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Content posted in April 2011
Kit Introduces Designers to CPLDs
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4/29/2011  Post a comment
Engineers and designers who need to investigate or use CPLDs and who can start without a stepwise tutorial might like this kit.
Growing Automation-Software Connection
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4/28/2011  1 comment
From hardware-in-the-loop testing and PLC source code generation to concurrent engineering connecting product lifecycle management and manufacturing execution, it's becoming increasingly apparent that the next step in automation innovation lies in related software applications.
Design News Debuts New Product Showcase
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4/27/2011  1 comment
A new home for up-to-the-minute product information and the latest news from companies in the design engineering industry.
Dreamliner Production Spurs Specialty Fasteners
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4/27/2011  Post a comment
The approaching commercial liftoff for the Boeing 787 revs up orders for titanium, nickel and stainless steel fasteners.
SharePoint Brings Out a Social Side to PLM
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4/27/2011  Post a comment
Via support for SharePoint 2010 capabilities, Siemens PLM Software brings new social functionality to Teamcenter 8.0.
New BMW Line Features Aluminum, CFRP
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4/25/2011  Post a comment
Structural use of lightweight materials reduces weight of new line of small, electric cars.
Bioresorbable Mesh Targets Rotator Cuff Repairs
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4/25/2011  Post a comment
Healing scaffolds made from PHA polymers biodegrade within one year.
Carbon Composite Cuts Bearing Energy Costs
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4/22/2011  1 comment
New materials technology makes earth-friendly contribution.
Networking Safety for Greater Productivity
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4/15/2011  1 comment
Better diagnostics and safety more tightly integrated into the machine control architecture reduces downtime and offers safer operation.
Advanced Cooling for Wind Turbine Generators
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4/15/2011  Post a comment
Parker's new cooling system provides next-generation technology and advantages to wind turbines by increasing performance in a more compact package.
Maplesoft Launches Comprehensive Maple 15 Release
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4/15/2011  1 comment
In addition to core math engine improvements, Maple 15 includes a variety of user interface enhancements, improved connectivity and expanded support for parallel processing.
Sercos Goes Open Source
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4/13/2011  Post a comment
Widely used machine engineering communication interface driver is now available in C# source code with no license fees.
Lighting Solution Simplifies LED Design
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4/13/2011  Post a comment
System targets mechanical engineers who aren't yet familiar with the controls, optics and heat transfer issues associated with LED-based systems.
Apple Explores Metal-Ceramic Composites
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4/12/2011  Post a comment
Stronger, lighter materials are required as electronic devices shrink in size.
USCAR Wins Patent for Composite Floor Pan
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4/11/2011  Post a comment
One molded fabric floor panel replaces up to 17 steel parts and sheds up to 25 lb.
Twitter Helps Monitor Backup Power Sources in Japan
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4/11/2011  Post a comment
A Twitter application built with LabVIEW and a USB DAQ device sends real-time results to help Japanese engineers manage their experiments amid rolling blackouts in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.
MATLAB Coder Speeds Development Time
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4/7/2011  Post a comment
New tool automatically generates C/C++ code directly from MATLAB algorithms.
Osram IPO Planned
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4/6/2011  Post a comment
Siemens moves to publicly list Osram by fall 2011 to take advantage of the overall upswing in the lighting markets, and LEDs and green lighting in particular.
Siemens Targets Joint Product Development/Production Process Software
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4/5/2011  Post a comment
With the industrial software market expected to grow by 8 percent a year, Siemens focuses on combining its software offerings through a shared data model.
The TI-National Semi Deal:
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4/5/2011  Post a comment
What Analysts Are Saying
TI to buy National Semi for $6.5 billion
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4/5/2011  Post a comment
Deal remains subject to regulator review and approval of National's shareholders.
Windchill 10.0 Expands the Tent Beyond Engineering
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4/5/2011  Post a comment
Latest upgrade to PTC's PLM platform keys in on user interface improvements, process optimization and product analytics to broaden its reach across the product development ecosystem.
Electric Vehicle Designs Spur New Materials' Approaches
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4/4/2011  Post a comment
The aggressive effort to reduce weight leads to more carbon composites, foam structures and plastic gears.
Special Polymers May Staunch Radioactive Leak
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4/4/2011  Post a comment
Superabsorbent polymers used in diapers attempt to sop up radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
LifeSense Hose Monitoring
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4/1/2011  1 comment
Breakthrough technology reports imminent hose failures using real-time monitoring of high pressure hose assemblies in hydraulic systems.
How to Install and Test a Plain Bearing
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4/1/2011  Post a comment
If the installation of the bearing is not done properly or the quality-testing methods fall short, a variety of problems can arise.
Aluminum Catches Up to Carbon Composites
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4/1/2011  Post a comment
Alcoa research shows that aircraft designers like new aluminum alloy technology.




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