Powering Up Green Design Companies are all over the idea of reducing their product’s energy consumption and reliance on hazardous materials. PLM and CAD software are helping achieve those sustainable design goals. Full Story
Special Coverage: Green DesignsEver wonder how companies keep up with the global effort to save the environment? Our Green Designs content package features stories, podcasts and photos highlighting the latest green innovations in packaging, electronics, materials and design tools. Explore Now
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This resource covers the top 10 key technologies that impact your high-performance motion control applications. Motion controllers have incorporated key technologies over the years to meet the increasing demands of high-performance applications such as profile cutting and wafer inspection. Read More
Light Matters: Neon TubesIn partnership with Avnet
This resource addresses how it may surprise you to learn that neon tubes are one of the most common lighting technologies in use today ...for commercial signage. Neon is primarily used in channel lettering. Channel lettering refers to the large illuminated letters and logos mounted on the sides of office buildings and retail stores. Read More
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Green may be a cool color, but the practice is red-hot when it comes to design initiatives. With the world finally paying heed to environmental concerns, companies of all types are going back to their drawing boards to redesign products with an eye towards sustainability. Has your firm begun to think about, even shift gears to embrace green design principles? Drop me a line.
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Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.