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Extremely Low-Stress Thermal Interface Material Protects Against EMI
Product News 
10/4/2015  Post a comment
Extreme stress tolerance, thermal management capabilities, and EMI protection. What more could you want in a gap filler for PCBs?
6 Tips for Raising a Kid to Love STEM
STEM Connection 
10/2/2015  9 comments
Schools can't be solely responsible if we want our children to be successful in STEM. It has to be a lifestyle.
How Manufacturers Can Put Safety First with SIL Compliance
10/2/2015  Post a comment
Safety Integrity Level compliance — a global standard for the safety level of control systems — is a key method manufacturers can use to ensure customers and partners that their products’ control systems are in top working order.
Will HP's 3D Printing Technology Revolutionize the Industry?
10/2/2015  3 comments
HP says its new 3D printing technology will finally deliver manufacturers the same quality as injection molding. Is it achievable?
TI Teams with UMD To Bring Hands-On Learning to First-Year Engineering Students
STEM Connection 
10/1/2015  Post a comment
First-year electrical and computer engineering students at the University of Maryland are getting unique, hands-on experience in a newly opened on-campus laboratory thanks to a partnership between Texas Instruments.
AM Now a Major Strategy in NIST Materials Measurement Plan
Engineering Materials 
9/30/2015  Post a comment
NIST's new five-year strategic plan for its Material Measurement Laboratory lists additive manufacturing materials development as one of the main areas it will support by developing measurements, data, techniques, and models.
5 New Adhesives & Fasteners for Airplanes, Satellites, & Electronics
Engineering Materials 
9/29/2015  Post a comment
Most of the fasteners and adhesives in this slideshow are aimed at aerospace, including aircraft and spacecraft, as well as electronics and electrical applications.
ISO 9001 Revision Puts Risk and Quality Management Closely Together
9/26/2015  1 comment
Among the higher-level changes in ISO 9001:2015, there is heightened importance of risk-based thinking. But what about prevention?
The 20 Worst Inventions of All Time — Part 1
9/25/2015  52 comments
For every invention that changed our lives, there was a slew of dumb contraptions. We're taking a look at history's 20 biggest failures.
ASU To Lead White House-Backed Initiative To Attract Minority Women to STEM
STEM Connection 
9/25/2015  2 comments
The White House Council for Women and Girls has appointed Arizona State University to lead a consortium committed to supporting minority girls and women in STEM fields.
Mankind's 20 Greatest Inventions — Part 1
Electronics News 
9/24/2015  27 comments
We count down the inventions that have had the greatest impact on our lives.
Bluetooth Beacons Are the Future of Shopping
9/24/2015  5 comments
How Bluetooth-based beacons could revolutionize the retail shopping experience.
10 New 3D Printing Materials from Plastics to Glass to Metals
Engineering Materials 
9/22/2015  4 comments
There are new materials for use with 3D printers, and then there are new materials that can only be made using 3D printing (3DP) techniques. In this slideshow, we'll show you some of both.
How Can Wireless Health Get the Most Out of Wearables and Sensors?
9/19/2015  Post a comment
Wireless health product and service opportunities span a wide spectrum of patient needs. Here's a look at the key approaches to application design success.
Siemens: Big Data Will Redefine Industrial Services
9/17/2015  2 comments
The industrial giant is betting on Big Data to create new business models around product development and lifecycle management.
Your Humble Old Bicycle Is Getting Revved Up by IoT
9/17/2015  3 comments
Bicycles are getting connected to make the riding experience safer, more reliable, and just plain groovier.
Continued Adoption of Electric Vehicles Rests on Battery Technologies
9/16/2015  1 comment
Lithium-ion chemistry for EV batteries remains the top dog, but it has some up-and-coming challengers aimed at finally taking electric cars to the masses.
How to Design Membrane Switches for Harsh Environments
9/16/2015  Post a comment
There are special considerations when designing membrane switches for devices that are used in or exposed frequently to moisture, UV rays, and extreme temperatures.
Service Bureaus Are Still a Driving Force in 3D Printing
9/16/2015  Post a comment
The utopia of everyone having desktop 3D printers in their homes is not quite here yet, and as we wait for the next Industrial Revolution, service bureaus will continue to provide us rapid manufacturing.
Gadget Freak Case #273: A Better Coffee Mug Warmer
Gadget Freak 
9/16/2015  23 comments
Most store-bought coffee mug warmers utilize resistive heating. But you can build a better, more efficient one that uses inductive heating.
Human-Machine Interfaces Are Undergoing a Renaissance
9/15/2015  Post a comment
Mobile technology is putting its imprint on industrial operator interfaces, offering touch capabilities, new design approaches, and more sophisticated functionality.
7 Essentials for Designing with Micro-Miniature Connectors
9/15/2015  1 comment
As demand for smaller connectors grows, design engineers face a new set of challenges.
8-Bit Microcontrollers Stick Around Like Wily Old Pros
9/15/2015  6 comments
New peripherals are paving the way for the continued success of the humble ol' 8-bit microcontroller.
The Challenge of Mobile Phone and IoT Antennas
9/13/2015  2 comments
Mobile phones and IoT products are adding wireless devices at a rapid rate. What antennas are being used for these applications, how well are they working, and what challenges do they face?
How to Improve Tactile Switch Actuation and Lifecycle
9/11/2015  Post a comment
Selecting the right switch for its force and feel can be crucial if you want to avoid a big hit to product quality.
Free Industrial AM Database Adds Over 100 Machines and Materials
Engineering Materials 
9/10/2015  Post a comment
The free, searchable Senvol Database has added data on over 100 new machines and materials for industrial additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), bringing the total to more than 450 machines and 550 materials.
How to Ensure Mobile App Quality
9/10/2015  Post a comment
With so much smartphone and other device integration nowadays, mobile app performance and functionality can make or break your brand. Here are some tips and tests you need to make sure your app is the best it can be.
Design for Durability: A Strong Argument for 3D-Printed Parts
9/9/2015  2 comments
Additive manufacturing has come a long way in its ability to create functional, end-use parts. That said, focusing on key elements in both the design and production process is critical to strong, durable parts.
The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.
National Instruments and IBM Testbed Works on Predictive Maintenance
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Motivated by IoT and hugely expensive industrial machinery breakdowns, NI and IBM want to bring new predictive maintenance analytics modeling techniques and industrial networking standards.
Build a Working Embedded Design Workbench for Less Than a Grand
9/7/2015  14 comments
There are a number of big-ticket items that every developer should have on his or her bench. Let’s examine the core tools that every developer needs to build an embedded workbench on a budget of $1,000.
DN Webcast Preview: Managing the Eyes and Ears of the IoT
9/7/2015  1 comment
Microcontrollers will likely provide the first level of data processing and storage needed to use sensor data efficiently in the information torrent of the Internet of Things.
5 New Plastics For Medical Devices, Cars, and Wireless Antennas
Engineering Materials 
9/4/2015  3 comments
Several plastics and elastomers have come out recently for different parts of cars, as well as for multi-material medical devices and for onboard base station antenna components.
Capacitive Fabrics Are Creating Batteries You Can Wear
9/4/2015  Post a comment
Work in embedding conductive materials into commercially available yarn could lead to energy textiles that store power for use.
Gadget Freak Case #272: Motion Sensor Light Switch
Gadget Freak 
9/3/2015  7 comments
This homemade laser switch gives you multiple light control options using simple hand gestures.
Comprehensive 3DP/AM Training Program by UL In the Works
Engineering Materials 
9/2/2015  Post a comment
UL is working on four major initiatives aimed at 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
MIT's MultiFab Can 3D Print 10 Different Materials at Once
Engineering Materials 
9/1/2015  1 comment
A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a breakthrough new multi-material 3D printer.
Industrial Automation Is Seeing Modular Application Software Grow
9/1/2015  Post a comment
The trend to automation development software emphasizing configurable objects, versus structured programming, takes a step forward.
MEMS Technology Transfer and the Fable of the 'Golden Wafer'
9/1/2015  2 comments
Everyone working in MEMS is chasing the ever-elusive golden wafer. But there is a moral to this story, and help is on the way.
Should Approved Vendor Lists Be More in Line with Design Cycles?
9/1/2015  3 comments
Despite pervasive emphasis on “faster, sooner, better,” companies that have multiple design cycles a year only update their approved vendor lists on an annual basis. Maybe it's time to rethink this.
New Directions in Energy Efficiency and Energy Harvesting
8/31/2015  Post a comment
Taking energy from renewable sources, recycling existing energy, and using components that don’t need much energy at all are becoming critical industrial and consumer design criteria.
ECIA Says Electronic Component Sales Are Still Sluggish
8/31/2015  Post a comment
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
TI Releases E-Book Guide to the IIoT
8/30/2015  1 comment
Texas Instruments has produced an e-book intended to get you up to snuff on the Industrial Internet of Things.
Future of Industrial 3D Printing Will Be Metals and End-Production, Say Engineers
Engineering Materials 
8/28/2015  1 comment
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
Why Wearable Cameras Will Be Profoundly Disruptive in Capturing Our World
8/27/2015  9 comments
Wearable cameras possess the power to alter our work lives, the way industrial enterprises operate, and our personal lives because of the insights they can bring from their unobtrusive, first-person point of view.
Leveraging Existing Designs for New Products
8/26/2015  3 comments
Design teams are improving efficiency and lowering costs by utilizing previous designs as a pre-validated foundation for next-generation goods.
Design Can Escape the Silo Through Closed-Loop Quality Systems
8/26/2015  Post a comment
At the level of design engineering, good integration between enterprise quality management and product lifecycle management can provide particular value to companies.
Why 8-Bit Microcontrollers Refuse to Go Away
Electronics News 
8/25/2015  14 comments
New peripherals are paving the way for the continued success of the humble ol' 8-bit microcontroller.
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