A comment made in a Mechatronics column about an 'unnecessary restraint' comes to mind. Yes, the epoxy potting was necessary, but did it have to be rigid? If it must, were all results of the rigid constraint accounted for?
I've done this numerous times, thinking 'more is better' when I've eliminated a choice/freedom that gained me nothing but thought I've trimmed a loose end.
Perhaps this one should be titled "The Case of the Squished Leads." A good example of why so much advance testing needs to be done on a product made of multiple materials with different, and sometimes incompatible, characteristics.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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