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Eric Chesak

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Gadget Freak Case #253: Peltier Thermopile Cloud Sensor
Eric Chesak
4/18/2014  2
Peltier, or Thermoelectric, coolers are a fairly modern device, but the concept of generating electricity with dissimilar metals goes back to Seebeck and Peltier's work in the ...

Ann R. Thryft

Blog
Video: BionicKangaroo Mimics the Real Thing
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
4/18/2014  3
Festo, inventor of amazingly lifelike, sophisticated and elegant robotic creatures -- dragonflies, birds, jellyfish, and penguins -- has done it again. The company's latest robotic ...

Kevin Craig

Guest Blogs
'Control, Control, You Must Learn Control'
Kevin Craig, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University
4/18/2014  1
Twenty-plus years ago, while teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, my colleagues and I, working in the emerging field called "mechatronics," came to understand the ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
4/18/2014  2
Beginning on Monday, April 21, and running through Friday, April 25, the Digi-Key Continuing Education Center will present Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX.

Most recent post: Rob Spiegel... Yes, Charles is great. This should be a fun week.
Elizabeth Montalbano

Product News
Rockwell Helps Machine Builders Design Safer Machines
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
4/18/2014  1
Rockwell Automation has been an automation industry leader in ensuring machine builders develop safe machines, offering a number of products and resources to improve this endeavor. ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
4/17/2014  47
Boomers and early Gen-Xers will recognize these toys that once appealed to young engineers. Like me, many of you probably owned all of them, and spent countless hours playing with them.

George Hsu

Guest Blogs
Want a Better Coffee Maker? Try the IoT
George Hsu, PNI Sensor Corp.
4/17/2014  6
I just searched Google News for "Internet of Things," and more than 9.5 million stories popped up. It's hard not to pay attention to something like that; but it's even more ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Blog
GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
4/17/2014  1
The Canadian energy company PowerStream has teamed up with GE on a microgrid demonstration project designed to raise public and consumer awareness about renewables and alternative ...

Cabe Atwell

Blog
Printrbot Unveils All-Metal 3D Printer
Cabe Atwell, Contributing Editor, Design Hardware & Software
4/17/2014  0
This year's 3D Print Show featured a host of interesting projects that were used in everything from new fashion designs to furniture printed using wood. Those, of course, were ...

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Optimizing Electronic Design Performance Through Test Integration
4/8/2014
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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
 1
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
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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
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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.

How to End Wiring Disarray & Inconsistency in Electrical Enclosures
3/11/2014
 4
Achieving uniform placement and organization of wiring cables can be difficult in network cabinets serviced by different installers and maintenance staff. Consistent, organized wiring systems can be maintained with a set of cable management devices.

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FemtoFET™: Smallest MOSFET
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LDC1000: A Revolution in Sensing
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'Control, Control, You Must Learn Control'
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