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Real Machine Safety Applications in the Spooky Garage

It's Been Helpful to Be Reminded that Machine Safety's Best Principles Can be Usefully Employed in Situations Beyond the Plant Floor

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Industrial Partners Plunge Into 3D Printing

Cincinnati, Oak Ridge National Lab and University of Tennessee Students Print 3D Car Parts for Local Motors at IMTS 2014

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Industrial IT Takes Some Trust When the Internet Is Not a Guaranteed Safe Place

Microsoft has Tried Hard to Protect the Online Account, But Can You Really Protect Your Assets by Trusting that Microsoft or Any Cloud-Based Vendor Will Protect Your Things?

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Poke-to-Terminate Technology Could Simplify Your Wiring Plans

Don't Underestimate the Usefulness of These Workhorse Connectors

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Engineers at Stanford Develop Ant-Size Radio to Realize the 'Internet of Things'

The 'Internet of Things' could soon be contained in a radio the size of an ant.

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Helping STEM Students Realize Engineering is Inherently Creative

What do Lord Byron's daughter and a star architect have to do with STEM anyways?

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The Great Kanduski

One of the challenges facing wireless devices is providing them with reliable power other than a battery, which though continually improving requires replacement when the cell dies. Rechargeable batteries are the obvious solution, however the challenge then changes to finding a reliable and safe way to recharge them without adding a wire, or complex system to manage the recharge process which will reduce the efficiency to a level making it cumbersome, expensive and low reliability.

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Quality Behavior Means Industrial Companies Are Doing Something Right
It Sounds Odd to Say, but the Good News Is that Only 12% Self-Described Their Overall Quality Programs as World-Class.

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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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Industrial IT Takes Some Trust When the Internet Is Not a Guaranteed Safe Place
Microsoft has Tried Hard to Protect the Online Account, But Can You Really Protect Your Assets by Trusting that Microsoft or Any Cloud-Based Vendor Will Protect Your Things?

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Internet Security Details in the Machine Building World
Today's Machine Builder Has a Powerful Role to Play in Protecting the Customer Networks to Which It Connects

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Industrial Controller Programming Top Needs
Closely Related to Ease of use is the Capability to Connect Instantly and Automatically to the Target Controller.

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Wireless Unbound: Gather Data and Signals From Difficult-to-Reach Devices
Many Companies Want to Use Wireless to Give Them More Flexibility and Control in Extreme Conditions

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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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