Discrete Manufacturing

The strength of 3D-printed products could be improved through a new technique developed by scientists at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Courtesy: University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Discrete Manufacturing October 15, 2019

Process developed to strengthen materials from 3-D printers

University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have found that fused deposition modeling (FDM) could strengthen the bonds of 3-D printed materials by as much as 200%.

By University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Factory automation and process control tag-naming matters for consistency, understanding, and troubleshooting. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Consulting, Automation Primer
Discrete Manufacturing October 7, 2019

PLC tag and address naming conventions

Control programming tutorial: Learn about tag templates, common factory automation tag abbreviations, process control tag abbreviations, and five tag and address naming tips.

By Frank Lamb
Mechatronics October 15, 2019

Shape-shifting robots show new locomotion strategy

Georgia Tech and Northwestern University researchers have built a robot entirely from smaller robots known as “smarticles” to unlock the principles of a potentially new locomotion technique.

By John Toon
Simutech Multimedia has developed a point-and-click game that is designed to provide a real-life simulation of what could realistically happen on a manufacturing floor. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media & Technology
Machine Safety October 11, 2019

Teaching engineers skills through video games and simulation

Using video games that are designed to teach engineers how to act in certain safety situations can provide training and experience for plant-floor operations, which can help narrow the skills gap.

By Chris Vavra
Position, speed and torque control are most important with servo drives. Courtesy: Control Engineering 2019 Motor Drives Study
Motors, Drives October 12, 2019

Survey respondents offer motor drive advice

Motor drive advice was offered in a write-in question in the Control Engineering motor drive research, summarized in the September issue.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: CFE Media
Sensors, Vision October 10, 2019

Civilian drones are an emerging market in machine vision

A growing number of applications and opportunities for machine vision components — from improving drone navigation and safety to capturing image data are main drivers of the civilian drone market for automation and inspection applications.

By Dan McCarthy
An exoskeletonhelps support a worker’s upper body while he performs repetitive overhead work drilling underbody car panels. Courtesy: Motor Company/RIA
Robotics October 14, 2019

Benefits of adding exoskeletons to supply chains

Workers and companies receive increased safety and productivity by using exoskeletons for supply chain operations.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)