Armstrong Pumps Inc. is adding new functionality to its online product configuratior in the hopes that it will save time. The company will implement RuleStream's RPM (rules-driven product management) software. The added functionality will automate the configuration of 3D components and assemblies and boost data integration across the many software systems the company uses to streamline product development. Armstrong predicts the action will reduce to minutes the generation of engineering deliverables that previously took hours.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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