Think of mobile apps and handy tools for finding a great restaurant or catching up on your favorite team’s score probably come to mind. But Apple’s App Store can also serve as vital work task or general engineering and science reference sources in industrial automation, too.
The computing power, ease-of-use, and convenience of unmatched portability are the key reasons why thousands of Smartphone users download apps on their phones daily. New engineers entering the work are embracing these tools and will be more productive and less dependent on laptops. The engineering app takes between one and two seconds to launch and has the specific options you need to quickly complete this task, solving a simple problem with just the tap of a finger.
The future of engineering apps is growing, according to TechCrunch by 2015; the mobile app market is expected to be worth $25 billion dollars. Then add the rapid proliferation of smart devices, continued enhancement of Smartphone technology and you will see the writing on the wall. Universities are also taking advantage of apps, like Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. Pratt encourages new undergraduates to use their first year as a chance to explore and investigate each of its engineering departments via lectures.
Below, we present an overview of the 30 latest iPhone and iPad Cad and utility apps that mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineers can use—the first in an occasional series. *Please share with us and leave a note in the comment section if your favorite app didn’t make the list, or what features or functions you like the best.
Engineering and Science apps:
- iEngineer: This comprehensive database of screw/bolt information displays values for both U.S. and metric screws, including dimensions for nine standard head styles; 29 material grades including SAE, ASTM, and other materials; standard dimensions; tap sizes; clearance hole sizes; material strength; recommended torque values; clamp force; shear force; head markings; and standard head type dimensions.
- TurboViewer X: This high-speed drawing viewer is the first mobile native DWG™ viewer that supports both 2D and 3D files and is one of Macworld/iWorld’s Top 5 Apps for 2012. Native support for DWG and DXF is available and support is available for 14 localized languages. The app includes an online wiki help system and forum support and is free of banner ads.
- AutoCAD WS: iPad app that allows viewing, editing and sharing of DWG™ files
- WolframAlpha: Public computational knowledge engine uses data and algorithms to answer problems logically.
- Drop Box: Send documents and media between devices.
- MSC Nastran User’s Guide: This MSC Software program helps users solve various linear static finite element analysis (FEA) problems. It solves for stress/strain behavior, dynamic and vibration response and thermal gradients in real-world systems. The user’s guide can be downloaded onto the iPad or iPhone and read using iBooks.
- iAnnotate PDF: Users can take notes on any PDF document, save them to the cloud, and continue working on the notes on a different device.
- ACS Mobile: A searchable, multi-journal, up-to-the-minute live stream of new peer-reviewed material from the American Chemical Society
- Evernote: Take notes anywhere and take them with you. Archives and catalog notes in an interface that includes audio, video and website notations.
- ArcGIS: The Geographic Information Systems app helps combine maps and data in interesting ways.
- NASA HD: NASA’s iPad app provides tons of information on the organization, its history and its projects.
- WebEx for iPad: Users can plan meetings, video conference, make conference calls, and keep content organized with Cisco’s on-the-go meeting app.
- PLoS Reader: Contains the most recent articles from the Public Library of Sciences’ seven journal publications.
- Popular Science +: iPad app with all of the content from the best-selling science publication
- Lynda.com: Contains thousands of software tutorials and how-to videos
- The Elements: A Visual Exploration: One of the most popular iPad science apps shows the Periodic Table in a new way.
- Nature.com Reader: Stay in touch with the latest in scientific news and research in abstract form.
- iBooks: Apple’s reading app allows users to download books and read them for free. Each iPad comes preloaded with the MOSAIC readings that are in the public domain.
- Dragon Dictation: Fun, simple voice to text
- Mendeley Reference Manager: Store, manage and share research papers and references with peers or millions.
- Dictionary.com: A dictionary for the next generation
- Keynote: Users can conduct presentations from an iPad with this Apple program.
- iTunes U: Check out the latest in educational apps and free content from iTunes’ customized collegiate web store.
- Google Books: Users can browse Google’s large collection of free and paid books and other materials.
- Numbers: Excel-compatible spreadsheets for the iPad
- Flipboard: Users can combine favorite websites in one newspaper-style page.
- Pages: Word processing program for the iPad is compatible with .doc and Microsoft Word documents.
- Papers: Allows downloading of a copy of any website in a ready-to-read PDF file
- SketchyPad: iPad app that allows the user to design and edit websites and applications for the iPad and other devices
- Teamcenter Mobility: Users can access Siemens’ Teamcenter software on their iPads. The software is redesigned with new functionalities and an intuitive user interface.
AGI supplies a complete range of sophisticated automation assembly products that include pneumatic parallel grippers, rotary actuators, thrusters, linear actuator slides, mini slides, robotic tool changers, and overload devices, robotic gripper. All products are available in imperial and metric versions for flexibility of design for a world market.