Rockwell's Automation Fair took place in Chicago this week. More than 14,000 people pre-registered for the event. And judging from the lines at lunch, a lot of them actually showed up to see the latest automation products and technologies from Rockwell and its partner companies. Read Senior Editor Joe Ogando's blog posts below for a first-hand look at technologies and trends from the show floor.
End-users Want Smarter Machines
If you want to supply machines to the big boys of consumer product manufacturing, you better smarten up. Smarten up your machines, that is. That message came out loud and clear at Rockwell’s Automation Fair, which this year hosted a forum for OEM machine builders. Read More
Rockwell Talks Direct-Drive At Automation Fair
Direct-drive motors have been around for years, but this still-underutilized motion technology will likely get a big boost next year. Rockwell Automation's plans to introduce a brand new line of rotary direct-drive motors as part of its Kinetix integrated motion control portfolio has important design and development implications. Read More
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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