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Content posted in April 2003
Rotary Table Tackles Big Wafers
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Direct drive, air bearings make a stiff, compact design
Toy Story
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A new miniature motor is claimed to overcome the limitations of shape memory alloys, taking one doll a step closer to the real thing with lifelike eye motion
Fluid Power
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Safety Nets
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AIrbag applications are expanding. Next up: knee bolsters and inflatable floor mats for your driving safety
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Ask The Search Engineer
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The Search Engineer finds solutions to all your questions, problems, and dilemmas. Occasionally, he could be wrong. But he doubts it.
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Good Karma
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Why engineers give slashdot a high rating
Power Transmission Products
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Good old gear motors feature improved performance and efficiency.
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3D Moves to the Masses
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And, it competes with the paper napkin for sketching ideas
Materials
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Smart Potentiometer, Display Key Calibration
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Microprocessor-based device permits precise set-point calibration in any units
New Kids On The Block
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PCs are showing up more and more on the factory floor
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Fluid Power
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In Data Acquisition, Timing Is Everything
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Nanoseconds lost here and there can diminish the value of data and cost money
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The Search Engineer finds solutions to all your questions, problems, and dilemmas. Occasionally, he could be wrong. But he doubts it.




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