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CSI: Route 128 Engineers, the TV show

CSI: Route 128 Engineers, the TV show

I askd Professor and former engineering dean Tom Magnanti of MIT the following: If he could wave a magic wand, what improvements would he bring to engineering education in the U.S. He gave me a couple of serious answers, but his best was CSI: Route 128 Engineers (I added CSI). Yes, he would inspire more interest in engineering by creating an hour long series that glorify engineers in the same we’ve been getting it ad nauseum about cops, lawyerrs and firefighters. And he promises that the male engineer would get the girl and vice versa.

Duh, why didn’t I think of that!

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Using an optical measurement technique, Consumer Reports measure 0-60 mph acceleration and quarter-mile times. They also measure 60-0 mph braking under wet and dry conditions.; Acceleration; Consumer Reports; automotive; braking; consumers union; testing; track; vehicles; The Trek development team recently created a back-to-basics-style bike based on Shimano¿s automatic coasting system.; CAD; Trek; automatic system; bicycle; carbon fiber; design tools; software; Take a look at FIRST Robotics Competition close-ups, scenes from FRC matches and the Pits and Autodesk's resource center.; Challenges; Competitions; automation; motion control; robotics; robots; students; NYW Executive Producer Russell Morash shows Design News the garage used for kitchen cabinet construction for the 2008 New Yankee Workshop season.; New Yankee Workshop; Norm Abrams; construction; finish; materials; paint; wood; Take a look at FIRST Robotics Competition close-ups, scenes from FRC matches and the Pits and Autodesk's resource center.; Challenges; Competitions; automation; motion control; robotics; robots; students; http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1398270082http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=1155152715

C2100-64 Compact Vacuum Conveyor Transports Pharmaceuticals and Powders

PIAB released its new C2100-64, a hygienic vacuum conveyor system for transporting powder, granules and tablets.

“What’s new about this conveyor is it’s very compact,” says Eleanor Bjork, product manager for PIAB vacuum conveyors. “It’s made for areas or industries that have limited ceiling space.”

The new C2100-64 is the first hygienic conveyor to incorporate PIAB’s patented COAX multi-stage ejector technology, a nozzle that consumes less energy and air than other conveyors. “You don’t need as much power to drive this pump, so with less compressed air you have the same amount of capacity,” says Bjork.

Using COAX, the C2100-64 improves the vacuum-assisted flow by 25 percent and can move 1-1.5 tons of powders and granules per hour. “It’s a pneumatic and vacuum pump, so when you’re running the pump you create vacuum inside the conveyor,” says Bjork.

The C2100-64 can handle powders as small as .5 microns, which is the smallest recommended size for the Mahle filter used in the conveyor. The conveyor also features a compact filter shock for cleaning the filter.

The C2100-64 is constructed of stainless steel and has a working temperature between 0 and 60C. The conveyor is suitable for the pharmaceutical and food industries. The C2100-64 is FDA-approved and follows USDA standards, though it is not officially USDA-approved.

The C2100-64 from PIAB features COAX technology to more efficiently hold a vacuum seal.

Aerospace Market Trends: Boeing Delays Production, First Flight of 787 Dreamliner

January 31, 2008
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A Hacker's Dreamliner A new FAA document has raised questions about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner’s vulnerability to attacks by computer hackers. Full Story
Composites Develop Dramatically with Solar Impulse The most advanced project for lightweight aircraft production may be a Swiss project to develop a manned solar-powered plane. Full Story
Boeing 787 Dreamliner: A Pilot's View DN Editor-in-Chief John Dodge sat next to a seasoned pilot on a short east-coast flight and got his views on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. One point of concern: the life span of the composites. Full Story
Rolls Royce Manufacturing Facility Will Assemble and Test RB282 Engines Rolls Royce Corp. intends to build a manufacturing facility in Prince George County, VA to assemble and test its new RB282 engine, serving the corporate aircraft market. Full Story
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Design Tips for Engineers: Adhesives for Stronger Aluminum Extrusion Joints In partnership with Hydro Aluminum
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Tips and Tricks for Extending The Life of Your Cylinders In partnership with Bimba Manufacturing
Tom Kane of Mead Fluid Dynamics will offer best practices for environmental factors which evaluate the cylinders by operating environment which includes temperature, air quality and more, as well as choosing cylinder sizing depending on load, available air pressure and velocity. Watch Now


A New Multi-Shot Injection Molding Process In partnership with Phillips Plastics
Does your design call for a part requiring the elasticity of rubber combined with the strength and rigidity of thermoplastic? If so, a new manufacturing technique may provide the best solution with components that offer high performance with reduced material and production costs. Read More
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Boeing Delays Production, First Flight of 787 Dreamliner
A Hacker's Dreamliner
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner: A Pilot's View
Rolls Royce Manufacturing Facility Will Assemble and Test RB282 Engines
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International: Want to Develop Products in China? Think Again

January 31, 2008
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Want to Develop Products in China? Think Again China’s indigenous mold industry is behind in almost every possible respect: capacity, sophistication and skilled labor. If you go to China, take your toolmaker with you. Full Story
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2008 Detroit Auto Show: Coverage from the Show Floor The 2008 NAIAS in Detroit showcased a slew of innovative new vehicles. DN Editor-in-Chief John Dodge and Senior Technical Editor Chuck Murray were on the show floor.
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Energy-Efficient UK Houses Built by University, Sponsored by Industry Today the University of Nottingham unveiled the first of six energy-efficient houses that will act as a testing ground for future energy-efficient construction in the UK.
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Design Tips for Engineers: Adhesives for Stronger Aluminum Extrusion Joints In partnership with Hydro Aluminum
Joint design is one of the most significant factors determining the strength of any structure and choosing the right joint can be critical to the success of your product. An important compliment to conventional joining techniques is adhesive bonding. Read More


Tips and Tricks for Extending The Life of Your Cylinders In partnership with Bimba Manufacturing
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Energy-Efficient UK Houses Built by University, Sponsored by Industry

Today kicks off the opening of the first of six energy efficient houses on the campus of the University of Nottingham as part of the School of Built Environment’s research and education initiative. The initiative shows energy-efficient houses are possible under the UK government mandate for every new house built by 2016 to reach a zero-carbon standard.

“We’ve been working with industry in the UK to design and construct six environmentally friendly homes of the future, and each of the houses is going to become a research test bed for new ideas, for innovation,” says Dr. Mark Gillott, co-director of the Institute of Sustainable Energy Technology at Nottingham.

The first house, opening today, is sponsored by BASF and features a number of BASF materials including Micronal PCM (phase-change microcapsules), the material embedded in plaster board that has the equivalent thermal mass of a concrete wall but is much thinner. “It’s effectively encapsulated wax that melts and solidifies and in doing so can absorb or give out a huge amount of heat,” says Gillott.

The Micronal phase-change board from BASF was also used by the University of Technology in Darmstadt, Germany for their winning entry to the 2007 Solar Decathlon in Washington DC.

The BASF-sponsored house features no central heating system because it is highly insulated and air tight but uses various heating solutions including a solar thermal system and a biomass system for wood pellets and wood chips. All air going into the house is either preheated or cooled through a ground-air heat-exchange system, which is a network of pipes under the house.

The house uses all energy-efficient appliances including LED lighting and an induction hob, which uses magnetic technology for cooking. The house also features an affordable home automation system to monitor and control energy usage throughout the house. The system uses Web bricks connected by broadband and placed throughout the house.

The house is grid tied for electricity because of the cost-prohibitive nature of photovoltaic cells. This first house is required to feature affordable energy-efficient solutions for first-time buyers and low-income families.

People will be living in all six houses to place real-world conditions on the energy systems and environments. “We’re going to get continuous monitored data from them,” says Gillott.

Composites Are Pushed for Hybrd Vehicles

Composites Are Pushed for Hybrd Vehicles

The Automotive composites Alliance is pushing thermoset plastic composites for a wide variety of applications in hybrid cars, including modules that contain the battery pack, electronic controller and wiring harness. In the US the modules are typically made of several metal stampings which are assembled. Use of composites could reduce the module to two pieces with major savings in weight as well as tooling investment. “Unlike metal, composites don’t conduct electricity, therefore providing an extra safety advantage,” says the Alliance report. “They also won’t corrode and allow integrated airflow cooling in the module’s tunnel, all adding to longer battery life.”

Design Tools: Yacht Makers Cruise with 3D CAD

January 30, 2008

Rapid Injection Molding Gets Big

Rapid Injection Molding Gets Big

With the ability to turn CAD models into real molded parts in as little as a day, Protomold’s rapid injection molding service is undeniably fast. Still, the service has never been a cure-all for the long lead time blues because Protomold’s automated tooling and molding systems impose size and geometry limitations that rule out some plastic part designs. Earlier today at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, the company literally had some big news about those limitations. According to senior quality engineer Kevin Crystal, Protomold’s rapid injection molding system now accommodates parts with projected areas up to 175 in2, up from  75 in2 in the past. Maximum x-y dimensions have increased to 13.5 x 30.5 inches, subject to that projected area limit. Maximum depth for the large parts is now 3 inches from either side of the parting line, or 6-inches total for parts that can be divided equally between mold halves. Part volume now tops out at 59 in3. Protomold will run the large parts on a newly-acquired 750-ton molding machine. Lead time for the big parts will initially be 15 days.