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Lawsuit Alleges Ground Pollution In Myrtle Beach

July 23, 2013 10:54 am | News | Comments

A jury has been seated to hear one of three lawsuits alleging groundwater pollution by an electronics manufacturer in Myrtle Beach. The suit alleges that groundwater contaminated with a chemical known as TCE damaged property values in a 10-block area near the company's former plant.

Q&A: Ways To Profit From Your Server Room

July 15, 2013 9:26 am | Articles | Comments

With servers responsible for storing and distributing data among employees and customers, alike, they are the backbone of just about every modern business. First, cooling is extremely important to the overall energy costs of your server room.

5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Motor Disconnect Switch

July 12, 2013 1:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Dust, water, corrosive chemicals and airborne particles are severe hazards to many manufacturing and production facilities. Any environment where critical electrical equipment is exposed to these elements is at risk, including your motor disconnects and switched receptacles.


Sharp To Sell 'Talking' Home Appliances In Japan

July 9, 2013 7:53 am | News | Comments

Among the "talking" white goods, a refrigerator will remind users to check for expired food items, while an air conditioner will notify them when it turns on automatically after detecting room temperature, according to the Osaka-based company.   

Move Over Messi, Here Come The Robots

July 1, 2013 8:51 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the score tied 1-1, it's gone to a penalty shootout in a tense soccer match between teams from Israel and Australia. As the Australian goalkeeper in his red jersey braces for the shot, the Israeli striker pauses. Then he breaks into a dance instead of kicking the ball. Perhaps he can be forgiven: He's a robot, after all.

NASA Launches Rocket To Study Space Weather

June 28, 2013 9:19 am | News | Comments

NASA launched a satellite late Thursday on a mission to explore a little-studied region of the sun and to better forecast space weather that can disrupt communications systems on Earth. Mission controllers clapped after receiving word that Iris separated from the rocket as planned and unfurled its solar panels, ready to begin its two-year mission.

Samsung Puts Pricey Curve In OLED Televisions

June 27, 2013 11:48 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After delays, Samsung Electronics Co. rolled out Thursday a curved TV that uses an advanced display called OLED. The 55-inch TV will sell for 15 million won ($13,000) in South Korea, more than five times the cost of LCD televisions of the same size.

Chinese Supercomputer Named World's Fastest

June 17, 2013 9:58 am | News | Comments

The semiannual TOP500 official listing of the world's fastest supercomputers released Monday says the Tianhe-2 developed by the National University of Defense Technology in central China's Changsha city is capable of sustained computing of 33.86 petaflops per second. That's the equivalent of 33,860 trillion calculations per second.


U.S. Vs. European Hurricane Model: Which Is Better?

May 29, 2013 1:37 pm | by Tamara Lush, Associated Press | News | Comments

Meteorologists agree that the two American supercomputers that provide storm models are underpowered — which is why the National Weather Service plans on upgrading those computers in the next two years. The two main forecasting computers — one in Orlando, Florida and the other in Virginia — will receive $25 million in upgrades as part of the Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill.

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.

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, | 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, | 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.

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.

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.

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