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Rob Spiegel

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5G WiFi and Smart Test Equipment Will Change the Tech World
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
1/30/2015  0
WiFi speeds a thousand-fold faster than 4G and software-enhanced test equipment will lead the technology future, according to National Instruments (NI). Each year, NI produces ...

Sylvie Barak

Blog
Tesla’s 'Insane' Button Doesn’t Disappoint
Sylvie Barak, Contributing Writer
1/30/2015  1
Tesla. The car's very name inspires one to think of insanely good design; insanely great engineering; a founder so insanely amazing at innovation, he's leading the industry, not ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
New Composites Institute Chief Talks About Grand Challenges
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
1/30/2015  0
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the ...

Charles Murray

Electronics News
Belichick's 'DeflateGate' Explanation Falls Flat on Technical Details
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
1/29/2015  36
The ideal gas law, first stated in 1834, has suddenly become big news.

Chris Wiltz

Blog
Bill Gates Discusses the Future of Tech, AI, and 'Poop Water'
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
1/29/2015  4
Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Wednesday and fielded questions on everything from his outlook on the future of technology to who he's rooting for in the ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Solar Impulse 2 Preps for Round-the-World Flight
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
1/29/2015  4
The 100% solar-powered airplane we told you about last year, Solar Impulse 2, is prepping for its round-the-world flight in March or April of this year. This ultralight aircraft ...

Chris Wiltz

Blog
Milestones in VR and Augmented Reality
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
1/28/2015  7
Ever since researcher Jason Lanier coined the term “virtual reality” in 1985, it has been a buzzword among tech enthusiasts. While science fiction imagined the ...

Dave Palmer

Blog
How to Handle Design Disagreements
Dave Palmer, P.E.
1/28/2015  10
Many people would prefer to avoid disagreements. In the engineering world, however, disagreements are almost inevitable. It's natural that different people will have different ideas ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
IIoT Spurs Growth of Wireless Devices in Process Manufacturing
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
1/28/2015  0
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is bringing a previously reluctant process industry into the wireless fold. The ability to connect smart sensors to the Internet has spiked ...

Features

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
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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.

Megatrends Shaping PACs & PLCs
12/30/2014
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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
12/30/2014
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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
12/29/2014
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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
12/29/2014
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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.

Team Sigma's Steady-Cam Quadcopter
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A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility
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The Easy Way to Control a Robot
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Motor/Gearhead Extend Applications
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