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Christen Costa

Guest Blogs
Video: BMW's i3 Electric Car Fuels Up With a Home Depot Generator
Christen Costa, Gadget Review
9/17/2014  0
BMW's i3 is an impressive piece of kit. The frame of the car is made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic that is equally as strong as steel, yet 50% lighter. There are also dual ...

Dave Palmer

Guest Blogs
Strength & Stiffness: What’s the Difference?
Dave Palmer, P.E.
9/17/2014  0
In everyday life, strength and stiffness are two things that are usually found together. For instance, when it comes to utensils, a stainless-steel fork is both stronger and stiffer ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Technology Revamps Manufacturing Companies
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
9/17/2014  0
Advanced manufacturing technology is having a profound impact on manufacturers. Changes on the plant floor are beginning to alter practices on the top floor. Manufacturing ...

Bernard R. Smith Jr.

Made by Monkeys
Washing Machine Refuses to Clean Clothes
Bernard R. Smith Jr.
9/17/2014  0
About two years ago, we bought a new high-tech Maytag "Commercial" high-efficiency washer, model #MVWC400XW4, and the matching dryer. As a former auto mechanic and now an engineer, ...

Pamela Moore

Blog
What it Takes to Get Capital
Pamela Moore, SVP, Content and Strategy
9/17/2014  0
Steve Vasallo, a general partner at venture capital firm Foundation Capital, looks for three things in new companies:

Elizabeth Montalbano

Product News
RepRap Industrial 3D Printer Hits the Street
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
9/17/2014  1
A German 3D printing company has released a large-volume 3D printer based on open-source RepRap technology and aimed at providing an affordable and quality high-capacity ...

Charles Murray

News
Video: Google Glass Moves to the Factory Floor
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
9/16/2014  4
Factory floor engineers may soon be able to operate machinery and monitor equipment status simply by tapping their eyeglasses.

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
GE Aviation Steps Up 3D-Printed Engine Parts
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
9/16/2014  2
It's no secret GE Aviation is building a plant that will use 3D printing to mass-produce metal parts for its LEAP (Leading Edge Aviation Propulsion) Turbofan jet engine. The ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Engineers Make Great Comedians
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Control
9/16/2014  4
Wayne Cotter, a computer engineer turned standup comic, explains In this TED presentation by why engineers are natural comedians. Hint: It has something to do with the Probability ...

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Features

Interactive Packaging Adds Digital User Experience to Consumer Products
9/8/2014
 4
Examples of interactive packaging include wireless sensors and technology on food packages that can let you know the item's expiration date, as well as similar technology on medicines with dosage and other safety and health information.

A Look at Specialty Coatings for Bearings
9/5/2014
 0
Here's a look at some newly developed specialty coatings for bearings and how they can help keep machinery up and running as intended.

The Rise of Constructable BIM
9/4/2014
 1
Constructable Building Information Modeling -- It's an interactive 3D blueprint. It's everyone using the same set of plans. It's designing a building virtually. It's no longer just a tool for architects and design engineers.

Eco-Friendly Packaging Wraps Products in Natural Designs
9/3/2014
 5
While sustainable packaging is still in its early stages, there's a fair number of companies already offering options for the food service and manufacturing industries. Meanwhile, designers are coming up with some innovative ways to create biodegradable and sustainable packaging for food products.

Automotive Structural Adhesives Drive Material Changes
9/2/2014
 0
As high-strength steel, aluminum, and composites join steel in automobile structures, bonding them gets complicated. Structural adhesives are stepping in to add strength to rivets or welds and make possible bonds that can't otherwise be done.

Medical Combination Pouching System
8/29/2014
 0
Automation controls maximize the precision manufacturing of medical pouch seals, minimize material waste, and improve system accuracy through better data management.

Simulating the Release Mechanism in Drug-Eluting Stents
8/28/2014
 2
Engineers at Boston Scientific are revolutionizing medical device designs. Their recent simulations of drug-eluting stents provide an understanding of the drug release mechanism by tying experimental findings to a computational model.

The Ins & Outs of Conveyor Innovation
8/26/2014
 1
Recent trends in conveyor design and accessories are leading to increase throughput and productivity in equipment. While the most common type of conveyors are straight-line, many other designs are now becoming commonplace in plants.

The Easy Way to Control a Robot
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