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Content posted in December 2013
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.




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