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Don’t Sound the IC Engine’s Death Knell Yet

Publish Date: July 18, 2017
If the internal combustion engine could talk, it might follow the lead of Mark Twain and tell us that reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.

IoT, Industry 4.0 Encourage FDT Open Standards

Publish Date: July 18, 2017
Device network integration is a key goal for automation and control vendors as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 initiatives move toward new global standards and enterprise wide connectivity. Integrating these physical assets and achieving scalable and secure access to device intelligence is a key trend as companies look to deploy new network architectures.

Celebrate Your Smarts with ESC Minneapolis Keynote on Advancements in Human & Artificial Intelligence

Publish Date: July 18, 2017
World-renowned engineer, physicist, and author, Ransom Stephens, and Advanced Intelligence expert, Maria Gini, will take the keynote stage at ESC Minneapolis, November 8-9, 2017, where they will discuss advancing both human and artifici

Unlocking Engineering Data for Downstream Consumption is Now a Must

Publish Date: July 17, 2017
As strategic product-development improvement initiatives such as Industry 4.0, the digital twin, Model-Based Definition (MBD), and the Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) have taken hold across an ever-increasing number of industries, engineering software companies have been on the front lines, propelling these movements forward via technology. Thanks to their tools, manufacturers have been able to create fully annotated 3D models that include all of the product manufacturing information (PMI) necessary to define, manufacture and control a product.  

Researchers 3D Print in Glass

Publish Date: July 17, 2017
Move over plastic and metal—thanks to researchers in Germany, there’s a new material that can now used in a 3D printing process: glass. A team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany has developed a process that uses glass for additive-manufacturing techniques, adding the material that goes as far back as ancient Egypt and Rome to the list of materials possible for 3D printing, said Bastian Rapp, the mechanical engineer that led the effort.

ACE Awards to Honor the Best in Electronics Design Engineering

Publish Date: July 17, 2017
It’s that time of year again, when the electronics design industry takes pause to celebrate the hard work and tireless efforts of a few standout engineers, as well as the products that have made an impact on the design engineering community.

When You Train Robots With VR, You Only Have to Teach Them Once

Publish Date: July 14, 2017
The best workers are the ones whom you can show a task once, then have them do it perfectly from then on. While collaborative robots like Rethink Robotics' Baxter are able to mimic assembly tasks after a real world walkthrough, teaching robots can be a time-consuming physical task. And even once the robot is taught it won't necessarily be able to adapt to a situation dynamically. Having one misplaced part in a bin, for example, could derail a robot's entire process.

First Iron-Based, Light-Emitting Molecules Have Potential for Low-Cost Solar Cells, Displays

Publish Date: July 14, 2017
Researchers in Sweden have advanced the effort to develop more environmentally friendly materials for solar cells and displays with the development of the first iron-based molecule that can emit light. 

Former Apple Manufacturing Experts Bring AI to the Shop Floor

Publish Date: July 13, 2017
Two former Apple design engineers – Anna Katrina Shedletsky and Samuel Weiss (photo) – have leveraged machine learning to help brand owners improve their manufacturing lines. The company, Instrumental, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to identify and fix problems with the goal of helping clients ship on time. The AI system consists of camera-equipped inspection stations that allow brand owners to remotely manage product lines at their contact manufacturing facilities with the purpose of maximizing up-time, quality and speed.

Faster Current Loops Yield Better Servo Motor Control

Publish Date: July 13, 2017
A new software product promises to boost the bandwidth of a servo drive’s current control loop, opening up new possibilities in industrial motion control applications.