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Fiber Optic ESTOP & U-Beam Sensors

October 29, 2014 9:30 am | by PD&D Staff | Micronor Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

MICRONOR has introduced two new inherently safe, fiber optic signaling products for the industrial automation, robotic, and medical markets. The MR380 series Fiber Optic Emergency Stop offers ESTOP Functional Safety compliance with ...

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Ironless Line of Linear Motors

October 29, 2014 9:20 am | by PD&D Staff | Etel Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ETEL has announced its line of ironless high-speed linear motors, the ILF and the ILM series.  Built for use in the semiconductor and electronics industry, the ILM and ILF series are designed specifically for ...

3D Printing Builds Up Architecture

October 29, 2014 9:17 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Articles | Comments

In May 2014, a private company in China, WinSun, printed 10 full-size houses using 3D printers in the space of a day. The process utilized quick-drying cement and construction water to build the walls layer-by-layer. The company used a ...

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How Do We Make the Breast Pump 'Not Suck'?

October 29, 2014 9:16 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While new mothers are heavily encouraged to breastfeed, the obstacles they face in order to do so after returning to work are many. Breast pumps, as they exist now, do not aid in further encouragement; rather, they greatly ...   

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Infographic: The Mechanics of 'Punkin Chunkin'

October 29, 2014 9:14 am | by Solidworks | News | Comments

In the U.S., pumpkins are synonymous with our fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. They are used to make tasty pies and spooky jack-o-lanterns; while competitive types may grow them for size or participate in ‘Punkin Chunkin,’ ...

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Diagnosing Prostate Cancer Quickly & Safely

October 29, 2014 9:01 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Distinguishing between benign and malignant prostate tissue is difficult. A new device facilitates the diagnosis for doctors: Through a visual analysis, they can reliably determine if they are dealing with carcinoma within a minute-and-a-half ...

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Line Camera Makes Magnetic Field Lines Visible in 3D & Real Time

October 29, 2014 8:54 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Fraunhofer scientists have developed a high-resolution magnetic line camera to measure magnetic fields in real time. Field lines in magnetic systems such as generators or motors, which are invisible to the human eye, can be ...   

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VW Recalls 270,000 Cars in China to Fix Airbags

October 29, 2014 6:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen and a Chinese partner are recalling 270,000 cars in China to repair a software problem that might prevent air bags from activating properly, the government said Wednesday. The recall by FAW-Volkswagen Automotive applies to ... 

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Google Working on Pill That Searches for Illnesses

October 28, 2014 4:52 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's latest "moonshot" project involves detecting cancer by swallowing a pill. The pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a ...

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North American Robotics Market Sets New Records

October 28, 2014 4:49 pm | by Robotic Industries Association | News | Comments

Robot orders and shipments in North America set new records in the first nine months of 2014, according to Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry’s trade group. A total of 21,235 robots valued at $1.2 billion were ordered from ...

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[MC]2 2015 Conference

October 28, 2014 4:47 pm | by MTConnect Institute | Events

The fourth annual [MC]2 Conference, hosted by the MTConnect Institute, will be held April 28-30, 2015, at the McCormick Place Conference Center in Chicago, Ill. The MTConnect Institute has also issued a call for speakers, which is open ...

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Minibike Company Fined By Govt. Safety Agency

October 28, 2014 4:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Carolina company that sells minibikes and go-carts has agreed to pay $4.3 million in a settlement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission — the largest-ever civil penalty levied by the agency. CPSC alleged that ...   

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AutoNation Halts Sales of Cars in Air Bag Recalls

October 28, 2014 4:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the nation's biggest car dealership chain says it won't sell used cars being recalled for exploding air bags due to conflicting advice from automakers and lack of direction from the government. The recalls are giving the ...  

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Society of Women Engineers Selects Navy Engineer for National Award

October 28, 2014 4:28 pm | by Nicholas E. Malay, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division Public Affairs | News | Comments

The Society of Women Engineers named Jessica McElman, an electrical engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division (NSWCCD), as one of 10 emerging leaders and will present her award during their annual conference in ...  

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Low-Noise, Factory-Programmed Linear Hall-Effect Sensor IC

October 28, 2014 4:21 pm | by PD&D Staff | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems has announced a new factory-programmable linear Hall-effect current sensor IC. Allegro’s A1366 has been designed to achieve high accuracy and resolution. The goal is achieved through new proprietary linearly ...

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