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Content posted in March 1999
Clean design for today's cleaning machine
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The motor on this vacuum is a 2-phase, 4-pole switched reluctance design
NT workstations vie for graphic edge
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How the computers stack up...
Controllers
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Solenoid valve
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Six Sensor Systems...
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The following chorus of sensors captures what is new in detection technology
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Ratchet pliers kit
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Model pioneer
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Beginning with the model airplanes of his youth, Paul MacCready has sired an eclectic mix of remarkable vehicles for air and land. His pioneering work on the outer edges of technology has earned him the Design News Special Achievement Award.
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Pull cord makes winches simpler, safer
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By replacing the traditional crank and handle with a pull cord, users can apply their full power more easily, and avoid muscle strains
Take a nano powder 3/1/99
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Efficient microwave energy transfer produces production quantities of nanometer-sized powders
Model pioneer
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Beginning with the model airplanes of his youth, Paul MacCready has sired an eclectic mix of remarkable vehicles for air and land. His pioneering work on the outer edges of technology has earned him the Design News Special Achievement Award.
Automation spurs return of wild salmon
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An endangered species now has a promising future, thanks to Mark Tempel
Injection technique expands foam-metal applications 3/1/99
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Integrating foaming process into heated injection system makes complex metal-foam shapes possible
Cylindrical energy module powers novel fire-fighting system
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Compressed air-foam fire fighting machines are half the weight, triple the efficiency of the best competing designs
Copy this
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Xerox Vice President and Chief Engineer John Elter convinced management to bet the company on a clean-sheet digital copier design. Xerox won, and Elter and company won Design News
Electronic igniter keeps fireworks on cue
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Microprocessor-based igniter increases safety, ease-of-use, and timing accuracy for choreographed pyrotechnic displays
Machine monitor gets good vibrations
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Product of the Year winner detects problems by learning the normal behavior of a machine through a combination of hardware and software
Suspension improves off road stability
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Two-and-a-half feet of wheel travel keeps wheels in contact with the ground
AUtomated drilling improves trailer construction3/1/99
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Machine reduces crew size from nine to three; improves quality
Getting in the V-Groove boosts information flow
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Simple connector design breaks all the
A calming influence
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Lynn Otten, voted the 12th Engineer of the Year, is pioneering neurostimulation technology that dramatically improves the lives of patients suffering from debilitating brain disease




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