Machine Design http://machinedesign.com/rss.xml en Do the People Living Today Outnumber All Those Who Have Died? (Hint: NO) http://machinedesign.com/blog/do-people-living-today-outnumber-all-those-who-have-died-hint-no-0 <div class="node-body blog-body">Back in the 1970s at the birth of the U.S. environmental movement, “experts” made many dire pronouncements and predictions that have since been proven wrong.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/do-people-living-today-outnumber-all-those-who-have-died-hint-no-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/do-people-living-today-outnumber-all-those-who-have-died-hint-no-0#comments Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:00 +0000 45881 at http://machinedesign.com Stainless Steel http://machinedesign.com/metals/stainless-steel <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Eagle Stainless </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There's much to consider when choosing the right valve for your next application</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/metals/stainless-steel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/metals/stainless-steel#comments Design FAQs Metals Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:35:00 +0000 23891 at http://machinedesign.com Automation Software Is Rude, Offensive, and Impolite http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/automation-software-rude-offensive-and-impolite <div class="node-body article-body">What would polite software look like?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/automation-software-rude-offensive-and-impolite" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/automation-software-rude-offensive-and-impolite#comments Guest Commentary Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:01:00 +0000 45861 at http://machinedesign.com 303 Stainless-Steel Pneumatic Cylinders for Caustic Environments http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/303-stainless-steel-pneumatic-cylinders-caustic-environments <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Clippard Instrument Laboratory’s new 303 stainless steel pneumatic cylinders are manufactured to survive caustic and wash-down environments. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/303-stainless-steel-pneumatic-cylinders-caustic-environments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/linear-motion/303-stainless-steel-pneumatic-cylinders-caustic-environments#comments Products Linear Motion Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:45:00 +0000 45851 at http://machinedesign.com Steps to Successful U.S. Sourcing http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/steps-successful-us-sourcing <div class="field-byline"> Robert Moakler, COO, Fabricting.com </div> <div class="field-deck"> Bridging the gap between buyers and suppliers. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An interview with Robert Moakler, COO of Fabricating.com, on bridging the gap between buyers and suppliers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/steps-successful-us-sourcing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/steps-successful-us-sourcing#comments Guest Commentary Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:26:00 +0000 45831 at http://machinedesign.com The Internet of Things: Our Inevitable Future or a Pipe Dream? http://machinedesign.com/technologies/internet-things-our-inevitable-future-or-pipe-dream <div class="field-deck"> Several technologies are poised to create the IoT, but daunting hurdles still stand in the way. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Several technologies are poised to create the IoT, but daunting hurdles still stand in the way.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/technologies/internet-things-our-inevitable-future-or-pipe-dream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/technologies/internet-things-our-inevitable-future-or-pipe-dream#comments Technologies Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:01:00 +0000 45811 at http://machinedesign.com A Hydraulic Pump for High-Pressure Applications http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/hydraulic-pump-high-pressure-applications <div class="node-body article-body">Engineers at Moog developed the RKP 250 radial piston pump, in part, to let customers pump more volume using a smaller motor with a simplified interface. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/hydraulic-pump-high-pressure-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/hydraulic-pump-high-pressure-applications#comments What's Inside? Hydraulics Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:42:00 +0000 45801 at http://machinedesign.com Hospital Bed Helps Patients and Nurses http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/hospital-bed-helps-patients-and-nurses <div class="node-body article-body">A new hospital bed from Hil-Rom, the Advanta 2, was designed based on suggestions from working nurses on what would make the bed easier to use. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/hospital-bed-helps-patients-and-nurses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/hospital-bed-helps-patients-and-nurses#comments What's Inside? Medical Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:32:00 +0000 45791 at http://machinedesign.com X-planes: The Next Eight: X-24 through the X-38 http://machinedesign.com/defense/x-planes-next-eight-x-24-through-x-38 <div class="node-body gallery-body">X planes from 1959 through 2002 were used to explore technologies that would be later used on the Space Shuttle, on fighter aircraft, and drones. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/defense/x-planes-next-eight-x-24-through-x-38" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/defense/x-planes-next-eight-x-24-through-x-38#comments Technologies Defense Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:43:00 +0000 45781 at http://machinedesign.com <p>X (experimental) aircraft and spacecraft were built by aviation companies but were flown and maintained by test pilots from NASA (or its predecessor, NACA), and the military. These planes, the X-24 through the X-38, cover the period from 1959 through 2002. Some were used to explore technologies that would later be used on the Space Shuttle. Others pushed the envelope in terms of control and flight surfaces, knowledge that would be used on fighter aircraft as well as drones.</p> Electrohydraulic Controller for Offshore Winching http://machinedesign.com/products/electrohydraulic-controller-offshore-winching <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Bosch Rexroth has released an upgrade to its DS1 electrohydraulic controller for offshore winching. The control unit, called the DS2R, uses proportional valve technology to provide several advantages over its predecessor.</p> <p>The DS2R controller attaches directly to the hydraulic axial piston of the secondary control unit to aid in motion control. An A4VSO axial piston provides open-loop torque control or an A4VSG axial piston provides closed loop torque control.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/electrohydraulic-controller-offshore-winching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/electrohydraulic-controller-offshore-winching#comments Products Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:02:00 +0000 45771 at http://machinedesign.com Additive Manufacturing 101 http://machinedesign.com/cad/additive-manufacturing-101 <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Stratasys </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is Additive Manufacturing? What is Polyjet? What is Selective Laser Sintering? What is Direct Metal Laser Sintering? What is Fused Deposition Modeling? </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cad/additive-manufacturing-101" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cad/additive-manufacturing-101#comments Design FAQs CAD Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:44:00 +0000 45751 at http://machinedesign.com Sensor Fish Measures Stress on Migrating Fish http://machinedesign.com/sensors/sensor-fish-measures-stress-migrating-fish <div class="node-body article-body">A new generation of “sensor fish” provides data that should help fish safely swim through hydroelectric plants. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/sensor-fish-measures-stress-migrating-fish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/sensor-fish-measures-stress-migrating-fish#comments Energy Sensors Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:46:00 +0000 45741 at http://machinedesign.com <p>The second-generation Sensor Fish is a small tubular device filled with sensors.</p> X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Made Simple with a Graphene Barrier http://machinedesign.com/news/x-ray-photoelectron-spectroscopy-made-simple-graphene-barrier <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), ELETTRA (Italy), and Technical University of Munich have designed a protective graphene membrane that will allow X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) at ambient pressures.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/x-ray-photoelectron-spectroscopy-made-simple-graphene-barrier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/x-ray-photoelectron-spectroscopy-made-simple-graphene-barrier#comments News Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:51:00 +0000 45721 at http://machinedesign.com Turning a Smartphone into a Microscope http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/turning-smartphone-microscope <div class="node-body article-body">Download and Print Your Own Microscope</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/turning-smartphone-microscope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/turning-smartphone-microscope#comments 3D Printing Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:15:00 +0000 45711 at http://machinedesign.com <p>PNNL&rsquo;s 3D printed clip can show and send magnified images.&nbsp;</p> The Softer Side of Exoskeletons http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/softer-side-exoskeletons <div class="node-body article-body">Can a pair of pants help soldiers lift more and walk farther?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/softer-side-exoskeletons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/softer-side-exoskeletons#comments Defense Motion Control Sensors Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:27:00 +0000 45701 at http://machinedesign.com Small-diameter cartridge heaters http://machinedesign.com/controllers/small-diameter-cartridge-heaters <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Watlow </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is the basic design of a cartridge heater? When are small-diameter cartridge heaters called for? How much heat can these small heaters deliver? </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/small-diameter-cartridge-heaters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/small-diameter-cartridge-heaters#comments Design FAQs Controllers Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:00 +0000 45691 at http://machinedesign.com When Wire Feedthroughs Make Sense http://machinedesign.com/fasteners/when-wire-feedthroughs-make-sense <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Douglas Electrical Components </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Engineers who work with pressure and vacuum chambers usually reach for off-the-shelf sealed bulkhead connectors when they need to pass power and signal wires through the chamber wall. And while these connectors may seem like the</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/fasteners/when-wire-feedthroughs-make-sense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/fasteners/when-wire-feedthroughs-make-sense#comments White Papers Fasteners Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:52:00 +0000 45681 at http://machinedesign.com Sealed Sensor Assembly Gets A Reliability Boost http://machinedesign.com/fasteners/sealed-sensor-assembly-gets-reliability-boost <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Douglas Electrical </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Traditionally hermetically sealed wire feedthroughs are the best way to incorporate sensors and sensing electronics into a pressure or vacuum chamber. However, there is another lesser-known way: you can instead hermetically</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/fasteners/sealed-sensor-assembly-gets-reliability-boost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/fasteners/sealed-sensor-assembly-gets-reliability-boost#comments White Papers Fasteners Sensors Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:46:00 +0000 45671 at http://machinedesign.com ISO STEP File Lets CAD Programs Share Smart Files http://machinedesign.com/news/iso-step-file-lets-cad-programs-share-smart-files <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px;">Computer experts at the National Institute of Standards (NIST) are working on a way to let 3D models include product and manufacturing data that will be readable by all CAD system.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/iso-step-file-lets-cad-programs-share-smart-files" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/iso-step-file-lets-cad-programs-share-smart-files#comments CAD News Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:04:00 +0000 45661 at http://machinedesign.com Ironless and Iron-Core Brushless Linear Motors http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/ironless-and-iron-core-brushless-linear-motors <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new line of standard and customizable brushless linear motors, also called AC servo linear motors, features long stationary magnet assemblies and short moving coils. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/ironless-and-iron-core-brushless-linear-motors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motorsdrives/ironless-and-iron-core-brushless-linear-motors#comments Products Motors/Drives Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:06:00 +0000 45641 at http://machinedesign.com Rectangular and Circular Connectors http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/rectangular-and-circular-connectors <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Harting </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What kinds of connectors can engineers specify for machine design today? Why are circular connectors so common? How are today's</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/rectangular-and-circular-connectors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/rectangular-and-circular-connectors#comments Design FAQs Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:29:00 +0000 45011 at http://machinedesign.com MIGHTI Sensor Getting Ready for Launch http://machinedesign.com/sensors/mighti-sensor-getting-ready-launch <div class="node-body article-body">Research into weather changes of upper atmospheres to help increase the stability of long wave radio communications</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/mighti-sensor-getting-ready-launch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/mighti-sensor-getting-ready-launch#comments Sensors News Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:21:00 +0000 45631 at http://machinedesign.com <p>MIGHTI will be carried aboard a NASA satellite to measure temperature and wind changes in the upper atmosphere.</p> Four-Junction Solar Cell Boosts Efficiency to 45.7% http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/four-junction-solar-cell-boosts-efficiency-457 <div class="node-body article-body">National Renewable Energy Laboratory designs multi-material high-efficiency solar cell</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/four-junction-solar-cell-boosts-efficiency-457" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/batteriespower-supplies/four-junction-solar-cell-boosts-efficiency-457#comments Batteries/Power Supplies News Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:01:00 +0000 45611 at http://machinedesign.com <p>The multi-junction solar cell is comprised of four different materials that can absorb different wavelengths of sunlight to achieve high levels of efficiency.&nbsp;</p> 2015 Concept Vehicles Explore the Future http://machinedesign.com/automotive/2015-concept-vehicles-explore-future <div class="node-body gallery-body">A look at some of the concept vehicles from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/automotive/2015-concept-vehicles-explore-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/automotive/2015-concept-vehicles-explore-future#comments Automotive Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:12:00 +0000 45591 at http://machinedesign.com Micro Screws Provide Weight Savings and Reliability http://machinedesign.com/products/micro-screws-provide-weight-savings-and-reliability <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The new Kerk Micro Series Lead Screw Assemblies from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions provides opportunities for miniaturization of products and higher efficiency due to their small size, weight reduction, and precise shape. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/micro-screws-provide-weight-savings-and-reliability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/micro-screws-provide-weight-savings-and-reliability#comments Products Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 45601 at http://machinedesign.com Sights from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2015-detroit-auto-show <div class="node-body blog-body">At the 2015 Detroit Auto Show there seemed to be fewer electric/hybrid cars, SUVs, and minivans at the car companies’ displays.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/skeptical-engineer">A Skeptical Engineer</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2015-detroit-auto-show" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/sights-2015-detroit-auto-show#comments Automotive Community A Skeptical Engineer Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:37:00 +0000 45551 at http://machinedesign.com Instant Adhesive Is Suited for Outdoor Environments http://machinedesign.com/products/instant-adhesive-suited-outdoor-environments <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Henkel’s Loctite 4090 is an instant adhesive which is impact resistance and suited for outdoor environments.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/instant-adhesive-suited-outdoor-environments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/instant-adhesive-suited-outdoor-environments#comments Products Adhesives Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000 45521 at http://machinedesign.com Magnetic Rotary Angle Sensor Helps Reduce Rotary Shaft Wear http://machinedesign.com/products/magnetic-rotary-angle-sensor-helps-reduce-rotary-shaft-wear <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Novotechnik U.S. introduces new magnetic programmable rotary angle sensor.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/magnetic-rotary-angle-sensor-helps-reduce-rotary-shaft-wear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/magnetic-rotary-angle-sensor-helps-reduce-rotary-shaft-wear#comments Products Sensors Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:56:00 +0000 45511 at http://machinedesign.com Are LED Light Bulbs Ready for Industry and Consumers? http://machinedesign.com/technologies/are-led-light-bulbs-ready-industry-and-consumers <div class="field-byline"> Chuck Dolezalek, Director of Engineering for Lighting at Banner Engineering </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Chuck Dolezalek, Director of Engineering for Lighting at Banner Engineering, discusses LED-based light bulbs for both industrial and consumer use.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/technologies/are-led-light-bulbs-ready-industry-and-consumers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/technologies/are-led-light-bulbs-ready-industry-and-consumers#comments Technologies Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:42:00 +0000 45481 at http://machinedesign.com Helical Gearboxes Handle Higher Torque with Less Noise http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/helical-gearboxes-handle-higher-torque-less-noise <div class="node-body article-body">The new PE helical gearboxes from Stober Drives Inc. handle more torque, generate less noise, and provide smoother motion than spur-gear units.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/helical-gearboxes-handle-higher-torque-less-noise" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/whats-inside/helical-gearboxes-handle-higher-torque-less-noise#comments What's Inside? Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:28:00 +0000 45441 at http://machinedesign.com