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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in August 2012
GM to Idle Chevy Volt Production Again
Captain Hybrid 
8/30/2012  56 comments
General Motors says it will shut down the plant that builds the Chevy Volt for four weeks to match supply with demand and to accommodate its Impala production schedule.
The Shortcut That Shorted Out
Sherlock Ohms 
8/30/2012  5 comments
Sometimes the effort to be efficient can lead to problems that keep repeating themselves.
Folding Car Is the Ultimate City Vehicle
Guest Blogs 
8/29/2012  26 comments
The 100-percent electric Hiriko Fold is 2.5m long and has a range of 120km.
Why Aren't Engineering Students Happier? Because It's Hard
STEM Connection 
8/29/2012  33 comments
The Princeton Review came out with its annual edition of "The Best 377 Colleges" last week, and engineering schools again did poorly in the area of student happiness.
This Isn't Your Mother's Iron
Made by Monkeys 
8/29/2012  43 comments
New irons are not like your mom's iron, which lasted forever. The new ones break even before the cord needs replacing.
Breaking: 54.5 MPG Standard Finalized by Obama Administration
Captain Hybrid 
8/28/2012  88 comments
The Obama Administration announced today that it has finalized a fuel economy standard that calls for automakers to meet a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average by the year 2025.
Want to Track Sharks? There's an App for That
Blog 
8/28/2012  40 comments
A surfboard-like robot floating in the Pacific off San Francisco is following great white sharks and transmitting information about them back to shore.
Flexible Batteries Power Flexible Displays
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2012  18 comments
New materials for batteries can make them flexible and energy-dense enough to power displays on bendable, implantable, and wearable electronics.
Slideshow: These Robots Soar
Blog 
8/27/2012  30 comments
Flying robots are generally small in size, but vary widely in design and purpose.
Learn How to Photograph Your Product
Blog 
8/27/2012  16 comments
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a good photo must have a value many times that number.
54.5 MPG Comes With Trade-Offs
Captain Hybrid 
8/24/2012  227 comments
The White House's goal of a 54.5 mile-per-gallon average fuel economy could inspire innovation, but it could also lead to safety and costs trade-offs.
What You Need to Know About Design Engineers
Guest Blogs 
8/24/2012  10 comments
Design engineers must have a good grasp of architecture, understand the functions of various construction equipment or machinery, and be proficient in reading blueprints and drawings.
Should the US Adopt Metric Standards?
Blog 
8/23/2012  72 comments
Metrication creeps forward in the US, but it's time to make the last 100-meter run and, to borrow Nike's slogan, just do it.
Blowing Things Up & Other Reasons Why I Love My Job
Blog 
8/22/2012  18 comments
We found out what makes Littelfuse engineers tick. What do you love most about your job?
Teardown: BlackBerry Playbook LTE
Blog 
8/21/2012  18 comments
The BlackBerry Playbook LTE is unlikely to reverse the current tide of negativity that comes with any news from the Waterloo, Ontario, manufacturer.
Botched Construction Job Leads to Finger Pointing
Sherlock Ohms 
8/21/2012  16 comments
An engineer is accused of poor workmanship after a fire protection system he designed malfunctioned.
Video: Volkswagen Engineers Underwater Car for Shark Week
Blog 
8/20/2012  12 comments
The Beetle is made from tubular aluminum, with alloy wheels, propellers, and an inbuilt air system that allows the driver (diver?) to plug into before taking it for a spin, under the surf.
The Satellite Station Motors Were Burning Up
Sherlock Ohms 
8/20/2012  7 comments
Out in the desert, the satellite station motors were burning up. It was time to check out the A/C.
Slideshow: Microcars Provide a Glimpse of Yesterday's Fuel Efficiency
Captain Hybrid 
8/17/2012  49 comments
Long before lawmakers tussled over corporate average fuel economies, auto companies produced tiny, fuel-efficient vehicles. "Petite Performance: Microcars," a new exhibit at the Studebaker National Museum, offers a look at some of them.
Slideshow: Scenes From NI Week
Blog 
8/16/2012  6 comments
The exhibit floor at NI Week featured a few demonstrations that were definitely noteworthy.
Plug-In Modules Simplify Fieldbus Choices
Blog 
8/15/2012  9 comments
NetJACK makes it easy for equipment designers and users to configure equipment for a specific fieldbus.
Air Travel Appears to Be Behind the Times
Blog 
8/14/2012  28 comments
A CNN story claims a vehicle can fly at Mach 6, or more than 4,500 miles/hr. Does this mean we will see faster commercial airplanes?
Circuit Protection Can't Be an Afterthought
Electronic News & Comment 
8/14/2012  11 comments
Time-challenged engineers need to start thinking about circuit protection at the beginning of a project, not the end.
CNC Control in Electrically Noisy Environments
Sherlock Ohms 
8/14/2012  14 comments
For $30 and a little searching, one engineer saved his CNC mill from eBay.
NI Week: A Sit-Down With Dr. T
Blog 
8/14/2012  4 comments
A chat with National Instruments co-founder, president, and CEO James Truchard gives us a glimpse into the company's general business outlook, what it's like to work there, and how it feels about up-and-coming engineering talent.
If I Had Known Then What I Know Now...
Blog 
8/10/2012  19 comments
What advice would you give to a student just starting out in engineering, whether about academics, careers, or just practical living? What do you wish that you had known back in the beginning?
Battery Makers Roll Out Grid Storage
Electronic News & Comment 
8/9/2012  29 comments
Intermittent power sources, such as wind and solar, will need a backup to balance utility supply against consumer demand.
Camcorder Needs a Good Smack
Made by Monkeys 
8/9/2012  36 comments
The Sony representative was surprised by problems with its camcorder. Online, customers were screaming that it needed a good smack.
Littelfuse's Thane Parker Amps Up Circuit Protection
Blog 
8/8/2012  6 comments
Pressured by the ever-shorter cycle turnarounds for new products, engineers who once had months of multiple attempts to get a design right are finding their window for test opportunities squeezed. But that doesn’t mean they can simply cut corners.
Do You Have a Right to Repair What You Own?
Blog 
8/8/2012  50 comments
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has worked on a "right to repair" ballot initiative for the November 2012 election.
Paradigm Shift in Wireless Instrumentation? That’s What They’re Claiming
Blog 
8/7/2012  6 comments
One of the key announcements made during NI week in Austin, Texas, is the introduction of an RF vector signal transceiver (VST).
Slideshow: Top 12 Most Fuel-Efficient EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
8/7/2012  36 comments
We collected 12 of the top fuel-efficient vehicles, as determined by the MPGe rating system. From battery-powered electrics to plug-in hybrids, we present some of the auto industry's best.
My Opinion On Hacking on the Factory Floor
Blog 
8/7/2012  16 comments
Networks are vulnerable, and security has to be implemented as part of the development process.
Video: Robots Climb Stairs, Walk Like a Human
Blog 
8/3/2012  29 comments
A pair of robotic legs modeled closely on human walking mechanisms walk with a biomechanically accurate gait.
Do You Use an Application-Based Title?
Blog 
8/3/2012  5 comments
Should engineers still classify themselves using older nomenclatures, or is that passé?
Petroski on Engineering: Checking In & Checking Out Design
Guest Blogs 
8/2/2012  11 comments
It is relatively easy to find fault with something that we ourselves have not designed, arranged, or prepared.
Design Decisions: Choosing the Right Resistor for Energy Metering
Guest Blogs 
8/2/2012  2 comments
Performance and reliability are critical when selecting fixed resistors for energy metering applications. Several important specifications will aid in choosing the optimal solution.




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