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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.