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A new approach assembles big structures from small interlocking pieces
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MIT researchers invent a new approach to assembling big structures — even airplanes and bridges — out of small interlocking composite components. A robotic system for assembly is under development.Read More

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When to automate: Conventional and robotic applications
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For modular conventional, robotic, or hybrid motion control applications, ensure that systems can scale with an operation, handle evolving packaging styles, and be redeployed to alternate production... Read More

Machine safety compliance: start with design
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From ergonomics and e-stops to OSHA and output, here are the essential considerations for machine safety compliance. Safety starts with design.Read More

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The Nvidia Grid VCA (visual computing appliance) for SolidWorks 2014 is a GPU-based appliance for small and medium-sized businesses that can be centrally located and accessed over the company network... Read More

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

Automation System Integration Blog tells how to avoid scope creep. See these points of advice and diagram from Anthony Baker to keep your next machine design, panel build, software design, or other... Read More

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Machine Safety: ISO 13849-1 status, interlock switch safety
Machine Safety: ISO 13849-1 status, interlock switch safety

Upon reviewing a machine that has two interlock switches mounted to an access door, can you say... Read More

Machine Safety: 12 hazards of unused machinery
Machine Safety: 12 hazards of unused machinery

Look at the 5 levels of hazard mitigation to help determine risk of a machine no longer in use.... Read More

Machine Safety: Identify machine safety standards for your business
Machine Safety: Identify machine safety standards for your business

Why is it important in the United States to identify machine safety standards for your business?... Read More

Machine Safety: What is your safety elevator pitch?
Machine Safety: What is your safety elevator pitch?

In less than 30 seconds, can you tell me why I should care about your plans for exceeding... Read More

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