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Engineering Newswire 108: The World's 'First' 3D-Printed Car

September 18, 2014 11:02 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing the office of the future, bounding untethered in the great outdoors, and 3D printing the worlds first, or second printed car ...            

Why Hydraulic Systems Still Have an Important Part to Play

September 17, 2014 9:47 am | by Professor Josef Kurfess, Ulm University | Articles | Comments

Over the past 40 years, hydraulic systems have been continually deemed a dying technology – if...

Photos of the Day: Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 11:46 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers...

IoT, Robotic Manufacturing & the End of the World

September 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully...

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Processor Power & Energy Efficiency

September 10, 2014 5:12 pm | by AutomationDirect | White Papers

Think about what your cell phone was like 15 years ago. Most likely, it could be used only for telephone calls - no texting, no photos, no videos and no music. Think about your business trips then with your carry-on bag crammed with ...

AutomationDirect Releases White Paper on Processor Power & Energy Efficiency

September 10, 2014 5:08 pm | by AutomationDirect | Automationdirect | News | Comments

AutomationDirect has announced the release of a new White Paper, "Processor Power and Energy Efficiency", that explains how consumer electronic microprocessor improvements also provide a catalyst for industrial automation advancements ...  

GE Boosts Focus on Growing Industrial Core with Appliances Sale

September 10, 2014 4:08 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE will sell its Appliances business to Sweden’s Electrolux in a strategic move that boosts the focus on the company’s core industrial units. The $3.3 billion, all-cash deal follows GE’s recent bid to acquire the power and grid businesses of ...

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One-Stop Precision Metal Fabrication

September 9, 2014 9:23 am | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | Articles | Comments

With rising material costs, government regulations, and customers resisting price increases, today there is no room for waste in the metal fabrication supply chain. While once OEMs had the time, margins, and procurement staff to afford ...

AutomationDirect Adds More Accessories for Hubbell-Wiegmann Enclosures

September 8, 2014 3:07 pm | by PD&D Staff | Automationdirect | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect has added over 160 accessories designed for Hubbell-Wiegmann enclosures. New items include drip shield kits, window kits, folding shelves and internal mounting components. Drip shields protect door hardware from ...

Bringing Mobile Connectivity to Industrial Data Acquisition & Control

September 2, 2014 5:15 pm | by PD&D Staff | Sealevel Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Modbus Connect brings the power of mobile connectivity to industrial data acquisition and control. This free app allows for easy communication with Sealevel Modbus TCP compatible products including ...

DATE 2015: Highlighting Electronics Design for the IoT & for Medical Applications

September 2, 2014 1:36 pm | by European Design & Automation Association | Events

DATE is a leading international event and unique networking opportunity for design and engineering of Systems-on-Chip, Systems-on-Board and Embedded Systems Software. Since the selection of venues Dresden (2010-2012-2014) and ...

Low Pin Count N-FET Pre-Driver

September 2, 2014 12:19 pm | by PD&D Staff | Melexis Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis has announced the MLX83100 N-FET pre-driver IC. Offered in a compact 28-pin package, with 4 digital inputs, this pre-driver IC provides a space-saving solution for high current N-FET DC motors. The MLX83100 has the capability to ...

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CSR µEnergy Remote Control Development Kit

September 2, 2014 12:15 pm | by PD&D Staff | Csr | Product Releases | Comments

CSR has now enabled CSR µEnergy in remote controls. The CSR remote control kits provide a means to evaluate and develop a full system solution based upon CSR1011 and CSR8510 chips with the battery life and responsiveness users have ...  

Baumer Releases New Bearingless Encoder

August 25, 2014 10:24 am | by PD&D Staff | Baumer Electric, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

Baumer has announced a new bearingless encoder for linear distance measurement. The MIL10 comprises a sensing head and an adhesive magnetic tape. The non-contact magnetic sensing method is wearfree and hence provides virtually unlimited ...

AutomationDirect Adds EtherNet/IP Support to Productivity3000 Controller

August 25, 2014 10:05 am | by PD&D Staff | Automationdirect | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect has announced that the Productivity3000 controller now supports the ODVA’s EtherNet/IP as a standard protocol. Through its embedded Ethernet port, the P3-550 CPU can support EtherNet/IP configurable as a Scanner or ...

Infographic: The Rise of the Internet of Things

August 25, 2014 9:34 am | by Jabil | Jabil Circuit | News | Comments

The past 25 years of Internet growth was fueled by human communications. The next 25 years of Internet growth will be fueled by machines. By 2020, with more things than people on the Internet, will we still need …       

PLM Collaboration, Integration & Sustainability Workshop

August 22, 2014 12:18 pm | by CIMdata | Events

Sponsored jointly by the PLM Enterprise Value & Integration (PEVI) and the Social Product Development & Collaboration (SPD&C) Knowledge Councils CIMdata’s Collaboration, Integration, and Sustainability: Keys to Maximizing the Value of ... 

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The Factory of the Future Will be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Andrew Dugenske & Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. Known by different names, e.g., “Advanced Manufacturing”, “Smart Manufacturing”, “Industry 4.0” or  ...

Pre-Driver Targets Automotive High Current DC Motor Applications

August 21, 2014 4:48 pm | by PD&D Staff | Melexis Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis has announced the MLX83100 N-FET pre-driver IC. Offered in a compact 28-pin package, with four digital inputs, this pre-driver IC provides a space-saving solution for high current N-FET DC motors. The MLX83100 has the capability to ...

IoT Manufacturing Insight with NI & Intel

August 21, 2014 10:05 am | by Intel | Videos | Comments

In collaboration with National Instruments, Intel engineers are helping industrial sector customers place real intelligence at the point of their data—that is, at the device, even on legacy equipment—and then extract the data and optimize which ...

Evaluating & Drafting Motor Repair Specifications for Improved Reliability

August 20, 2014 2:03 pm | by Lola Williams, Bradleys, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Reliability, MTBF, downtime, costs, safety, efficiency, standardization have pushed documented motor repair specifications and internal motor repair facility’s repair processes to the forefront in today’s industrial environment ...   

Obama Administration Takes Steps Toward Talking Cars

August 18, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by ...

On The Road With New Car Tech

August 13, 2014 3:47 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

USA Today shows off some of what a new car will be able to do for you in 2015 ...                           

Stainless Steel Handwheels

August 11, 2014 9:40 am | by PD&D Staff | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco has announced it now offers GN 227.4 A4 stainless steel, spoked handwheels, in inch and metric sizes, available with and without revolving handle. These RoHS-compliant handwheels, can be used where a noncorrosive component is necessary and are not affected by shock and ...

Engineering Newswire 102: Robo-Shipbuilder Suit Gives Workers Superhuman Strength

August 7, 2014 10:33 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re exploring the ocean in a private submarine, translating vibrations into audio signals, and gaining superhuman strength ... with the help of a robotic exoskeleton ...       

Study: Split Views on Robots' Employment Role

August 6, 2014 5:00 pm | by Connor Radnovich, Associated Press | News | Comments

In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, Americans could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and ...  

Infographic: Faulty Ignition, Faulty Leadership

August 6, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Killino Firm, P.C. | News | Comments

An ignition switch defect in General Motors cars has contributed to at least 16 deaths since 2004, and the company has issued a mass recall as a result. But what’s truly disturbing …           

DC Hypoid Right-Angle Gearmotor

August 6, 2014 12:11 pm | by PD&D Staff | Bison Gear And Engineering Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Bison Gear and Engineering launched a PMDC motor version of the PowerSTAR hypoid right-angle product line. Features include ...

The 'Peaks & Valleys' of Custom Engine Block Production

August 6, 2014 9:30 am | by Sunnen Products Company | Sunnen Products Company | Articles | Comments

For a business to thrive, it must be able to negotiate the inevitable economic peaks and valleys. A world leader in manufacturing engine blocks for racing and high performance enthusiasts – as well as replacement blocks for a variety of ...

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