Rummage through a RoombaEDN takes apart this new household servant. An Aware Robot Intelligence System manages the home robot's sensors and can adjust the control scheme as many as 67 times per second. Full Story Get Your Mechatronics in a BoxPlug-and-play actuators may be the fastest, most cost effective solution for applications ranging from lawn and garden to medical. See how they can save time in your designs. Full Story Control Innovations Boost Packaging A leading automation expert discusses new methods, such as greater use of distributed intelligence, to increase performance, while keeping systems costs in check. Full Story Save Space on Motor DriversHere are some valuable tips on how to replace a hard-to-find stepper-motor-driver IC with a programmable-logic device. The design uses only six macrocells of a CPLD. Full Story The Three Faces of PIDEngineers and technicians need to learn the essential attributes of “proportional,” “integral,” and “derivative” actions and how they interact in loop tuning. Full Story Linear Motion Handles Baggage in SpainBarcelona airport features a new system, featuring linear synchronous motors, that can transport bags at speeds up to 10 m/s. It also precisely tracks luggage via position-sensing technology. Full Story This Lithography System Can LearnIn his blog, a former patent examiner singles out a new design for adaptive learning in a semiconductor fab. Check out previous posts of other mechatronics inventions. Full Story
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From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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