In terms of the hiring front, this whole trend that puts interdisciplinary engineering back in the spotlight has the potential for some serious jobs creation. More and more companies are going to need these skills in order to take their products to the next level. Definitively a career opportunity for those who keep their skills in step.
Excellent idea to have a weekly wrapup. I especially enjoyed the variety of topics - with particular emphasis (from my perspective) on the hiring plans. Also thought the comment about the increasing emphasis on security. Lots of talk and finally some action.
Good idea, Alex. It's hard to keep up with emerging trends in automation and control by just going story to story. A one-stop is truly needed.
You're right about that worm scaring engineers. Plants are vulnerable. Deploying plant-wide networks has created openings. IT has tried to wrap security around these networks, b.ut the plant is not an office. You can't shut the plant down each night to install upgrades.
Great round-up, Alex. It's nice to know what is going on out there in the tech world. I have to say, whether you are a techie or not, and no matter your age, paper is important. I, at times, prefer it over the Web. There's nothing like the smell of fresh newsprint or even just curling up on the couch with a new magazine that just came in the mail. What do you think readers? - print or online; a trip to the library or an e-reader? Let the debate begin!
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.