'Necessary & Sufficient' Cover the Safety Level
Guest Blogs 5/7/2014 10 comments There are many basic principles and maxims that engineers can use to solve simple problems. One trick is to ask at least two questions. First, what is necessary to satisfy the requirement? Second, what is sufficient to satisfy the requirement?
Options for Switch-Mode Power Supply Design
Guest Blogs 5/5/2014 1 comment With renewed demand for LED lighting solutions in recent years, there are several options to get started with building a power supply. Consider the following tips, specific to electrical power supply.
Migrating Legacy Devices to the IIoT
Guest Blogs 5/2/2014 3 comments Following on the heels of breathless coverage of consumer Internet of Things (IoT) applications, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is now also garnering some well-deserved attention.
Fluid Power Is Alive & Well in the Era of Energy Conservation
Guest Blogs 5/1/2014 2 comments Despite what some people think, fluid power systems are capable of very high-performance motion control. A well-designed, closed-loop hydraulic actuator can do things that motors can't do economically and reliably, such as positioning very heavy loads with a 10-micron resolution or better.
What Tech Is Next for Industrial Electric Motors?
Guest Blogs 4/30/2014 10 comments Three-phase squirrel-cage AC induction motors are the workhorses for the industrial market. However, their development is reaching the limits of physics for efficiency. A new technology must be adopted to reach the next levels.
Lightweighting: The Future of Aluminum
Guest Blogs 4/10/2014 3 comments 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."
Ensuring Safety in Electrical Engineering Design
Guest Blogs 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
Guest Blogs 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?
Guest Blogs 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
Guest Blogs 4/4/2014 10 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.
Complete Your Security & Loss Prevention Strategy
Guest Blogs 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 company’s 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
Guest Blogs 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.
Understanding the Fluid Dynamics of Boundary Layers
Guest Blogs 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 Can’t Do What Engineers Do So Well
Guest Blogs 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
Guest Blogs 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
Guest Blogs 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
Guest Blogs 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
Guest Blogs 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
Guest Blogs 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
Guest Blogs 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
Guest Blogs 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.
Top 7 Skills for Management
Guest Blogs 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.
Don't Fear the Cloud, Embrace It
Guest Blogs 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?
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.