If you want to contribute a technical paper, please send a hard copy and IBM electronic format (.txt file, .jpg file, or .gif file only). For more information, e-mail email@example.com. CAD/CAM/CAE Technical Papers CATIA: On the cutting edge of Internet CAD by Ralph Springer, IBM Manager of Worldwide CATIA Network Computing of IBM Java-based "pull" technology lets users access and manipulate any CATIA model using standard Internet browsers.
CoCreate's Engineering Solution Published by CoCreate Product development strategies are focusing increasingly on innovation. The most spectacular examples of innovation involve revolutionary new products like the Sony Walkman, which create market leadership for the companies that launch them. More typically, continual innovation on existing product concepts maintains market leadership in the face of competition, while also improving quality and reducing time-to-market.
Transistioning from 2D to 3D design Published by MICROCADAM Proper planning is critical in the transition from 2D to 3D solid modeling. In many ways, planning is even more important than when engineers gradually converted from manual methods to 2D computer design in the late 1960’s. Today, although less than fifteen percent of CAD work has converted to 3D, the shift is gaining momentum as 3D CAD systems become more powerful, user-friendly, and substantially more affordable.
Electrical/Electronic Technical Papers Standardized profile for encoders with Profibus-DP by Dr. R. Hagl of Heidenhain GmbH There is an ever-increasing demand in the machine and machine tool industry for position encoders which can transmit an absolute position value immediately after switch-on or following an interruption, without the machine axes being traversed.
Radiant Heat Treating A new, cost-effective technology to heat treat ferrous materials promises higher quality, reduced cycle times and more applications than other comparable methods. Radiant Heat Treating, or RHT, offers numerous advantages over other localized heat treating services, such as induction, flame, laser and electron beam.
Fluid Power and Fluid Handling Food grade solenoid valves and NSF/FDA regulatory approval by Paul S. Mangiafico, President of Peter Paul Electronics, Inc. In the process of developing a component, such as a solenoid valve, for use in food and/or beverage equipment, a first level of approval is the NSF. In essence, the NSF has taken information released by the FDA...a White List of products "Generally Recognized As Safe" (GRAS) in contact with or consumed by the human body.
Components of Linear Open/Closed Loop Systems by Bruce Besch, Systems Engineering Supervisor, Miller Fluid Power In the world of fluid power advancements in the areas of electrical controls have opened many new frontiers for the application of hydraulic and pneumatic components. Published Dec. 4, 1997.
Motion Control and Automation The miniaturization of motor drives: Why and how? by Mark Borski, Product Manager, ABB Industrial Systems Inc. The emergence of a fast-growing market for micro drives is due, in large part, to a strong, sustained economy, domestically and internationally.
Getting the right results from a Rapid Prototyping Service Bureau by Peter Sayki and Michael Wells Choosing a rapid prototyping service bureau for the first time is a critical outsourcing decision for any organization, especially in light of just how important the service bureau's role is in assisting timely product design and development.
Thermoforming acrylic sheet by Grant LaFontaine Acrylic sheet can be thermoformed using several types of equipment such as vacuum, pressure, or stretching equipment and a variety of heating methods including coiled nichrome wire, metal (cal) rod, hot air ovens, ceramic elements, and quartz tube (nichrome filament and tungsten filament).
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.