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Content posted in September 2009
EcoCAR Challenge Throttles into Year Two
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9/30/2009  Post a comment
Model-Based Design around verification and testing is next stage of the advanced automotive engineering competition
Thunderbolt Aerosystems Brings Rocketbelts to the Public
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9/28/2009  Post a comment
Nino Amarena is putting a new twist on rocketbelt technology: He's selling it to the public
Driveline Bearings Cut Friction by 30 Percent
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9/28/2009  Post a comment
Energy-efficient bearings are designed for cars, trucks and mobile equipment
ARM, NXP Launch Prototyping Tools for 32-bit MCU
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9/25/2009  Post a comment
The aim is to open up lots of new market opportunities beyond talking fish
Author Offers Tips on Green Design
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9/23/2009  Post a comment
Return on investment for environmental programs is realistic
What's Next after the Dreamliner? Think Fuel Cells
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9/18/2009  Post a comment
Lightweight, heat-resistant membrane fuel cells show potential to provide power for commercial aircraft
NVIDIA Quadro Plex Pumps up Collaboration
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9/15/2009  Post a comment
Turnkey environment makes high-resolution visualization accessible for design reviews
Magnetic Clutch Delivers Smooth Torque Control
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9/14/2009  Post a comment
High-volume accuracy achieved tube after tube
Ten Tips for Motor Dev-Kit Success
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9/14/2009  Post a comment
A dev-kit veteran, Contributing Editor Jon Titus shares his secrets for choosing and using motor control dev-kits
Students Use LEGO NXT Robots, Sensors to Solve Real-World Problems
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The First LEGO League Competition also teaches teamwork, camaraderie and professionalism
Go Beyond Motors to Reduce Energy Use
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9/14/2009  Post a comment
Electronic speed controls and optimization of mechanical systems offer the potential for significant energy savings
CFdesign 2010 Takes a CAD-driven Approach to CFD Analysis
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9/11/2009  Post a comment
Upgrade ushers in a wealth of features to enable multi-scenario design studies, promoting CFD as part of the upfront development process
Simple Design Carries Weight in Electronics Packaging
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9/10/2009  Post a comment
IBM Hinged Platform Tool helps packaging engineers easily upright heavy electrical components without excessive manpower
Solid Edge Synchronizes 3-D Modeling
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Sporting Synchronous Technology, the CAD tool melds the flexibility of history-free modeling with the control of feature-based systems
Maplesoft Gets Visual with MapleSim2
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New 3-D animation and visualization capabilities transform multi-body models into realistic animations, giving engineers greater insight
New 3D Printer Makes Tough Models
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The uPrint combines a low price and a small footprint
Quick-Disconnect Coupling
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Design improves flow characteristics by removing valve components from flow path
Quick Disconnect for Safety Mats
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Patented design simplifies installation and replacement of damaged mats in the field
Integrated Motion in a Compact Package
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Direct ac input delivers high force and torque
Absolute Single and Multiturn Encoders
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9/10/2009  1 comment
Fully optical multiturn encoder eliminates use of gears and magnetic sensors
High-Performance Motor Control at an Affordable Price
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Built-in motor control peripherals and floating-point math accelerator key
Drive Offers Control Flexibility
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Single hardware platform offers multiple Ethernet and encoder interface options
New Lens Technology Cuts Costs, Boost Animation
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Bar codes are legible under the lens in a major breakthrough
Wave Springs Feature Improved Grain Strength
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Assembly sizes can be reduced 50 percent due to compressed design
Viscoelastic Pads Convert Motion to Heat
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Sorbothane achieves shock absorption levels of up to 94.7 percent
Southco Control Hinge Also Counterbalances
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The result is easier operation compared to friction hinges
Composite Cuts Heat in Magnetic Pumps
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Xycomp is 80 percent less dense than steel
USB Connection Simplifies Testing for 'Road Warriors'
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Paperback-sized form factor is smaller, simpler than traditional bench instruments
Modular Instrument Family Boosts Test Speeds
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Performs measurements five to 20 times faster than traditional instruments
Industrial Sensor Does Inexpensive 3-D Measurement
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‘Smart pixels' perform time-of-flight measurements
Integrated Device Drives, Controls LEDs
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Offers lower part count, lower cost, higher reliability
Automotive Control Comes to Mobile Equipment
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Sauer-Danfoss extends electronic control into higher current applications
Speakers-on-a-Chip Cuts Costs, Power
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Simplifies design of smart phones and PC sound systems
Tiny MEMS Microphone Boosts Audio Quality
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Wider frequency response, better signal-to-noise could help next-generation cell phones
Analog Front End Helps Shrink Ultrasound Equipment
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Packs more than 30 components in a chip measuring 9 x 9 mm
Natural Materials Are the New Job One at Ford
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9/9/2009  Post a comment
Researchers look for plants that can replace hydrocarbons in applications ranging from seat cushions to bumpers
New Thermoplastic Elastomers Offer New Options for Designing Green Products
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9/2/2009  Post a comment
Synthetic elastomers offer significant promise in addressing global green issues, ranging from water purification to PVC replacement




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