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Unraveling the Confusion over MechatronicsCompanies are starting to make progress in bringing engineering disciplines together in mechatronics design, says Ray Hein of Agile Software. Among leading applications: robotics and disk drives. Full Story Mechatronics Boosts Productivity on KioskBoston Engineering saved time and costs, while improving design, by using higher-level computer tools for electromechanical design, modeling the controller and prototyping the system. Cross domain cooperation was a key. Full Story Savvy Tips on Servo Systems Electric servo motion applications require attention to detail in specific components and entire systems. Here are some valuable rules-of-thumb for inertia loads, proper grounding/shielding, and servo tuning algorithms. Full Story Automation Greases the SkidsCalifornia Dairies has installed two 4-axis robotic palletizers that can handle more than 275,000 lbs of butter a day. Equipped with custom paddle grippers, the robots must mesh with four in-feeding conveyors. Full Story Luggage Flies at Mock AirportSiemens supports a fully-functioning baggage system to test its family of automation devices. Included on this line, which includes RFID bag tracking: 2,000 meters of conveyors, 600 drives, 1,000 sensors and seven PLCs. Full Story How to Create Embedded Modeling ShortcutsDesigners are evaluating model-based development tools to deal with escalating software complexity. With built-in error checking and automatic documentation, modeling software eliminates many common mistakes. Full Story Delta Robots on the Rise?Patents on the original design are about to run out, so you can look for more variations of this versatile robot. The robot shines in applications where small loads must be moved short distances at high speed. Full Story
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In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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