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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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10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don't Know: South Dakota - Wyoming

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 2, 2015

Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.

Engineers Need to Do More With Less

July 1, 2015

Design, simulation, manufacturability, and prototyping: All of these phases are being pushed forward and progressively by underlying technologies.

Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products

July 1, 2015

Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world's biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam's Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.

Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability

July 1, 2015

From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn't come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.

10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don't Know: New Mexico - South Carolina

By Elizabeth Montalbano | June 30, 2015

This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.

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