Discrete Manufacturing

Figure: Three top skill sets to get ahead are engineering, project management, and communication/presentation. Courtesy: Control Engineering research, CFE Media and CFE Technology
Discrete Manufacturing February 14, 2020

Hot topics in Control Engineering for 2019

Think Again: Engineering salaries and career tips, object-oriented programming, rate-predictive control, Internet of Things (IoT) and career advice were among top articles posted on the Control Engineering website during 2019.

By Mark T. Hoske
A screenshot from PrintFixer shows the predicted variations in a printed shape, with expanded areas highlighted in red and smaller areas marked in blue. Courtesy: USC Viterbi
AI and Machine Learning February 9, 2020

Making 3D printing smarter with machine learning

Researchers at USC are making 3D printing software by using artificial intelligence and machine learning to reduce error, which will benefit manufacturers and medical device companies.

By Greta Harrison
A total of 24 movers with light, 3D-printed blister grabbers travel along an 11-meter-long XTS circuit between one HSPP system, the laser labeling system and the second HSPP. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
CNC Motion Control February 17, 2020

Machine module provides software-supported product changeovers

Koch Pac-Systeme designed a labeling and grouping unit in a toothbrush packaging line with a transport system at its core.

By Frank W├╝rthner
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Energy, Power January 5, 2020

Polymer may help Lithium-ion batteries become self-healing, recyclable

Engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a solid polymer-based electrolyte for Lithium-ion batteries that can self-heal after damage.

By Lois Yoksoulian
Motors, Drives January 15, 2020

When are VFDs essential?

Engineers should understand variable frequency drive technologies, and the key considerations for designing a VFD to control a motor

By Shreeram Srinivasan, CDM Smith, Chennai, India; and Bernard Pettiford, PE, CDM Smith, Atlanta
Courtesy: Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
Sensors, Vision February 24, 2020

Motion prediction algorithms enhance safety features for automated vehicles

The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has developed a machine vision system that predicts pedestrian movements with a convolutional neural network (CNN).

By Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Robotics February 27, 2020

Collaborative robot benefits for local manufacturers

Collaborative robots help local manufacturers meet the customer's demand for immediate products and can help control long-term costs.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)