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Content posted in May 2014
Engineering Polymers Play Key Role in Drug-Delivery Devices
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5/21/2014  1 comment
As designs of drug-delivery devices become increasingly complex, engineers have an even wider choice of plastics to choose from. This overview helps navigate what can be a bewildering selection of materials by outlining some key properties, capabilities, advantages, and limitations.
Wireless Power for Harsh Environments
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5/15/2014  Post a comment
When powering remote wireless devices in extreme environments, design engineers now have two choices: lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOCL2) batteries and energy-harvesting devices coupled with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries with wider temperature ranges.
Your HMI in the Palm of Your Hand
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5/13/2014  2 comments
Concurrent with the trend to consumerize HMI, we're seeing an increase in mobilized HMI. Not surprisingly, given all these new devices connecting to the plant, security is becoming an issue.
Minimizing Power Draw in Small, Portable Devices
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5/8/2014  Post a comment
New advances compel wearable device designers to take another look at efficiency of their power supplies with the goal of extending run times.
Consolidating CAD Tools in the Cloud
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5/7/2014  1 comment
Engineers continue to turn to cloud-based CAD environments for ease of use and consolidation.
Electrically Conductive Pastes Are Gaining Traction
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5/6/2014  3 comments
We may someday see pastes used in common applications all around us. Preventive maintenance through the use of conductive pastes may not sound sexy, but it provides companies with an easy and cost-effective way to maximize electrical output and save thousands of dollars.
Small Things Are Big in Fluid Power
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5/1/2014  Post a comment
While miniaturization continues to become more important, durability is also a strong factor.




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