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Three Top Tips When Designing Motion Controllers, Part 1

If it Needs to Be an "Endless" Axis That Moves in One Direction For an Infinite Distance, Then You'll Need to Consider Encoder Rollover

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Note to Manufacturing Facilities: It's All About Ethernet

What Key Trends Will Industrial Networking See This Year? We Asked Some Industry Experts to Predict Important Trends For 2014. See What They Said.

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Smart Ethernet in New LDT for Automation Industries

Data is Communicated over the Ethernet Network Using I/O messaging for Time-Critical Data, Such as Position and Velocity Status, as Well as Explicit Messages For Configuration Data.

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3D Printing — Helping Shape the Future of Innovation

MakerBot and Florida Polytechnic team to bring 3D printing technology to STEM students and faculty. 

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AME Announces Its Sponsorship of Manufacturing Day

A number of different national events will take place on Manufacturing Day to highlight manufacturing's impact on the world as well as give a sneak peak into different organizations.  Manufacturing companies and schools will open the door the public and offer tours of their facilities.

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The Great Kanduski

Wireless installations in industrial settings have different challenges and requirements than those found in the typical office environment. A new application guide jointly developed by Rockwell Automation and Cisco is one document to help you better understand what some of those challenges are and how to overcome them.

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Think Like an Industrial Operator
Contrary to the Wonderful, Imaginative, Animated, 3D Color Graphics Available to Designers Today, a Rockwell Commercial Manager Makes it Clear That They Have No Place in a Best Practices List For Industrial Operator Displays

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Getting to a Better–and–Cleaner Power Source For Machine Builders
These Greater Power Levels Arise From Making Measurements at Specific Times and Applying Proprietary Algorithms. These Allow Greater Accuracy of the Secondary, or Output, Side

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Best DAQ Approach For Machine Controls?
Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) and Data Acquistion (DAQ) Systems Each Offer Unique Avantages in Terms of Information Access and in Granularity

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Reader Feedback: R.I.P. PLC?
The PLC May Be On the Verge of Extinction as a Hardware Proposition

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Interface Interference in the Machine Operating World
The Responsibility of Control Can be so Easily Given to Those Who Have Trouble Remembering What They Had for Breakfast. These New Phones and Tablets Give us the Interface We Need for Remote Access and Mobility With the Interface of Web-Based Commonality. Really?

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From Touch to Feel Sensors
Contact-Sensing Technologies Bring Human-Like Sensitivities to the Machine/Work Interface

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Industrial Machines that Live Long and Package Well
Beyond Maintaining Long Operating Lives, the Durability and Innovations in NEM's Machines Also Enabled the Company to Combine Formerly Separate Functions into One Unified, Monoblock Machine that Takes up Less Space and Runs More Efficiently

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Three Top Tips When Designing Motion Controllers, Part 1
If it Needs to Be an "Endless" Axis That Moves in One Direction For an Infinite Distance, Then You'll Need to Consider Encoder Rollover

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Hydroforming For Machine Builders Gets 21st-Century Makeover
Beckwood Press Uses Modern Controls, Hydraulics, Design Software and 3D Printed Tooling to Slash Part Development Time and Costs

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Upgrading Connectivity: Upgrading Machine Operation in Automation Industries
The eFlow Nebulizer, Developed by Pari Pharma in Gräfelfing, Germany, Has Been Used to Treat Cystic Fibrosis Patients For Many Years and the Company is Currently Installing Software to Optimize Automation of its Production Equipment

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Network Infrastructure Gets Larger, but Less Protected
How to Analyze 'Big Data' and Prevent Cybersecurity Threats From Adversaries

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How Technology Has Influenced Engineers
Work in Harmony: Despite Differences in Their Approach to Problem-Solving, Older and Younger Engineers Begin to Appreciate Each Others’ Skill Sets and Methods

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Future Machines
How Technology Pushes Machine Builders and Integrators to Design Smarter Machines, and Why Processes Have Become Better and More Efficient

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Safety Relays or Better Diagnostics?
Where Do Machine Builders Draw the Line Between Diagnostic Needs and Safety?

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