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Bringing Tactile Pressure Sensing Technology to Touchpads
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1/13/2014  10 comments
A fundamental shift in the personal-computing paradigm is coming, where 3D Tactilepads will replace traditional 2D clickpads, and tactile pressure sensing technology will be a driving force.
'Everyday Edisons' Drive Medical Innovation
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1/9/2014  3 comments
Edison Nation is a product design and development group with expertise in the consumer, industrial, and medical spaces. In a related TV show, Everyday Edisons, everyday people from around the country submit ideas and prototypes that Edison Nationís experts help bring to life.
Essential Skills for Electrical Engineers
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1/8/2014  25 comments
Electrical engineering students learn magnetism, engineering tools of design and analysis, electricity, and mathematics of design and analysis. And theyíre trained to manufacture and design safe and economical products that can enhance the lives of humans.
Are Carmakers Using the Latest Steel Technology?
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1/7/2014  9 comments
In 2011, the global steel industry published the FutureSteelVehicle engineering report, a guidebook for getting the most out of steel for lightweighting. Are these ideas being put into practice?
Sensitivity Training: Considerations for Measuring Very Low Pressures
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12/30/2013  4 comments
When it comes to capacitive tactile pressure sensing, the question often arises: How low can you go?
H-Bridge: Black Box or Are Details Important?
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12/23/2013  23 comments
What goes on inside an H-bridge is critical to know for system performance.
Survey: Development Boards Reduce Need for Custom PCB Design
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12/18/2013  2 comments
A recent survey conducted by CadSoft found that engineers involved in PCB design are increasingly targeting a variety of applications, with some of the most popular including control systems, open hardware, and robotics.
Eraser or Sledge Hammer? You Decide
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12/17/2013  15 comments
Conducting design research up front reduces your risk of problems occurring downstream. As you move through the R&D process, you can start investing more money more confidently.
3 Ways Tactile Sensing Can Drive Improvements in the Auto Industry
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12/16/2013  4 comments
Explore three real-world applications that demonstrate how capacitive tactile sensor technology can accelerate advances in automotive testing and safety.
What Goes Around Comes Around
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12/12/2013  2 comments
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
Regular Checks Lead to Consistent Safety
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12/11/2013  13 comments
In the oil and gas industry, itís paramount that one pays attention to the accuracy of his level and temperature instrumentation, particularly within processing plants.
Injection Molding: New Twists for a Mainstream Technology
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12/6/2013  8 comments
Injection molding can be a powerful tool for both prototyping and production. Here are some tips on how design engineers can get the most out of it.
MEMS Gains Momentum in China
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12/5/2013  4 comments
The Chinese are investing in the people and the infrastructure that will make the Chinese MEMS industry competitive in the world economy ó with hopes of being the best.
Looking Ahead to the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
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12/5/2013  2 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Death of the Desktop
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12/3/2013  53 comments
At what point will mobile devices fully replace the old desktop computer?
The 3 Categories of Measurement Systems
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12/3/2013  2 comments
Real-time control systems are everywhere and they require accurate measurement.
5 Things That Can Benefit From Capacitive Tactile Pressure Sensors
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12/2/2013  8 comments
Physical comfort can make or break an experience. Hereís a list of some tools and products that could benefit from pressure sensor technology.
Design Decisions: Choosing the Correct NEMA Enclosure
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12/2/2013  4 comments
First determine the operating environment, then ascertain the cooling requirements and methods.
Select Reliable Connectors for Mobile Devices
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11/26/2013  6 comments
If you've spent any time looking for the right connector to use in a smartphone or other mobile device, you might believe that all fine-pitch, low-profile connectors are created equal. But they're not.
Get Smart About Your R&D Spend
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11/25/2013  9 comments
At the end of the day, it's the effectiveness of R&D spend that matters, not how much is spent. Take Apple and Microsoft, for example.
Wiring Inspection Is Needed to Eliminate Electrical Hazards
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11/22/2013  13 comments
A wiring inspection is important before starting any sort of electrical work. Hereís why a wiring inspection for electrical hazards is necessary.
Miniature Vacuum Pumps Could Deliver Big Benefits
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11/21/2013  10 comments
A Honeywell lab team borrowed a page from conventional turbine compressors and applied the latest silicon micro fabrication techniques to machine hundreds of thousands of micron-sized turbine blades onto the surface of a silicon wafer the diameter of a penny. When the wafer is rotated at high speed, the result is an ultra-high vacuum in a small chamber, all on less than a watt of energy.
Design Decisions: Pressure-Sensitive Tapes Solve Bonding Challenges
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11/21/2013  4 comments
New engineered materials call for new generations of high-performance pressure-sensitive tape solutions.
Top 3 Luxury Cars of 2013
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11/20/2013  14 comments
The UK has been at the heart of manufacturing some of the finest automobiles on the planet for more than a century. All that experience has led to a very impressive line of high-end sports cars that are highly coveted the world over. Here are three of the best.
Manufacturing Execution Systems Can Solve Problems Before They Start
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11/20/2013  17 comments
Today, virtually all of this analysis is automated, but identifying bottlenecks is only a small part of factory data analysis.
Get to Know UL 1604
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11/19/2013  3 comments
We routinely field questions about UL 1604 and which products comply with it. Here are the answers to some of those questions.
Capacitive Tactile Sensors Solve Myriad Challenges
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11/18/2013  3 comments
Exciting ideas are often fun to consider, but developing a truly useful solution requires the right combination of interest, design, available technology, and perhaps most important, know-how.
PCB Design & Layout on a Budget
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11/18/2013  5 comments
The question that engineers continually look to answer is, "how do I get there with the least amount of effort and the lowest number of errors, and without spending a small fortune?Ē Itís a balance that often keeps engineers searching.
Reducing Cost With ERP Automation
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11/13/2013  1 comment
Implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in aerospace and defense can prove valuable for the automation of activities currently performed manually.
Keep an Eye on Hydraulic Transmission Lines
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11/7/2013  2 comments
Neglected transmission lines leads to poor performance and instability.
All I Really Need to Know About Engineering, I Learned From Star Trek
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11/6/2013  32 comments
Since its premiere in 1966, the television program Star Trek has inspired multiple generations of young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.
Slideshow: The 5 Coolest 3D-Printed Things
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11/1/2013  11 comments
Many interesting items are being 3D printed (even as we speak). We present five that we think are pretty cool -- from a Terminator arm and artsy coffee reproductions to an easy way to build a house of cards and a 3D printer made from scrap.
Better Data Leads to Better Insight
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11/1/2013  4 comments
Manufacturing operations, which leverage technology to its fullest, are nimble, in-sync with fast-changing customer needs, and fully engages a workforce.
The RoHS Initiative Had a Big Effect on Product Quality
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10/29/2013  17 comments
When RoHS hit the manufacturing sector, big OEMs had to scramble with lead-free experiments to stay ahead of the competition. This had a monumental impact on a connector that now faced a redesign of virtually every connector in its portfolios.
3 Ways to Prevent Electric Arc Flash Blasts
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10/28/2013  9 comments
The only way to keep away from an arc flash injury is to ensure that workers are properly trained, wear safe gear, and performa necessary preventative maintenance.
How to Be a 'Doctor of Engineering' Without Going to Grad School
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10/22/2013  21 comments
The process of differential diagnosis, as practiced by physicians, provides a framework for thinking about problem solving in many contexts, of which engineering is just one.
Tactile Pressure Sensors Can Enhance Google Glass
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10/18/2013  10 comments
Google Glass puts a world of relevant, user-centric data literally right in front of your eyes. A tactile pressure sensor-equipped version could tap into the quantified self and health-tracking trends by allowing for real-time biometric monitoring.
Update: Racing in Bridgestone's 2013 Solar World Challenge
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10/17/2013  8 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced it through the Australian Outback during the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Department of Defense Corrosion Conference Goes Virtual
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10/15/2013  10 comments
The US government shutdown forced the Department of Defense Corrosion Conference to move from Hawaii to an online-only platform.
Tactile Sensing: Humanoid Robots With a Sense of Touch
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10/11/2013  21 comments
Bots like iRobot's Roomba and Rethink Robotics's Baxter are at the forefront of humanoid robot development.
NFC Ring Opens Many Doors
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10/7/2013  10 comments
Near field communication (NFC) is bringing the excitement surrounding wearable tech to an all-time high.
3D Printing: Game-Changing Applications for Consumers
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10/4/2013  10 comments
3D-print your car (Kor Ecologicís Urbee), a bed (from FRONT), eyeglasses (from Make Eyewear), and even the hard-to-come-by toy your kid wants for Christmas.
PLM's Growing Importance as an Enterprise Application
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10/2/2013  8 comments
When we look at the progression of enterprise IT, PLM technology continues to expand and overlap into adjacent areas of enterprise application functionality.
Crises Stimulate Opportunities
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10/1/2013  4 comments
Crises in universities and industry must uncover new ways to collaborate.
Buying IP Is Not for the Faint of Heart
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9/30/2013  9 comments
Microsoft has agreed to purchase Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion. Two years ago, Google purchased Motorola's handset business for nearly twice that much, so it seems like Microsoft got a steal of a deal. Or did it?
Create 'Machines That See' Using Industry Resources
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9/27/2013  2 comments
This article explores the opportunity for incorporating visual intelligence into electronic products, introduces an industry alliance created to help engineers implement such capabilities, and describes an upcoming technical education forum sponsored by the alliance, along with other technical resources that the alliance provides.
Siemens Helps Student Engineers Race in the Outback
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9/25/2013  6 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan has built an electric vehicle, and are currently preparing for the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students will be blogging for Design News throughout the race.
World Solar Car Challenge & STEM Education
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9/24/2013  5 comments
Siemens PLM Software is proud to sponsor the University of Michigan solar car team, an entirely student-run organization that designed its new Generation car in NX software.
Spreading Excitement About Space Exploration
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9/20/2013  21 comments
It's commonplace to hear engineers lament the small size of the NASA budget, the lack of a successor to the Space Shuttle, and the lack of a US heavy launch vehicle. We need to teach young people to have an optimistic view of the future of human space exploration.
Why You Should Assess Your Machines' Safety
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9/19/2013  13 comments
If your business relies on the use of automation machines, you should know how important it is to keep them serviced. This means not just keeping them functioning well, but also maintaining their safety standards.
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