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5G WiFi and Smart Test Equipment Will Change the Tech World
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1/30/2015  Post a comment
National Instruments sees 5G WiFi and software-enhanced test equipment as advances that will change technology and business.
IIoT Spurs Growth of Wireless Devices in Process Manufacturing
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1/28/2015  Post a comment
The Industrial Internet of Things is bringing a previously reluctant process industry into the wireless fold. The ability to connect smart sensors to the Internet has spiked the demand for wireless devices in process manufacturing, according to the new study from ARC Advisory Group.
2014: A Monumental Year for Cyber Attacks
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1/26/2015  5 comments
2014 was big dark year for cyber attacks. Here's the month-by-month blow-by-blow breakdown.
Maybe It’s Not Boom Times for Manufacturing
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1/23/2015  5 comments
Data from a new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation undermine the idea of a US manufacturing renaissance.
Gadget of the Year Won’t Spill Your Drinks
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1/21/2015  7 comments
The 2015 Gadget Freak of the Year goes to the DDV-IP -- or, a Drink Deliver Vehicle – Inverted Pendulum. The gadget is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on a hot summer day. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the users.
2015 Trend Watch: Cyber Security Fears and the Supply Chain Cloud
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1/15/2015  1 comment
Manufacturers are eyeing cloud-based computing with its compelling advantages. Yet fears of cyber vulnerabilities may hold them back.
2015 Trend Watch: The IoT Booms but Needs Standards
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1/14/2015  Post a comment
Whether you call it the IoT, the IIoT, Industry 4.0, or Advanced Manufacturing, it's coming on big in 2015, and it’s going to change the very nature of manufacturing, according to Manufacturing Trends to Watch, produced by Frost and Sullivan's Gil Manufacturing Leadership group.
2015 Trends to Watch in Manufacturing: US Growth
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1/13/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing is growing rapidly, but reshoring isn't adding much to the expansion.
Will Cheap Oil Boost Manufacturing?
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1/12/2015  13 comments
At the moment a barrel of oil is under $50. It may soon be under $30, quite a collapse from the $112 per barrel we saw just last summer. The oil crash is prompting a question: will low energy costs result in a rise in US manufacturing? While headlines suggest a coming boom for manufacturing, the story is actually mixed.
IoT Kit Fast Tracks Product Design
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1/9/2015  Post a comment
IoT company Weaved has designed software-defined networking fabric that can be used with any hardware product, and it’s bundled it into a development kit.
You Know You’re an Engineer If … You Added to the 'Engineer If' List
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1/8/2015  10 comments
Here's a list of "You Know You're an Engineer If" contributions from Design News readers.
Engineering Disasters: 1984 Romeoville Refinery Blast
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1/7/2015  5 comments
The 1984 Romeoville refinery explosion was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in US history.
Does a Messy Desk Mean a Creative Mind?
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1/6/2015  26 comments
Many of the greatest minds in past and current history sat behind very unkempt desks. What does your desk say about you?
Industrial Networks May Be the Next Sony
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1/6/2015  5 comments
Retail and corporate sites took a beating from hackers in 2014, but 2015 may be the year of high-profile attacks on industrial networks.
Scary IEEE Tech Predictions for 2015
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12/31/2014  16 comments
The IEEE Computer society provides 2015 predictions that pose real challenges. What are the trends that will rock your world in the coming year?
Programmable Logic - How Do They Do That?
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12/31/2014  1 comment
CEC class explores advances in programmable logic devices.
NI System-on-Module Comes Ready to Go
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12/31/2014  Post a comment
National Instruments has developed a system-on-module for quick integration and low customization.
Agile Robots Will Rule in 2015
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12/30/2014  36 comments
2015 may become known as the year of the robot, just as 2014 was the year of connected everything. The recent shift in robotics is not centered on mammoth packaging or welding machines, but rather on small agile machines that are safe around humans.
You Know You’re an Engineer If ... You Still Have an IBM XT
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12/29/2014  46 comments
Do you see a perfectly good design and still insist on changing it? You might be an engineer.
Engineers Just Love Team-Building Exercises
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12/23/2014  39 comments
Engineer comic Don McMillan explains the fun engineers have with team-building exercises. Can you relate?
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Two Big Lessons to Be Learned From the Sony Hack
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12/22/2014  38 comments
The damage to Sony from the cyber attack seems to have been heightened by failure to follow two basic security rules.
Reshoring Is Happening, but so Is Outsourcing
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12/22/2014  11 comments
Reshoring is picking up steam, but it's not outpacing the overall continuing growth in outsourcing.
Comment:Re: Slot Car - Rob Spiegel-12/19/2014
Santa’s Production Facility - a Detailed View
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12/19/2014  22 comments
Here's a variety of views into the complex production processes at Santa's factory. Happy Holidays!
Electronic Memories of Radio Shack
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12/18/2014  47 comments
With Radio Shack on the ropes, let's take a memory trip through the highlights of Radio Shack products.


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