Mechatronics Zone Blog

10 of the Most Important Black Woman Engineers

By Chris Wiltz | March 5, 2018


Workforce Gap Grows as Boomers Retire

By Rob Spiegel | March 2, 2018

The manufacturing industry is experiencing growing pressure as it becomes more difficult to find available talent to run operations. A perfect storm of issues has formed, making it increasingly difficult to find skilled labor. One of the biggest challenges is the retirement of the Baby Boom generation. Many of the industry’s highest skilled workers are now beginning to leave. The number of Boomers retiring will increase precipitously over the next five years.

Is the Safer Future of Batteries Made of Lithium-Ion?

By Chris Wiltz | March 2, 2018

Battery technology is changing. As consumers demand products that are thinner and more powerful, yet also have superior battery performance, researchers and manufacturing are developing new battery technologies, from novel materials to new power management devices.

Next Step for Collaborative Robots: Better Machine Vision

By Charles Murray | March 1, 2018

Use of collaborative robots in industrial automation will grow in the coming years, but it won’t hit its peak until suppliers make major advances in sensing technologies, experts will say at the upcoming Cleveland Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo.

Stretchable, Modifiable Power Source Eyed for Wearables, IoT

By Elizabeth Montalbano | March 1, 2018

Researchers continue to make progress in their aim to develop novel, user-friendly power sources for wearable technology. One of the latest comes out of Singapore, where researchers have developed a fabric-like power source that can be cut, folded, or stretched without losing its function.

Predictive Maintenance Is Replacing the Plant’s Retiring Knowledge Worker

By Rob Spiegel | February 28, 2018

The retiring Baby Boomer at the plant may get replaced by predictive maintenance software. Just as robots are stepping up to do the mind-numbing and dangerous repetitive manual labor jobs in manufacturing, we’re now seeing that sensors and artificial intelligence begin to replace the plant’s knowledge workers who can smell a failing motor at 50 yards.

To Understand If 3D Printing Works for You, Educate Yourself

By Charles Murray | February 28, 2018

3D printing won’t help your manufacturing process unless you educate yourself and understand your own products, experts will say at the upcoming Cleveland Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo.

NXP Rolls Development Platform for Hybrids, EVs

By Charles Murray | February 27, 2018

NXP Semiconductors is rolling out a development platform aimed at helping automakers and suppliers accelerate the design of next-generation hybrids and electric vehicles.

The Key to Automation ROI for Small Plants Is Flexibility

By Rob Spiegel | February 27, 2018

For decades, sophisticated automation and control systems, from machine learning and predictive maintenance to robotics and smart packaging equipment, belonged to the largest manufacturers – Boeing, GM, and Proctor and Gamble. Reductions in the cost of automation technology has created a paradigm shift. As sensors, robotics, and software systems become more affordable, Small- to smid-size manufacturers can take advantages of smart manufacturing.


DesignCon 2018 Featured Papers

By Design News Staff | February 27, 2018

ChipheadIf you missed DesignCon, you missed a lot. Below you can sample a small handful of the more than 80 technical papers presented at DesignCon 2018 by engineering experts in the fields of test and measurement, power integrity, and signal integrity.