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Will Ethics Training be Essential for Tomorrow's Design Engineers?

In our second INSIDER story, Patti Kreh demonstrated that colleges and universities will need to take an "interdisciplinary" approach to train the design engineers of the future.

"What we're seeing is the need for the blending of disciplines – a combination of traditional engineering, physical sciences, computer science, mathematics, and, believe it or not, ethics," said Kreh.

Ethics, according to the SAE specialist, is becoming a higher priority as autonomous vehicles are programmed to make decisions.

What do you think? Will ethics training be essential for tomorrow's design engineers?

Posted in: Question of the Week

Innovate Therapeutic & Drug-Delivery Devices for Home-Use

As medical devices get smaller, smarter, and more connected, even small components like force sensors play an instrumental role in the accuracy and usability of the device. Today, more and more patients with medical conditions ranging from arthritis to multiple sclerosis are electing to use home-use therapeutic & drug delivery devices for their treatments, including self-injectors, wearable auto-injectors, and similar treatment methods.

Posted in: Tech Talks, Tech Talks, Drug Delivery, Medical

Hybrid and Electric Vehicle - Is Your Design Robust and Optimized to Win the Race?

To win the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle race, automotive companies need to deliver systems that are robust and optimized. Getting to the right results, developers need to leverage the power of virtual prototypes. Virtual prototypes allow you to address system challenges such as load balancing, efficiency studies for battery management, control challenges such as validating control, optimizing motor efficiency and extending speed range, and inverter/gate drive challenges such as optimizing switching losses or reducing voltage/current spikes.

Posted in: Tech Talks, Automotive, Electronics

Four Ways to Enable Automated SAE Standard HUD Measurement

Manufacturers of test equipment for automotive head-up displays (HUDs) have partnered with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Committee to define standard measurement criteria to assess HUD quality. The new standard (SAE J1757-2 “Optical Metrology for Automotive HUD”) will outline optical measurement geometries and requirements for determining HUD performance using light measurement systems. Although no single system is specified, there are several differentiating features among SAE-compliant systems that greatly reduce HUD evaluation time, enabling automated production-level measurement, ensuring compliance, and limiting cost and time to market.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Optics, Instrumentation, Measuring Instruments

Vacuum System Powers Modular Soft Robot

Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have created the first functional robot powered entirely by vacuum. It is made of soft building blocks that move by having air sucked out of them. The robot can be reconfigured to perform different tasks, like climbing vertical walls and grabbing objects.

Posted in: Briefs, Motion Control

Pick-and-Place System Delivers Improved Productivity and Safety

Deciding between a gantry and a robot for your application isn’t always as clear-cut as it may seem. To automate a simple, yet time-consuming and potentially dangerous task in its factory, a company that makes particleboards weighed the benefits of using a gantry system against a robot system.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control

Trends in Hydraulic Filtration

Proper filtration plays an important role in ensuring that hydraulic systems operate trouble-free. High-performance filters maintain the cleanliness of the hydraulic fluid over its entire service life. In addition, designers are faced with ever-changing application requirements — longer filter change intervals, higher operating safety, increased separation efficiencies, and increased compatibility with the new generation of hydraulic oils. Following is an overview of some important technologies and trends in the industry, and their impact on users of hydraulic systems.

Posted in: Articles, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Materials, Fluid Handling, Joining & Assembly, Mechanical Components, Motion Control

Miniature Linear Bearings Help Prolong Curiosity’s Mars Mission

The launch, landing, and overall mission of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is arguably one of the most daring — and successful — space exploration endeavors ever undertaken. After a successful landing at Gale Crater on August 6, 2012, MSL’s Curiosity rover has already surpassed its 23-month mission target, and it continues to transmit informative images of the Martian surface on a daily basis.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control

Soft Robotic Gripper Manipulates Objects Without Training

An engineering team at the University of California San Diego has designed and built a gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them and without being trained. The gripper is unique because it brings together three different capabilities; it can twist objects, it can sense objects, and it can build models of the objects it’s manipulating. This allows the gripper to operate in low light and low-visibility conditions, for example.

Posted in: Briefs, Motion Control

Multi-Legged Robot Reconfigures in Real Time

Scientists at Disney Research have developed a modular, reconfigurable legged robot named Snapbot that can move forward, interact with its environment, and perform other tasks based on a number of possible configurations. This system identifies its current configuration using only internal sensors, and utilizes a corresponding motion strategy to complete its task. The motion strategy changes as it is physically reconfigured in real time.

Posted in: Briefs, Motion Control

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