The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing the way the world designs, connects and optimizes machines. The advent of the IIoT brings together the things of the industrial sector (countless pieces of industrial equipment, machines, production facilities, plants) with a network (high speed routers, switches and gateways) and the cloud (access to cutting-edge local or remote computing on private or public computing clusters), which hosts the software and analytic for making decisions based on data from the things. In effect, the IIoT is connecting IT, product design and operational technologies. Industrial equipment must become digital or “smart machines.” Continue reading
Most modern companies know that simulation provides significant benefits in the design engineering phase of new products. Early in the design phase, 3D models that only exist virtually can be optimized with nearly no incremental cost incurred for each new design simulated. Many companies have analysts that use simulation and reap the productivity benefits. We see evidence of this in simulation news and publications, in the ANSYS blog and in ANSYS Advantage magazine. Many companies would like more of their design engineers to use simulation and to better integrate design engineering teams in their simulation strategies. The challenge has been finding simulation products suited to the available time and experience level of design engineers that provide quick reliable, accurate results in support of engineering goals. Continue reading
Hello all! My top engineering technology picks of the week include the Hyperloop’s successful acceleration test, smart paper and an update on the Curiosity Mars lander. Have a great weekend!
- 0 to 400 mph in mere seconds: Welcome to the age of hyperloop
- Paper gets ‘smart’ with drawn-on, stenciled sensor tags
- Clean Up Industrial Wastewater, Reveals German Research
- Curiosity Mars rover completes its second Martian year
- New hybrid system gives robot arms human-like grace and precision
This week’s Top 5 engineering technology articles span all walks of life and potentially death on this planet and others.
- CFD Modelling Of Peat Combustion In A Standard Duoflex Burner
- Speedy Ion Conduction In Solid Electrolytes Clears Road For Advanced Energy Devices
- A BB-8-Style Rover Could Help Us Explore Rough Martian Terrain
- A Biotech Company Has Been Given Permission To Try To Resurrect The Clinically Dead
- Hopefully You’ll Never Need to Use Polycom’s High-Tech Prison Phone
Wireless communication is changing our world. The number and density of antennas in our immediate surroundings have exploded, and are increasing every day. There are literally hundreds of antennas in a typical home and thousands in an office building. Driven by the demands of the Internet of Things, along with autonomous vehicles and electrification initiatives in the aerospace sector, more antennas are required to be integrated into our devices to make all of this wireless interconnectivity possible. Continue reading
The internet has now come to the automobile, bringing connectivity for infotainment, telematics and vehicle data analytics. The connected car is rapidly becoming a key node in the emerging Internet of Things. While connected car technology is a delight for car buyers, it poses unprecedented new engineering challenges for car manufacturers of reliability, safety and security. Continue reading
Pause and think about the now ubiquitous smartphone for a moment. Our smartphones have revolutionized how we communicate, shop, socialize and work. Now think about the rising complexity in product development from the old rotary phone to today’s smart phone. And phones are just one highly visible example of the smart product revolution. Modern cars, now embedded with millions of lines of code, are quickly on their way to becoming autonomous driving vehicles. Drones are emerging as a transformative technology spanning product delivery to agricultural applications. Even industrial equipment, from tractors to turbines, is becoming smart and connected. All are orders of magnitude more complex than their predecessors.
Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT)!
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