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How it Works: E-Cigarettes
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10/22/2014  6 comments
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.
5G Will Drive Test Equipment Surge
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10/21/2014  1 comment
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Automation Market Set for Extended Boom Times
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10/17/2014  5 comments
Automation technology advances matched with expanded fracking and the growing urbanization of Asia, South America, and the Middle East, are fueling a boom in the automation industry.
Engineering Disasters: Deadly Zaps from the Therac-25
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10/16/2014  30 comments
In this engineering disaster, the Therac-25 radiation machine would go haywire, sending massive, sometimes fatal, radiation overdoses to patients.
MSC Software Spiffs Up Its CAE
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10/16/2014  2 comments
A recent example of a major CAE revamp is MSC Apex, released last month by MSC Software Corp. In a discussion with Design News, MSC executives noted that its next-generation platform is designed to substantially reduce CAE modeling and process time, “in some cases from weeks down to hours.”
2014 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
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10/14/2014  23 comments
Here's a breakdown of the 2014 engineering salaries by discipline. We've included entry-level salaries, mean average salaries, and top 10% salaries.
Speed to Market With Optimization Tools
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10/13/2014  1 comment
This Technology Roundup gathers cutting-edge stories about optimization tools that speed time to market.
10 Ways to Fight Hackers
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10/10/2014  7 comments
Protecting networks against hackers requires a long list of new solutions.
NI's Online Condition Monitoring Improves Equipment Maintenance
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10/9/2014  2 comments
NI InsightCM Enterprise is a software solution National Instruments recently introduced to help companies gain insight into the health of their equipment. With years of experience in condition monitoring, NI developed NI InsightCM Enterprise as its first end-to-end software solution that addresses big analog data challenges and builds on the Industrial Internet of Things.
Top 20 US Graduate Engineering Programs
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10/7/2014  7 comments
As promised when we listed the top undergraduate engineering schools, here are the top 20 US engineering schools based on their graduate programs. We looked at a number of rankings and created an overall list based on an average.
Engineering Disasters: NASA’s Genesis Probe Got it Backwards
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10/6/2014  22 comments
The Genesis was a NASA probe designed to gather a sample of solar wind and return it to earth -- the first mission designed to bring samples back since the Apollo Program. Launched on August 8, 2004, the probe did a great job getting close enough to the sun to collect samples. But the return ride turned into a disaster.
12 Tech Acquisitions That Made You Say, 'Huh?'
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10/2/2014  15 comments
Check out these strange technology acquisitions. Many of these mergers became burdens the companies couldn't bear.
Security Is Going Down to the Device
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9/30/2014  1 comment
In order to keep an enterprise truly safe from hackers, cyber security has to go all the way down to the device level. Icon Labs is making the point that security has to be built into device components.
Siemens Furthers STEM Initiative in NC
STEM Connection 
9/30/2014  2 comments
Siemens PLM Software has made an in-kind donation of software to Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) Division.
Plant HMI Goes Millennial
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9/26/2014  17 comments
Plant user interfaces are beginning to incorporate the consumer features such as swipe, double tap, and pinch. The driver is Millennials who expect plant equipment to match the sophistication of the smartphone.
Fairchild Pivots to Quicken Customers’ Time to Market
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9/25/2014  1 comment
Fairchild Semiconductor recently rebranded itself to focus the company’s resources on the development of power products and services designed to help design engineers shorten the time-to-market for mobile devices and wearable technologies, among other products.
CTC's Easy-Deploy EtherCAT Master
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9/23/2014  Post a comment
CTC releases EtherCAT Master module for high-performance control of networked servos, stepping motors, and I/O devices.
15 Great Hacker Movies
Blog 
9/19/2014  35 comments
Hacking has a long history in the movies, beginning with Tron and War Games and continuing through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Technology Revamps Manufacturing Companies
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9/17/2014  1 comment
New manufacturing is changing more than just the plant floor. It's changing how manufacturers do business.
Engineers Make Great Comedians
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9/16/2014  10 comments
In this TED presentation, Wayne Cotter, a computer engineer turned standup comic, explains why engineers are natural comedians.
20 Top Employers for Engineers
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9/15/2014  16 comments
We searched far and wide for the top employers for engineers. These companies were ranked by engineering professionals, engineering students, and engineering instructors and professors. Does your employer make the grade?
Onshoring Continues to Gain Ground
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9/11/2014  7 comments
A recent IPC report shows that onshoring is becoming a reality for major global manufacturers.


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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.
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
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.
Mac Cameron of Stratasys describes the company’s Connex3 technology, which allows users to 3D-print complex parts in one build with no assembly required.
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