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Launching a Rocket from Sea

April 17, 2014 | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Comments

There are many benefits of launching a rocket from the equator, but to get there a team of engineers from across the globe had to come together to build the first – and only – floating launch pad. Made up of three elements, including a ...

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Designing a First Class Airbus Showroom

April 16, 2014 9:35 am | by Hofmann Innovation | Comments

Some orders are extraordinary challenges, even for experienced model builders like Modellbau Robert Hofmann. The order for the Airbus Showroom in Toulouse, for which cabin elements, or "mock-ups", needed to be created in a 1:1 scale, was such ...

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3 Lessons Learned from the Trenches

April 15, 2014 9:35 am | by Cindy Glass, Line/Shape/Space | Comments

True confessions: I started a business; mistakes were made. Lots of them. Now I’d like to share Part 2 of my story, which includes three more small-business owner tips/lessons learned from the trenches ...           

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How Trends in Electronics are Affecting Connectors

April 8, 2014 1:07 pm | by Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics | Omnetics Connector Corporation | Comments

Rapidly changing demands and designs in product performance and electrical integrity are having a huge effect on electronic connector systems. New smaller and more portable electronics in aerospace, defense, and other stressful environments ...

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The Modern Material Sourcing Process

April 8, 2014 9:25 am | by Stephen Hoshaw | Comments

Business has a few simple truths. Production costs drive prices is one of them. Materials must be found, parts must be created, and products must be assembled. At every point of the process is a cost and behind every production is a ...  

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Tricked-Out ATV Needed Significant Design Rework

April 4, 2014 10:15 am | by GKS | Comments

A Minnesota company contacted GKS Services to completely and accurately 3D scan an ATV. Rather than having to measure piecemeal by hand, their team would be able to use the digital model to precisely position mounting holes and other features to ...

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Cartridge Valves Enable Compact Circuit Designs Without Power Compromise

March 31, 2014 9:19 am | by HydraForce | Comments

With the introduction of Tier 4 engine emissions standards, the conventional wisdom of bigger meaning better has been discarded. As OEMs find themselves having to make more efficient use of their available horsepower, the demand has grown for ...

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Baby Doll’s Circuit Board Is Burning Children

March 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Comments

My Sweet Baby Cuddle Care Baby Doll, isn’t being so sweet or cuddly. The electric baby doll, wearing pink floral clothing and a matching knit hat, has been reported to cause burns and blisters. The circuit board in the chest of the doll can ...

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Measuring Insulation Resistance & How It's Done

March 27, 2014 12:50 pm | by David Hamilton, Managing Director at SK Wiring | Comments

When it comes to the installation and maintenance of electrics, one of the most important tasks is to take readings of the insulation resistance. The reason you do this it to make sure that the integrity of the insulation material hasn’t been ...

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How Helical Gears Impact the Performance of Planetary Systems

March 25, 2014 4:48 pm | by Dr. Gerhard G. Antony, Neugart USA Corp | Comments

The belief “helical is better” is not sustainable.  For lower noise, and quieter run helical gears have the advantage. If it comes to load ability, smaller size, and higher torque density, as well as longer life, the zero helix angle system has the ...

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Laser Encoders Enable Tech for High-Accuracy Machining

March 25, 2014 9:58 am | by Renishaw | Renishaw Inc. | Comments

Flow International Corporation's Composites Machining Center hits the mark for single-setup processing of 40-meter-long composite wing skins, and one of the keys to holding long-axis accuracy during week-long machining cycles is ...  

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Find, Secure, Control Any Bluetooth Device

March 24, 2014 12:39 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Comments

While many devices have emerged to help users find lost keys, or even dogs, the team behind Lupo has added a new benefit of control. Taking usability and inclusive design aspects into consideration, the team first ...     

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Extending PLM to Encompass Quality Management

March 24, 2014 9:11 am | by LORD Corporation | Lord Corp. | Comments

LORD MicroStrain has been using the Empower PLM system to manage their parts, bill of materials and engineering change/ECO information since 2007. The company realized positive business benefits managing their design processes with ...  

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Customize & Simulate Analog Designs

March 21, 2014 10:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Texas Instruments, Inc., Avnet, Eurotech, Inc. | Comments

Texas Instruments has unveiled the WEBENCH Schematic Editor, a new editing and simulation feature that enables engineers to customize power management designs and simulate the circuit created within the WEBENCH environment ...    

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Racing Teams Speed Software Learning Curve Using Online Tools

March 21, 2014 9:18 am | by Siemens | Siemens Plm Software | Comments

Speed is the essence of auto racing. The first car to the finish line wins, so it is the responsibility of every crew member – including those who work at team headquarters designing and building parts and systems – to do whatever they can to help ...

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8 Myths that Keep Manufacturers from Claiming R&D Tax Credit

March 17, 2014 3:18 pm | by Rizwan Virani, Managing Director, alliantgroup | Comments

At nearly $10 billion a year, the R&D tax credit is one of the biggest incentives available and can save manufacturing companies hundreds of thousands of dollars — yet only one out of twenty small- and medium-sized companies eligible for ...

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