Mechatronics Zone Blog

Millennials & Boomers Align Well In the Engineering Workplace

By Mitch Maiman | August 21, 2017

Recently, I wrote an article, “Blending Generations”, on how to create a culture where Millennials and Boomers “play nicely” in the sandbox.  Now I’d like to share the results of a recent survey regarding what engineers and designers of different ages have learned from working with their older or younger peers. The results are good news for those willing to build the right culture in their team.

Braided carbon wheels première in Porsche 911 Turbo S

By Stephen Moore | August 20, 2017

German automaker Porsche has become the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to offer lightweight wheels with braided carbon fiber. They are available now as an option for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Carbon, the characteristically black high-tech material, can be fully appreciated in the new wheels with a protective layer of clear lacquer.

The 'Smart' in Smart Manufacturing Shows Up in Off-the-Shelf Appliance

By Rob Spiegel | August 18, 2017

One of the remarkable automation trends in recent years is vendor community’s ability to embed plant intelligence into the control system and its devices. The embedded digital intelligence frees control personnel from the considerable burden of original programming. To some extent, the equipment and its software have closed the skills gap by making the system smarter.

Machines Text and Tweet, Eliminates Need to Write Custom Code

By Al Presher | August 18, 2017

The ability to send to send text messages and/or email from a machine, triggered by specific events, is potentially an effective way to increase machine availability and limit downtime. The idea is that, by providing a configurable software block, users can create messages in just a few clicks.

What’s the Best Computing Architecture for the Autonomous Car?

By Charles Murray | August 17, 2017

As the autonomous car evolves, automakers face a complex question: How to enable self-driving cars to process massive amounts of data and then come to logical and safe conclusions about it.

Today, most automakers accomplish that with a distributed form of data processing. That is, they place intelligence at the sensors. More recently, though, that’s begun to change. Many engineers now favor a more centralized form of data processing, in which simple sensors send raw unprocessed data to a powerful central processor, which does all the “thinking.”

Underwriters Laboratories Releases Cybersecurity Standards for Industrial Control

By Rob Spiegel | August 17, 2017

As more than most software applications available today are comprised of open-source components, organizations must be especially vigilant to implement rigorous software supply chain management systems and procedures to mitigate the potential risk from third-party applications.

How Trump's Manufacturing Jobs Council Fell Apart

By Chris Wiltz | August 16, 2017

President Donald Trump has decided to disband the council of his Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. The announcement came Wednesday morning, amidst a large exodus of the council's membership in response to the President's comments regarding a recent white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, VA. By Tweet, the president said:

Helping SMEs Harness the IoT Via PLM

By Array | August 16, 2017

The Internet of things (IoT) is becoming the way of the world and because of it, there are now more components being manufactured and more intricate design chain challenges than ever. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will have to learn to trust data and analytics, where once they relied on people. To truly embrace this digital transformation, manufacturers need to step out of their comfort zones to learn new habits, acquire new disciplines, and implement organizational transformation that extends to their supply chain. 

Siemens Preaches Gospel of Manufacturing ‘Digitalization’

By Charles Murray | August 15, 2017

Siemens AG continued its push this month to unite the design and manufacturing realms into a single data model, announcing it will soon add two more key software tools.