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Content posted in June 2014
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.
Achieving Enlightenment With Virtual Design
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6/18/2014  1 comment
Better, faster, cheaper. This is our mantra as electronics designers and developers. Virtual design has been key to all three, but not without new challenges.
How Advances in Motor Control Are Lowering Power Consumption
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6/17/2014  1 comment
Microcontrollers with advanced analog features, high-resolution PWMs, and adequate processing power can serve as the foundation of a motor control system that pays big dividends.
Thermoforming Advances Medical Design
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6/17/2014  2 comments
Manufacturing advances in thick-gauge thermoplastic parts is producing an effective choice for medical equipment design.
Covert Planes Rely on Stealth Band Pass Filter Designs
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6/11/2014  1 comment
For stealth airplanes and ships, detection avoidance methods need to work with all the critical onboard instruments. Simulation is making it easier for the Altran Group to design an optimized frequency selective surface pattern.
'Less Is More' Precision Motion Control
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6/10/2014  3 comments
Robots are working alongside humans more often than ever before, so safety, weight, and user friendliness are becoming bigger concerns for designers of these systems.
Distributed CAD Removes the Barriers of Remote Design Teams
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6/10/2014  3 comments
Teams can collaborate across the globe and not worry about version control, security, or power distribution.
Understand the Trends Shaping Modern Product Delivery
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6/4/2014  2 comments
Yesterday's tactics don't work in today's fast-paced, information-rich product-development process.
Engineering Thermoplastics Expand Design Freedom in Consumer Electronics
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6/2/2014  1 comment
Engineering thermoplastics are helping design engineers push the boundaries of what’s possible in many applications, including the development of increasingly thin, compact, and lightweight smartphones.




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