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Laser Metal Deposition with Wire Process Used for Additive Manufacturing of Large Titanium Components

August 3, 2017

While additive manufacturing (AM) processes have come a long way in producing a variety of shapes and sizes in printed components using an array of materials, an ideal process for producing large monolithic titanium components with user-customized control has remained a challenge. This means the aerospace industry has been lacking an optimized AM process for plate material for components such as wing spars, bulkheads, and frames.

Managing Identities and Data Security Vital for Industrial IoT

August 3, 2017

Cybersecurity risks for industrial control systems are continuing to increase from threats via industrial espionage, to actual physical damage and financial loss due to downtime.  A key trend moving ahead is new technology addressing critical areas including asset and material tracking, enhanced HMI authentication and stronger VPN credentials.

ESC Boston 2018 Call for Speakers Now Open

August 3, 2017

The Call for Speakers for Embedded Systems Conference Boston 2018 is now open! No matter your expertise -- embedded hardware, embedded software, connected devices, or advanced technologies -- ESC gives you the chance to speak at the industry’s most comprehensive technical conference for embedded systems professionals.

It’s Time to Think About Our Goals for the IoT

August 2, 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is at a key moment in its history, and the technical community needs to address the goals and risks of the technology, lest it be misused and abused, IoT expert Stacey Higginbotham will tell attendees at ARM TechCon in October.

Here’s Why We Keep Hearing About Autonomous Car Partnerships

August 2, 2017

Lately, it’s almost impossible to flip through the business pages of a newspaper without reading about an autonomous car partnership -- General Motors, Ford, BMW, or Toyota, teaming with up-and-coming tech companies with names like Nauto Inc., Mobileye N.V., SAIPS, Argo AI, Cruise Automation<

5 Tips for Setting Realistic Project Expectations

August 1, 2017

Quite a few companies and teams that I encounter have an expectations problem. They have unrealistic expectations for the time and effort that it takes to develop an embedded system. On the spectrum between pessimistic and optimistic, they typically blow past optimistic into the fantasy land zone. The result is often debilitating, stressful, late, and buggy embedded systems. What can development teams do to avoid unrealistic expectations? Here are five tips developers can use to help ensure they set expectations that are realistic and not fantasy.