Sylvie Barak

Goodbye SkyMall -- Thanks For All the Ish!
Sylvie Barak, Contributing Writer
1/23/2015  2
Airline flight today contains few pleasures. It's not like you get hot wet towels anymore, or even free booze. In many cases, you don't even get screens in your seat back anymore, ...

Charles Murray

Automotive News
Tech Highlights From the Detroit Auto Show
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
1/23/2015  4
The 2015 North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit Jan. 12-25, serves as a perfect snapshot of today's auto industry. On the show floor, the ever-present emphasis on ...

Rob Spiegel

Maybe It’s Not Boom Times for Manufacturing
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
1/23/2015  2
Just when we were starting to feel good about a manufacturing surge in North America, along comes a study that deflates those positive claims. Darn that data.

By Nancy Golden, Contributing Writer

Guest Blogs
The Conundrum of Published Specs Versus Real-World Performance
By Nancy Golden, Contributing Writer
1/23/2015  0
One topic seems to have been coming up lately among some of my engineering friends: What should be the perception of a product's real-world performance with regard to the published ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Spider Webs, Leaves Inspire Future Network Design for Displays, Solar Panels
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
1/23/2015  0
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to ...

Chris Wiltz

Chris Wiltz
Babak Parviz Goes Through the Glass
Chris Wiltz, Managing Edtior
1/22/2015  2
“To be entirely honest with you I don't know if I qualify for an award like this.” Babak Parviz isn't being modest when he says this. He states it like a fact. Though ...

Elizabeth Montalbano

Industry Group: Clean Diesel Remains Top Choice for Transit Agencies
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
1/22/2015  10
Clean diesel continues to be the fuel of choice for transportation authorities in major U S cities, in spite of competitive options aimed at reducing emissions, according to a ...

By Kelly Barner, Contributing Writer

Guest Blogs
Decoding Procurement: How It Can Work as Design Engineering’s Ally
By Kelly Barner, Contributing Writer
1/22/2015  0
In the movie A Christmas Story, Ralphie famously longed for the decoder pin necessary to translate a secret message from the Little Orphan Annie radio program. Much to his ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
3D & 4D Printing Will Grow in 2015: Distributed Manufacturing and Standards
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
1/22/2015  0
The expanding 3D printing (3DP) and overall additive manufacturing (AM) ecosystem, formed of multiple players beyond the traditional machine-and-materials suppliers, will continue ...


Guidelines in Using Allegro Angular Sensor ICs
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.

Megatrends Shaping PACs & PLCs
Machine controllers have always played a pivotal role in manufacturing performance. Now the focus is on simpler integration, more connectivity, and harvesting the benefits of information-enabled operation.

Aerospace and Military Lighten Up
Engineers are using new composites and metal to create components for military and aerospace that are lighter and cheaper, but just as strong and durable.

Implementing Adaptive Segment-Based Cams
By integrating event-driven strategies into motion control schemes, automation systems may be optimized beyond what’s possible with traditional electronic cams or motion profiles.

Eliminating DRAM from Embedded HMI Designs
Designers have a way to design better interfaces using an MPU that includes abundant on-chip SRAM and the ability to execute code in-place efficiently from low-cost serial Flash memory.

Underground Wireless Sensors Demand Powerful Solutions
In order for underground wireless sensors to proliferate, several major technological hurdles need to be overcome.

From the Ford GT to the F-150: Aluminum Extrusion Aids Auto Lightweighting
As US automakers rev up automotive lightweighting, aluminum plays an expanding role. Extrusion lets engineers put metal where it’s needed and incorporate more features in a single part.

Robots Are Everywhere
Robots are moving out of their traditional industrial manufacturing environment. You’ll now find robots doing assembly side-by-side with humans, working in a wide range of warehouse duties, and moving up and down the halls of healthcare facilities. Best of all, the cost of robots is coming down.

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