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Solving Aircraft Interior Design Challenges with Standardized Mechanisms
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1/30/2015  Post a comment
As the lightweighting trend continues to be a driving factor in aircraft design, aerospace OEMs must explore innovative ways of meeting production demands while ensuring reliable operation of interior touch points.
Choosing the Right Hardware for Electronics Prototyping
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1/29/2015  Post a comment
When prototyping an electronic product idea, itís important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from costly, proprietary and all-in-one packages to low-cost and open-source options.
5 Ways to Evaluate Aluminum Extrusion for Wider Application
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1/27/2015  Post a comment
After more than a century of progressively more mainstream application, aluminum has finally arrived. Here are five questions product development teams can apply to determine whether there is reason to start -- or move deeper into -- aluminum extrusion adoption.
Guidelines in Using Allegro Angular Sensor ICs
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1/21/2015  Post a comment
The design of a magnetic circuit for angle sensors is a complex task, where many influencing parameters need to be considered. Here, we will show some of the interdependencies that exist between magnet selection, mechanical tolerances, and accuracy requirements for on-axis applications.
Megatrends Shaping PACs & PLCs
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12/30/2014  Post a comment
Machine controllers have always played a pivotal role in manufacturing performance. Now the focus is on simpler integration, more connectivity, and harvesting the benefits of information-enabled operation.
Aerospace and Military Lighten Up
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12/30/2014  Post a comment
Engineers are using new composites and metal to create components for military and aerospace that are lighter and cheaper, but just as strong and durable.
Implementing Adaptive Segment-Based Cams
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12/29/2014  Post a comment
By integrating event-driven strategies into motion control schemes, automation systems may be optimized beyond whatís possible with traditional electronic cams or motion profiles.
Eliminating DRAM from Embedded HMI Designs
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12/29/2014  Post a comment
Designers have a way to design better interfaces using an MPU that includes abundant on-chip SRAM and the ability to execute code in-place efficiently from low-cost serial Flash memory.
Underground Wireless Sensors Demand Powerful Solutions
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12/23/2014  Post a comment
In order for underground wireless sensors to proliferate, several major technological hurdles need to be overcome.
From the Ford GT to the F-150: Aluminum Extrusion Aids Auto Lightweighting
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12/22/2014  Post a comment
As US automakers rev up automotive lightweighting, aluminum plays an expanding role. Extrusion lets engineers put metal where itís needed and incorporate more features in a single part.
Robots Are Everywhere
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11/26/2014  11 comments
Robots are moving out of their traditional industrial manufacturing environment. Youíll now find robots doing assembly side-by-side with humans, working in a wide range of warehouse duties, and moving up and down the halls of healthcare facilities. Best of all, the cost of robots is coming down.
Low-Power Wireless for the IIoT
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11/25/2014  Post a comment
Low-power wireless networking can extend the network edge and improve uptime to support the Industrial Internet of Things.
Supercapacitors: A New Hero in the Spotlight
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11/24/2014  8 comments
"SupercapsĒ are moving from mundane applications, such as internal battery backup and memory protection, to high-profile smartphones, hybrids, and electric vehicles.
System Integration & Small Electric Actuators
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10/28/2014  Post a comment
As the industry has grown and adapted to the various types of automation and motion control solutions, achieving the desired result with the least cost and effort on behalf of the user has always been the top priority.
Metal & Ceramic Matrix Composites Beat the Heat
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10/24/2014  2 comments
Engineers are looking more to metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites to solve design & materials problems in thermal management and lighten up industrial turbines and jet engines, as well as traditional aerospace & defense uses.
Portable Wireless Device Characterization Requires Speed & Sensitivity
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10/20/2014  1 comment
To satisfy the market demand for low-power wireless devices, device developers and production test engineers will require an extensive mix of test instrument capabilities.
Accuracy & Repeatability in Linear Motion Systems
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10/17/2014  Post a comment
With linear systems moving to higher precision operation, itís important to understand how actuator performance factors into new system design.
Innovations in BLDC Motor Driver ICs
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10/16/2014  Post a comment
This article will explain how advances in integrated BLDC drivers featuring on-chip commutation considerably reduce BLDC motor control cost and development time.
COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
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10/15/2014  Post a comment
The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.
3D Printing: A Balance of Promise Vs. Practicality
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10/13/2014  12 comments
Is 3D printing a fashionable manufacturing trend with more style than substance, or does it have viable consumer and commercial staying power?
A Level Approach to Automotive Connectivity
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10/10/2014  Post a comment
The auto industryís ideal connector solution is one that balances performance and cost, while delivering bandwidth to fuel the needs of automotive manufacturers and consumers.
Custom Wooden Boats Are Eminently Functional
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10/3/2014  3 comments
When youíre in the custom transportation business and designing cars, planes, or boats to meet one personís needs, taste, or budget, you never know whatís going to come through the door next. Thatís the challenge facing Van Dam Custom Boats of Boyne City, Mich., but itís one the company relishes.
5 Factors That Will Drive ROI for Food/Beverage Manufacturers
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9/24/2014  Post a comment
These important industry trends affect your plantís ROI now -- and into the future.
Interactive Packaging Adds Digital User Experience to Consumer Products
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9/8/2014  4 comments
Examples of interactive packaging include wireless sensors and technology on food packages that can let you know the item's expiration date, as well as similar technology on medicines with dosage and other safety and health information.
A Look at Specialty Coatings for Bearings
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9/5/2014  1 comment
Here's a look at some newly developed specialty coatings for bearings and how they can help keep machinery up and running as intended.
The Rise of Constructable BIM
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9/4/2014  1 comment
Constructable Building Information Modeling -- It's an interactive 3D blueprint. It's everyone using the same set of plans. It's designing a building virtually. It's no longer just a tool for architects and design engineers.
Eco-Friendly Packaging Wraps Products in Natural Designs
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9/3/2014  7 comments
While sustainable packaging is still in its early stages, there's a fair number of companies already offering options for the food service and manufacturing industries. Meanwhile, designers are coming up with some innovative ways to create biodegradable and sustainable packaging for food products.
Automotive Structural Adhesives Drive Material Changes
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9/2/2014  2 comments
As high-strength steel, aluminum, and composites join steel in automobile structures, bonding them gets complicated. Structural adhesives are stepping in to add strength to rivets or welds and make possible bonds that can't otherwise be done.
Medical Combination Pouching System
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8/29/2014  1 comment
Automation controls maximize the precision manufacturing of medical pouch seals, minimize material waste, and improve system accuracy through better data management.
Simulating the Release Mechanism in Drug-Eluting Stents
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8/28/2014  2 comments
Engineers at Boston Scientific are revolutionizing medical device designs. Their recent simulations of drug-eluting stents provide an understanding of the drug release mechanism by tying experimental findings to a computational model.
The Ins & Outs of Conveyor Innovation
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8/26/2014  1 comment
Recent trends in conveyor design and accessories are leading to increase throughput and productivity in equipment. While the most common type of conveyors are straight-line, many other designs are now becoming commonplace in plants.
How Mixed-Signal Integration With ARM Enables Smart Sensors
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8/21/2014  Post a comment
System level goals, such as adding functionality without increasing power levels and size, requires direct collaboration between the silicon providers and the end system developers.
Warming Up to Cold Forming
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8/14/2014  5 comments
Miniature and micro precision metal component development: a cost-benefit summary of cold forming (forging) vs. alternative manufacturing techniques.
Revolutionizing Regenerative & Implantable Medical Apps Through Next-Gen Techniques
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8/11/2014  3 comments
The emergence of alternative extrusion methods that occur at room temperature is enabling drug loading of a wider range of pharmaceutical and biological agents than ever before.
Choosing the Best Technology for Your Application
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8/4/2014  1 comment
To solve a motion application, engineers have the choice between different motor and driver technologies. There is no universal solution.
Power Transmission Products Help Open New Doors
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8/1/2014  1 comment
A Danish company has developed a new type of door-locking system that can be installed over an existing lock to create a system that is hands-free, can be remotely actuated, but can still use a traditional key.
The Power of CFD Simulation Early in Product Design
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7/31/2014  3 comments
Time is of the essence in today's global marketplace, and by enabling design engineers to conduct what-if analysis and progress their designs quickly, they are able to provide products that offer a great combination of functionality and high reliability with a great price.
Design Considerations for Maximizing Backplane Data Speeds
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7/30/2014  1 comment
Designers and connector suppliers must work together to prepare for the future of high-speed data transmission.
Commercial Protocols & Aerospace Cabling: Finding the Right Balance
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7/29/2014  1 comment
Whether they're using Cat 5e, USB, or IEEE 1394 cabling in aerospace, designers must balance the use of standards against the application's special needs.
Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate Film
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7/28/2014  1 comment
Nanoparticle technology wet coated on LEXAN film creates a polycarbonate material that is highly transparent, flexible, and conductive.
An Ecosystem of Innovation
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7/25/2014  2 comments
Armed with unique bonding capabilities, reactive hot melts have a few distinct advantages in the handling and application process over other bonding options.
3D Printing Ultra-Strong Polymers for End Production
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7/24/2014  1 comment
3D printing production-grade parts faces major challenges in processes and qualification to support engineering materials like carbon composites. Here are some novel solutions.
Smart Power for Smart Infrastructure
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7/8/2014  1 comment
Remote wireless sensors powered for decades by primary lithium batteries are essential to revitalizing America's aging infrastructure.
ABCs of Micro Molding: Understanding the Differences
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7/7/2014  2 comments
Designing parts using micro molding is similar in many ways to designing with conventional injection molding. But there are a few critical differences. This guide helps engineers navigate the process.
Keeping the Production Line Up
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7/7/2014  3 comments
Ease of diagnostics and advanced parameter data are key reasons IO-Link is on the rise.
Ultracapacitors Can Provide the Necessary Charge for Remote Power
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7/3/2014  9 comments
Similar to a standard capacitor, an ultracap can save the day in many applications.
Plant Networks Are Getting Smart About Security & Safety
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7/1/2014  1 comment
Hackers are getting sneakier and more sophisticated, which means plant personnel need to be more aware of what is going on around them.
Design Renaissance in Manufacturing
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6/30/2014  4 comments
Technology has long been a critical factor in designing products for manufacturing, and that technology has come into full bloom in the last couple years.
SCADA Advances Enhance Efficiency
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6/27/2014  1 comment
SCADA software offers improved user interaction and better integration with other systems.
Smart I/O Simplifies Packaging Automation
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6/26/2014  1 comment
Adding distributed intelligence and advanced processing capabilities via I/O slices can boost performance and provide a replacement for hard-wired safety relays.
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