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Content posted in July 2010
Industrial Ethernet Applications Expand
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7/30/2010  Post a comment
From its beginnings as a standard platform on which to deploy industrial protocols for machine and system connectivity, recent advances in industrial Ethernet include application profiles to manage energy use, greater interoperability with wired and wireless devices, and multiple topology options.
Magnesium Sheet Technology Eyes Niches
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7/30/2010  Post a comment
nanoMAG and Michigan leverage federal grants into ultra fine-grain magnesium sheet for medical implants, tank armor or aircraft structures.
Retaining Ring Load Capacity Determination
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7/28/2010  Post a comment
If you need rings to position and secure bearings in a critical piece of machinery, load capacity can be critically important for function, safety and reliability of the ring application. Here's what you need to know to accurately assess static thrust load capacity for retaining rings.
Rexroth's Non-Contact End Effector
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7/28/2010  Post a comment
Contactless end effector designed for reliable handling of polycrystalline and multi-crystalline solar cells.
NVIDIA Rolls out Fermi-Class Quadro GPU Family
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7/28/2010  Post a comment
New GPUs combine ECC memory and other key technologies to deliver five times faster 3-D performance and eight times faster simulation performance.
PTC and EADS Reach Milestone on PHENIXCHANGE
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7/26/2010  Post a comment
Pair embeds key EADS business processes into PTC's Windchill platform as part of PHENIX effort to harmonize enterprise PLM methods, processes and tools.
Motion System Brings ‘Smart House' to Life
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7/26/2010  Post a comment
Virginia Tech's energy-optimized project minimizes the overall HVAC load.
Power for Mobile Internet Infrastructure
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7/26/2010  1 comment
Standards-based family of dc-dc power converters boosts efficiency and reliability.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Gadget Freak
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7/23/2010  Post a comment
There may be some argument as to whether Gadget Freaks are born or created. Either way, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes here at Design News to produce the Gadget Freak page for every issue.
Engineering Applications Are Bioplastics' Holy Grail
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7/22/2010  Post a comment
Tough jobs for bioplastics could emerge from a marriage of NatureWorks PLA technology and Avantium's green YXY process.
Autodesk Expands Design Tool Projects in the Cloud
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7/21/2010  1 comment
Autodesk is expanding the menu of cloud-based projects offered up on Autodesk Labs with two offerings: the Photofly imaging modeling service and the Neon rendering service.
German Wind Power Project Delivers ABB's Largest Power Transmission Order
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7/20/2010  Post a comment
800 MW HVDC Light transmission link will connect three North Sea wind farms to German power grid.
New OpenSAFETY Protocol
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7/20/2010  Post a comment
The goal is a hardware-independent, uniform safety solution for all communication systems.
Costs Vary Widely for 3-D Printers
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7/20/2010  2 comments
Test data from T.A. Grimm & Assoc. shows cost, performance and quality data for leading 3-D printers used in rapid prototyping.
Diamond Razor Blades Boast Long Life
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7/19/2010  1 comment
A German company developed a plasma sharpening process that permits use of industrial diamonds in razor blades.
Compact Linear Motor Gantry
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7/19/2010  Post a comment
Optimized gantry uses compact footprint to target dynamic contouring applications.
Simplifying Complex Motions
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7/19/2010  Post a comment
X, Y and rotational motion offer fast, efficient shaping of kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Sensors Improve Human Factors Design
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7/16/2010  Post a comment
Piezoelectric matrix maps pressures around the body
Siemens PLM Software Joins Microsoft in the Cloud
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7/15/2010  1 comment
As part of a partnership to explore the cloud as platform for PLM, the pair is leveraging Microsoft Windows Azure to run the DPV quality management solution that's part of Tecnomatix.
CC-Link IE for Field Devices
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7/14/2010  Post a comment
Industrial Ethernet network targets deterministic communications between field devices.
New Nylon Family Will Debut at K 2010
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7/13/2010  Post a comment
DuPont's new Shield technology may extend under-the-hood metal replacements for thermoplastics.
Dassault Targets PLM Solution at Industrial Equipment Manufacturers
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7/13/2010  1 comment
New solution packages industry-specific expertise to promote a collaborative, multi-discipline approach to engineering in that sector.
New Bio Chemicals Target Phthalate Plasticizer Replacement
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7/12/2010  Post a comment
Segetis has developed new bio-based ketal chemistry that may make better solvents, polyols and plasticizers.
Microchip's PIC32 Development Kit Kick Starts Ethernet Designs
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7/9/2010  Post a comment
Engineers interested in learning about the PIC32 MCUs and their Ethernet and USB capabilities need this kit
3-D Printer Targets Human Tissue Fabrication
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7/9/2010  Post a comment
Scientists hope to use additive manufacturing to create human organs such as kidneys and livers with complex internal vascular systems.
Converter Boosts MRI Image Quality
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7/7/2010  1 comment
Analog Devices new AD5791 digital-to-analog converter could enable radiologists to perform cleaner, faster scans.
Transceiver Modules Simplify Wireless Design
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7/6/2010  Post a comment
New APIs enable designers to more easily add new features
Virtual Crash Test Dummies: A Data Management Test
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7/6/2010  Post a comment
Using its SLM tool to automate and manage huge data sources, SIMULIA accelerates the qualification process for its Abaqus FEA crash test dummy models from weeks to days
Soybeans Replace Oil in New Polyurethane Foams
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7/6/2010  1 comment
Use of agricultural crops such as soybeans to make polyurethane plastics for cars and other applications is on a steep growth curve.
Clock's Ticking on $1,000 Gadget Freak Prize
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7/2/2010  Post a comment
The deadline for the Design News/MAKE Gadget Freak Contest is fast approaching: July 13, 2010. Enter your gadget now!
Dassault Upgrades V6 PLM Suite
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7/2/2010  Post a comment
Geensoft acquisition brings embedded systems development capabilities to the V6 PLM mix in addition to 874 new features, many tuned for collaboration creation.
Polymers and Human Cells Combined in New Knee Surgery Tactic
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7/1/2010  Post a comment
TiGenix's ChondroCelect product joins natural polymers with cartilage-forming human cells to repair knee damage, possibly avoiding knee replacement surgery for some patients.
Magnetic Bearings Gaining Traction In High-End Apps
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7/1/2010  Post a comment
High-performance electronics are giving a bump to magnetic bearings, enabling the well-known technology to serve in a host of new applications.
Aras Enhances PLM Replication Capabilities
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7/1/2010  Post a comment
Aras Vault Replication strives for a new level of fault tolerance and system configurability




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