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Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic 'Beast of Burden'

June 4, 2015

A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.

2014 Salary and Opinion Study

March 25, 2015

Overall, North American engineers are doing better salary-wise than their international peers, are satisfied with their careers, and are optimistic about the future.

FAA Places Restrictions on Amazon Drones

March 23, 2015

How big a breakthrough was it for Amazon to receive on March 19 an "experimental airworthiness certificate" from the Federal Aviation Administration? Actually, not so much.

Integrated Motion Platform Speeds Fuselage Positioning

March 18, 2015

An integrated programmable logic controller (PLC) and motion platform has enabled an aircraft manufacturer to speed development and cut the costs of a massive fuselage positioning system.

Are AGVs Ready for the Assembly Line?

March 16, 2015

A Michigan-based company is putting a new wrinkle on the decades-old concept of using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) on the factory floor.

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Culture Club: How Upper Stratosphere Companies Make Quality Pervasive

August 3, 2015

Design engineers and project managers work closely with the quality department and know that quality is as important as functional utility. Here's how the best companies do it, says ASQ.

Taking it Slow to Stop Burning Rubber

July 31, 2015

Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.

10 Technologies That Will Turn You Into a Superhero

By Chris Wiltz | July 20, 2015

As far out as a lot of superhero technologies and abilities are, a lot of the technology seen in comic books has inspired or been inspired by real technologies being developed today.

Researchers Develop 1st 3D-Printed Robot to Combine Soft, Rigid Materials

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 20, 2015

Two engineers have developed the first 3D-printed robot with a mix of solid and soft materials that can jump similarly to a human, the result of research they think will have future applications for disaster recovery and future space missions.

A Tool for Simplified Runner System Analysis and Quicker, Reliable Mold Simulation

July 16, 2015

Design for manufacturing (DFM) in mold production means that mold designers evaluate the manufacturability of their molds in the early stage of mold development by collecting all relevant information and applying it to their designs. They also have to consider many other factors, including flow balance, structural stress, and assembly tolerance, in order to ensure successful molding production.

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