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A new approach assembles big structures from small interlocking pieces
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MIT researchers have developed a lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can be snapped together much like the bricks of a child’s construction toy--robots will help with construction. The new material, the researchers say, could revolutionize the assembly of airplanes, spacecraft, and even larger structures, such as... Read More

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When to automate: Conventional and robotic applications
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Fitting the right modular conventional, robotics, or hybrid motion control system to an automated palletizing application increases flexibility for adapting to future applications and increases... Read More

Machine safety compliance: start with design
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An important first step when considering safety as part of machine design is understanding the scope of what the machine is being designed to deliver. Safety in design is critical to the end products... Read More

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The Nvidia Grid VCA for SolidWorks 2014 is a powerful GPU-based appliance for small and medium-sized businesses that can be centrally located and accessed over the company network without the IT... Read More

5 ways to avoid scope creep on an engineering project
5 ways to avoid scope creep on an engineering project

If you work in an engineering project-based world, I am sure you have heard the term “scope creep.” Specifically, it’s when additional scope items are added to a project along the way. These might be... Read More

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Machine Safety: Which takes precedence, a Type-B or a Type-C safety standard?
Machine Safety: Which takes precedence, a Type-B or a Type-C safety standard?

In the hierarchy of Type A, B, and C safety standards, doesn’t a Type B safety standard take... Read More

Machine Safety and safety maturity: Are you safe without injuries?
Machine Safety and safety maturity: Are you safe without injuries?

According to the International Labor Organization, every 15 seconds approximately 160 workers have... Read More

Machine Safety: Do not tell employees that a safety compliant machine is safe
Machine Safety: Do not tell employees that a safety compliant machine is safe

Purchasing a new machine compliant to the latest machine safety standards and delivered with... Read More

Machine Safety: Does a CE mark make a machine safe?
Machine Safety: Does a CE mark make a machine safe?

Machine safety discussions have risen to new heights with improved computing technology and... Read More

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