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Giving Birth to MEMS Sensors The Bennington Microtechnology Center develops processes that bring MEMS devices from concept to commercialization. The lab also has designed specialized machines, including a robotic assembly and packaging system.
Mechatronics Web Cast Series: New Technologies Enable Virtual Machine Prototyping
If you have a 3D CAD model, you could be simulating the mechanical and electrical performance of your machine in minutes. Explore this webcast series to learn new mechatronics simulation techniques to lower the cost and risk of designing machines with electronic control systems. Click Here.
Engineering for the Military of the FutureAmbitious technical programs including Future Combat Systems are posing engineering development challenges in all facets of the U.S. military. Our features, podcasts, videos and photos reveal how materials, automation, sensors and simulation technologies are creating a new breed of soldier. Explore Now
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Fresh Solutions to Packaging Problems
From labeling machines to bag-making equipment, powerful yet compact motion systems are providing better ways to automate packaging lines. Learn about the components that are essential to greater packaging productivity. Full Story Model-based Design Needed for Embedded Systems
Software techniques that enable users to evaluate the performance of multi-domain products are becoming more important with use of more microcontrollers in design. Automotive and aerospace firms are leading the way. Full Story A Smarter Control System for Laser Cutting
New system allows single operators to manage all operations simultaneously, including updates on machine and material status. Software monitors registration, web control, laser power, laminating and slitting. Full Story Safety Improves Robot EfficiencyControl system for a robotic paint sprayer offers appropriate safety protection with minimal impact on machine performance. Key features include the DeviceNet Safety protocol linked to distributed safety I/O. Full Story
Explore the Mechatronics Zone Visit the Mechatronics Zone for features, blogs, resources and webcasts on everything mechatronics. Latest coverage:Orchestrating Wireless Communications
Like the “fieldbus wars,” wireless discussions can create more heat than light, but the potential for this control technology is undeniable. Here are options to consider.
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Why go 3D? Instead of asking "why?", ask yourself whether you can afford to stay with 2D! Read this exclusive whitepaper based on Engineering Professor Gary Lamit's research: Going from 2D - 3D: Why Make the Change Now Click Here.
A Mechatronic Marvel: The Computer Hard Disk Drive - WEBCAST Magnetic hard disk drives provide lessons of successful synergistic integration of physical systems, electronics, controls and computers. This webcast covers the hard disk’s evolution, issues facing engineers now and keys to consider for mechatronic design. Watch Now Extend the Life of Your Cylinders- WEBCAST In partnership with Bimba Manufacturing There are several factors to consider when maximizing the life of your pneumatic solutions, including the operating environment, the mounting type and the air quality. Learn best practices, tips and tricks for designing in the most efficient solutions. Watch Now
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Customized On-site Hydraulics TrainingVendor:Bosch Rexroth | Type:Training Guide Bring the expertise of the global technology leader to your factory floor, so you can customize hydraulics training to solve business-specific issues, eliminate off-site training costs and schedule training around manufacturing demands We offer onsite training on hydraulics basics, equipment start-ups, and courses custom-designed to specific machine schematics.
Next Generation Carbon Synchronous BeltsVendor:Gates | Type:White PaperLearn how new materials, construction & designs have led to synchronous belt drive systems that outperform equivalent size roller chain drives in a wide range of applications, leading to cost advantages for users & greater design versatility for engineers. Topics include: roller chain history/development, key problems with chain drives & more.
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In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.