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Fuel Cell Vehicle Among 5 Patents This Week

May 1, 2015 | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

In the invention summary, Suzuki Motor Corporation cites several technical problems currently experienced in fuel cell vehicles. One such problem is the inability to efficiently ...

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Today in Engineering History: English Channel Tunnel Opens

May 6, 2015 2:40 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 6, 1994, a rail tunnel was officially opened under the English Channel in a ceremony presided over by England’s Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterand. Thirty-one miles of rail ...

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Sins Against CI or Pragmatic Business?

May 6, 2015 9:47 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Sometimes what our chosen Continual Improvement (CI) methodology directs us to do is not, in fact, the right thing to do for our business.  However, the pressure to execute our methodology to the ideal overrides what we ...

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Today in Engineering History: First American Travels to Space

May 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 5, 1961, NASA’s Freedom 7 capsule, powered by a Redstone booster (Mercury-Redstone 3), was launched into space. The capsule carried astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., making him the first American to ...

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4 Factors Driving an Increase of Robotics in the Manufacturing Supply Chain

May 5, 2015 9:16 am | by John Santagate, Rearch Manager, Supply Chain, IDC | Comments

The use of robotics in the manufacturing supply chain began back in 1961, when GM installed the Worlds first industrial robot on a production line. Granted, that first robotic installation was nothing compared to ...

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Today in Engineering History: Unofficial Balloon Altitude Record Set

May 4, 2015 2:31 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 4, 1927, Hawthorne C. Gray made the first balloon flight over 40,000 feet. Gray was a captain in the United States Army Air Corps. The flight was Gray’s second attempt to break the world altitude record ...

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The Most Important Adhesives You Should Know (Part 2)

May 4, 2015 9:51 am | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Comments

We are back again this month discussing the most important adhesives you should know about.  Last month we touched on adhesives that cure with a physical reaction including dispersion adhesives, solvent adhesives and ...

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Today in Engineering History: Construction Begins on World's First Skyscraper

May 1, 2015 12:22 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, May 1, 1884, construction began on Chicago’s first skyscraper at the corner of Adams and LaSalle Streets. Before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, much of the city’s skyline was made up of wooden buildings ...

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Understanding Material Nuances from Metal 3D Printing

April 30, 2015 4:51 pm | by Stratasys Blog | Comments

3D printing with metals has never been more accessible to the manufacturing community. Each material adds a unique range of mechanical properties to broaden perfect-fit applications using 3D metal printing ...

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Today in Engineering History: Land Rover Makes Public Debut

April 30, 2015 12:08 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 30, 1948, the original Land Rover debuted at the Amsterdam Auto Show. Maurice Wilks, the chief designer at the British Rover Company, designed the first Land Rover, known as Series 1 ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Military Nuclear Power Plant Formally Opens

April 29, 2015 2:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 29, 1957, the first military nuclear power plant was formally opened in a public ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. SM-1 was a 2-megawatt nuclear reactor developed by the United States Atomic Energy ..

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Sphero's Star Wars Droid Is the Toy You're Looking For

April 29, 2015 11:21 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

Excitement has been mounting for some time now as Star Wars fans prepare for the series' newest installment, The Force Awakens. Coming to the big screen in December, Episode VII features a variety of new creatures, droids, and robots ...

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Today in Engineering History: First Premeditated Jump with Army Ripcord Parachute

April 28, 2015 2:35 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 28, 1919, Leslie Irvin made the first free-fall parachute jump with the Army Air Corps ripcord Type A parachute, designed and tested by the Engineering Division of the Air Service at McCook Field ...

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Letter to the Editor: Engineers Must Take the Lead

April 28, 2015 10:43 am | by PD&D Staff | Comments

In every print publication’s At Issue I ask the reader’s to respond to me via email if they have any comments or questions about that month’s topic. Below is the response from one reader, Jay Lipeles, who emailed me in a “Letter to the Editor,” with his reactions to ...

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Today in Engineering History: U.S. Steamboat Explodes

April 27, 2015 11:56 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, April 27, 1865, the SS Sultana, a U.S. side-wheel steamboat, exploded and sank in the Mississippi River near Memphis, TN. Approximately 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers aboard died when three of the ...

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New Taser System Among 5 Patents This Week

April 24, 2015 12:25 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Comments

This patent, assigned to TASER International, cites the desirability to improve the accuracy with which Taser electrodes strike a target, and the need for a user interface capable of multiple functions ...

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