To address the systems and product design issues important
to its more than 94,000 subscribers
who approve the purchase of and/or specification of automation and control components (source: Design News BPA statement 12/09),
Design News announces the launch of its Automation & Control blog at www.designnews.com. The blog will address relevant news, trends
and events related to automation and control technologies such as controllers,
sensors, drives and motors, robotics and motion control components, I/O, and
system and device network connectivity such as fieldbus, Ethernet and wireless.
"Automation and control technologies are essential aspects
of the system and product design coverage that Design News is well known for
providing," said David Greenfield, editorial director of Design News and
principal contributor to the Automation & Control blog. "From designing the
operational capabilities of industrial systems and OEM machinery to common
consumer and industrial products, design engineers increasingly rely on knowing
everything they can about the latest and most trusted automation and control
technologies available to them."
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.