Barcode imagers (also known as digital or area imagers) read both 1D and 2D barcodes using sensors that have rows of cells. They’re proliferating with 2D barcodes that embed more information than traditional 1D barcodes
In 2010, John Fisher lost his wife while driving along Alabama’s weathered Interstate 20. Concrete kicked up by another car flipped through Fisher’s windshield. Is this the new normal for U.S. infrastructure?
Additive manufacturing proliferated years ago because of its usefulness in building prototypes. Since then, companies, government agencies, and even lay tinkerers have increasingly used the techniques to make production parts.
Open-source software is giving rise to emerging breeds of quasi-commercial, prosthetic, and industrial robots. Robot Operating System (ROS) software — a suite of software libraries that help developers create robot applications — is fast becoming the dominant information-exchange code in both research and industrial robots.
Improving the energy efficiency of industrial applications is top of mind for today’s design engineers. Variable-frequency drives (VFDs) can make a difference by regenerating power that would otherwise be lost as heat in hoisting and other motion-control scenarios.
Lost luggage is annoying to travelers and incurs significant expense for airlines. One new system employs a panel PC, camera, lighting, conveyor belts, and encoder feedback to scan bags for more-reliable sorting.
This report on U.S. Manufacturing outlines its current state and continued success. To get a better handle on the situation, we asked four industry leaders working in the trenches about current market conditions.
No doubt, we’ve all had our fill of editorials and opinion columns covering the approaching presidential election. Last week readers of our Motion Monitor — available through machinedesign.com/enewsletter-archive-and-subscriptions — reminded me of that in response to the eNewsletter’s opening commentary.