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Machines Can’t 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 world’s 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 car’s fuel tank, it’s 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 companies’ 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  15 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 world’s 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. It’s here, it’s 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 Engineers’ 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.
The Inaccuracy of Measuring Accuracy
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1/14/2014  10 comments
When applied to pressure sensors, the word "accuracy" becomes more of a qualitative measure than a quantitative one.
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 Nation’s 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 they’re 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, it’s 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 — 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. Here’s 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. Here’s 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.
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