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Nuclear Power Station Problem Foreseen

March 17, 2011 9:34 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx | Comments

My PhD thesis from 1967 showed that well-used water-cooled nuclear reactors had a vulnerability. The zirconium alloy used to clad the nuclear fuel becomes more chemically reactive after a prolonged and massive dose of neutrons caused by very extensive use.

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Breathable protective film for blister packs

March 16, 2011 3:24 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Re-sealable, dirt-repellant, air-permeable: intelligent protective films often have to perform several functions at once. Schreiner ProTech has developed a special solution for a renowned biotech company. It prevents the covers of boxes containing plastic tubes from bursting while being...

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Bosch builds new headquarters in Moscow

March 16, 2011 3:23 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The Bosch Group is starting construction on its new Russian headquarters, from which activities for both Russia and other CIS countries will be coordinated. Two connected buildings, one six stories high and the other eleven stories, will be built in …

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Push Button with CANbus Output

March 16, 2011 3:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

With IPEbutton, IPETRONIK, a supplier of mobile measurement technology in the automotive industry, offers a compact, smart accessory for IPETRONIK measurement systems. IPEbutton outputs a predefined message to the CANbus once the illuminated push button is pressed. Depending on the...

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FRC: On Inspiration

March 16, 2011 6:45 am | by Dave Wilson | Comments

I think it's pretty fair to assume that most readers of this blog can list a line of relatives, teachers, mentors, pastors, coaches and others who guided and inspired us, ultimately leading us into our careers as engineers, scientists, technologists, administrators, salespeople, marketers, designers, artists...

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Collaborating with the “Frenemy”

March 16, 2011 6:33 am | by Eric Ocasio | Comments

Just back from the frigid Milwaukee Regional! As a first time FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) attendee, I had a certain set of expectations before I came to the event. Being a competition, I was expecting teams to be a bit guarded when it came to discussing the details of their design or their "secret sauce.”

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Flexible customization of embedded motherboards

March 15, 2011 3:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Emerson Network Power is introducing the RapiDex service. The Intel Atom processor is the first to be supported, with other Intel embedded processors being added during 2011. Users of the RapiDex service specify the processor, memory, I/O and connectors and …

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EtherCAT Box system for standard analog signals

March 15, 2011 3:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Beckhoff has extended its range of IP 67 I/O modules with the new EP4374 EtherCAT Box, which combines two analog inputs and two analog outputs in one device. The versatile combination I/O box offers a finely scalable solution that empowers …

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Connector family MicroSpeed with 90° variants

March 15, 2011 3:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Erni Electronics has expanded its 1.0mm MicroSpeed connector family to include a 2-row 90° version in addition to the standard vertical male and female connectors designed for typical Mezzanine applications. The new right angled MicroSpeed connectors support data rates of …

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Impact of the Japanese Disaster on the PV Industry

March 15, 2011 8:02 am | by Charles Annis – Vice President, Manufacturing Research | Comments

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Northeast Japan on March 11 and the tsunami that followed later killed thousands and devastated huge parts of the country. In the process, multiple nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station were damaged...

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Aegis Software and MetricStream Partner to Deliver Total Enterprise Quality Management

March 14, 2011 2:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Aegis Software is partnering with MetricStream Inc., the market leader in enterprise-wide Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and Quality Management solutions, to deliver a unique and comprehensive solution for total quality management across a manufacturing enterprise. The solution...

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RS Components upgrades DesignSpark PCB with 3D

March 14, 2011 2:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

RS Components has announced the release of DesignSpark PCB version 2, its free PCB design software package. Working in partnership with Number One Systems, new features in DesignSpark PCB include unique 3D visualisation of PCB layouts, and increased library management …

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Family of GreenChip low-power adapters

March 14, 2011 2:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

NXP Semiconductors announced a new generation of GreenChip power solutions which feature the lowest standby capability in the industry, reaching levels below 10mW. The NXP GreenChip power ICs, also known as Switched Mode Power Supply controller ICs, are designed for …

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A New World Order for Tech Computing

March 14, 2011 11:02 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon (www.alereon.com) | Comments

This years CES and the recently completed Mobile World Congress in Barcelona indicate that we are be on the verge of a tipping point in the computing ecosystem versus what we have known for the past 20 years.

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FIRST Robotics Regional Competition Tips

March 14, 2011 10:32 am | by Scott McMahon | Comments

I attended the regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in San Antonio last week, providing technical support and mentoring to young innovators of tomorrow. The FRC was a great event! I walked away with a few tips for students, mentors and volunteers, so I thought I’d share...

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