Content posted in August 2013
White Paper: Designing your First PackML Implementation for Motion Control
This white paper from Yaskawa America, Inc. provides three key design decisions to consider to implement PackML for machine control,. It sets aside the discussions of 'Why PackML?' and instead focuses on 'How PackML' so that controls engineers in any industry can better understand the design and implementation process.
Data Sheet: New Clippard HV Toggle & Stem Valve Series Including Cartridge Styles
Available in 3-way and 4-way configurations, these valves feature the same benefits available with other Minimatic® brass valves: proven reliability, compact size, economical pricing, precision machining and more. These valves feature #10-32 inlet and outlet ports and are available as toggle or stem actuated, in addition to offering cartridge styles. Flows to 15 scfm @ 100 psig.
Data Sheet: New Clippard Electronic Valves Offer Two Times the Flow!
This new series of high flow valves provide an air flow of 1.4 scfm @ 100 psig, more than twice the flow of Clippard’s trusted EC/EV/ET/EW valve series. Optional 1.1 scfm @ 50 psig and 0.95 scfm @ 25 psig flow models are also available. The valves are precision-built 2-way Normally-Closed control valves, utilizing a unique valving principle with no sliding parts. Complete poppet travel is a mere 0.007” resulting in low power consumption and exceptionally long life.
Presentation: Design News 2013 Salary & Opinion Survey
The results are in from the Design News 2013 Annual Salary Survey! Salaries are up and most engineers feel appreciated and respected. How do you compare? More than 2,100 engineers and engineering managers told us about their benefits package, job satisfaction (good & bad), professional backgrounds, engineering disciplines, daily challenges in the workplace, experience with hiring trends in today's economy and which industries pay the most. Download the details today! Sponsored by Aerotek.
Customized Masking Solutions Don't Require Customized Masks
If you’re masking with conventional methods, you know the challenges associated with complex design configurations and the need for reliable protection from aggressive chemical processes, high-temperature coatings, or other surface treatment processes. New article discusses the benefits of using light-curable masking resins versus traditional masking methods such as lacquers, waxes, and tapes and costly customized boots, plugs, or caps.
New Adhesive Resists High Temperature and Moisture
New Ultra Light-Weld® 431 is a versatile adhesive for glass-to-glass and glass-to-metal applications. This material is resistant to high-temperature and high-moisture environments while maintaining superior adhesion and flexibility. It also features low shrinkage, which reduces stress on the bond line or on larger cured surfaces. A new web page describes 431 in detail and features a downloadable product data sheet.
New Flood-Lamp Systems are CE Marked for Standardized Global Use
The ECE Series UV Light-Curing Flood-Lamp Systems, recently introduced by Dymax Corporation, optimize safety and convenience for process-controlled cures. These powerful UV lamps ensure fully cured products and fast cure times resulting in increased manufacturing yields. ECE Series bulbs offer the industry’s most consistent intensity, have a 2,000-hour warranty, and are CE marked for worldwide, consistent use. A new product bulletin describes the lamps in detail and the benefits of using them.
Light Matters Vol 10
Recently, I highlighted a very interesting CoB (Chip-on-Board) LED array from Sharp Microelectronics, called the “Tiger Zenigata”. The CoB concept entails placing tens to hundreds of individual tiny LED die in an array on a thermally-conductive substrate such as metal or alumina ceramic, then covering the entire area with a layer of phosphor. The result is an intense light source ideal for area-type lighting such as floodlights, street lights, down lights, etc...
Light Matters Vol 11
One of the most fascinating applications for LEDs is based on the interplay of light and physiology. Over the last few years, it’s been the subject of over half of my papers and presentations. Physiology, in this case, isn’t necessarily limited to animals. Plants can be influenced in many potentially beneficial ways...
Light Matters Vol 12
A powerful new microcontroller, especially well ”ARM”ed for LEDs and Solid State Lighting, has entered the market. Perhaps you have heard of, or already use, 32-bit CPUs or microcontrollers (MCUs) based on the ARM architecture…
Intellectual Property Management Tools Help Protect Against Design Theft
IP theft is an ever-present danger to companies subcontracting manufacturing to EMS providers. The increase of IP theft is facilitated by electronically providing EMSs with detailed design information. A new generation of CAD software helps guard IP by enabling users to control what information is shared. By enforcing best practices in IP control, companies can be confident that suppliers only have the information required to do their job, helping to slow down, if not stop counterfeiting.
The problem with a four-, five-, or six-year degree is that they don’t teach engineers the soft skills required to have a successful career. Here are seven skills that every engineering graduate needs to be successful.
A UK-based company called Ilika has developed a miniature solid-state battery to power the IoT.
A new oscilloscope-based test system adds a unique dimension to the process of analyzing the dynamic performance of three-phase motors and drives.
Design teams are operating in a business environment that increasingly requires them to collaborate and share data across extended teams, multiple organizations, and widespread locations. Autodesk’s customers are looking for a solution that eliminates project bottlenecks, such as the time-consuming and error-ridden process of shuttling design reviews and revisions back and forth among team members.
A Finland-based company has introduced what it claims is the first smart door lock that can be powered from energy harvested from a mobile device.
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