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Content posted in January 2012
Case of the Deep-Fried Resistors
Sherlock Ohms 
1/31/2012  10 comments
One of the key traits of a great engineer is the willingness to try unusual processes to solve tricky problems -- like using a deep fryer.
Shortcut Saves Time at Plant
Sherlock Ohms 
1/27/2012  9 comments
A bit of ingenuity can take a burdensome testing job and streamline it with handmade automation.
Battery Sparks Red-Hot Mystery
Sherlock Ohms 
1/26/2012  39 comments
Even the little 9V battery that we use in our smoke alarms and transistor radios delivers plenty of energy -- and can wreak havoc when crossed.
Nuclear Plant Triggers False Alarms
Sherlock Ohms 
1/25/2012  19 comments
A nuclear energy generation plant was throwing off one alarm after another. Sherlock Ohms, come quickly.
Power Supplies Cause Confusion in Lab
Sherlock Ohms 
1/23/2012  8 comments
Sometimes your basic assumptions -- like well-working power supplies -- hide the problem you're trying to solve.
Case of the Failing Switching Regulator IC
Sherlock Ohms 
1/18/2012  11 comments
Choose your capacitors well, and read your research notes carefully, lest you blow up your product.
Case of the Thawed Engine
Sherlock Ohms 
1/13/2012  17 comments
The car worked in cold weather... that is, until the engine warmed up.
Case of the Shorted Signal
Sherlock Ohms 
1/11/2012  15 comments
Why does the printer work better when the power cord is warped?
Hot Foot Causes Power Glitch
Sherlock Ohms 
1/9/2012  12 comments
What would cause a high-end lab power supply glitch? A firmware engineer answers this mystery.
Case of the Freezing Compressor Wires
Sherlock Ohms 
1/5/2012  7 comments
When the freezing temperatures in an ice cream storage room rise, you may have a sticky problem.




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