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Content posted in March 2013
MPPE Insulation & the Incredible, Shrinking Medical Device
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3/27/2013  14 comments
As the demand for portable medical devices increases both in the home and in emerging markets abroad, design engineers find their solution for weight and space savings through innovative, recyclable MPPE insulation for wire and cable.
Angular Velocity: Misunderstood & Misstated
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3/21/2013  1 comment
Kinematic analysis requires defined reference frames and precise notation.
Time to Market: A Tale of 2 Products
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3/20/2013  10 comments
When getting into a new market, it is important to make the mistakes you are going to make while there is profit to pay for it and lower expectations on product performance.
The Engineering Creativity Challenge
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3/19/2013  12 comments
Brainstorming an idea is a good approach, but it's often not the best. We need to focus our creative energies on the design challenge.
Engineering Plastics for Extreme Applications
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3/18/2013  4 comments
Quadrant's Jim Hebel clarifies a few points about the Dimensional Stability of Duratron PAI and the ability to hold tight tolerances on finished machined components.
Don’t Risk Your Most Important Calculations to Spreadsheets
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3/15/2013  22 comments
Engineering calculation software can eliminate spreadsheet risks and provide key benefits to both the organization and the individual engineer.
Increasing Electronics Reliability With Conformal Coatings
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3/11/2013  18 comments
Selecting the right coating at the beginning of the design cycle can give engineers greater reliability and durability in the electronic devices they design.
Benefits of Direct Charging Design in Wireless Power
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3/8/2013  7 comments
Wireless power circuits offer benefits for portable devices, such as cellphones.
Suzuki Saves Weight With Extruded Suspension Arm
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3/7/2013  14 comments
Suzuki developed an extruded aluminum lower control arm that weighs 50 percent less than a welded steel design, while costing roughly the same.
Develop Highly Efficient Models for Multi-Body Systems
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3/6/2013  2 comments
Technique employs HIL simulation of robotic systems.
Making the Case for Vertical Axis Wind Turbines
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3/5/2013  13 comments
The marketplace is littered with companies that have tried to make a success of vertical axis wind turbines. But not all turbine designs (and sites) are created equal.
Design Decisions: Automation in Rollforming
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3/4/2013  4 comments
Read about the pros and cons of manual versus automated rollforming stations.
Simplify Your Motor Drive Solution
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3/1/2013  4 comments
Integrating motors into your design needn’t cause sleepless nights.




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