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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.

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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.

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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.

Laird Technologies Acquires Nextreme Thermal Solutions Technology

February 13, 2013 2:29 pm | by Laird Technologies, Inc. | News | Comments

Laird Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the design and supply of customized performance-critical components and systems for advanced electronics and wireless products, today announces the acquisition of Nextreme Thermal Solutions, Inc., the US based developer of thin-film thermoelectric technologies.

Humans And Robots Work Better Together Following Cross-Training

February 11, 2013 11:43 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most existing research into making robots better team players is based on the concept of interactive reward. However, human studies carried out by the military have shown that simply telling people they have done well or badly at a task is a very inefficient method of encouraging them to work well as a team.

Watson's Medical Expertise Offered Commercially

February 11, 2013 7:58 am | by Jim Fizgerald, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The Watson supercomputer is graduating from its medical residency and is being offered commercially to doctors and health insurance companies, IBM said Friday. IBM Corp., the health insurer WellPoint Inc. and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center announced two Watson-based applications — one to help assess treatments for lung cancer and one to help manage health insurance decisions and claims.

Utility: Bad Device Caused Super Bowl Blackout

February 8, 2013 9:40 am | News | Comments

Officials of Entergy New Orleans say the device, called a relay, had been installed to protect the stadium from a cable failure between the company's incoming power line and lines that run into the stadium. Company officials said the device performed without problem during January's Sugar Bowl and other earlier events.

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Sony Trims Quarterly Loss To $115M

February 7, 2013 8:07 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp. is still struggling but managed to reduce its red ink for the latest quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company aims for a comeback from record yearly losses. Sony on Thursday reported a 10.7 billion yen ($115 million) loss for the October-December quarter compared with a 158 billion yen loss a year earlier.

Fujitsu Cutting 5,000 Jobs

February 7, 2013 7:55 am | News | Comments

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu is slashing 5,000 jobs, or nearly 3 percent of its global workforce, as it seeks to boost profitability by reshaping its computer-chip business and its overseas operations. Fujitsu said Thursday the job cuts will be completed by the end of this fiscal year next month, and will rely on early retirement, layoffs and other methods.

Outside Experts To Probe Super Bowl Power Outage

February 5, 2013 2:08 pm | by Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials of the Superdome and its utility company say they will hire outside experts to investigate why power failed for 34 minutes during the Super Bowl. The announcement by the stadium's management company, SMG, and Entergy New Orleans came two days after the outage halted play in the third quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Engineering Newswire 23: I Am Iron Woman

February 5, 2013 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re crafting magic arms, building Tony Stark’s cyber-weapon, and 3D printing for the BioCurious. 2-year-old Emma Lavelle was born with a congenital disorder called arthrogryposis. Emma’s parents turned to researchers at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children who had been hard at work on the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton, or WREX.

'Abnormality' Caused Super Bowl Power Outage

February 4, 2013 2:39 pm | by Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Superdome's energy provider and stadium management try to determine what caused a 34-minute power outage at Sunday's Super Bowl, local officials are hoping the incident won't leave a black eye on the city or prevent the league's big game from coming back to town.

Jabil Circuit Buying Nypro For About $665M

February 4, 2013 11:26 am | News | Comments

Contract electronics manufacturer Jabil Circuit Inc. said Monday that it will buy Nypro Inc., which provides manufactured precision plastic products for customers in the healthcare, packaging and consumer electronics industries, for about $665 million.

Can Blackberry 10 Breathe New Life Into RIM?

January 31, 2013 9:29 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Since 2006 the smartphone landscape has undergone seismic changes. Now, a former industry leader is looking to regain customers. Sumi Das reports RIM is making a gamble with their new Blackberry 10 operating system in a move to stay relevant.

Yokogawa And McAfee Partner To Enhance Security Industrial Control Systems

January 30, 2013 2:40 pm | by Yokogawa Corporation of America | News | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation and McAfee today announced the signing of a partnership agreement to offer holistic and value-added IT security solutions for the industrial automation world. Building on Yokogawa’s and McAfee’s cyber security expertise, the partnership addresses the imperative of digital threats to industrial control systems.

IBM Sends Watson To College

January 30, 2013 8:09 am | by Michael Hill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Watson, the supercomputer famous for beating the world's best human "Jeopardy!" champions, is going to college.IBM is announcing Wednesday that it will provide a Watson system to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in New York state, the first time the computer is being sent to a university. Just like the flesh-and-blood students who will work on it, Watson is leaving home to sharpen its skills.

Raspberry Pi Receives 'Generous' Google Grant For Education

January 29, 2013 3:16 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Google Giving, a philanthropic department of the Internet search giant, has awarded the U.K.-based Raspberry Pi Foundation with a “very generous” grant to provide better educational tools for young students in the U.K. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt visited Cambridge this morning to help teach programming to a classroom of local students.

Fluke Corporation Recalls Digital Clamp Meters

January 29, 2013 10:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Fluke Corporation is voluntarily recalling certain Digital Clamp Meters because the printed circuit assembly inside these units may not be properly fastened to the test lead input jack. According to the company, this may result in inaccurate voltage readings, including a low- or no-voltage reading on an energized circuit.

Smartphone 4Q Sales Rise 36 Pct., Led By Samsung

January 25, 2013 4:33 pm | News | Comments

A new research report says worldwide shipments of smartphones climbed 36 percent during the fourth quarter as they supplanted personal computers and other gadgets on holiday shopping lists. IDC estimates 219 million smartphones were shipped during the final three months of last year.

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