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Look Ahead: 10 Areas of Advancing Engineering for 2018

Publish Date: January 3, 2018
The new year is here and already proving to offer significant opportunities and advances on 2017. Before you dive too deeply into 2018, prepare yourself for what will surely be an innovative year full of opportunities and challenges.

Evaluating the Business Impact of Industrial IoT

Publish Date: January 3, 2018
Most of the technology used in IoT solutions has been around for some time. A recent trend driving its growth is commercial: the reduced cost of sensors and the affordability of cloud computing. Yet companies must still assess the business value that can be achieved before deciding to go ahead with a project. Technology providers need to understand this before investing in solution development. Manufacturing companies are benefiting from IoT in a number of ways, and technology vendors are providing solutions that are having an effect on the market.

Onward to 5G, 6G, and Beyond

Publish Date: January 2, 2018
There’s no denying the dramatic ways in which mobile and wireless computing have changed the world; whether in how people work, learn, play or socialize. Many can’t get through a productive day without mobile connectivity, and yet, technologically, we’re still at the very earliest stages of “continuous computing” or “ubiquitous connectivity” or any of the plethora of monikers used to describe our always-on, always-connected future.

Using Digital Twins to Reduce Costs in Machine Commissioning

Publish Date: January 2, 2018
The push to develop and release disruptive products ahead of the competition can come unstuck during the early commissioning phases of product development. Too often, design problems only come to light as components or subsystems are being integrated into the machine during the first customer build, forcing the need for late-stage design changes that cause costs to escalate and projects to overrun significantly.

Boom in Robot Advances Expected Over Next Three Years

Publish Date: January 1, 2018
  Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 17 years, 15 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

10 Automotive Startups to Watch in 2018

Publish Date: December 29, 2017

Tiny, Ring-Like Device Allows for Control of Wearables

Publish Date: December 29, 2017
Wearable technology is increasingly becoming popular in the form of fitness monitors and smartwatches. But due to their small surfaces, controlling wearables isn’t always user-friendly. Enter an idea from researchers at Saarland University in Germany, which proposes to use tiny wearable devices that can be worn on the body and need only be manipulated by one finger to control different wearables from one interface.

China, Tesla Will Set Pace of EV Battery Production in 2018

Publish Date: December 28, 2017
Electric vehicle battery production will rise in 2018, but the degree to which it rises will depend largely on two wild card factors – China and the Tesla Model 3. If China continues its government push to sell more electric vehicles, and if Tesla climbs out of its so-called “production hell,” the increases could be big. If neither happens, the battery industry will still see a healthy percentage growth, but one based on small overall volumes.

Magnetic System Transforms Heat into Motion for Next-Gen Storage, Sensor Devices

Publish Date: December 28, 2017
Researchers have developed a new material that turns heat into motion in nano-scale systems that has applications for future designs in data storage, medical devices, and sensors. An international team of scientists including researchers from the universities of Exeter and Glasgow in the United Kingdom has developed a magnetic system that can extract thermal energy using a specific type of gear, known as a ratchet, which is made from a material known as artificial spin ice.

Demand for IoT Edge Processors Will Continue to Grow in 2018

Publish Date: December 27, 2017
Microcontrollers (MCUs) will get a fresh look in 2018, as chipmakers meet a growing need for “edge intelligence” on the Internet of Things (IoT).