS Schenectady, a Lesson in Brittle Fracture
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
3/5/2015  3
It took engineers nearly half a century to determine why the SS Schenectady, while docked quietly in a harbor off Portland, Ore. one day, suddenly snapped in half.

Chris Wiltz

Chris Wiltz
How Poor Design Exposed Patients to a Deadly Superbug
Chris Wiltz, Managing Edtior
3/5/2015  2
When 18-year-old Aaron Young visited UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center he probably thought he was undergoing a standard procedure. But Young became one of seven UCLA patients ...

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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.

Choosing the Right Hardware for Electronics Prototyping
1/29/2015
 2
When prototyping an electronic product idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from costly, proprietary and all-in-one packages to low-cost and open-source options.

5 Ways to Evaluate Aluminum Extrusion for Wider Application
1/27/2015
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After more than a century of progressively more mainstream application, aluminum has finally arrived. Here are five questions product development teams can apply to determine whether there is reason to start -- or move deeper into -- aluminum extrusion adoption.

Guidelines in Using Allegro Angular Sensor ICs
1/21/2015
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The design of a magnetic circuit for angle sensors is a complex task, where many influencing parameters need to be considered. Here, we will show some of the interdependencies that exist between magnet selection, mechanical tolerances, and accuracy requirements for on-axis applications.

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