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No More Detroits

July 29, 2013 1:33 pm | by Scott Paul, President, Alliance for American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The city of Detroit's bankruptcy is an American tragedy and an entirely preventable one. The downward spiral began decades ago when deindustrialization led to depopulation, crime and declining public revenues. Corruption and mismanagement may have exacerbated the problem, but they weren't the root cause. The gravest mistake we can make today is to believe that Detroit is an anomaly.

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Human-Powered Choppers & ‘Useless’ Prizes

July 29, 2013 1:16 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Two weeks ago, as many of you have probably heard, a human-powered helicopter, designed and built by students and graduates of the University of Toronto, passed with “flying colors” all the requirements for the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. This competition, which has gone unclaimed since its inception in 1980, carries a $250,000 prize purse.  

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Exceptional Positioning Accuracy

July 29, 2013 12:50 pm | by PD&D Staff | Men Micro Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro has released the PX1, a new PCI Express Mini Card that uses a GNSS receiver to handle data transmissions from both GPS and GLONASS systems. The board, which supports both active and passive antennas via a U.FL connector, provides satellite-based communication worldwide.

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Hinged Cover Metal Enclosures

July 29, 2013 12:39 pm | by PD&D Staff | Hammond Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Hammond Manufacturing has introduced its new HJ H Series, a family of hinged cover metal enclosures, environmentally sealed to NEMA Type 3R, 4 (IP66), 12, and 13. Designed for wall or bulkhead mounting, the HJ H Series is ideal for housing electrical and electronic equipment in installations where dust and/or water protection is required.

Enhanced Graphics/Data Processing

July 29, 2013 12:30 pm | by PD&D Staff | Aitech Defense Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems now offers the C873, a rugged SBC based on Intel’s 4th generation, quad-core Core i7 Haswell processor operating at 2.4 GHz. The single-slot SBC is one of the first to boards to integrate this exceptional computing performance into a rugged, 3U OpenVPX platform, offering up to 20% more processing over previous generations of SBCs.

Novel Material for Cooling of Electronic Devices

July 29, 2013 12:26 pm | by Daniel Parry, NRL | News | Comments

A team of theoretical physicists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Boston College has identified cubic boron arsenide as a material with an extraordinarily high thermal conductivity and the potential to transfer heat more effectively from electronic devices than diamond, the best-known thermal conductor to date.

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Bonus Photos of the Day: IKEA-Designed Houses to Aid Refugee Relief

July 29, 2013 12:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A housing unit, designed for the United Nations' refugee agency by the Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA to offer shelter for those fleeing conflict, has become the latest source of friction between Lebanese politicians and aid organizations trying to manage the massive number of Syrian refugees in the country.

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A Lighter Weight Total Sealing Solution from Minnesota Rubber & Plastics

July 29, 2013 12:02 pm | by Minnesota Rubber & Plastics | Articles | Comments

The project – a dual tank water treatment control valve that provides a continuous supply of softened water from one tank while a second tank is being regenerated. Critical to reliable water softener function, the control valve regulates flow rates for resin regeneration, rinsing and flushing of the water in the softener.

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Next-Gen Loctite LOCAs

July 29, 2013 11:54 am | by PD&D Staff | Henkel Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Henkel Corporation has introduced next generation Loctite Liquid Optically Clear Adhesives that increase display durability, improve contrast ratio, reduce power consumption, and enable thinner device designs. New adhesives for direct bonding and cover lens bonding simplify display assembly, while advanced cleaners reduce the overall manufacturing cost with more effective manual and automated rework cleaning processes.

A Cooling Influence on LED Lighting

July 29, 2013 11:51 am | by PD&D Staff | Fujipoly America Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fujipoly has introduced Sarcon GR-ae, a gel-like sheet compound that is designed to efficiently transfer heat from its source to the nearby heat sink. Recent design trends have integrated LED lighting packages in thousands of consumer and industrial electronic platforms that range from aircraft landing systems to automotive headlights and complex industrial control panels, and one of the most challenging issues with the use of LEDs is the control of unwanted heat.

Oval Tubular Handles

July 29, 2013 11:45 am | by PD&D Staff | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco has announced that it now offers series GN 334 Aluminum Oval Tubular Handles, in inch and metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant handles are attractive in design and highly stable.             

When Fluid Dynamics Mimic Quantum Mechanics

July 29, 2013 11:37 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

A team of MIT researchers report that they have produced the fluidic analogue of another classic quantum experiment, in which electrons are confined to a circular “corral” by a ring of ions. In the new experiments, bouncing drops of fluid mimicked the electrons’ statistical behavior with remarkable accuracy.

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Airborne Campaign Preparing to Probe Pollution-Climate Link

July 29, 2013 11:28 am | by Beth Hagenauer, Dryden Flight Research Center | News | Comments

The floor of a NASA hangar and an adjacent laboratory in Southern California's high desert have been in constant motion this month as scientists prepare their instruments for installation on two of the agency's specialized science aircraft that will begin a major NASA airborne science campaign in early August.

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Speed Limit Set for Ultrafast Electrical Switch

July 29, 2013 11:06 am | by Andy Freeberg, DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral. Their results could drive innovations in the tiny transistors that control the flow of electricity across silicon chips, enabling faster, more powerful computing devices.

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Apple Supplier Accused of Labor Abuses

July 29, 2013 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of Apple's pledges about working conditions at factories operated by Pegatron, a Taiwanese company.

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