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King Kong Lives

September 23, 2014 | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Comments

King Kong made his film debut in 1933. The “giant terror gorilla,” as he was referred to in his debut, then endured multiple digital remakes until 50 years later, when he was reimagined once again to make his stage debut at the ...  

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Inside the Gas Turbine Engine Core

September 30, 2014 5:25 pm | by Bob Witwer, VP Advanced Technology, Honeywell Aerospace | Comments

The gas turbine engine is unarguably one of the most complicated pieces of high tech machinery in the world. However, like many other deeply complicated and technical topics, the basics of gas turbine engine operation can be grasped by ...

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A Fully Wireless Motion-Capture System

September 30, 2014 5:06 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor | Comments

Traditionally, motion capture systems cost between $30,000 and half a million, explains Mike Sutherland, vice president of technology at YEI Technology. That was until his team at YEI developed a fully wireless system for ...   

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Self-Testing Takes Center Stage

September 30, 2014 9:48 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

After more than two-and-a-half years of development work and onsite testing, John Kelly, CEO of Sydney, Australia-based Atomo Diagnostics, believes that his company has developed the test platform, AtomoRapid, to address critical ...  

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9 Powerful Controllers Inside Unmanned Vehicles That Disable Explosive Devices

September 29, 2014 11:24 am | by Terry Persun, Technical Journalist | Comments

When NIC Instruments was designing their next generation unmanned ground vehicle, they needed specific characteristics from their controller boards. During research, they found that some controllers didn't offer the ...     

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Fireside Chat: What You Need to Know About Solvent Acrylic Adhesives

September 25, 2014 5:02 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

A manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films and adhesives, Spencer, Massachusetts based FLEXcon is an innovator in coating, laminating, and finishing of wide-web roll-to-roll polymeric materials. To learn more about the use of these materials ...

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11 Ways to Keep Data Safe When Traveling Overseas

September 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Jeff Multz | Comments

For business travelers going to foreign lands, the old “Don’t leave home without it” slogan should be brought back with one slight change: “Leave home without it.” Computers, mobile phones and any other electronic devices that ...   

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Why Hydraulic Systems Still Have an Important Part to Play

September 17, 2014 9:47 am | by Professor Josef Kurfess, Ulm University | Comments

Over the past 40 years, hydraulic systems have been continually deemed a dying technology – if not pronounced dead altogether. And these views don’t seem all that farfetched in light of the on-going e nergy efficiency debate and the apparent ...

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Airbus Helicopters Enhances Hydraulic Design Simulation

September 15, 2014 10:39 am | by Siemens | Comments

In 1993, NHIndustries, mainly owned by the Eurocopter group (now Airbus Helicopters), started to design the NH90, a medium-sized military helicopter. Thirteen years later, it entered service. The pace of technological change has increased so ...

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The New Backup Imperative for Manufacturers in the Digital Era

September 12, 2014 9:47 am | by Chris Grossman, Senior Vice President Enterprise Applications, Rand Secure Data | Comments

The impact of the digital age in manufacturing and manufacturing design has driven the creation of electronically stored information to never before seen levels. Just a few of the areas seeing a major increase in storage requirements ...  

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Understanding Unexplainable Bonds

September 10, 2014 9:41 am | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Comments

Almost all products that define our modern lives are bonded in some way, whether it’s a smartphone, a car, or an airplane. These examples demonstrate the versatility of adhesive technology. Yet, many bonding theories have not ...   

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The World's Largest Board Game

September 9, 2014 2:32 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, @melfass | Comments

As a kid, Mark Perez played the board game Mousetrap until he lost all the parts. He would then buy a new one, and start over. Now, he has reproduced his favorite childhood game at an extreme scale with the world’s largest Mousetrap ...

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One-Stop Precision Metal Fabrication

September 9, 2014 9:23 am | by Del Williams, Technical Writer | Comments

With rising material costs, government regulations, and customers resisting price increases, today there is no room for waste in the metal fabrication supply chain. While once OEMs had the time, margins, and procurement staff to afford ...

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The Role of Small Part Innovation

September 8, 2014 10:21 am | by Janaki Weiden, Global Marketing Director for NORGLIDE Bearings & RENCOL Tolerance Rings, Saint-Gobain | Comments

Research & Development is critical to the creation of effective and innovative technologies in all industries. And it starts with the pieces. Terms like “innovative” and “well-engineered” shouldn’t be limited to referring only to ... 

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The Future of Plastics Manufacturing in the U.S.

September 5, 2014 10:21 am | by Steve Erickson, VP of Sales & Engineering, First American Plastic | Comments

The future of plastic manufacturing in the United States is far from certain, but many trends are beginning to take shape. From the accelerating pace of 3D printing innovation to new production procedures, plastic manufacturing will likely ...

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Stand-Off Scanning & Pointing with Risley Prisms

September 3, 2014 2:47 pm | by Craig Schwarze, OPTRA, Inc. | Comments

With the ever increasing threat of improvised explosive devices, both in the military arena and the civilian realm, there is a growing demand for technologies with the ability to detect explosives and their precursors from a safe stand-off ...

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