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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.

Manufacturers Struggle to Find Trained Tech People

March 13, 2015

America's aging manufacturing base may finally be on the rebound, but it still faces an unexpected dilemma -- lack of trained technical people to carry out the work.

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Myo Wants to Be a Mouse for All Your Electronic Devices

By Chris Wiltz | March 31, 2015

Thalmic Labs' Myo is an arm-worn device that lets users control computers, smartphones, drones, and other digital devices using only hand and arm gestures.

Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones

By Chris Wiltz | March 31, 2015

A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.

Improved Machine Design Can Help Raise Compliance with Lockout/Tagout Safety Rules

March 31, 2015

Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn't to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.

Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?

By Ann R. Thryft | March 30, 2015

If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.

Amazon Holds Contest to Innovate Warehouse Automation

By Chris Wiltz | March 30, 2015

The Amazon Picking Challenge wants contestants to push the next step of warehouse automation.

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