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Content posted in March 2014
Best-Practices for Level Measurement Device Selection
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3/28/2014  4 comments
Based on the application, several factors must be considered to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of a level measurement device.
How Does an Engineer Predict Step Motor Pull-Out Torque?
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3/27/2014  2 comments
Pull-out torque curves are rarely available for actual application conditions.
Complete Your Security & Loss Prevention Strategy
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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
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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.
Future Efficiency Regulations May Focus on Systems
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3/20/2014  15 comments
Since industrial motor efficiency is nearing its theoretical maximum, system efficiency is the next logical focus for improvement.
The Apple Security Bug Could Have Been Prevented
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3/18/2014  26 comments
We all, as programmers, suffer from the dread disease of seeing what we want to see, instead of what’s actually there.
Turning Wastewater Into Green Energy Curbs Electrical Distribution Costs for Engineers
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3/17/2014  4 comments
Using green energy lets engineers create environmentally friendly power systems and indirectly helps to reduce greenhouse gases. The costs related in creating effective power-supply systems can also significantly become low with the use of renewable energy.
Video: Rolamite Linear Actuator Lowers Friction
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3/14/2014  7 comments
Typical linear actuators contain a lead screw and linear ball slide requiring lubrication. These components are eliminated by a Rolamite bearing, which requires no lubrication.
ERP Software in Industrial Design
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3/12/2014  Post a comment
Enterprise resource planning makes it easier for companies with multiple design departments to streamline their information flows and coordinate activities.
Haptic Feedback Takes UIs to Another Level
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3/11/2014  4 comments
Haptic feedback technology takes advantage of the sense of touch by applying a range of motions, vibrations, and forces. This creates new UI challenges.
Knowing When to Say When: Product Retirement Strategies
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3/7/2014  9 comments
Knowing when and how to retire a product is as important to maximizing profits as knowing when to introduce new offerings.
Slideshow: Top 5 Energy-Saving Gadgets
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3/6/2014  10 comments
From kettles to phone chargers, these devices can reduce energy use while providing an array of easy-to-use, innovative household amenities.
Understanding the Fluid Dynamics of Boundary Layers
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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
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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
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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.




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