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Cleaner Diesels Head Off-RoadWith off-road diesel engines facing stricter emissions standards, they’re starting to look more like their on-highway counterparts.
Full Story The Mechatronics of DARPA and JHU's Bionic Arm Contributing Editor Michelle Hopey spent last week at the Revolutionizing Prosthetics (RP 2009) Phase II Kick-Off meeting in Maryland. Read More Phoenix Mars Lander Will Probe for Signs of Life NASA is setting up a lab May 25 on Mars to analyze polar ice in an effort to determine if the Red Planet can support life. A shovel will chop terrain the consistency of granite. Podcasts included. Read More
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Features items to consider during plastic and rubber tubing and hose selection, such as ingredient compatibility, temperature limitations, flexibility requirements, pressure and vacuum ratings, custom options, and more. Notes common errors to be avoided. Click Here to request your free copy.
Join Design News at the Mechatronics EXPOMay 13, 2008 - Santa Clara, CA Design News, along with Control Engineering, Test & Measurement World and EDN is hosting a FREE one-day seminar with interactive panels and workshops for real hands-on education. Learn how the mechatronics approach to design can help get the job done better, more quickly and at lower cost! Register Now
Nexi, MIT's Newest Humanoid - VIDEO Check out Nexi, the newest robot from the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. Nexi is a small humanoid robot that exhibits emotions. It has 5 degrees of freedom and moves around in a segway fashion. Watch Now
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Avid photographers talk about image focus, shutter speed and depth of field, but rarely do they talk about image sensors, gyroscopes, actuators and ultrasonic motors. But the digital camera is truly a mechatronics marvel. Kevin Craig's three-part webcast takes you through the basics of photography through the birth of the digital age to explain how mechatronics is revolutionizing the digital camera. Read More Partnering with Iowa State's Institute for Physical Research and TechnologyIn partnership with Groschopp Inc.
Groschopp Inc. engineers and manufactures customized, high-reliability fractional horsepower electric motors and gear motors for some of the world's most demanding Original Equipment Manufacturers. Find out why the company has turned to IPRT Company Assistance to help it maintain its reputation for products of the highest quality. Read More Sensorless Field Oriented (FOC) Control for AC Induction MotorsIn partnership with Microchip Technology Inc.
The requirement of low-cost, low-maintenance, robust electrical motors have resulted in the emergence of the AC Induction Motor (ACIM) as the industry leader. Learn how to apply sensorless field-oriented control of induction motors using a dsPIC® Digital Signal Controller (DSC) from Microchip Technology. Read More
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CST represents a unique collection of companies under one umbrella as a distinct global business unit within Schneider Electric. Now a singular business, they represents a set of proven brands with a long-standing ability to deliver advanced application-specific solutions across a wide array of sensing technologies along with control and actuation products.View All Resources from CST
Automation Notebook: Demystifying Network CommunicationsVendor:AutomationDirect | Type:Training Guide"Had I known how fast, cool, easy, flexible, or powerful this was, I would have used Ethernet a long time ago." This tutorial defines some common terms and shows you how they fit together. You'll find that networking is no more complicated than ordering a hamburger.
High Performance Sensor InterfaceVendor:Enfield Technologies | Type:Design GuideThe LS-C30 amplifies the output of bridge-type resistive sensors (pressure sensors, load cells) to ±10 Vdc. This allows low-level sensors to be used with the LS-C10, LS-C41 and C2 controllers.
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A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.