CNC, Motion Control

Robotics 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
Otis Elevator Co. delivered and installed a custom-made glass elevator to carry visitors to the Empire State Building’s 102nd-floor observatory. Courtesy: Otis Elevator Co.
CNC Motion Control October 14, 2019

Glass elevator installed for Empire State Building Observatory

Otis Elevator Co. delivered and installed a custom-made glass elevator to carry visitors to the Empire State Building’s observatory, which was recently renovated.

By Otis Elevator Co.
Seung Soon Jang, an associate professor, Faisal Alamgir, an associate professor, and Ji Il Choi, a postdoctoral researcher, all in Georgia Tech’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, examine a piece of platinum-graphene catalyst. Courtesy: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech University
Energy, Power October 5, 2019

Platinum supported by graphene could enable fuel cell catalysts

Films of platinum only two atoms thick supported by graphene could enable fuel cell catalysts with unprecedented catalytic activity and longevity, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

By Josh Brown
Thanks to fast activation of new functions via software apps, machine developers can create a basic machine type and then, depending on which apps are selected, equip it with different functions and features as per the application requirements. Courtesy: Festo
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 4, 2019

New ways to increase productivity with smart systems

Intelligent pneumatics offer flexibility in the age of Industry 4.0, and technology advances such as cyber-physical systems (CPSs) can help valves achieve greater connectivity and intelligence.

By Sandro Quintero
Courtesy: CFE Media
Sensors, Vision October 3, 2019

Artificial intelligence will revolutionize, not replace, machine vision

Artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved to become a constant part of our daily lives and the technology will enhance and change machine vision for the better.

By Dan McCarthy
Professor Izabela Szlufarska and postdoctoral scholar Hongliang Zhang examine data in their lab, where they’ve observed a particular material’s internal structure shift during bending in a way that’s completely new for metals. Courtesy: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Discrete Manufacturing October 2, 2019

Method discovered to improve metal bending without fractures

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a mechanism for bending, which might allow engineers to strengthen a material without running the risk of fractures.

By Sam Million-Weaver
Figure 6: Self-contained, ready-to-ship robotic welding cell accelerates uptime whether you buy or rent it. Courtesy: RobotWorx/Robotic Industries Association
Robotics October 2, 2019

Benefits of robotics-as-a-service for manufacturers

Robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) is an emerging trend in manufacturing as companies look to deal with rising automation and tighter global competition. RaaS allows companies to use robots for short-term needs without a long-term investment. One application reduced overall manufacturing costs by 30%.

By Tanya M. Anandan
Project execution with a new generation control system: Honeywell Experion PKS Honeywell Integrated Virtual Environment (HIVE) uses Lean project execution principles (the Honeywell LEAP process introduced in 2014), software and networking to decouple control applications from physical equipment, and controllers from physical input/output (I/O) devices. Modular designs allow multiple controllers to form one virtual controller. PKS stands for process knowledge system. Courtesy: Honeywell Process Solutions
Process Manufacturing October 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, September 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in September 2019 included stories about control system design shift, process control education, model-following control, the evolution of modern manufacturing, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Researchers at the University of Missouri are looking at the importance of keeping your eyes on the road with two new uses of eye-tracking technology in relation to vehicle collision avoidance warnings and rear-end accidents. Courtesy: University of Missouri
Sensors, Vision September 29, 2019

Eye-tracking technology could help make driving safer

Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed two eye-tracking technologies to improve collision avoidance and evaluating rear-end accidents for automotive drivers.

By Eric Stann
The soft tactile robot technology holds promise for use in a variety of applications, from soft robotics to prosthetic devices. Courtesy: North Carolina State University
Robotics September 24, 2019

Technology developed that computes and responds without centralized processing

North Carolina State researchers have developed a structure called soft tactile logic, which senses, computes and responds without any centralized processing and has the characteristics of a robot and computer.

By Matt Shipman