• Video: Airbus will use robots in aircraft assembly. Tidal energy project advances in Northern Ireland. Carbon capture method is tested in Norway

    23 Feb 2016
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Airbus plans to use robots to help assemble aircraft. A tidal energy project is moving forward in Northern Ireland. A novel approach to carbon capture is tested in Norway’s capital city.
  • Video: 6-MW generator for offshore wind. Ice wall to shield Fukushima. Sniffing out bogus spices

    16 Feb 2016
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    GE delivers a big generator for an offshore wind farm. Engineers prepare an ice wall to shield a damaged reactor. And the spice police may use chemistry to sniff out bogus saffron.
  • Video: California’s trucks are targeted for lower emission fuels. Partial water pipe replacement could pose health risks. Public spaces are sources of ultrasound that may ring a bell

    09 Feb 2016
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Engineering and environmental consultancy Ricardo will partner with the Gas Technology Institute on two projects to help develop natural gas engines as a viable lower-emission alternative to diesel power for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles on California highways. A long-term simulation study confirms that partial replacement of lead pipes with copper, similar to what was undertaken in Flint, Mich., and Washington, D.C., can more than double the lead released into the water supply and increases the risk of lead exposure to harmful levels. Research from the University of Southampton in the UK says that the public is being exposed unknowingly to high levels of ultrasound. The exposure could result in illnesses ranging from migraines to chronic ringing ears.
  • Video: Michigan Tech develops a catcher on the fly. Boeing uses aerospace principles on a new golf club head. A $1500 football helmet draws on safety lessons from the auto industry.

    02 Feb 2016
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    A Michigan Tech engineer has invented a device to pursue and capture rogue drones that threaten military installations, air traffic and sporting events. The device is comprised of a launcher that shoots a net attached by a string to a drone. Boeing has developed what it says is an innovative trigger for Callaway Golf's XR driver that changes the airflow midswing, making the club more aerodynamic for greater driving distance off the tee. At about $1,500 each, the Vicis helmet may not be for backyard play just yet. But for professional and college athletes, investing in the helmet could mean an investment in their health along with the longevity of their sports careers.
  • Video: A wall-climbing drone helps fight skyscraper fires. Nuclear reactors set a record in 2015. China is closing the gap in R&D investment

    27 Jan 2016
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Korean researchers have developed a wall-climbing drone that can find the source of fires in high-rise buildings and locate people who may be trapped inside. U.S. nuclear energy facilities operated at an estimated average capacity factor of 91.9 percent in 2015, the highest in history, according to preliminary data from the nation's 99 nuclear plants compiled by the Nuclear Energy Institute. While the U.S. continues to invest the most in research and development, Asia now accounts for 40% of global R&D. China in particular is strengthening its global science and engineering capacity, according to the a report from the National Science Board.
  • Video: DOT wants $4 billion for autonomous vehicles. Tesla puts the brakes on its hand-free feature. Engineers work to learn why a newly opened bridge has failed.

    19 Jan 2016
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a 10-year, nearly $4 billion investment to accelerate the development and adoption of safe vehicle automation. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx made the announcement at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Tesla has updated the software for its Model S vehicle to put curbs on the hands-free steering feature that it unveiled in October. Engineers are investigating what caused a newly constructed bridge to fail. A section of the roadway lifted during windy conditions, subsequently resettling some two feet above an adjoining section.
  • Video: 2015 was a sub-par year for global auto sales, will 2016 be any better? BMW unveils AirTouch technology. 200 years of levee building may not help Mississippi River flooding.

    12 Jan 2016
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    IHS Automotive says that 2015 was a good year for mature car markets, although this was largely offset by a very poor year for many of the world’s emerging markets. The net result is expected to be a "sub-par" 1.5% growth rate in global auto sales. Hyundai Motor received approval from Nevada authorities to begin testing a fully autonomous fuel cell electric vehicle. BMW unveiled its AirTouch technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The technology features intuitive control of entertainment, navigation and communication functions using hand gestures. Additional temporary water storage capacity is needed near the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to handle peak flows and avoid the flooding that occurs during extended periods of above-average rainfall, say University of Illinois researchers.
  • Video: Nissan and BMW plan to open EV charging stations. California’s drought is costly for the state’s infrastructure. Innovation drives revenue growth for automotive displays

    05 Jan 2016
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    In an effort to build out the U.S. electric vehicle refueling infrastructure, Nissan and BMW say they are opening fast-charging stations at 120 locations across 19 states. Four years of drought and reliance on pumping of groundwater have made the land sink faster than ever up and down California’s Central Valley, requiring repairs to infrastructure that experts say may cost billions of dollars. Driven by continued innovation in vehicle connectivity and safety technologies, global revenue from automotive display systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 11% to $18.6 billion by the end of 2021. This will add nearly $9 billion in annual revenue compared to 2015, according to IHS.
  • ASCO Numatics Fluid Automation Solutions for Food & Beverage

    01 Jan 2016
    ASCO Numatics provides superior fluid automation solutions for engineers, purchasers and managers at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), skid and panel builders, engineering houses, and leading food and beverage plants worldwide.
  • Honeywell ABP Pressure Sensor Product Overview | Digi-Key Daily

    01 Jan 2016
    Digi-Key Daily previews Honeywell's ABP pressure sensor series. The ABP board-mount sensors measure 60 millibar up to 10 bar with a total error band of +/- 1.5% FSS and +/- 0.25% FSS lifetime stability.
  • NI VirtualBench: Radically Practical

    01 Jan 2016
    NI VirtualBench is a radically practical approach to instrumentation. By combining five instruments into one device and integrating with PCs and tablets, VirtualBench is simpler, more convenient, and opens up new possibilities for how you can use benchtop test equipment.
  • Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 Launch: The World's First Color Multi-material 3D Printer

    01 Jan 2016
    A game-changer for product design, engineering and manufacturing processes, Stratasys ground-breaking Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer is the world's first 3D printer to combine colors with multi-material 3D printing.
  • Video: SpaceX nails a vertical landing. Scientists develop a non-toxic firefighting foam. A low-emission LNG-powered ship sets sail

    30 Dec 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    SpaceX completed a vertical landing of its Falcon 9 rocket on December 21, the first time such a feat had been achieved. The launch and landing in Cape Canaveral, Florida, were the first from the spaceflight company since its rocket exploded on liftoff in June. A team of chemists from ITMO University, in collaboration with research company SOPOT, has developed a firefighting foam based on inorganic silica nanoparticles. The foam creates a polymer network when exposed to air. This network embraces and adheres to the burning object and cools it down. A unit of General Dynamics has completed bunkering liquefied natural gas for a container ship powered by LNG. Upon delivery to TOTE Maritime, the vessel will join a sister ship for its trade route between Jacksonville, Fla. and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Video: IBM picks Munich as global base for its IoT business unit. Jordan opens 117 MW wind farm. Dude, did California like flunk its self-driving test?

    22 Dec 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Draft rules released by California state regulators requiring that autonomous vehicles have a licensed driver capable of taking control in an emergency may create a speed bump for manufacturers. Driverless vehicles are initially excluded from deployment, the California Department of Motor Vehicles wrote in a December 16 release. Munich, Germany's Highlight Towers will serve as global headquarters for IBM’s Watson Internet of Things business unit. The site will be home to an innovation lab employing as many as 1,000 developers, engineers and programmers. The first and largest utility scale wind power plant in Jordan entered service in mid-December. The 117-megawatt wind farm is connected to the national grid and is capable of producing 400 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually. Chilean energy company Valhalla plans to build a hydroelectric power plant in the world's most arid desert—the Atacama—in an attempt to generate green energy.
  • Video: Honda takes to the air with its first business jet. Faraday Future rolls the dice on Las Vegas for an auto plant. ABB commissions one of the world’s longest high-voltage AC power cables.

    15 Dec 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Honda has entered the aviation market with the receipt of type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for its HondaJet. A five-passenger aircraft, HondaJet will compete in the light business jet market against established manufacturers such as Cessna and Embraer. Faraday Future, an electric vehicle and future mobility startup company, plans to build a 3-million-square-foot automotive manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas. The company says it will invest $1 billion into the first phase of the production facility. ABB has commissioned a subsea power link for oil and gas company Eni Norge that will supply electricity from the Norwegian grid to a floating production, storage and offloading unit more than 100 kilometers offshore. Nissan and the Enel Group have partnered to develop a vehicle-2-grid system that will allow electric car drivers to use excess energy from their battery in their home or office, or return it to the grid.
  • Video: Google X Flies a Kite. Bruce Power Plans a Rehab Program. A Jeff Bezos Venture Launches and Lands a Spacecraft.

    08 Dec 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    Google X's plans to fly energy kites capable of generating electricity from wind continue, with the company reporting that it is beginning site preparation in Hawaii to conduct long-duration flights of an 84-foot prototype in 2016. Bruce Power, which operates the world's largest nuclear facility in Ontario, has entered into a long-term agreement with the province's Independent Electricity System Operator to supply it with 6,300 megawatts of electricity. Blue Origin, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' privately funded space effort, launched and landed its reusable rocket and space vehicle at the company's Texas launch facility. Scientists in Australia have developed a material that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in oils and organic solvents.
  • Video: A nuclear waste facility gets the go-ahead. SpaceX will carry astronauts into orbit in 2017. Researchers implant electronics in a rose.

    01 Dec 2015
    Source: Engineering360 News Desk
    The Finnish government has granted a license to construct a spent nuclear fuel encapsulation plant and disposal facility, one of the first in the world. Construction work can begin before the end of 2016, with the facility slated for operation in 2023. The U.S. space agency NASA has ordered a crewed mission to be launched by SpaceX to the International Space Station sometime in late 2017. The order is the first for the company founded by Elon Musk. Swedish scientists have used semi-conductive polymers to create analog and digital electronic circuits inside living flowers. The innovation could pave the way to regulate plant physiology or even harness energy from photosynthesis to produce electricity.
  • Epilog FiberMark Laser Demo

    01 Dec 2015
    This webinar showcases Epilog Laser's FiberMark Laser bumper to bumper & marking techniques.
  • Festo's Extraordinary Robots That Mimic Biology II: Bionic Learning Network

    01 Dec 2015
    Nature is our best engineer, and the finest robots are the ones that mimic it. Festo, a multinational robotics firm based in Germany, has made some of the most amazing biologically inspired robots out there. In one of our previous posts, "Festo's Extraordinary Robots That Mimic Biology I", you have seen air-penguins and mechanical elephant-arms but these are just few of Festo creations. In these videos, the air-ray, the bionic air-fish, the aqua-jelly, and more are shown. Festo is one of the world leaders in automation, with millions of parts installed in factories all over the globe. Their animal inspired robots are created by the efforts of their Bionic Learning Network. This collection of research groups from academia and industry is part advanced research initiative, part education organization. Festo is a German industrial control and automation company based in Esslingen, Germany. Festo is an engineering driven company that sells pneumatic and electric actuators primarily to the automation industry.
  • New fuel cell technology could change the future of power generation

    01 Dec 2015
    Phillips 66 is developing a natural gas fuel cell that could power homes and businesses.
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