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Charles Murray

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Engineering Disasters: SS Schenectady, a Lesson in Brittle Fracture
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
3/5/2015  2
It took engineers nearly half a century to determine why the SS Schenectady, while docked quietly in a harbor off Portland, Ore. one day, suddenly snapped in half.

Chris Wiltz

Chris Wiltz
How Poor Design Exposed Patients to a Deadly Superbug
Chris Wiltz, Managing Edtior
3/5/2015  1
When 18-year-old Aaron Young visited UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center he probably thought he was undergoing a standard procedure. But Young became one of seven UCLA patients ...

Sylvie Barak

Blog
Brushing Your Teeth -- There's an App For That
Sylvie Barak, Contributing Writer
3/5/2015  2
Just when you thought mobile technology couldn't get any more personal, Proctor & Gamble have come up with a way to put your mobile where your mouth is, in the form of a Bluetooth ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
6 Innovative Plastics For Cars, Lighting & Building
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
3/5/2015  1
The grab bag of plastic and rubber materials featured in this new product slideshow includes polyamides, polycarbonates, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compounds, fiber-reinforced ...

Aubrey Kagan

Made by Monkeys
Cable Box Causes Bigger Headache Than Daytime TV
Aubrey Kagan
3/5/2015  0
I was recently persuaded by my local cable monopoly Rogers (up here in Canada) to upgrade my analog TV service to a digital one for an offer I couldn't refuse. Included were the ...

Warren Miller

Blog
Accelerate Your Stepper Motor Control Design Using MCU-Based Reference Designs
Warren Miller, Independent Consultant
3/5/2015  0
MCU manufacturers have become excellent sources for information you can use to get a head start on your next design. In addition to the normal data sheets and evaluation boards, MCU ...

Design News Staff

Blog
What's at the Core of Apple's 'Spring Forward' Event?
Design News Staff
3/4/2015  2
Last week, Apple emailed invites for its next product-introduction event to select members of the tech press (no, we didn't get one, but then again we're not surprised). The soiree, ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
Automation Gives Alternative Energy a Boost
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
3/4/2015  5
Alternative energy sources -- specifically solar and wind -- are on their way to giving fossil fuels a true run for their money thanks to a boost from automation technology. The ...

Rich Wilson

Sherlock Ohms
Flagrant Fan Fuels Diagnostic Failure
Rich Wilson
3/4/2015  3
Back in the '70s, I was working for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC). I was sent to the field to troubleshoot a PDP-8/L that had intermittent problems. When I arrived, I was told ...

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Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
3/3/2015
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In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week.

Today's AC Servo Systems Are Smarter and Faster
2/18/2015
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Technology advances boost positioning accuracy and stability at high speeds, while simplifying set up.

Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
2/17/2015
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Manufacturing organizations have faced a growing challenge of delivering products on time and to cost over the past decade, as product lifecycles and value chains have become increasingly complex. Even in the face of constant pressure to drive down costs, globalization and competition have led the design and manufacture of any given product or assembly to become distributed geographically as well as across organizational boundaries in the extended supply chain.

A CNC Machine OEM Pushes the Limits of Repeatability
2/3/2015
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The current generation of CNC machining systems has features that significantly improve metalworking operations from what they were only a few years ago. These machines are generally faster and quieter than ever, more resistant to mechanical noise, have powerful controls and extensive automation capabilities, and fabricate a wider range of metals.

Solving Aircraft Interior Design Challenges with Standardized Mechanisms
1/30/2015
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As the lightweighting trend continues to be a driving factor in aircraft design, aerospace OEMs must explore innovative ways of meeting production demands while ensuring reliable operation of interior touch points.

Choosing the Right Hardware for Electronics Prototyping
1/29/2015
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When prototyping an electronic product idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from costly, proprietary and all-in-one packages to low-cost and open-source options.

5 Ways to Evaluate Aluminum Extrusion for Wider Application
1/27/2015
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After more than a century of progressively more mainstream application, aluminum has finally arrived. Here are five questions product development teams can apply to determine whether there is reason to start -- or move deeper into -- aluminum extrusion adoption.

Guidelines in Using Allegro Angular Sensor ICs
1/21/2015
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The design of a magnetic circuit for angle sensors is a complex task, where many influencing parameters need to be considered. Here, we will show some of the interdependencies that exist between magnet selection, mechanical tolerances, and accuracy requirements for on-axis applications.

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