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Content posted in April 2012
5 Common Failure Analysis Mistakes
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4/26/2012  21 comments
Recognizing common failure analysis mistakes can help your team resolve issues more quickly and effectively.
Understanding Fatigue Failures
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4/9/2012  24 comments
Designing for fatigue is not as simple as designing for overload, and by understanding basic principles you can avoid fatigue failure.
MEMS Sensors Driving Smart Automotive
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4/9/2012  10 comments
Automotive panelists at MEMS Executive Congress Europe wowed conference attendees with automotive advancements made possible by MEMS.
Flexible Manufacturing Critical to US Innovation
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4/5/2012  12 comments
The US must continue to innovate to regain ground in sectors like manufacturing. But the formula for fostering innovation in several electronics sectors remains elusive.
Design Decisions: Choosing the Right Silicone Adhesive
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4/4/2012  6 comments
Silicone adhesives deliver flexibility and high-temperature resistance in demanding applications.
Petroski on Engineering: Anticipating Failure for Successful Design
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4/3/2012  32 comments
Failures can provide lessons and wisdom in a newly proposed design, plan, or policy.
Wilbur Wright Understood It
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4/1/2012  Post a comment
Engineers must understand the physical significance of poles and zeros.




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