By Elizabeth Montalbano – A Texas-based startup has released two new smart controllers as part of its flagship product line aimed at simplifying motion control for manufacturing automation and other types of robots.
By Kevin Craig – At the end of the 19th century, in response to the need to transmit power more effectively from one point to another, hydraulic systems replaced traditional mechanical systems. During the Industrial Revolution, the development of fluid power was emphasized, but most applications were steady in nature and required only static considerations for design.
Fluid power applications are numerous. For example, vehicle steering, braking, and suspension systems; industrial mechanical manipulators and robots; and actuators for aircraft and marine vessels, to name a few. They are all multidisciplinary systems and require a systems approach to design and implement. Engineering background required includes fluid mechanics, electro-mechanics, system dynamics, computer control systems, and electronics — a mechatronics background. more> http://tinyurl.com/7qbrqef
By Alexander Wolfe – The first impediment towards elevated esteem is that the average person doesn’t really know what an engineer is or does. Truth be told, I’m not so sure we’re all agreed on it either.
The always-reliable Wikipedia defines an engineer as “a professional practitioner of engineering.” Gee, thanks, crowdsourcers. Dictionary.com says it’s a person “skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines.” I guess that finally puts the EEs in their place.
“I was given a military textbook on basic electricity by my 7th grade teacher,” says Robert Seay. “Up to then I had rewired a few defective light fixtures… but I knew nothing about electricity…” more> http://is.gd/BiuPXc