Guest Commentary http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8193/more en Interview: The Automation Boom in Mexico http://machinedesign.com/robotics/interview-automation-boom-mexico <div class="field-deck"> Jeff Burnstein, President of A3, says Mexico may be the next global player in the automation arena, but the international skills gap could be problematic. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Jeff Burnstein, President of A3, says Mexico may be the next global player in the automation arena, but the international skills gap could be problematic.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/interview-automation-boom-mexico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/interview-automation-boom-mexico#comments Guest Commentary Robotics Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:57:00 +0000 69791 at http://machinedesign.com Understanding the Shrinking Role of Ladder Logic http://machinedesign.com/controllers/understanding-shrinking-role-ladder-logic <div class="field-byline"> Jeff Kerns </div> <div class="field-deck"> Machine Design talks to a panel of experts about where ladder logic fits in the factory of tomorrow. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When learning ladder logic, I was told that some new PLC systems were moving to scripted programming languages. My instructor assured us that we would not need to know...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/understanding-shrinking-role-ladder-logic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/understanding-shrinking-role-ladder-logic#comments Guest Commentary Controllers Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:46:00 +0000 69381 at http://machinedesign.com Use the U.S. Patent System to Innovate (While Avoiding Willful Infringement) http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/use-us-patent-system-innovate-while-avoiding-willful-infringement <div class="field-byline"> Joshua M. Pearce, Michigan Technological University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new hack that lets you search the USPTO database for inactive patents can help you innovate faster. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/use-us-patent-system-innovate-while-avoiding-willful-infringement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/use-us-patent-system-innovate-while-avoiding-willful-infringement#comments Guest Commentary Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:39:00 +0000 69191 at http://machinedesign.com Why Smart Manufacturing is a Dumb Idea http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/why-smart-manufacturing-dumb-idea <div class="field-byline"> Steven L. Blue </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Investing in your workforce, moreso than the machines surrounding them, is truly the smart approach to manufacturing..</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/why-smart-manufacturing-dumb-idea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/why-smart-manufacturing-dumb-idea#comments Guest Commentary Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:43:00 +0000 68351 at http://machinedesign.com Batteries from Electric Vehicles Should Be Recycled, Not Reused http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/batteries-electric-vehicles-should-be-recycled-not-reused <div class="field-byline"> Anthony Vicari and Chris Robinson, Researchers, Lux Research Inc,. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Reusing batteries from plug-in vehicles for home energy storage is an appealing idea, but the economics don’t make sense. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Recycling, rather than reuse, is likely to be the more attractive option for the 65-GWh of second-life batteries poised to enter the market in 2035...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/batteries-electric-vehicles-should-be-recycled-not-reused" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/batteries-electric-vehicles-should-be-recycled-not-reused#comments Automotive Batteries/Power Supplies Guest Commentary Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:02:00 +0000 67821 at http://machinedesign.com 6 Future Mobile Technologies That Could Arrive in 2017 http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/6-future-mobile-technologies-could-arrive-2017 <div class="field-byline"> Ann Neal, Dig Semi </div> <div class="field-deck"> From textured screens to mind control, next year looks like it will be innovative—to say the least. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Technology makes us curious, and the smartphone revolution has taken technological innovation to dizzying heights. Things like gesture interface, which we had all glimpsed...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/6-future-mobile-technologies-could-arrive-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/6-future-mobile-technologies-could-arrive-2017#comments Guest Commentary IoT Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:30:00 +0000 67721 at http://machinedesign.com STEM Education Literally on the Move http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/stem-education-literally-move <div class="node-body article-body">General Electric believes its new mobile lab will excite young students and reduce the skills gap.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/stem-education-literally-move" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/guest-commentary/stem-education-literally-move#comments Guest Commentary Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:56:00 +0000 67491 at http://machinedesign.com 3D Printing Drives the Automotive Industry http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printing-drives-automotive-industry <div class="node-body article-body">The unique aspects of 3D printing could inject the extra performance needed for automobiles today and beyond. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printing-drives-automotive-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/3d-printing-drives-automotive-industry#comments 3D Printing Automotive Guest Commentary Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:31:00 +0000 67461 at http://machinedesign.com Gearing Up for Pack Expo 2016 http://machinedesign.com/blog/gearing-pack-expo-2016 <div class="node-body blog-body">From advanced machine vision to adhesives for labeling, Pack Expo will provide information for all types of manufacturing needs. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/gearing-pack-expo-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/gearing-pack-expo-2016#comments Guest Commentary Packaging Efficient Engineering Fri, 04 Nov 2016 18:20:00 +0000 67391 at http://machinedesign.com Interview: KISS Principles Work for Robots, Too http://machinedesign.com/robotics/interview-kiss-principles-work-robots-too <div class="node-body article-body">The CEO of TM Robotics discusses the state of robotics today, from Cartesian robots to plug-and-play systems, and how much easier they are to implement.</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/robotics/interview-kiss-principles-work-robots-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/robotics/interview-kiss-principles-work-robots-too#comments Guest Commentary Robotics Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:53:00 +0000 67251 at http://machinedesign.com