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Content posted in July 2011
Carbon Composites Achieve Auto Breakthrough
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7/29/2011  7 comments
Carbon composites will play a major role in reducing car weight as a result of a new process technology that improves quality and cuts production time by 75 percent.
No (Battery) Charge? No Problem
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7/29/2011  15 comments
lithium thionyl chloride batteries are applicable for long-term deployments where recharging is difficult.
Heart Monitors Pose Miniaturization Challenge
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7/29/2011  6 comments
Engineers leverage cheaper memories and smaller components to build compact cardiac devices.
IBM Aims Cloud at Design Engineering
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7/28/2011  5 comments
To accommodate the growing complexity of its POWER7 chip R&D project and to reduce costs, IBM created an HPC cloud offering tuned for engineering. Now the offering is available as a commercial product.
Datasheets.com Components Search Site Launches
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7/28/2011  10 comments
The new electronics parts search website, Datasheets.com, has just launched as a partnership between UBM Electronics and SiliconExpert Technologies.
Solvay Pumps OLEDs
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7/27/2011  2 comments
Global chemicals giant Solvay is making a $14.5 million investment in Plextronics in a push to to jumpstart development of printed electronics such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
Opto's SNAP Gets iPhone App
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7/27/2011  10 comments
The Opto iPAC iOS App offers access to Opto’s SNAP PAC system via iPhone, iPod, and iPad.
Chemical Additive Protects Plastics From Rats
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7/25/2011  9 comments
An Indian company has developed a proprietary chemical additive that repels rodents and insects from plastic wire and cable at a lower cost than sheathing.
Dow & Mitsui Plan Brazil Bioplastics Plant
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7/22/2011  5 comments
Dow and Mitsui are collaborating to build the world's largest integrated biopolymers plant.
Self-Locking Fastener Improves Elbow Implant
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7/21/2011  5 comments
An innovative medical development company in Miami is using a self-locking fastener to dramatically extend the life of an elbow implant.
Mitsubishi Electric Car Could Offer AC Plug-In
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7/19/2011  9 comments
Mitsubishi Motors’s forthcoming electric vehicle might incorporate an AC adapter, allowing owners to power electrical devices ranging from rice cookers to microwave ovens.
NHTSA Wants Hybrids & EVs to Be Louder
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7/18/2011  24 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to propose regulations that would call on manufacturers of electric cars and hybrids to add special sounds to their vehicles to make them safer for pedestrians.
In-Mold Assembly Process Boosts Automotive Seal
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7/15/2011  10 comments
Officials say there are other quality improvements in the process, which is in production on the new Ford C-Max, in addition to weight and cost savings.
Phillips Plastics Establishes European Presence
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7/11/2011  2 comments
Phillips Plastics, a major US contract manufacturer that long eschewed foreign manufacturing plants, is dramatically changing direction with the acquisition of a major European medical manufacturer.
Putting a New Face on CAD Interoperability
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7/10/2011  18 comments
While working with multiple CAD systems still has its share of interoperability challenges, vendors have made strides leveraging new technologies and creating new workflows to facilitate cross-platform design.
Dassault Makes Major Play in the Cloud
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7/8/2011  4 comments
Three years after laying the foundation with its V6 release, Dassault Systèmes introduced a multi-pronged cloud strategy for its entire suite of 3D design and PLM products.
P&G Offers Free Simulation Software to SMB Manufacturers
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7/6/2011  5 comments
As part of the broad Advanced Manufacturing Partnership announced by President Obama, P&G has promised to deliver free digital simulation software to small and midsized manufacturers to help foster innovation and spur product development efficiencies.
DFMA Practices Can Play a Role in Manufacturing Reshoring
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7/5/2011  15 comments
Experts make the case for applying DFMA and lean practices early on in product design as another way to close the cost gap and bring manufacturing jobs back to US soil.




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