Mechatronics Zone Blog

Siemens Digitizes Industrial Machines to Speed Development

By Rob Spiegel | November 23, 2017

Siemens PLM has created the Advanced Machine Engineering (AME) tool to provides a platform that connects mechanical, electrical, and software engineering data to allow engineers access to a completely digital machine-build prototype. This digital twin represents an industrial machine operation that can be tested virtually throughout the development process.

Washable, Wearable Electronic Circuits Printed onto Fabric

By Elizabeth Montalbano | November 23, 2017

Researchers are making broad strides in developing suitable electronics not only for technology that can be worn, but also is comfortably and can be washed for repeated use.

3D Printer Proto Labs Nabs Rapid

By Rob Spiegel | November 22, 2017

Technology-enabled manufacturing company, Proto Labs, has entered into an agreement to acquire privately held Rapid Manufacturing Group, doing business as Rapid Prototype.

Rapid Prototype specializes in quick-turn sheet metal fabrication and computer numerical control (CNC) machining. The acquisition will add sheet-metal skills to Proto Labs’ fast manufacturing, as well as while expanding the company’s CNC machining capabilities.

Software Designers: Build Your Own

By Mitch Maiman | November 22, 2017

As a leading, full-service product development consultancy, our firm is always in competition for talent. Often, much larger (and richer) firms compete with us for the same limited pool of top-tier candidates.

Survey Shows American Brands Trail Asian, European Cars in Reliability

By Charles Murray | November 21, 2017

A new survey from Consumer Reports shows that American auto brands lag behind those of Europe and Asia in terms of reliability, and the reason could be partly attributable to cost.

Fighting Corrosion in Cooling Loops

By Array | November 21, 2017

Many cooling applications require high purity in the process cooling fluid. Corrosion contaminates the fluids, while the purity requirements for those fluids may be counted in parts per billion. In most applications, metal corrosion can be managed, slowed, or even stopped by using the appropriate materials and prevention techniques.

Black Phosphorus Ink Compatible with Inkjet Printers Developed

By Tracey Schelmetic | November 20, 2017

While it often seems that the focus on printing technology today is on the three-dimensional kind, researchers hoping to further printed electronics applications are looking for new two-dimensional materials with unique properties. Newer materials, researchers believe, could greatly advance the printing of optoelectronics and photonics using ordinary inkjet printing process.

Rethink Adds KPI Collection, Extra Cameras to Sawyer

By Rob Spiegel | November 20, 2017

As collaborative robots, or co-bots, become more advanced, so do their communications. Indeed, Rethink Robotics recently annoucned it has upgraded Sawyer so that the collaborative robot can now communicate its production key performance indicators (KPIs) and other metrics.

Tesla Debuts Electric ‘Beast’ Semi Truck

By Charles Murray | November 16, 2017

At a grand public event before throngs of cheering enthusiasts, Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk last night unveiled a sleek new electric semi-truck with a 500-mile range.

The new over-the-road electric truck is said to combine powerful acceleration, driving simplicity, low drag coefficient, low operating costs, and the ability to prevent jack-knifing, along with the 500-mile range.

“Because the vast majority of routes are under 250 miles, it means you can go to your destination and back without recharging,” Musk told the raucous crowd at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, CA.

FDA Approves World's First Pill with an Embedded Sensor

By Chris Wiltz | November 16, 2017

You can prescribe a patient medication, but you can't make them take it. Patient compliance has always been an issue in healthcare and one that digital health technologies such as wearables have tried to address.