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."
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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.