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'Control, Control, You Must Learn Control'
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4/18/2014  1 comment
Practicing engineers have not heeded Yoda's words.
Want a Better Coffee Maker? Try the IoT
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4/17/2014  4 comments
Connected sensor-enabled applications will improve the consumer experience -- and generate new revenue streams.
Continued Collaboration Is Needed to Combat Counterfeiting
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4/14/2014  2 comments
As an industry, we now need to up our game and provide contractors with easier ways to properly identify and report counterfeit products and build collaboration between manufacturers, design engineers, industry organizations, and government.
Your Customers May Be Clueless, but You Needn't Be
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4/11/2014  Post a comment
Itís your job to find the right people, ask the right questions, to dig deeper, and properly prepare your users so they can provide you the most useful and productive answers possible.
Lightweighting: The Future of Aluminum
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4/10/2014  1 comment
The shift to aluminum is gaining momentum and the demand from automakers for aluminum is soaring, "expecting to reach one billion pounds this year, up from 200 million in 2012, and to grow by more than 30% annually through 2020."
'Einstein' Sparks STEM Initiative
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4/9/2014  5 comments
Einstein in a Box inspires critical thinking with the actual doing and experiencing. They take the statement "inquiring minds want to know" to a whole new level.
Ensuring Safety in Electrical Engineering Design
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4/9/2014  7 comments
Negligence results when an engineer has failed to comply in ways in which a responsible engineer would in a similar situation. Avoiding negligence means that an engineer should not fail in his or her assigned duties.
Women in Industrial Design
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4/8/2014  Post a comment
The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.
What Could Go Wrong When Outsourcing Product Development?
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4/7/2014  10 comments
To make sound outsourcing decisions, identify the functions and features, all of the must-haves, your new product requires. Then find a product development partner able to marshal the right technologies for each stage of development and use a proven process to ensure timely, cost-effective delivery.
Students Invent a Device to Save the Elderly
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4/4/2014  6 comments
The Nano Consultants are a group of high school engineering students from the Walker Career Center in Indianapolis, Ind. They are proud to announce their solution to this year's Phoenix Contact, Nanoline automation-solution Competition: RoboDose.
Mentoring Is the Key to a Competitive Robotics Team
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4/3/2014  Post a comment
When a school like Boyle Heightsí Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles wants to enter into the high-tech world of competitive robotics, there are three things that are needed to support the project: money, students, and most importantly, skill.
Best-Practices for Level Measurement Device Selection
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3/28/2014  4 comments
Based on the application, several factors must be considered to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of a level measurement device.
How Does an Engineer Predict Step Motor Pull-Out Torque?
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3/27/2014  1 comment
Pull-out torque curves are rarely available for actual application conditions.
My Life as a FIRST Robotics Mentor
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3/25/2014  3 comments
When you experience the energy of FIRST through the students youíre mentoring, you discover that itís one of the more fun things you can do with your spare time. I encourage you to find a team and help out. Youíll discover that the students who participate are first-rate, dedicated, responsible, and creative. And if youíre already involved with a FIRST team, thank you.
Complete Your Security & Loss Prevention Strategy
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3/24/2014  5 comments
Cyber-attacks and security have become a regular topic in the media because criminal hackers pose a perpetual threat to any companyís secure data. They present a larger dilemma in that hackers persistently develop new methods to steal sensitive data by looking for any vulnerable spots in a system.
Misapplied Gauges Can Lead to Crisis
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3/21/2014  8 comments
A lot of safety appears to center on gauges. There's a reason for that, and it's in the name. In the engineering sense, when something is being gauged, it's usually a measurement relating to safe operating levels.
Future Efficiency Regulations May Focus on Systems
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3/20/2014  15 comments
Since industrial motor efficiency is nearing its theoretical maximum, system efficiency is the next logical focus for improvement.
The Apple Security Bug Could Have Been Prevented
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3/18/2014  26 comments
We all, as programmers, suffer from the dread disease of seeing what we want to see, instead of whatís actually there.
Turning Wastewater Into Green Energy Curbs Electrical Distribution Costs for Engineers
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3/17/2014  4 comments
Using green energy lets engineers create environmentally friendly power systems and indirectly helps to reduce greenhouse gases. The costs related in creating effective power-supply systems can also significantly become low with the use of renewable energy.
Video: Rolamite Linear Actuator Lowers Friction
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3/14/2014  7 comments
Typical linear actuators contain a lead screw and linear ball slide requiring lubrication. These components are eliminated by a Rolamite bearing, which requires no lubrication.
ERP Software in Industrial Design
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3/12/2014  Post a comment
Enterprise resource planning makes it easier for companies with multiple design departments to streamline their information flows and coordinate activities.
Haptic Feedback Takes UIs to Another Level
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3/11/2014  4 comments
Haptic feedback technology takes advantage of the sense of touch by applying a range of motions, vibrations, and forces. This creates new UI challenges.
Knowing When to Say When: Product Retirement Strategies
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3/7/2014  9 comments
Knowing when and how to retire a product is as important to maximizing profits as knowing when to introduce new offerings.
Slideshow: Top 5 Energy-Saving Gadgets
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3/6/2014  10 comments
From kettles to phone chargers, these devices can reduce energy use while providing an array of easy-to-use, innovative household amenities.
Understanding the Fluid Dynamics of Boundary Layers
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3/6/2014  7 comments
A customer who was thermal printing strip steel had a problem: When the strip's speed increased, the thermo printer would catch fire. When he set a flame to a piece of the strip, he couldn't get it to burn. What was the problem?
Machines Canít Do What Engineers Do So Well
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3/5/2014  23 comments
Engineers are well positioned to be the leaders for innovation in this new age of machines. Human-centered design enables us to manage the vast amounts of information and the power of technology in solving the worldís problems.
CFD Beats Trial-&-Error Prototyping
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3/3/2014  Post a comment
Time to market is everything in the manufacturing business. Introducing new products with key performance advantages brings new revenue. Do that faster than competitors, and gain the upper hand.
Hospitals Require Efficient, Low-Cost Electrical Power Distribution
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2/28/2014  1 comment
Engineers use efficiency enhancing products in hospitals that help cut down on utility costs and increase the efficiency of power distribution across the board. These installation devices can be high-voltage transformers and other circuits that enable a facility to get continuous power supply.
Simulation Helps Design a Fuel Tank
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2/27/2014  10 comments
When most people think of their carís fuel tank, itís a simple thought about keeping it from running dry. For engineers, designing an automotive fuel tank is a complicated (and sometimes costly) endeavor.
The 'Servitization' of Aircraft Design
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2/26/2014  7 comments
Regardless of how each aircraft manufacturer ultimately measures success, they all grapple with the same basic question: What can we do to optimize our asset's availability for its intended use?
Reshoring, TCO & DFMA
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2/25/2014  9 comments
With labor becoming a smaller part of most companiesí total cost and much of the cost-savings opportunities residing in lean and DFMA manufacturing, why endure the higher costs and negative aspects of offshoring?
More Rule Changes Coming for 1 to 500 HP Motors
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2/24/2014  12 comments
With the new proposed rule, almost all three-phase motors in three-digit NEMA frames and also enclosed 56-frame (plus IEC equivalents) will need to meet premium efficiency levels per MG 1 table 12-12. This includes NEMA Designs A, B, and C, and IEC Designs N and H.
CAD to Commerce
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2/21/2014  4 comments
The cloud is more than a big computer in the sky. True cloud solutions will change the product development and consumer engagement workflows we know today.
Use Maps, Not Recipes, for Student Project Success
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2/18/2014  8 comments
By creating roadmaps we can prepare students to think critically and decide the appropriate way to solve a problem, while keeping them engaged every step of the way.
Improve Thermal Efficiency With Enhanced Integrated Motor Technology
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2/17/2014  4 comments
Providing maximum cooling within a compact space has always been an challenging task, but a number of highly efficient solutions have been developed using the principles of advanced integrated design.
Driverless Cars Are Coming to England
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2/13/2014  13 comments
The UK government recently unveiled a £1.5 million project to design and manufacture a range of driverless vehicles, which will become operational in a UK city center.
Using Light-Curable Materials for Medical Device Applications
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2/12/2014  10 comments
The use of light-curable materials (LCMs) in the medical device industry continues to gain popularity and support for their ease of application, cost savings, and fast-acting results.
Top 7 Skills for Management
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2/11/2014  18 comments
If you can transform yourself into a successful manager, you can heighten the productivity of your company, and thus establish a reputable business presence.
Pressure Sensing in 3D Applications
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2/10/2014  5 comments
Tactile pressure-sensing technology has the potential to alter our world in ways we might not expect.
DOE Small Motor Rule Takes Effect in March 2015
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2/10/2014  2 comments
The Small Motor Rule will set fairly high efficiency levels for motors that are currently unregulated in the US.
Combining Self- & Mutual-Capacitive Sensing for Distinct User Advantages
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1/31/2014  4 comments
There are distinct user advantages when self- and mutual-capacitive sensing are combined.
Don't Fear the Cloud, Embrace It
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1/29/2014  25 comments
The cloud is everywhere; it's always connected and it has your data. Dropbox, Google Docs, and other tools have changed our file-sharing workflow forever. Productivity and communication have improved tenfold. So the question is, will our design applications make the jump to the cloud as well?
Tactile Pressure Sensing Is Paving the Way for Next-Gen Car Features
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1/27/2014  3 comments
As the worldís automakers continue to improve the user experience, dashboard controls and other functions will have to become simultaneously sleeker and simpler in appearance and more sophisticated in operation. And tactile pressure sensing technology could be the game changer.
Full Step, Half Step, or Micro-Step?
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1/24/2014  3 comments
Here are some facts about step-motor system performance all engineers need to know.
Does Technology Restrict Creativity?
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1/20/2014  15 comments
Will future generations lack creativity as technology and design develops, so that we're in a more controlled and creatively limited environment, or are we simply a species that rolls with the times?
The IoT Impacts Manufacturing, Too
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1/17/2014  11 comments
Today, all signs point to the value of the IoT. Itís here, itís not going anywhere, and it has the potential for a multitrillion-dollar worldwide economic impact.
Develop a Blockbuster Product
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1/17/2014  1 comment
What would you do if demand for your product went from 100,000 units a day to almost nothing within a span of several months?
PLCs Drive Down Costs for School Buses
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1/16/2014  15 comments
Deft PLC programming and simplicity cut engine block heating costs by nearly 73%, from an annual average of $20,000, to just $5,500 for the 2012-2013 school year in one Colorado town.
Novel Relative Rotation & Displacement Measurement Technique
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1/16/2014  4 comments
In a number of engineering and scientific disciplines, the ability to directly correlate the magnitude and direction of a force emanating from an external source has a high intrinsic value. By more precisely identifying the nature of the source that generated or generates these forces, the more we improve our ability to predict how the world around us will behave.
Why a Stainless-Steel Ball Valve Is a Necessity for Engineersí Jobs
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1/15/2014  6 comments
Always consider the nature of your business when you are choosing the equipment for effective functioning of your business tasks. This will help you to get one that is the best suited for your requirements.
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