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Content posted in March 2011
3-D Mice Break Into the Mainstream
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3/31/2011  1 comment
3Dconnexion launches 3DxWare 10, a driver platform that lets 3-D mice be used with any application.
Embedded Wireless Monitoring
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3/31/2011  1 comment
New Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) gateway and measurement nodes extend communication and measurement capabilities for monitoring applications.
Siemens Launches Online Game
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3/31/2011  1 comment
Plantville, the new online game from Siemens, challenges players to optimize operations and production design at three manufacturing plants.
Instrumentation Operates at 210C
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3/29/2011  Post a comment
New class of electronics helps designers overcome extremes in high temperature drilling, engine and space exploration applications.
Smarter Baggage Handling
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3/29/2011  1 comment
Airport stretches capacity to 70 million bags per year using robotic automation system.
Devil Botz: A FIRST Contender
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3/28/2011  Post a comment
Burlington High School's Devil Botz team works its way through this year's FIRST regional competitions and reaches for success with a pneumatic robot arm extension.
Autodesk Launches 2012 Lineup
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3/25/2011  Post a comment
In addition to enhancements across a host of areas, the new Autodesk Product Design Suite and AutoCAD 2012 families have been architected to create an integrated experience and make it easier to access multiple products.
Dual-Armed Robot Making In-Roads
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3/24/2011  1 comment
Two arms could enable robots to do automated assembly operations that they can't do now.
Miniature Reflective Encoder
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3/23/2011  Post a comment
Highly-integrated, small-footprint modules offer built-in interpolator for high-resolution motion feedback.
MEMS Microphone Simplifies Audio Design
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3/23/2011  Post a comment
Incorporating I2S interface cuts cost and frees up space.
New Technology Aims to Capture Engineering Expertise
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3/22/2011  Post a comment
Process Data Monitor reportedly integrates with existing HMI/SCADA, DCS and historian solutions through  native interfaces and industry standards such as OPC.
Surging Materials Prices Force Redesigns
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3/21/2011  Post a comment
Aluminum-for-copper substitutions are on the agenda at Emerson Electric and Delphi.
Dassault Systèmes Extends Digital Footprint With Intercim Acquisition
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3/21/2011  Post a comment
Addition of manufacturing operations management software to DELMIA suite delivers digital continuity from engineering to factory operations.
Composite Processing Speeds Up
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3/18/2011  Post a comment
Teijin replaces thermoset resins with thermoplastics to cut carbon composite production speeds by fivefold.
Engineers Await More News on Japan Reactor Status
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3/16/2011  Post a comment
Two reactors are believed to be intact. Status of a third is unknown.
RF Harvester Could Eliminate Batteries
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3/15/2011  1 comment
The Powerharvester can convert RF to dc to provide energy for very low-power applications.
New Study Benchmarks Resins for Tiny Parts
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3/14/2011  Post a comment
Data sheets aren't particularly helpful when selecting resins for micromolding.
Wind Powers Electric Vehicle
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3/9/2011  Post a comment
Batteries in the Wind Explorer, a 441 lb vehicle, are charged by a mobile wind turbine.
SERCOS Energy Specification Released
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3/8/2011  Post a comment
Application layer profile uses Ethernet communications to reduce industrial energy usage.
Image-Based Barcode Readers
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3/8/2011  Post a comment
Vision-System-On-Chip technology achieves new level of read rates and processing throughput to outperform laser scanners in high speed applications.
ODVA Update: Wireless Trends and Viability
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3/8/2011  Post a comment
Why device designers should seriously consider moving to the 802.11n standard and the types of industrial applications where wireless makes the most sense from a business and end-use standpoint.
IP67 Rated Panel Sealed Rocker Switches
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3/7/2011  Post a comment
Snap-in mounted devices are designed to handle large inrush currents.
Specialty Compounds Challenge Metal in Medical Designs 
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3/7/2011  Post a comment
Injection-moldable plastics allow complex designs for shielding, X-Ray applications.
Intel Platform Boosts Entry-Level Workstation Performance For CAD
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3/7/2011  Post a comment
New Xeon E3-1200 platform combines professional graphics technology and high-performance microprocessors on a single chip to rev up 2-D and 3-D CAD applications.
Rapid Brain Chilling Saves Lives
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3/7/2011  Post a comment
New technology uses coolant liquid to reduce brain injury following heart attacks, strokes or sever brain trauma.
Yale Engineers Blow Mold Metal Alloys
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3/4/2011  Post a comment
Complex shapes under investigation include miniature resonators for MEMS.
FCC Gives Nod to ANSYS' FEM Simulation Method
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3/4/2011  Post a comment
HFSS£ software can now be tapped to prove that a biomedical device transmitter design meets FCC standards.
Ethernet Kit Includes Free Stack
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3/3/2011  Post a comment
Engineers and designers who plan to add Ethernet capabilities to a product or circuit need this kit.
Miniature Timing Belt
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3/2/2011  1 comment
Transmission belt with 53 mm pitch length used for paper media transfer application.
Prototyping Your Way Out of a Mess
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3/1/2011  Post a comment
Whether it's in an industrial, office or home setting, until the world goes totally wireless, dealing with tangles of cords will be a reality of modern life. Designer Micah Maraia created a way to more quickly unravel the mess of cords in your life.




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