August 2017 Handbook: Autonomous & Connected Vehicles + more

  The danger of treating autonomous vehicle control as a solved problem A panelist made an interesting comment during the recently concluded TU-Automotive connected car conference near Detroit. It happened during one of the many sessions devoted to software infrastructure and connected services. “In Silicon Valley, autonomous vehicle control and driving is viewed as a

August 2017 Digital Issue: The self-taught design system + more

In this issue: 64 Condition monitoring with PC-based control 70 Basics of can-stack linear actuators 76 The self-taught design system 82 How air bearings improve scanning performance     The IoT on the job site I occasionally find myself in situations where I have to defend the Internet of Things to a nonbeliever. That person

July 2017 Digital Issue: Lens see clearly even through shock and vibration + more

In this issue: 72 Lens sees clearly even through shock and vibration 48 Differences between conventional and plastic modular belting 64 The development of online instrument exchanges 80 Measuring temperature quickly and easily in a range of applications and environments     Engineering options in retirement A family friend’s recent retirement got me thinking about

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SEEN A GHOST? BLAME ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS WE’D like to think that the average viewer who tunes into a TV show on the SciFy channel called Ghost Hunters might get a laugh out watching investigators prowl around places that are reported to be haunted. But the show participants seem to be completely serious and unconcerned about

June 2017 Digital Issue: How CAD is changing the way you design + more

In this issue: 56 Kit encoders using magnetic operation 70 Higher accuracy drives linear measurement devices 76 Bearing design considerations for hand tools 82 How CAD is changing the way you design     Do we need to shift the engineering brand?   I had the chance to chat with Dr. John Walz, the new

May 2017 Digital Issue: Medical software development – where safety meets security + more

In this issue: 76 Medical software development 56 Equivalent dynamic load and L10 life ratings for linear-motion setups 64 Designing with pneumatic clutches and brakes 86 LEDs light up industrial enclosures     Plan for vanishing jobs now Disappearing jobs isn’t a new thing. With the passage of time, jobs that were once steady, dependable

Motion System Trends Issue: 2017 Trends in Motion + More

In this issue: 08 No respect for manufacturing jobs 26 New applications drive ballscrew developments 86 Trends in linear guides rails, slides & systems 2017 TRENDS IN MOTION EDITORIAL: Thank you, Online Shoppers (for driving automation) Do you regularly get packages on your doorstep crisscrossed in a telltale black tape that doubles as a harbinger of satisfaction derived from a

Internet of Things Handbook Issue: How Mr. Robot hacked the IoT + more

In this issue: 02 Will connected homes catch on? Reality doesn’t match the marketing. 16 Who is after big data? 23 The new face of machinery 35 Thwarting hackers on the IoT   Will connected homes catch on? Reality doesn’t match the marketing. Many of the applications envisioned as part of the internet of things

April 2017 Digital Issue: Effects of PID and machine parameters on positioning system performance + more

In this issue: 46 Fighting Cancer with precision motion control 54 Effects of PID and machine parameters on positioning system performance 82 Making WirelessHART truly wireless 94 6 bearing killers and how to stop them     Making technical education more local   Talk to many component manufacturers and you’ll hear the phrase “local for

March 2017 Digital Issue: Ethernet from the ground up + more

In this issue: 86 Ethernet from the ground up 56 Difference between drum motors and gear motors for food conveying 66 How to select your next clutch & brake 76 Developing a mixed safety-critical IIoT robotic arm   The creative power of big data Big Data, for all of its being touted across the manufacturing

Power Transmission Reference Guide 2017

In this issue: 2 Updated information on evolving power-transmission designs 8 2017 PTDA Update 50 Linear Guides Rails, Slides & Systems 65 Shock, Vibration Damping   Updated information on evolving power-transmission designs   POWER-TRANSMISSION COMPONENTS are core to the operation of innumerable motion designs wherever electric motors engage loads to execute machine tasks. That’s thanks

Power Electronics Handbook 2017

In this issue: 2 The tough problems in power design 8 Teardown: Inside Ikea’s smart LED bulb 28 The basics of thermistors in thermal management 43 How to be smart when selecting a fan for forced air cooling   The tough problems in power design AN ANNUAL RITUAL takes place in the upper echelons of

February 2017 Digital Issue: Designer’s dilemma Can you have it all? + More

In this issue: 88 MOTION CONTROL: Troubleshooting VFDs 101—with no-power checks 102 Digital Issue: Designer’s dilemma Can you have it all? 108 FASTENING & JOINING: Structural bonding solutions for plastics 114 3D CAD: Design for use   Engineering has diversity problems beyond women For years, we’ve written about the gender problem in engineering education—why can’t

January 2017 Digital Issue: Leadership in Engineering 2017 + More

Leadership Pages In this issue: 92 MOTION CONTROL: Step Motors expand performance capabilities 100 LINEAR MOTION: Onboard electronics make linear actuators safer and smarter 121 ELECTRONICS: Why does simultaneous sourcing/measurement matter? 132 3D CAD: Simulation is becoming democratized – at last   Leadership in Engineering When a manufacturing company listens to and truly partners with

December 2016 Digital Issue: Smart motors make high-tech e-bikes + More

In this issue: 68 Smart motors make high-tech e-bikes 94 MOTION CONTROL: Realtime control SoCs improve drive designs 100 LINEAR MOTION: Force-current relationship important when using linear motion for part production 118 MECHANICAL: Slip clutches: Where they excel   What’s the future for industrial distribution? Distribution continues today to be a player in many areas

Design World Issue: Motion System Applications + more

In this issue: 18 Ballscrews Better ballscrews, more applications 32 Cabling Cables customized to specific applications 110 Wave Spring Wave-spring uses abound in motion designs   Precision design: When it goes wrong and when it goes according to plan By Lisa Eitel | @DW_LisaEitel • WELCOME to the second annual Motion System Casebook from Design

November 2016 Digital Issue: Ethernet cabling helps upgrade F-16 aircraft + More

In this issue: 21 Ethernet Cabling: helps upgrade F-16 aircraft 58 MOTION CONTROL: Manufacturers respond to the Internet of Things for nextgeneration motion systems. 68 LINEAR MOTION: Surface degradation due to friction typically arises from lubrication problems. 74 MECHANICAL: The range of applications for hinges is expanding and so are the types of positioning technology

October 2016 Issue: Tight turns, top speeds + More

In this issue: 48 New conveyors: Tight turns, top speeds 76 MECHANICAL: Bearing friction basics: A primer 90 FLUID POWER: Trends in hydraulic fi tration 98 3D CAD: How the Internet of Things will bolster design   What will 2026 bring? This month, we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of WTWH Media and its flagship publication,

Power & energy efficiency handbook: Energy efficient doesn’t mean cost efficient

In this issue: 22 Energy efficiency in LLC resonant conversion topologies 37 Better thermal design means better efficiency   Energy efficient doesn’t mean cost efficient I once had a root cellar illuminated by a single incandescent light bulb, the kind of bulb that is being phased out thanks to energy efficiency regulations. I would use

Motion system trends issue: High Power Meets High Precision in Micro Motion + more

In this issue: 36 BEARINGS Technical update on ROTARY BEARINGS 48 CABLE MANAGEMENT SUMMARY OF TODAY’S CABLE-MANAGEMENT OPTIONS 110 GEARMOTOTRS An overview of GEARMOTORS   MOTION SYSTEMS; EVOLUTIONARY CHANGE…and then some EACH year, the Design World motion editors prepare this special Motion Systems Handbook aiming to give our readers an overview of the basics of

September 2016 Issue: Eyes in the sky: Mapping disasters

In this issue: 26 DESIGN NOTES: Eyes in the sky: Mapping disasters 60 MOTION CONTROL: Motor manufacturers design motors for food and beverage applications that dramatically improve safety. 78 LINEAR MOTION: Linear motors compete with technologies that output high forces. 114 FASTENING & JOINING: Surface mount spacers simplify installation.   Will shifting job roles make

August 2016 Issue: Pulley bushings upgrade medical robots + more

In this issue: 58 MOTION CONTROL: Minimizing stepper vibration with affordable technology 64 LINEAR MOTION: Encoders help linear motion stages reach higher levels of accuracy and performance 72 CONTROLLERS: Select the right machine controller for your application   What can you do with your creativity?   Engineers often get a bad rap as geeks who’d

July 2016 Issue: More torque or better efficiency + more

In this issue: 70 LINEAR MOTION: Controllers keep trains on track 78 MECHANICAL:UL Listed or UL Recognized which cable is the right one? 82 TEST & MEASUREMENT: The basics of motor testing   Could your company operate without its data?   “What do these names have in common: Sandworm Team, Lizard Squad, Comment Crew, AnonGhost,

June 2016 Issue: How to choose an industrial lubricant + more

In this issue: 56 MOTION CONTROL: Why is preload necessary in some bearing applications? 70 MATERIALS: Make the right choice for metal coating for the right application 80 MECHATRONICS: Five keys to mechatronic success   The romantic notion of manufacturing jobs   It is trendy to speak of bringing back manufacturing jobs to the U.S.

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