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Content posted in November 2011
Machine Vision Ratchets Up Aerospace Precision
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11/30/2011  5 comments
Some recent camera product introductions highlight the importance of machine vision in aerospace manufacturing.
Video: Apple iPhone 4S Animated Teardown
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11/29/2011  16 comments
Here's the video teardown of Apple's iPhone 4S from a Design News sister organization, UBM TechInsights.
Crash-Optimized Composites Advance Automotive Designs
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11/29/2011  21 comments
The use of composites in cars is picking up pace.
3D Systems Buys Z Corp in Prototype Boost
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11/29/2011  14 comments
3D Systems buys one of its chief rivals, Z Corp, in a move designed to create scale and take 3D printing to the next level.
India Goes Upscale on Auto R&D
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11/29/2011  7 comments
India has created an automotive test center designed to improve the quality of India-made vehicles.
CoaXPress Interface Moves to Machine Vision Mainstream
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11/28/2011  9 comments
CoaXPress (CXP) cameras are moving to the mainstream and were in the spotlight at this year's Vision 2011 show.
Aerospace Composites Expert Looks Ahead
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11/23/2011  16 comments
Composites have been reducing weight and fuel consumption in commercial aircraft for several decades.
Autodesk Amps Mobile Sim With ForceEffect
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11/21/2011  8 comments
Autodesk is expanding its palette of mobile design apps with ForceEffect, a free mobile simulation app for the iPad focused on simulating early-stage conceptual designs.
Permanent Magnet Technology Creates System Energy Savings
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11/21/2011  10 comments
Permanent magnet technology within direct drive cooling tower motors achieves higher motor efficiency gains over standard induction motor efficiencies.
Guide to Gliding Cable-Carrier Applications
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11/18/2011  6 comments
Cable carriers guide and protect moving cables and hoses in all types of automated applications, from low to high speeds, over long and short distances, and in all axes.
Siemens PLM Portal Streamlines Part Selection
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11/15/2011  8 comments
Siemens PLM Software is serving up a portal for Solid Edge users that makes millions of precisely modeled commercial parts easily accessible in the native CAD format.
Biodegradable Plastics Standard to Bust Landfill Waste
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11/14/2011  29 comments
A standard being developed by the Plastics Environmental Council could put a dent in the 29 million tons of post-consumer nonrecycled plastics that end up in landfills each year.
Maplesoft Schools Students With iPad App
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11/14/2011  16 comments
Maplesoft launched Maple Player for the iPad, testing the waters for a broader mobile strategy with students hungry for mobile-friendly engineering tools.
Chevy Volt Tech Watch: Regenerative Braking
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11/11/2011  29 comments
When you either lift your foot from the accelerator or press on the brake pedal in the Chevy Volt, the main drive motor temporarily operates as a generator, working to partially recharge the battery bank.
Looking for Conflict-Free Smelters
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11/11/2011  4 comments
The IPC is urging its members to use only certified non-conflict-minerals smelters once the certification program is up and running.
Retooling for Compliance
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11/10/2011  5 comments
Manufacturers are turning to PLM platforms and new supplier management processes to keep pace with the shifting compliance landscape and the need to manage more granular data.
Pan & Tilt Succeeds With Servos
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11/9/2011  4 comments
The phase offset feature of integrated servo stabilizes precision pan and tilt applications.
Downsized MEMS Aim at Lab-on-a-Chip
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11/7/2011  2 comments
A new glass etching technique could lead to better microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) systems and faster, more reliable optical micro-gyroscopes and other apps.
Practical Advice for Implementing RFID Applications
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11/7/2011  3 comments
The move to RFID automation requires a systematic approach to design and implementation.
Printed Sensor Detects Improvised Explosive Devices
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11/2/2011  9 comments
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a prototype wireless sensor capable of detecting trace amounts of a key ingredient found in many explosives.
Motion Gets Smarter With Integrated Actuators
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11/2/2011  4 comments
Advanced communication options allow position feedback and data to flow more effectively between the actuator and controller.




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