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Predictive Diagnostics System Could Simplify Pump Maintenance

Publish Date: June 29, 2017
A group of industry suppliers is converging around the Internet of Things (IoT) to create a predictive maintenance system for pumps, motors and other factory floor assets.

Duke Researchers Find a Shortcut to Predicting New Magnetic Materials

Publish Date: June 29, 2017
High-performance magnets are ubiquitous in technology today, from hard drives to hybrid and electric vehicles to medical imaging equipment. The development of these magnets is a story itself. Only about 5 percent of inorganic materials are magnetic at all, and the development of high-performance magnets has proven to be a long and unpredictable process that largely relied on trial and error. 

Do You Trust Autonomous Cars?

Publish Date: June 28, 2017
The recent comment about autonomous cars by Governor Jay Inslee of Washington might just be a slip of the tongue, or it might be an indicator of how confused the American public has become about self-driving vehicles. Inslee, after signing an executive order allowing automakers to begin testing autonomous cars on his state’s roads, unwisely used the term “foolproof” to describe the technology.

4D Printing Process Eliminates Need for Training

Publish Date: June 28, 2017
Researchers at Singapore University of Technology & Design (SUTD) along with collaborators at Georgia Tech, have made a breakthrough in the development of 4D printing. 

7 Simple Ways to Protect Yourself Against Ransomware

Publish Date: June 27, 2017
On May 12, hundreds of thousands of computer owners at home and at work – across 150 countries – woke to the unpleasant reality that their data was being held for ransom. Yikes. Microsoft had released a patch for the appropriately named cryptoworm – WannaCry – but many didn’t install it. And those who were understandably still attached to the oldie-but-goodie Windows XP didn’t stand a chance, as Microsoft stopped releasing patches for it in 2014.

Choosing a Network to Support IIoT

Publish Date: June 27, 2017
The first step in deploying an effective network of industrial connectivity is determining the nature of the network itself. In the session, Building an IIoT Roadmap for Your Factory, at the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing conference earlier this month, Benjamin Kiefer (photo), co-founder and systems engineer at MAJiK Systems, explained how to determine the details of the plant network.

De-Risking Design: Reducing Snafu’s When Creating Products

Publish Date: June 26, 2017
With growing time-to-market pressures and increasingly complex systems within products, the design process has become risky. These risks show up during the process of bringing a product concept into reality. Whether it’s sole-source components that might cause supply chain issues or untested connectivity added at the end to meet competitive pressure, much can go wrong with design. You face the added risk once the product is out in the field and the market reacts to it.

Sensor Fusion Software Simplifies Design of Robots, Autonomous Cars

Publish Date: June 26, 2017
Using a novel arithmetic approach, a new sensor fusion solution fits on a single microcontroller, allowing developers to use it in applications ranging from autonomous cars to robots to drones.

5 Challenges Developers Face When Using an RTOS

Publish Date: June 23, 2017
Real-time Operating Systems (RTOS) are becoming a necessary component that most embedded software developers need to use in their applications. Developers who were once traditional bare-metal developers are starting to transition to using an RTOS as their microcontrollers move to 32-bit architectures and as their devices are starting to connect to the Internet. Whether you are just starting to use an RTOS or have been for years, there are several challenges that developers face when using an RTOS.   Challenge #1 – Deciding When to Use an RTOS

Rotor Clip Brings Student Contest Winners to the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing Show

Publish Date: June 23, 2017
Win a student contest and go to the Big Apple. That’s how it worked for four engineering students at East Caroline University earlier this month. The student team entered a railroad hand cart for a mechanical engineering class. They entered it into Rotor Clip’s annual Ring-A-Majig contest and won first place. The team pocketed $500 and won a trip to the Atlantic Design and Manufacturing show.