Here we outline how machine-design engineers can integrate machine-vision software, vision sensors, smart cameras, image-based barcode readers, and OEM vision into machines, devices, and other capital equipment....More
Welcome to Part two of Machine Design’s gallery of the RoboUniverse Conference & Expo in New York City. The conference hosted a wide selection of robotic companies, demonstrating some of the latest robotic arms, tools, and toys available.
Engineers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have improved friction stir welding (FSW) so that it can now join aluminum sheets of varying thicknesses, a key capability for making welds that are strong in places where needed, yet light overall....More
If you’re an engineer or Star Wars historian, you probably have questioned the design decisions that doomed the Death Star, wondered how the Dark Side expedited FDA approval for Darth Vader’s suit, and contemplated the supply chain tools the Rebel Alliance’s manufacturing partners used to design products ranging from X-Wing Fighters to Light Sabers....More
Today’s manufacturers routinely demand exacting precision and split-second timing from their high-speed production systems. And that has automation engineers constantly on the lookout for cost-effective ways to improve positioning control and accuracy....More