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Lights Out: The Rise of Robotics and Automation

Imagine an automated factory, devoid of human life, where manufacturing activities are performed by robots that work as effectively with the lights off as they do with the lights on. This is known as “lights out” manufacturing, and it’s a reality that our world is hurtling toward. The manufacturing industry has long sought to replace …

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Exploring the Branches of Mechanical Engineering

Few machines are designed without the expertise of a mechanical engineer. Employed in a variety of industries, mechanical engineers can be found developing aerospace prototypes, analyzing automotive test results or using computer-aided design (CAD) in manufacturing. There are plenty of opportunities for experienced, qualified professionals throughout the branches of engineering. However, the sheer number of …

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5 Essential Soft Skills for Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers are often known more for their skilled handling of machinery than their way with words. Yet for every finished product that comes across the assembly line, there’s an engineer communicating ideas, conveying expectations and coordinating efforts with team members and stakeholders. What’s said in a few choice words can be as important as …

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