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Content posted in January 2004
Web-based document management gives new meaning to 'sharing
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1/28/2004  Post a comment
For the 1,000 engineers worldwide who design oilfield equipment from more than 60 locations for Cooper Cameron Corp., a document management system has proven to be a valuable time-saver.
Calculating ball screw load-life? Don't forget preload.
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1/27/2004  Post a comment
Can a ball screw with a reasonable amount of preload but no outside thrust last forever? Eschatological considerations aside, it's not likely. The balls still have to resist the internal, preload force.
Flexible and rigid plastics join forces-inside a blow mold
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1/20/2004  Post a comment
Hybrid injection molding technology, which joins metal and plastic inside the mold to produce structural components that offer the best of both materials, has been around for more than a dozen years now. But Bayer Polymers, a pioneer in this technology, has now come up with a brand new kind of hybrid based on extrusion blow molding.
Network to link top nanotech labs
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1/20/2004  Post a comment
The National Science Foundation has created a network of 13 universities with well-established nanotechnology research programs, aiming to help them develop materials, manufacturing techniques and educational materials that will advance state of the art in the field.
Silver still rules the road-but for how long?
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1/14/2004  Post a comment
This should come as no surprise to anyone who ever goes for a drive, but silver for the second year in a row ranked as the most popular automotive color in the annual DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report.
Ask The Search Engineer
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1/12/2004  Post a comment
The Search Engineer finds solutions to all your questions, problems, and dilemmas. Occasionally, he could be wrong. But he doubts it.
Fluid Power
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Control ICs Offer Flexibility Without the Need to Program
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Logic-in-hardware, algorithm speed time to market
Ride Design, Russian Style
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These former Soviet aerospace engineers want to use their knowledge of G-forces to scare you to death - without killing you
Innovating Technology to Combat Low Cost Labor Pressures
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Robert F. Cervenka, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Phillips Plastics Corp.
MEMS' Fantastic Voyages
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1/12/2004  Post a comment
Micro electromechanical devices have come a long way since they were simply researchers' toys. And the software for designing and analyzing them has come a long way, too.
Web Weaver
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Electronics
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Software/Hardware
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Cut Space-Access Cost
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1/12/2004  Post a comment
Before realizing any long-term objectives, we must make getting to space economical
More 'Power' for the Parking Project
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1/6/2004  Post a comment
How do you deal with a CAD model that has 500,000 components, and when you open the file it consumes 3.7G bytes of memory? Beefing up your computing power to a 64-bit workstation is one solution, as engineers at EPAQ CARE Solutions learned when they designed an 11-story, 470 bay, fully automated parking garage.




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What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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