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Executive Perspectives: Data Acquisition & Sensing

GRANT MALOY SMITH President and CEO Dewetron, Inc. Wakefield, RI www.dewamerica.comIn 40 years, data acquisition products have evolved from paper-based chart recorders and analog tape machines, to computer-based instruments. As a result, the relatively slow pace of improvements in performance that typified data recorders for nearly a century is now swept along on the fast-moving current of computer technology advances.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Data Acquisition, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Data acquisition and handling, Sensors and actuators

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Executive Perspectives: Software

DOMINIC GALLELLO President and CEO MSC Software Corporation Newport Beach, CA www.mscsoftware.comThe foundation stones of CAE were laid in the 1960s during the race for space. Because of the obvious defense implications, this was a national imperative. It was a time of virtually unlimited government funding for advancing engineering methods — long nights and weekends, with country first and family second.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Software, Computer simulation, Computer software and hardware

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Executive Perspectives: Software

SVANTE LITTMARCK President and CEO COMSOL, Inc. Burlington, MA www.comsol.comWith the birth some 50 years ago of computers based on integrated circuits and semiconductors, engineers had a tool that could potentially produce numerical solutions to differential equations based on the laws of science — equations that realistically modeled the physics at hand, not just a simplified version that modeled the physics in a perfectly ideal case. At that point, numerical analysis became practically very important.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Software, Mathematical analysis, Simulation and modeling, Computer software and hardware

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Executive Perspectives: Internet of Things

ALEX IUORIO Senior Vice President, Supplier Management and Business Development Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas Phoenix, AZ www.em.avnet.comIn a 1926 interview, inventor Nikola Tesla stated: “When wireless [technology] is perfectly applied, the whole Earth will be converted into a huge brain.” Though Tesla’s remark was made four decades before the earliest incarnations of Internet technology were introduced by the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency, it is an uncanny depiction of the power and potential we see today from the Internet of Things (IoT).

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Electronics & Computers, Internet of things, Sensors and actuators, Wireless communication systems

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Executive Perspectives: Test & Measurement

DR. JAMES TRUCHARD President, CEO, and Co-Founder National Instruments Austin, TX www.ni.comThe world of technology has moved to software — it started in the PC industry, but quickly manifested in the smartphone industry with operating systems like iOS and Android. We now see software making its mark in the test and measurement industry where it is revolutionizing how engineers and scientists solve grand challenges. But it wasn’t always this way. We have seen tremendous innovation in the test and measurement industry over the past four decades.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Test & Measurement, Measurements, Computer software and hardware, Productivity, Test equipment and instrumentation

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Executive Perspectives: Robotics

CHETAN KAPOOR Senior Director of Technology Innovation Yaskawa America, Motoman Robotics Division Miamisburg, OH www.motoman.comProgrammable machines are increasingly joining the ranks of the workforce. Ironically, these machines have been around for 40 years. I call them Generation Bot. Since the 1970s, industry and consumers have seen robots successfully perform highly repetitive tasks where the value proposition was improving the rate of production, controlling or reducing labor costs, ensuring quality, and addressing ergonomic concerns.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Robotics, Product development, Flexible manufacturing systems, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Production, Robotics

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Executive Perspectives: Software

JON HIRSCHTICK Founder and Chairman of the Board Onshape Cambridge, MA www.onshape.comOver the past four decades, I’ve watched CAD grow to become a vital part of the way virtually all products are designed and manufactured. In 1981, when I was a student at MIT’s CAD research lab, there were probably only thousands of CAD users in the world. Now there are millions.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Software, CAD, CAM, and CAE, Computer software and hardware, Product development, Productivity

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