Frances Richards

Standards update: Motion control
Modern life would not exist as we know it without standards. Consumer-appliance power cords would vary by manufacturer, cars would be relatively unsafe,
It's party time
October is a month of celebration. I'm not talking about tailgating, Columbus Day, or Halloween. I'm talking about two special events dear to the hearts
Establishing plants: Important as innovation
This year's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will kick off with something new Industry Inspiration Day on September 14 and it couldn't
Motion Scenarios: Spindle Control
Modern machine tools continue to make technical advances, thanks in large part to ongoing improvements and fine-tuning in computer numerical control (CNC)
New manufacturing report shares good news, bad news
A new whitepaper from the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board takes a close look at the present state of U.S. manufacturing and
Online gaming, engineering style
Just about everyone I know enjoys games and contests, especially when cash prizes and recognition are involved. Whether it's betting on college basketball,
Help for Haiti from engineers, others
Tragedy has a way of putting things into perspective. While most Americans were safe and living in relative comfort but fretting about our lackluster
Absolute-position encoders let mill use cheaper motors and drives for positioning belts
The Rock-Tenn paperboard mill in Aurora, Ill., automated the positioning and tensioning of belts on its conveyor system with low-cost motors and drives paired with absolute encoders.
10 tips for using couplings in your application
Don't choose your coupling based on habit or price alone. Follow these 10 tips for getting the right bearings for your application.
Hoping for a better 2010
To say that 2009 has been a challenging year is a wrenching understatement, with high levels of unemployment, pay cuts, and reduced hours in just about
American manufacturing needs good karma
A few days ago, the Department of Energy approved a $528 million low-interest loan for Fisker Automotive, one of four automakers selected by the DOE to
Cash for clunkers causing concerns
As someone who owns a mini-fleet of high-mileage vehicles, I get excited when I hear and in the same sentence. Apparently, I'm not alone. When we covered
Needed now: Fabulous design ideas
Post-it notes and furniture slides aside, can you remember the last time you heard about a really great idea and wondered, Why didn't I think of that?
Sun shining on engineers
Finally, science and technology are once again elevated to their rightful pedestal as the means to a stable and prosperous future for Americans. Washington's
New nanofriction discovery — and friciton-reducing products
When it comes to understanding friction on the nanoscale, no comprehensive model exists. Scientists have only a general understanding of friction's atomic-level behavior ... but that's changing. Plus: Consider these expert tips, tools, and atomic-level insights that deal with static and dynamic friction.
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