• Heavy Thickness Tolerances Added to ASTM Metallic-Coated Steel Sheet Standard

    Recently approved revisions to ASTM International standard A924/A924M, Specification for General Requirements for Steel Sheet, Metallic-Coated by the Hot-Dip Process, will increase the flexibility of the standard.

  • Pratt & Whitney Canada Plans Aircraft Engine Investment

    Pratt & Whitney Canada says it will invest more than C$1 billion ($870 million) in research and development over the next 4.5 years to develop the next generation of high-performance aircraft engines.

  • Solving Engineering Problems by Turning to the Crowd

    With pressures mounting to deliver products and services to market in less time, engineering departments that already are stretched thin have to find new methods to solve problems. One such strategy is crowdsourcing, more frequently called open innovation.

  • In Praise of Small Data

    “Big Data” has taken the business world by storm. The digital age and the spread of social networks have enticed companies into making huge investments in computer power, servers and networking technology to acquire enormously complex data sets.

  • New Standard for Amusement Railway Ride Tracks

    Many people love riding on a train, even if it’s a miniature scale ride at an amusement park. A new ASTM International standard will ensure that the tracks for such rides are built soundly. The new standard is ASTM F2960.

  • Graphical Programming Stretches Engineering Design Frontiers

    No matter what the technical specialty, the education of most engineers includes at least a taste of a popular textual programming language, such as Java, C, C++ or Visual Basic, just to name a few.

  • IHS BOM Manager Offers World’s Largest Database of Electronic Components

    IHS Technology announces that its IHS BOM Manager tool now offers the world’s largest component database, containing more than 442 million parts. IHS BOM Manager is the centerpiece of the IHS suite of parts management tools, which includes CAPS Universe and XML Web Services.

  • Nanoelectronics for 2020 and Beyond

    The semiconductor industry is on the verge of transitioning to new realities of fabrication.

  • ISA Instrumentation Symposium Issues Call for Abstracts

    The Program Committee of the 61st International Instrumentation Symposium has issued a Call for Papers inviting authors, innovators, thought leaders and other professionals in the instrumentation field to submit abstracts for presentation at the conference.

  • PC-based Controls Take on the Reigning Champ

    The programmable logic controller (PLC) and its direct descendant, the programmable automation controller (PAC), have ruled the roost for decades in industrial control applications.

  • Energy Department to Update Electric Motor Efficiency Standards

    Beginning in mid-2016, an updated standard established in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for electric motors will increase the minimum efficiency of new motors. The updated electric motor standards apply the standards currently in place to a wider scope of electric motors.

  • Welcome to Engineering360!

    Most of you recognize the device on the front page as the Archimedes screw, which moved water from one level to another. Archimedes’ ingeniously simple machine was used by the ancients and continues to find applications today.

  • A New Face for Robotics

    Instead of massive robots like those traditionally tethered to automotive welding and assembly lines, Rethink Robotics is creating a breed of smaller, more flexible and user-friendly models aimed at a wide range of light-duty applications.

  • 3D Printers Build on Manufacturing Success with New Designs, Materials

    3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, is gaining market acceptance and momentum as new additive materials, operational expertise and printer designs overcome 3D printing’s traditional challenges of part size, speed limitations and durability.

  • Enabling New Age Knees

    Over the course of 50 years, the average person takes about 140 million steps. Add tennis, jogging and a gym membership and it’s no wonder that knee replacement surgeries increase 10% year over year. In 2010, American doctors replaced more than 590,000 knees. All this repair work requires

  • Water Filtration Trends

    Demand growth worldwide for water is placing a burden on available resources and creating competition among industrial, agricultural and municipal users. At the same time, environmental regulations continue to impact water intake and effluent purity.

  • Unemployment for Engineers and Doctoral Scientists Below National Average

    A new National Science Foundation (NSF) report says the 2013 unemployment rate for individuals with research doctoral degrees in science, engineering and health (SEH) fields was one-third the rate for the general population aged 25 and older--2.1% versus 6.3%.

  • A Look to the Future of Wearable Computers

    A decade ago there was little demand for smartphones. Even as technology developed to the point where smartphones and tablets could be mass produced, the market was limited to early adopters and developers. Apple changed that when it introduced the iPhone, an attractive and easy-to-use product that

  • Cloud Computing Testbeds Receive NSF Funding

    The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds--called "Chameleon" and "CloudLab"--that will enable academic researchers to develop and experiment with cloud architectures and pursue architecturally-enabled applications of cloud

  • Solar-Powered Desalination for Off-Grid Villages

    Around the world, there is more salty groundwater than fresh, drinkable groundwater. For example, 60% of India is underlain by salty water, and much of that area is not served by an electric grid that could run conventional reverse-osmosis desalination plants. Analysis by MIT researchers shows that


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