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Content posted in May 2013
Slideshow: An Engineer Goes to Congress
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5/29/2013  24 comments
Many engineers often comment that Congress would make better decisions if it included more engineers. What they didn't know...
Maximizing Lifecycle & Performance of Optically Isolated Relays
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5/29/2013  4 comments
Optically isolated relays inherently have a long lifespan, thanks to their lack of moving parts and the robustness of their solid-state electronics. You can, however, make them last even longer by accounting for LED power losses.
Green Designs for Industrial Cable
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5/24/2013  7 comments
In a world that's going green, industrial operations have a problem: Their processes involve materials that are potentially toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive. If improperly managed, this can precipitate dangerous health and environmental consequences.
8 Ways to Design End-of-Life Into Your Products
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5/16/2013  17 comments
An analysis of what’s needed to implement Design for Disassembly and Design for Recycling results in eight strategies engineers can use to design an intentional end-of-life stage into their products.
Datacenter Security: Is Protection at the Building & Room Enough?
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5/14/2013  3 comments
Government regulations, coupled with growing consumer sensitivity about data and identity theft, require that data storage organizations demonstrate proper protection and due diligence in protecting sensitive information stored inside datacenter enclosures.
Do You Need On-Machine Motion Solutions?
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5/13/2013  7 comments
On-machine motion solutions have helped many OEMs address seemingly impossible tasks.
Monitoring Load-Pin Stresses Cuts Crane Maintenance Costs
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5/8/2013  5 comments
When a crane doesn't have a monitoring system, crane owners schedule service every six months and simply scrap the parts they replace, even if a part has had little use and doesn't need replacing. This can cost thousands.
Frequency Response: The Gold Standard
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5/8/2013  5 comments
Engineers predict real-world response and identify model parameters.
Getting a Grip on Automated Manufacturing
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5/6/2013  4 comments
Machine designers must select and size the right gripper in order to design a well-functioning automated process.
3D Tools Reduce Design Cycle for a Small Bike Maker
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5/3/2013  4 comments
To maintain a competitive edge, Duratec adopted the 3Dconnexion SpacePilot and SpacePilot Pro, two types of 3D mice built specifically for CAD professionals.
Design Decisions: Implementing Adsorbent Technology
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5/2/2013  5 comments
It is important to take the necessary precautions when handling, storing, or transporting used or broken lamps to protect against any potential harm from released mercury vapor.




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