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IN BRIEF: Fluid Power
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Options for helping CAD systems communicate
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Translating CAD files from one application to another is hard, and here
Engineers rank top global suppliers
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The companies that stand out in the eyes of American, European, and Asian engineers
Valve system combines diagnostics, distribution
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Valve island technology marks a step forware in pneumatic control systems
7 hot, new industrial sensors
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Integrated controllers, laser triangulation, and magnetic induction--described in the following examples--are among those technologies to further sensing capability on the factory floor
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Materials enable design breakthroughs
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Here are some examples of how engineers in different industries are using advances in plastics, metals and ceramics to solve old design problems
Implantable valve advances blood access
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Dialysis needle actuates pinch valve, tapered seat seals; locks with push and twist
Small modem, wide applications
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All-silicon "better mousetrap" modem cuts costs, bringing global telecom links to far-flung devices
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Father of an industry
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Jeff Hawkins and his Palm Pilot make history
Champions of change
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Changing the technical culture results in revolutionizing product development
Tiny hard drive breaks electronic design rules
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With attention to detail and careful integration, IBM engineers packed 340 Mbytes into a hard drive that
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Servopneumatic valve offers high frequency response, low cost
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Using a brush-type motor, HR Textron engineers providethe force needed to operate the valve
Bearing also seals under pressure
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Alternating layers of brass and rubber are key
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Variable blade-incidence rotorlifts commercial gyroplane
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Patented design and computer tools key this whirligig
Shift and replenish
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This simple strategy has lowered the cost, yet raised the effectiveness of clinical nuclear imaging. Implementation, however, was not so simple, requiring components and cooperation from around the world.
Tiny pneumatic valve produces big flow
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By using a design that directs air right at the solenoid, engineers created a 50 psig valve that measures just 8 X 9 X 23 mm
A linear motor for the masses 3-6-00
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Low-cost, moving-magnet design functions as a smart cylinder
All aboard for motion control
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Miniature motion system combines motor, sine-wave-commutated controller feedback, and drive protection
Hot new plastic is LNP's cup of tea
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Persistence pays off as LNP engineers design a new plastic product that conducts heat
Differential movement streamlines motion stage
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Multiple independent carriages on a single axis achieve multi axis moves with fewer parts, less mass
Materials give kids helping hands
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Real-world experience, listening to users, and materials add up to limb functionality
A bridge to independence
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P. Hunter Peckham, voted the 13th Design News Engineer of Year, has devoted his career to restoring motor function by spinal cord injury




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