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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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Extreme Conversion with Fast Transient Response

April 23, 2014 1:18 pm | by Vince Stueve, FAE & Jayant Rao, Micrel, Inc. | Comments

What if a simplified, straightforward buck regulator were able to be used for extreme conversions? How much simpler could the circuit design be?Imagine how much real estate and cost could be saved if a simple "off the shelf" inductor could be ...

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Near-Death Experience Inspires New Design

April 23, 2014 10:23 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Comments

Electric motorcycles aren’t new, but if you add a shell and a self-balancing system, that’s a whole different animal. Lit Motors is not only looking to improve the carbon footprint of vehicles, the company is looking to reinvent the way we look at ...

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Choosing the Right Cabling Option

April 22, 2014 1:14 pm | by Uwe Schenk, Global Segment Manager – Wind, Helukabel USA | Comments

Renewable energy industry reports suggest that more than 60% of all future power capacity will come from renewable technologies, only 25% will be in the form of gas or oil, with the remainder being nuclear. Furthermore, experts estimate in ...

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Condition Monitoring Systems & the Importance of the Encoder

April 22, 2014 1:02 pm | by Bob Setbacken, Product Manager, Leine & Linde | Leine&Linde Ab | Comments

Whether you are operating a mine, a mill, or a power plant, the goal is to generate expected yields and associated revenue. These factories or plants operate continuously to meet their targets. Downtime that is ...     

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Behind the Mask

April 21, 2014 4:47 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Inspired by the intent to push the limitations of existing technology, laser-sintering system provider EOS sponsored his design, growing (laser sintering) the 8 ½-pound headdress on an EOSINT P 760 additive manufacturing (AM) system ...  

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Simplifying M2M Data Networking

April 21, 2014 9:32 am | by Bill Conley, B&B Electronics | Comments

There is currently no universal standard for cellular network certification and provisioning in North America. Instead, the North American cellular carriers and standards bodies like CTIA/PTCRB force mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and ...

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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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