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Mechatronics: The Soul of Systems DesignA new survey of engineer-readers at three leading magazines shows that mechatronics is the driving force in most designs. About 75 percent of engineers are involved in projects that integrate mechanical components with electronic controls. Full Story Automated Inspection of Contours Siemens image processing system automatically inspects objects even in difficult industrial environments. The inspection can be carried out on stationary or moving objects, and the system can be taught a maximum of 16 inspection models. Register for Full Story Bring Your Legos to Life With Mindstorms NXT software, a simple graphical interface allows hobbyists to program their LEGO robots to move, crawl and walk. A Mindstorms Developer Program also allows users to showcase their designs in an Invention Gallery. Full story How to Debug Embedded SystemsUnderstanding hardware-debugging functions is the key to selecting the right chips and increasing productivity. Learn which embedded hardware IP is available and which aspects of debugging this technology addresses. Full story Efficiency Boost for Fractional HP MotorsAn axial motor design, coupled with conical magnets, delivers high efficiency over a broad range of torques and speeds. The axial coil structure also leads to superior thermal performance. Full Story Test Your Knowledge of ControlsDo you know the most important steps in tackling the design of a new control system? This popular series of articles probes the optimum controls solution in a variety of interesting applications. Full Story Vibrating Vest Alerts Soldiers, FirefightersWireless system uses an array of 16 motors to warn those in harm’s way. The development team hails from the BioInstrumentation Laboratory of MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering. Full Story
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Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.