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of Mechatronics Design The complexity of today’s products has development teams exploring new systems engineering approaches that make way for cross-disciplines collaboration much earlier in the process. Full Story
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IBM's Unified Communications Strategy Emphasizes 3D CollaborationAs part of its $1 billion commitment around a unified communications strategy, IBM is emphasizing Dassault’s 3D Live for real-time 3D collaboration aimed at global engineering teams. Full Story Model-Based System Design Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, with four high-tech engineering companies, opened one of the first Model-Based System Design laboratories to teach undergraduate engineering students details of systems integration, including mechatronic processes. Full Story Dassault Launches SIMULIA SLMBuilding on technology from its Abaqus acquisition, Dassault releases SIMULIA SLM, a platform that extends PLM to make simulation data and processes part of mainstream product development. Full Story SpaceClaim and Algor Team Up Around CAE Design SpaceClaim and Algor are integrating their respective SpaceClaim Professional 2007+ CAD and Algor V2.1 CAE tools to give engineers a design-to-analysis environment. Full Story Panasonic Develops New Electronics Recycling ProcessPanasonic has developed a new technology in Japan that will allow recycling of up to 100 percent of all electronic appliance waste while also helping to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Full Story
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Innovation in ManufacturingMicrosoft | Web Event Ed Miller of CIMdata explains how other organizations are reaching better maturity levels through best practices in collaborative product development, along with the methodology behind CPD technologies that have skyrocketed collaborative teams into greater productivity and financial achievement. Attendees can access a one-year FREE trial of Microsoft Office Groove 2007!
USB Moves Into Industrial ApplicationsNational Instruments | Software A decade ago, the introduction of Ethernet on the factory floor was met with considerable skepticism. Engineers raised questions about its communication reliability, connector performance, and hardware sustainability under harsh industrial environments. Ethernet evolved to overcome these concerns, and engineers are now successfully using it in a variety of industrial applications from mining to offshore drilling. Now, with the explosive growth and adoption of USB in the PC industry, engineers are evaluating the viability of USB in industrial environments.
As more products rely on a mix of mechanical, electronic and software components, the emphasis is on new, concurrent engineering practices. But this isn’t your father’s electromechanical design. New mechatronics design practices demand cultural and power structure changes that challenge the silo mentality of many engineering organizations. What kind of process and technology changes is your engineering team making to accommodate mechatronics design? Drop me a line.
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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.