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Destructive Power of Bubbles Could Lead to New Industrial Applications

June 22, 2015 2:33 pm | News | Comments

Virginia Tech engineers have shed light on what happens to a nearby particle when bubbles burst. Sunghwan Jung, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics in ...

Calming Your Biggest Fears About Industrial IoT

June 15, 2015 10:34 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

Fear of the unknown has fueled a tremendous body of innovative works. Examples within the...

Semiconductor Market Grew 7 Percent in 2014

May 27, 2015 2:47 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Revenue from the power management semiconductor market grew nearly 7 percent last year, said...

3D Infrared Scanner Aids Production Lines

May 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Aimess Services demonstrated a 3D scanner that can communicate directly with industrial robots,...

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Security & Support Govern Automation Trends in 2015

April 29, 2015 3:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Shifting geographical forces and an emphasis on services are some of the factors that will influence the global automation industry in the next year, said industry analyst Piyush Dewangan  ...

GE Pares Off Financial Unit, Returns to Industrial Roots

April 14, 2015 9:29 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Electric is leaving the lending business, a major source of both profit and risk, as it continues to whittle its focus down to an industrial core. The company said Friday that it will ...

Bakery Gains Second Fuel Cell Factory

April 6, 2015 2:16 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Pepperidge Farm, makers of Goldfish crackers, Milano cookies, and other desserts, has added a sweet new power source to their bakery in Bloomfield, CT. A 1.4 megawatt ...


Assembly Lines Can Float Along Using These Levitating Rollers

March 25, 2015 3:31 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A hovering magnet from Festo demonstrates technology that could be integrated into factories monitored by the the Internet of Things. During a press conference on March 25, Georg Berner, Head of Strategic Corporate Development, Group ...

Bionic Bugs Could Be the Future of Factories

March 25, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Manufacturers of the future could see digital ants and butterflies on the factory floor. In a press conference on March 25, German automation company Festo presented several new technologies designed to ...

Re-Skilled Workers Bring the Industrial Internet of Things to Life

February 19, 2015 9:07 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

The explosion of the Internet of Things holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side ...   

GE's Industrial Revolution: 2014 in Review

December 30, 2014 10:36 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

2014 was in many respects a pivotal year for GE, in which the company delivered on plans to bulk up its industrial core and grow its services by connecting machines to the Industrial Internet. By 2016, GE plans to ...     

The Workforce Crisis of 2030 & How to Start Solving it Now

December 11, 2014 9:32 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

It sounds counterintuitive, but by 2030, many of the world's largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to do those jobs. In this data-filled — and quite charming — talk, human resources expert Rainer Strack suggests ...  


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 ...

Engineering Live: The Global Explosion of M2M Connections (On Demand)

October 28, 2014 3:42 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

New research from Berg Insight states that the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end. Over the next five years ...

Fastening Technology & Bolted/Screwed Joint Design Seminar

October 13, 2014 2:53 pm | by Seminars for Engineers | Events

This two-day seminar was developed to give engineers and other technical personnel current specifications for, and a better understanding of, the complexities of mechanical joining with fasteners. Insufficient guidelines and outdated ...

GE Eyes Growth By Linking Machines, People, Data

October 9, 2014 9:51 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Nobody wants to be late. But at a busy airline hub like Atlanta or Chicago, even a brief delay in aircraft arrival can result in missed connections and cascade into a major inconvenience. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that ...

Campaign to Win Approval for Engineering Facility Upgrade

September 29, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Buildings at URI's College of Engineering date to the late 1950s and early 1960s, and the dean says they lack modern laboratories and interactive classrooms. The Providence Journal reports that the URI President says companies need more ...


5-Axis Cincinnati Profiler Cuts Machining Time for Aero Parts

September 29, 2014 10:32 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The new 5-axis, 5-spindle Cincinnati XP aerospace profiler from Fives features doubled spindle speeds, greater horsepower, and higher feed rates on all axes. The purpose-designed machine delivers 50% to 80% faster ...

Society of Women Engineers Awards More Than $3M to Date

September 23, 2014 1:18 pm | by Society of Women Engineers | News | Comments

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is proud to encourage more women to pursue rewarding careers in engineering through a host of scholarship opportunities. With a single application, traditional and returning engineering students can make ...

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 not pronounced dead altogether. And these views don’t seem all that farfetched in light of the on-going e nergy efficiency debate and the apparent ...

Photos of the Day: Top 10 From IMTS 2014

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

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than ...

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 so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area ...

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 ...

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 ...

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