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Agile Planet Launches Plug-and-Play Smart Motion Controllers

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.

The AX-50 and AX-100 controllers join the AX-RLX as offerings from Agile Planet, a company that grew from technology licensed from the University of Texas (UT), developed over about 15 years, CEO Chetan Kapoor told Design News. more> http://tinyurl.com/b9spbwn

Rockwell Offers New Bundle of Machine Control Design Tools

By Elizabeth Montalbano – Rockwell Automation has released an integrated bundle of machine control tools that offers an all-in-one solution for designers of machine control applications.

The Connected Components Accelerator Toolkit (CCAT) includes an entire set of automation engineering design tools for machine control application development, expediting the process of development by eliminating the need to add components and tools to the controller, according to Rockwell. more> http://tinyurl.com/cgngtq9

Fluid Power Systems: The Hidden Giant

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

2012 Will Be Year of the Engineer

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.

Henry Petroski made a cogent point in his Design News column, Distinguishing Between Scientists & Engineers . He noted how newspapers consistently use “science” when they mean “engineering.” Thus scientists become the embodiment of white-coat wisdom. more> http://is.gd/iYFdhT

Why Did You Become an Engineer?

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By Alexander Wolfe – As this month’s question to the System & Product Design Engineering group on LinkedIn, we asked participants why they became engineers.

Most of our respondents used their youthful tinkering as an entrée into the profession.

“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