Features 2/23/2004 Post a comment Harley-Davidson engineer Brian Ruffert led a team that redesigned Harley-Davidson's legendary Sportster motorcycle, taming the vibration and boosting the quality without changing its signature look.
In electronics assembly, new film star for LCD makers
Features 2/12/2004 Post a comment The coated diffuser films used to mange the light in liquid crystal displays can give manufacturers a real headache. Usually made from polyester film coated with micron-sized optical beads, these films can lose bits of coating and develop optical defects as they make their way through the LCD manufacturing process, driving down yields substantially. GE Advanced Materials has come up with a new line of polycarbonate diffuser films that can eliminate these coating-related failures.
Chipmakers vie for control
Features 2/11/2004 Post a comment Motor control is becoming a huge market, driven by energy saving demands in consumer products and the growing use of small motors in autos. Microchip Inc. is the latest company to jump on this bandwagon, unveiling a microcontroller with peripherals tailored to motor control.
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
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