Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in April 2012
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 4
4/30/2012  28 comments
Focusing flux in 3-D can deliver rare earth size and performance from ferrite materials.
Pushbutton Problem Blanks Dehumidifier
Made by Monkeys 
4/30/2012  21 comments
The dehumidifier came with pushbuttons that couldn't take the humidity.
Multicore Gaining Momentum in Automotive Powertrains
Electronics News 
4/27/2012  8 comments
In a bid to help automakers cut the fuel consumption and emissions of next generation engines, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out a three-core microcontroller said to boost computing performance without drawing more power.
Pinpoint Accuracy Used to Fix Projector
Sherlock Ohms 
4/27/2012  40 comments
After completely dismantling the projector, the power supply fix was simple but hidden.
5 Common Failure Analysis Mistakes
Guest Blogs 
4/26/2012  21 comments
Recognizing common failure analysis mistakes can help your team resolve issues more quickly and effectively.
Slim Profile Hampers Cable Shielding Tape
Made by Monkeys 
4/26/2012  40 comments
A tape manufacturer created ultra-thin conductive tape that was so thin, it had no conductive abilities.
Heat Pump Runs Hot & Cold
Made by Monkeys 
4/25/2012  13 comments
The smallest connector can cause major problems with a heat pump over the years.
Engineer Breathes Life Into Dead Motor
Sherlock Ohms 
4/24/2012  19 comments
If the motor isn't running correctly, it could be supercharged with static electricity.
'Revenge of the Electric Car' Gives Glimpse Into Minds of EV Faithful
Automotive News 
4/23/2012  57 comments
Yes, the movie gives a one-sided view of the auto industry, but it also provides real insight into why we're moving toward EVs.
Old Ink Impedes CT Scanner Fix
Sherlock Ohms 
4/23/2012  13 comments
If nothing works to fix the medical equipment, think back to any flaws that may have occurred during installation.
Slideshow: Military Robots Go Where Soldiers Can't
4/20/2012  69 comments
To keep soldiers out of life-threatening situations, designers are trying to build small tactical robots that can negotiate rough terrain and collect and relay data.
MEMS in Sport Gains Speed
4/20/2012  16 comments
Measuring human motion in 3D using MEMS sensors is becoming ever more important in modern sports.
Hybrid Redux? Not for Most Owners
Automotive News 
4/18/2012  236 comments
Despite efforts to promote production of eco-friendly vehicles, hybrids appear to be losing ground.
Sensors Cause Problem in Climate-Controlled Workroom
Sherlock Ohms 
4/18/2012  5 comments
The sensors did not make any sense while building a climate-controlled workroom, so Sherlock was called in.
EV Like It's 1910 Again
Wolfe's Den 
4/17/2012  32 comments
Will the electric vehicle survive its current round of technological success?
Carmakers Keen on Turning Driver Distraction Into Features
Electronics News 
4/16/2012  50 comments
Automakers are adopting consumer interfaces that police drivers who text, dial, and surf the Web.
Refrigerator Is Hot to the Touch
Made by Monkeys 
4/16/2012  29 comments
When your refrigerator is hot instead of cold, you have a problem.
Don't Worry, Your EV Battery Won't Explode
Automotive News 
4/13/2012  38 comments
Reports of a battery fire at a GM lab did not surprise experts, but they said the public should not assume the new EV batteries are explosive.
Beware of the Borrowed Design
Sherlock Ohms 
4/12/2012  23 comments
Borrowed designs can save time and money, but they can also deliver a set of problems.
Rocket Team Notes Curious Design Feature
Made by Monkeys 
4/11/2012  8 comments
The rocket needed a fix to defuse static buildup, but the cure was worse than the problem.
Broken Toaster Had Hidden Fix
Made by Monkeys 
4/9/2012  39 comments
After tearing apart the broken toaster, we found a simple control on the bottom would have easily fixed the problem.
MEMS Sensors Driving Smart Automotive
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2012  10 comments
Automotive panelists at MEMS Executive Congress Europe wowed conference attendees with automotive advancements made possible by MEMS.
EV Batteries: Solid Concept, but Not Ready for Prime Time
Automotive News 
4/6/2012  76 comments
Despite a spate of recent setbacks, plug-in hybrids are here to stay, and consumers and automakers alike need to be patient as the technology struggles toward competitiveness.
'Google Goggles' Make Augmented Reality Personal
4/6/2012  20 comments
Google is preparing to release new camera-loaded, data-processing eyeglasses that could advance the role technology plays in our personal lives.
Will STEM Support Stoke Tech Future?
STEM Connection 
4/5/2012  46 comments
Our LinkedIn Systems & Product Design Engineering group is considering government support for STEM education.
Flexible Manufacturing Critical to US Innovation
Guest Blogs 
4/5/2012  12 comments
The US must continue to innovate to regain ground in sectors like manufacturing. But the formula for fostering innovation in several electronics sectors remains elusive.
Video: NFC Coming to E-Wallet Near You
4/4/2012  16 comments
Though the technology has been around for about seven years, NFC only seems to now be coming into its own, with a veritable explosion of NFC-powered devices and applications emerging over the course of the last couple of years alone.
Petroski on Engineering: Anticipating Failure for Successful Design
Guest Blogs 
4/3/2012  32 comments
Failures can provide lessons and wisdom in a newly proposed design, plan, or policy.
EV Battery Report Says Costs Going Down
Automotive News 
4/3/2012  16 comments
Industry analysts are questioning a government forecast that hybrid-electric vehicle battery costs will drop sharply in the next three years.
Case of the Fried Solar Heater Controller
Sherlock Ohms 
4/3/2012  33 comments
The solar water heater quit working, but some handy debugging by Sherlock Ohms gave it new life.

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