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Content posted in February 2013
New Approaches to High-Efficiency Current Sensing
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2/27/2013  4 comments
Integrated Hall sensor ICs save power and space.
A More Natural Way to Learn
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2/26/2013  11 comments
With MapleSim, students can easily connect the analytic models in textbooks to the numeric solutions that result from the simulation. This openness is critical to student learning.
AC-DC Power Supplies Are Shrinking
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2/21/2013  20 comments
Power-supply design trends are clear and dramatic. For the AC-DC supplies, these changes are due to multiple factors combining to yield these more-compact designs. Some of the factors are obvious, but others are not.
Floodlights in the Spotlight
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2/21/2013  19 comments
Floodlights provide the bright conditions necessary for nocturnal leisure or industrial activities and can increase security. However, with some lights powered for up to 10 hours a day, electricity and maintenance costs can really add up.
Medical Device Vulnerabilities: What to Protect & How to Protect It
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2/19/2013  16 comments
Safety is important, and new technologies can enhance the patient experience.
Sensor Performance Key to Process Improvement
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2/19/2013  4 comments
Eddy current, noncontact displacement sensors are very different from the common inductive proximity sensor and can provide submicron resolution in harsh environments.
Video: Augmented Reality for Mechanical Design
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2/18/2013  7 comments
Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that we're exposed to much more than we realize -- from NFL broadcasts to the Lego store.
The European Pump Market, Post Financial Crisis
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2/12/2013  3 comments
What’s the trend that will shape the pump market in Europe’s building services industry in the future? The answer lies in the incorporation of more electronic features in pumps, leading to greater connectivity and integration into the overall system.
Slideshow: The Role of Embedded Platforms in Next-Gen Designs
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2/11/2013  4 comments
It's important to match the right hardware with the right software and tools.
Check Contact Resistance to Diagnose Relay Problems
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2/11/2013  10 comments
Even the best relays can fail at some point, but what causes them to fail?
Distance-Based Sensors Measure Up
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2/7/2013  8 comments
When some objects must be seen and others ignored, or when the object’s presence and its position must both be known, SPT, MPT, or PRT distance-based sensors are the best options.
Inertia Mismatch: Fact or Fiction?
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2/7/2013  2 comments
Is this often-quoted concept an excuse for inadequate system modeling?
PACs Combine the Best Features of PLCs, PCs & DCSes
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2/6/2013  3 comments
PACs provide a single platform for process and motion control, along with extensive data-handling and communication capabilities.
MEMS Enabling a Health & Medical Revolution
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2/5/2013  7 comments
Wirelessly connected, integrated solutions let consumers monitor and maintain their own health.
Plasma: A Cut Above the Rest
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2/1/2013  11 comments
Whether you are a heavy-duty do-it-yourselfer, or are managing an enormous steel manufacturing project, it's important to choose the right machinery for your needs.




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