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Tech Companies Lobby for Security, National Trade

April 28, 2015 | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

A MapLight analysis of first quarter federal lobbying disclosure filings show where United States technology companies are spending their money when it comes to lobbying. Google is one of the biggest spenders across all of the companies in the nation ...

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Fireside Chat: 'Substantial Growth' for the Power Quality Market

May 6, 2015 5:06 pm | by PD&D Staff | Comments

Gary Anderson, former president of Arteche PQ, has launched APQ, LLC to provide a range of electrical power products and services. APQ is serving North America, building on the line of Arteche products, services, and ...


4 Benefits of Reducing Product Development Time Through Digital Manufacturing

May 6, 2015 10:01 am | by Nikunj Patel, Design Engineer, Hi-Tech CADD Services | Comments

Product development time in any manufacturing firm is directly linked to the overall performance and profits of the organization. Moreover, the modern consumer market is posing a challenge upon manufacturers to develop ...


How to Reduce the 'Perhaps' in Safety-Critical Applications

May 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Dr. Jerry Cox, CEO & Founder, Blendics | Comments

In a perfect world of chip design, there would be no margin of error. However, as many engineers and only a few programmers know, digital signals do not instantly change from 0 to 1 or vice versa. It may take less than a ...


2015 Top 5 Trends in Enterprise Labeling

May 4, 2015 10:13 am | by Josh Roffman, VP Product Management, Loftware | Comments

Today, there are a variety of factors impacting supply chain strategy and ultimately labeling processes. Therefore, it’s important to take a close look at what changes are driving today’s trends in labeling, which has become a ...


Spacecraft of the Week: New Horizons

April 30, 2015 3:21 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Surface features never before seen on Pluto are within sight thanks to New Horizons, a lightweight spacecraft designed to withstand a ten-year journey to the very edge of the solar system ...


The Changing Face of Love for Space

April 30, 2015 1:03 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

It may appear that the national interest in space exploration was never stronger than during the Apollo or space shuttle eras, but a trio of panelists from NASA and the aerospace industry say that the present day actually shows an unprecedented public enthusiasm ...


Top Product Development Cost Contributors & Ways to Optimize Them

April 24, 2015 9:22 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineering Consultant, TrueCADD | Comments

It is of paramount importance for any manufacturing firm to maintain an optimized product to survive in a cut throat competitive market. In a present scenario, every manufacturer tries to achieve a balance between producing products ...


The Challenges of Designing a Firefighting Robot

April 23, 2015 3:01 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

The Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) is a humanoid robot designed by the Terrestrial Robotics Engineering and Controls Lab (TREC) at Virginia Tech. Designed for the Navy, the lab realized that with a few changes ...


Stop, Collaborate & Listen

April 22, 2015 4:47 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Screening newborn infants for hearing loss is a relatively new practice that didn’t become common in the United States until the mid-to-late 1990s. Before its introduction, children often weren’t diagnosed with congenital hearing loss until ...


Driving Future Technology with Solar-Powered Energy Harvesting

April 22, 2015 4:18 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP & General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Solar-powered devices provide a glimpse into a future in which increasingly sophisticated remote wireless devices use energy harvesting in combination with industrial grade rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to power advanced ...


Finding Strength in 3D Printing

April 22, 2015 4:04 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Carbon fiber is an extremely strong and light-weight material, but has traditionally been relegated to aerospace and automotive markets. "Now, it’s for anybody who wants parts as strong as metal," says Greg Mark, MarkForged CEO ...


ESD Selection Tool Eliminates Needless Searching

April 21, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

A new web-based tool from Littelfuse allows circuit designers to dry run a device’s electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance prior to building a test board. The ESD Suppression Selection Tool supplements the company’s iDesign online ...


Should a CIO Invest in Product Development?

April 21, 2015 9:34 am | by Kevin Prendeville, Managing Director, Accenture’s Product Lifecycle Services business | Comments

Why should a chief information officer invest to improve product development? The biggest reason is the amount of money at stake – costs and revenues – that can be significantly impacted by information technology ...


Self-Lacing Shoe Setbacks Taken in Stride

April 20, 2015 2:21 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

When Frederick Labbe was a mechanical engineering student in 2001, he came up with the idea of using weight as a source of energy to lace shoes. Five years later he developed ...


Avoiding Surprises in Product Development

April 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Gary Burton, Jr., Director of Business Development, Burton Industries | Comments

Everyone hates non-recurring engineering (NRE) charges and it may seem like a pleasant surprise when a contractor with design engineering capabilities offers a discount that eliminates some or all of these charges. If the work stays at the ...



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