Ultimate Reliability: Wind Turbines
Blog 12/26/2012 22 comments Automation and motion control technology is playing a pivotal role in wind turbine refinement by boosting reliability, operating efficiencies, and remote diagnostics.
Are Automotive 'Black Boxes' Secure?
Electronics News 12/21/2012 22 comments The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed a rule this month ordering automakers to put so-called "black boxes" in all new vehicles by late 2014, but some experts are concerned that the new rule won't protect the security of the data stored inside.
Video: 3D Printing With Moon Rocks
Engineering Materials 12/26/2012 20 comments Washington State University engineers have 3D-printed some simple-shaped objects using a lunar regolith simulant, an artificial version of the mixture of loose dust, rock, and soil that covers solid bedrock.
Injection Molding Goes High Volume
Engineering Materials 12/21/2012 14 comments Injection molding processes and techniques are being adapted to the high-volume production needs of automotive, medical, and aerospace applications.
3D Mice Enhance Motorcycle Design Process
Guest Blogs 12/21/2012 11 comments If you’re racing some of the fastest, most aerodynamic motorcycles in the world, you want a machine that’s comfortable, easy to operate, and gets you to the finish line first. The same holds true for the engineers and designers behind the finished product.
Automatic Code Generation & the Arduino
Guest Blogs 12/6/2012 10 comments Innovation in engineering practice and education has been reinvigorated by two complementary concepts: automatic code generation and the inexpensive, open-source, single-board microcontroller.
The Future in Automotive Front Lighting
Guest Blogs 12/28/2012 8 comments Next-generation headlights could combine all the lighting functionality necessary in the front of the automobile, including daytime running lights, high beams, low beams, cornering/bending lights, position lights, and turn signals.
ICCVE: The Importance of Open Standards
Guest Blogs 12/18/2012 7 comments Rich Hulett, chairman of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Directors, opened the session on Standards for Connected Vehicles at the International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo.
Stop Expenses From Leaking Away
Guest Blogs 12/19/2012 7 comments As recent extreme weather events have once again demonstrated, water, our most treasured resource, can also be a source of widespread and costly damage to society.
Growing Future for Metal Injection Molding
Guest Blogs 12/14/2012 6 comments Metal injection molding (MIM) is experiencing a worldwide boom, with an estimated market worldwide of more than $1 billion per year, and compound annual growth rates estimated to be as high as 20 percent.
Reducing Servomotor Instability
Guest Blogs 12/13/2012 6 comments Lowering excessive speed controller gain is often not a viable option, so a systematic approach should be used to determine the best remedy for instability.
More New Products to Watch For
Blog 12/4/2012 6 comments In the Product Showcase section, we've just posted some products from Tolomatic, Osram Opto Semiconductors, and Banner that need a little highlighting.
7 Tips for Choosing Your Workstation
Sponsored Blogs 12/19/2012 6 comments A common question that comes up at tradeshows and industry events is, “What hardware do I need to successfully run a professional engineering or design application?”
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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