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Content posted in October 2013
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 Ecologic’s 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.




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