Mentioned several times in this trend watch supplement, regulations, standards and certifications provide a driving force for new products. From the size of the motor (i.e., NEMA 17) to how communications are handled within a network (i.e., Profibus or fieldbus) and even the type of facility that manufactures the product (i.e., ISO 9000 certified), standards play a critical role in establishing trends as suppliers implement new technologies and processes to meet these standards.
Standards aim to reduce and simplify the design effort, yet in many cases, there are so many standards manufacturers must provide several variations in one unit or several different products to address each standard.
Users looking for products with specific capabilities know exactly what IEC IP67 or NEMA 6 ratings mean to a product's ruggedness and waterproof status. But is being ATEX certified important in the application? For those who don't know, the list below could prove very useful.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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