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Content posted in April 2014
Driving High-Brightness LEDs in High-Power Industrial Lighting Fixtures
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4/21/2014  1 comment
High-power industrial Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures use series-parallel strings of High Brightness (HB) LEDs to produce superior lighting fixtures compared to traditional, “ballast-based” systems.
Optimizing Electronic Design Performance Through Test Integration
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4/8/2014  Post a comment
The choice of tools significantly influences the development cost and number of prototype iterations necessary before a design goes to manufacturing.
Optimization of Total Operating Costs Using Electric Linear Drives
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4/7/2014  3 comments
TCO analysis demonstrates high potential for savings, even for simple applications, by replacing pneumatic drives.
9 Fundamental Facts for Self-Clinching Fastener Success
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4/3/2014  5 comments
By following nine basic principles, engineers can take advantage of self-clinching fasteners for their ability to join thin metal sheets, reduce hardware counts, and allow removal or replacement of components.
Tools for the Remote Workplace
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4/2/2014  7 comments
As we move forward and keep integrating the Internet into our workflows, remote work may become less of an exception and more of the rule.
Evolving Solutions for Remote HMI Monitoring
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4/1/2014  Post a comment
Web-enabled monitoring of production data is expanding to focus on a broader set of users, device types, use cases, and resulting workflows.




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