Discrete Manufacturing
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute will receive as much as $30 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense over the next five years. Image: Katie Spain, CFE Media
Discrete Manufacturing February 21, 2019

DMDII receives Defense Dept. funding to strengthen research

Grants totaling $30 million over next five years will fund advanced manufacturing projects.

By Bob Vavra
Siemens Simatic Automation Tool, Software to Manage Automation Components in Commissioning, Maintenance, and Service won a 2019 Engineers’ Choice Award in the Software - Control design category. Courtesy: Siemens
Discrete Manufacturing February 20, 2019

Software can automate devices and systems

Machine manufacturers benefit from software that allows them to stay operational with their many automation devices while cutting costs and staying independent of an engineering framework.

By Jana Kocianova
Mechatronics
Dye penetrant testing was completed to ensure the new rotor had no flaws. Courtesy: Sulzer
Mechatronics February 21, 2019

Fast rotor repair also improves efficiency

An Indonesian geothermal power plant opted for a quick rotor repair for their steam turbine, which was reinstalled with immediate improvement on performance.

By Claudia Proeger
Machine Safety
Machine Safety December 17, 2018

ABB to realign around digital industries

Four divisions focus on robotics, electrification, industrial automation, and motion.

By Bob Vavra
Motors, Drives
Figure 2: A coil probe is shown around the wire its measuring. Courtesy: Yaskawa America Inc.
Motors, Drives February 9, 2019

Selecting a scope for a variable frequency drive

Select the right oscilloscope to fit a variable frequency drive (VFD) application. Consider scope types, probe, voltage, software, and harmonics.

By Robert Bonczar
Sensors, Vision
MIT researchers have developed a chip that leverages sub-terahertz wavelengths for object recognition, which could be combined with light-based image sensors to help steer driverless cars through fog. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Sensors, Vision February 16, 2019

Sensor developed to help autonomous vehicles steer through fog and dust

MIT researchers have developed an on-chip system that detects signals at sub-terahertz wavelengths, which could help steer driverless cars through fog and dust.

By Rob Matheson
Robotics
Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Robotics February 16, 2019

Four types of collaborative robots for manufacturing applications

Safety monitored stop, speed and separation, power and force limiting, and hand guiding are the four major types of collaborative robots and each has a specific benefit for manufacturers.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)