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The Ten Commandments Of Industrial Ethernet

May 17, 2013 8:02 am | by Mike Fahrion, Director of Product Management, B&B Electronics | Articles | Comments

A Wi-Fi-enabled computer can connect to multiple networks at the same time.  Your employees can give a hacker a pathway into your internal network simply by powering up a laptop.  Imagine the mess an eco-terrorist could make if he didn’t like the look of your smokestack.

Robots To Help Brazil Provide World Cup Security

May 16, 2013 12:33 pm | by Tales Azzoni, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The Brazilian government has bought 30 security robots to improve public safety during the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics. The government paid nearly $3.5 million for the small unmanned ground vehicles which can provide surveillance, bomb removal and other law-enforcement missions.

Tiny Camera Offers Bug's Eye View

May 16, 2013 8:18 am | News | Comments

The camera created by a research team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is about the size of a penny and mimics insects' bulging eyes. It features 180 micro-lenses, giving it a panoramic field of view and the ability to focus simultaneously on objects at different depths.

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Preventing Discharge Damage: Conductive Rolling Bearing Greases

May 8, 2013 2:23 pm | by Heiko Stache, Manager Business Unit – Bearing Technology & Sabine Petri, Product Manager, Klüber Lubrication | Articles | Comments

Whether in the plastics, textile or motion control industries, damage caused by electric discharge is a well-known issue, and today it is more prevalent than ever. It primarily affects rolling bearings in machines susceptible to static charging.

NI Strengthens FIRST Partnership For Better STEM Education

April 30, 2013 10:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

NI believes work with organizations like FIRST has already made inroads in improving STEM education and desire to pursue science- or engineering-based careers. NI itself is already starting to hire FIRST alumni, and Hsu says they’re better prepared for the engineering world than those who didn’t participate in the program.

National Instruments Partnership With FIRST Puts Real-World Engineering In Student Hands

April 29, 2013 9:38 am | News | Comments

FIRST and National Instruments announced they are extending their partnership through 2019 with the shared goal of creating more scientists and engineers. This phase of the technology partnership centers around a next-generation embedded robotics control platform code-named “Athena.”

Who Will Support And Refurbish Your UPS?

April 15, 2013 10:32 am | by Jeff Boudreau, Acumentrics | Articles | Comments

Many uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) are built to be rugged, reliable and to withstand years of tough use. But let’s face it — even products built for punishing military and industrial environments are not going to last forever. When things go wrong, you’ll have a decision to make.

We All Need Google Fiber

April 12, 2013 9:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Almost a year ago, Google launched its first broadband internet network, Google Fiber, in Kansas City, and is now expanding into Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, the rest of the U.S. languishes with shoddy providers who refuse to innovate. And with Internet a critical part of our business infrastructure, that's just not good enough any more.

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Engineering Newswire 33: Boston Dynamics Tests Mustard Gas & Sarin on PETMAN

April 11, 2013 11:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development, PD&D | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building a bionic dragonfly, fishing with the FrankenDrone, and testing mustard gas on PETMAN. Plus, at mere 50cm tall, this bike-pedaling biped is packed with high performance electronic components including ultrasonic, shock and gyro sensors, Bluetooth modules, and DC-DC converters.

Goodbye Fluorescent Bulb? Philips Says Yes.

April 11, 2013 7:53 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips NV, the Dutch consumer appliances giant, said Thursday that it has developed an LED light that will soon be far more efficient than the best fluorescents on the market. That should make it cheaper and greener, as well. It's a combination that will inevitably help the LED dominate the market for illuminating the world's workplaces.

A Semi-Rugged Ultra-Mobile Tablet Now Available

April 3, 2013 11:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

GammaTech Computer Corp. has announced that its semi-rugged tablet PC, the Durabook CA10, is now available for purchase. The company says the ultra-mobile tablet comes with features that make it ideal for those who don’t work in a normal office setting.

Engineering Newswire 31: Superdome Fiasco, Relay to Blame

April 2, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re talking to virtual heads, firing sexists in Silicon Valley, investigating a super-sized power outage, and fishing far flung space garbage from the bottom of the ocean. This episode features, among others, forking repo’s and big dongles brought big problems at the PyCon 2013 conference held in Santa Clara last week.

GE’s ADAPT Wind 1.7 Introduces Shaft Crack Detection and Intelligent Change Indication

April 1, 2013 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ADAPT 1.7 is the latest addition to the Advanced Distributed Architecture Platform Technology (ADAPT) condition monitoring platform from the Bently Nevada Product line of GE Measurement & Control. The company says ADAPT 1.7 can be retro-fitted to existing ADAPT turbine monitoring system to provide shaft vibration monitoring.

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APEM Offers Stainless Steel Keyboards For Harsh Conditions

March 20, 2013 2:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

APEM Components, Inc. has announced the release of its series of stainless steel keyboards, which were designed to resist harsh environments, including exposure to bad weather and severe temperature variations. According to the company, this construction helps the keyboards hold up to abuse as well, such as scratching, shock, stains or burns. 

Engineering Newswire 29: 3D Printers in Vending Machines

March 19, 2013 10:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC delivering technology solutions that transform the way you create and service your products, we're kick starting low-cost robotics, using a 3D printing vending machine, and having a cup of coffee in the sky.

Ericsson And STMicroelectronics Agree On Strategy For ST-Ericsson

March 18, 2013 11:15 am | News | Comments

Ericsson will take on the design, development and sales of the LTE multimode thin modem products, including 2G, 3G and 4G multimode, while ST will take on the existing ST-Ericsson products, other than LTE multimode thin modems, and related business as well as certain assembly and test facilities.

element14’s Online Catalog Simplifies Automation Purchasing

March 15, 2013 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pricing and current availability data are instantly visible by hovering over a part number, and one click takes the user into a detailed information page with access to 24/5 live technical support and a shopping cart.

Fluke Pits Customers Against Each Other In 'Find It. Fix It. Fast.'

March 13, 2013 3:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Users of test tools from Fluke Corporation are masters of troubleshooting, but how do they stack up when pitted against one another? That's the challenge of the new interactive online game from Fluke called "Find It. Fix It. Fast." where players from around the world race against the clock to find and fix the most problems.

noax Technologies Integrated UPS Makes Mobile Logistics More Reliable

March 4, 2013 12:15 pm | Manufacturing.net | Product Releases | Comments

The greatest advantage, compared to batteries, is that super condensers have long life cycles and are maintenance-free. The UPS bridges up to 30 seconds of voltage failure, thus offering protection against data loss and operation interruptions.

BearCom Adds New Vertex Standard EVX-531 To Two-Way Radio Line

February 25, 2013 2:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Vertex Standard EVX-531 is the latest addition to the company’s EVX-530 Series of digital portable radios. The series is part of Vertex Standard’s new eVerge portfolio, designed for commercial and industrial customers who use basic land mobile radios for voice communication and could benefit from improved audio quality, coverage, and privacy.

Understanding Your Liability: Shipping Lithium Battery Powered Devices

February 25, 2013 2:29 pm | by Jim Powell, President, Transportation Development Group LLC | Boeing | Articles | Comments

Lithium batteries are marvelous inventions — they are lightweight, relatively inexpensive and can pack a lot of power with a shelf life far superior to other types of battery technology. These days, rechargeable lithium ion batteries, and primary non-rechargeable lithium batteries are everywhere. And unfortunately, they are also considered "Dangerous Goods."

My Classmate, The Robot: NY Pupil Attends Remotely

February 15, 2013 10:00 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Devon Carrow's life-threatening allergies don't allow him to go to school. But the 4-foot-tall robot with a wireless video hookup gives him the school experience remotely, allowing him to participate in class, stroll through the hallways, hang out at recess and even take to the auditorium stage when there's a show.

Thermal Imagers: A Priceless Investment

February 14, 2013 1:38 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial inspection cameras have revolutionized the predictive maintenance industry. From the many types of cameras available, thermal imagers are ones that have claimed their place in a manufacturer’s predictive maintenance arsenal. Once an instrument too expensive for the average facility, today’s technology has advanced thermal imagers to the point of necessity.

Engineering Newswire 25:Drilling Holes in Mars

February 14, 2013 1:35 pm | Boeing | Videos | Comments

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed the successful completion of this "mini drill" test last week and if the drill cuttings from the fresh hole pass the visual evaluation, the rover team will move forward with the first full drilling.

Engineering Update #4: Robots Driven By Moths, Recycling Nike

February 14, 2013 11:51 am | Videos | Comments

In the latest episode of ECN 's Engineering Update: Scientists at the University of Tokyo have found inspiration for their autonomous sensory-driven robots by examining male silkmoths ... lookin' for love.

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