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Rob Spiegel

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Not Even Air-Gapped Computers are Secure
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
3/2/2015  4
Turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isn't a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. Researchers from Kaspersky ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Counterfeit Components Continue to Slam Electronics Industry
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
3/2/2015  0
The problem of counterfeiting keeps getting worse. In 2013, the US Customs and Border Protection reported more than 24,300 counterfeit shipment seizures, representing more than $1.7 ...

Design News Staff

News
NXP, Freescale Announce Mega Merger
Design News Staff
3/2/2015  0
In one of the biggest consolidations in the semiconductor industry to date, NXP and Freescale have announced plans for a merger. If the deal is approved, they would create a top-10 ...

Chris Wiltz

Blog
This Student's Batsuit Will Protect You in a Real Fight
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
3/2/2015  1
If you want to get your hands on a Batsuit it only takes a trip to the costume shop. But good luck trying to fight crime in one ... not that vigilantism is that good of an idea anyway.

William Ng

News
ISMís US Manufacturing Index Slips Again, but Markitís PMI Shows Acceleration
William Ng, Editor-in-Chief
3/2/2015  0
Two independent purchasing managers indexes (PMI) released today (March 2), revealed conflicting pictures on the direction of the US manufacturing sector in February. While the ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
3D Printer Gives You Fully Functional Electronics
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
3/2/2015  0
We've been telling you about experiments in 3D printed electronics since some of the earliest crude efforts, like the University of Warwick's conductive plastic composite we ...

Thomas Pikkemaat, HELUKABEL

Guest Blogs
Ecolab-Tested Cable Jacket for Washdown Applications
Thomas Pikkemaat, HELUKABEL
3/2/2015  0
The standards electrical machines and components are required to meet in the food processing industry are far more stringent than those in traditional plant construction. For ...

Charles Murray

News
Future City Competition: A Tech Conference for Middle Schoolers
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
2/28/2015  2
If Rochester, Mich., one day becomes the engineering capitol of the United States, don't be surprised. A middle school team from the little town of 12,000 has again nabbed the grand ...

Chris Wiltz

News
RIP Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock of Star Trek
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
2/27/2015  5
Science fiction fans all over the world have suffered a sad loss. Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his role as Star Trek's Mr. Spock, passed away today (Feb. 27), at the age ...

Most recent post: fredsay... He was 42 in Vulcan years.
Features

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
 2
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
 1
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, itís 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
 0
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.

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Jerry Janesch of Keithley Instruments shows how a sine wave ...
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Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
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Where Rubber Meets the Bike Rack
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