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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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