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ChasChas
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Re: Data on the go
ChasChas   3/20/2012 9:43:36 PM
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Looks like this app gives you a quick starting point.

Nice!

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Data on the go
Ann R. Thryft   3/20/2012 12:51:56 PM
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There are actually a couple of tools on the MTC website, such as a materials comparator that includes braze alloys and other materials the company sells, as well as a braze alloys materials selector. Both of these basically contain data sheet information, but are not calculators. The braze alloys materials selector only let you sort information on the alloy by name. 


Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   3/19/2012 8:01:42 PM
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This really seems like an app that would have otherwise come out of one of the company's customer manuals. It's a smart idea in that the customer can get the information without having to page through a manual in search of mechanical properties or thermal expansion coefficients.  

TJ McDermott
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Just another product line
TJ McDermott   3/19/2012 2:56:13 PM
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Software is just another product line, Rob.  Take PLC manufacturers.  The hardware (the PLC) is worthless without programming software.  The programming software is pretty, but does nothing useful until you put the application into the PLC.  The manufacturer treats them as two separate and distinct products; the software division is expected to do its fair share towards earing profits.

 

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Data on the go
Rob Spiegel   3/19/2012 1:23:40 PM
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Yes, it makes sense that it's free when it goes to customers who are already using the company's technology. It always surprises me when a company charges $5 for an app that can only be used by its customers who are already spending thousands.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Data on the go
Ann R. Thryft   3/19/2012 12:57:16 PM
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Jenn, that's an interesting question and one I started to have too, when looking at Beth's Design Apps for the Mobile Engineer slideshow:

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1394&doc_id=240306

Technically, this one from Morgan Technical Ceramics is a highly specialized utility, not really a full-blown app, and since the data are confined to its product line, it makes sense for it to be free as a promotional tool. I would guess that such utilities will remain free, especially if they are vendor-specific like this one.


sensor pro
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sensor pro   3/19/2012 12:33:51 PM
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Very helpful app. It resembles the physician reference application where drug composition and interactions are available on most any smart phone.

Great stuff and useful.

sensor pro
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sensor pro   3/19/2012 12:32:38 PM
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Very helpful app. It resembles the physicial reference application where drug composition and interractions are available on most any smart phone.

Great stuff and useful.


Jennifer Campbell
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Jennifer Campbell   3/19/2012 12:02:54 PM
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This is definitely a handy tool. Makes me wonder if companies will ever consider charging for an app like this. I suspect engineers would be willing to pay, especially for the easy accessibility. And what kind of company wouldn't want to cash in?

Rob Spiegel
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Data on the go
Rob Spiegel   3/19/2012 11:52:46 AM
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Pretty interesting app, Ann. I would imagine this would be useful for engineers who get quizzed on what would be an appropirate alloy for a specific design while they are out of town. At free, it's a nice price as well.



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