The editors of Design News, during a live ceremony held last night at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., announced the winners of our 2012 annual Golden Mousetrap Awards.
"We saw many exceptional, cutting-edge products submitted to the program this year," said Jennifer Campbell, executive editor of Design News. "It was a challenge for us to select just one winner in each category. We congratulate the winners on their innovations and their achievement."
Congratulations to the Golden Mousetrap winners, and especially the group in Automation and Control. It's important to recognize design innovation and excellence, and the contributions that design engineers are making.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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