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Manufacturing drives American economy, but needs more support

February 4, 2015 11:05 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, Design Group, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that ...

Environmental improvements to passenger aircraft drives component innovation

February 4, 2015 8:41 am | by Julian Thomas, Engineering Director, TT Electronics Power & Hybrid | Articles | Comments

Civil aircraft that are quieter and more economical will deliver benefits for operators, travellers, communities on the ground, and the environment. Technology advancements hold the key to progress, according to initiatives such as Europe’s Clean Sky joint undertaking. Improvements being ...

Power supply designed for medical devices and industrial test equipment

February 3, 2015 11:56 am | by SL Power Electronics Corporation | SL Power Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The MINT1500 AC/DC power supply from SL Power Electronics Corporation solves a multitude of power challenges for next-generation medical devices and industrial test equipment. The high performance MINT1500 meets design engineers’ requirement for a highly efficient ...

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Cables ideal for commercial lighting designs

February 3, 2015 11:15 am | by AFC Cable Systems | Product Releases | Comments

AFC Cable Systems announces their “NEW” MC Luminary cables. These metal-clad cables combine electric lighting and control circuits under a single interlocked armor. MC Luminary cable is ideal for commercial lighting designs in Smart buildings for both LED and fluorescent dimming....

A scalable electric drive for buses and trucks

February 2, 2015 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The future belongs to electric motors, and commercial vehicles are no exception. To date, however, many attempts to develop electric motors for commercial vehicles have stalled at the prototype stage or are extremely expensive: Usually electric models ...

Modules simplify design and installation at the system level

February 2, 2015 3:38 pm | by Ioxus, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ioxus has announced the official launch of the iMOD X-Series, a family of 22 modules that makes the design and installation at the system level extremely easy for the end-customer. The architecture of the iMOD X-Series will be the framework for ...

Microcontrollers draw only 124 μA when operating at 1 MHz

February 2, 2015 3:00 pm | by Renesas Electronics America | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation announced the availability of the RL78/I1D group of microcontrollers (MCUs). The RL78/I1D group realizes the industry’s lowest power consumption and integrates a wealth of analog functions usable in various sensing ...

Pi aims for the sky with Raspberry Pi 2

February 2, 2015 12:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Today, element14 launched the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, adding speed and memory to the $35 credit-card sized computer in its first major upgrade since 2012. The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has six times the speed and two times the memory of its ...

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Varistors provide bi-directional transient voltage protection

January 30, 2015 11:34 am | by Avx Corporation | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has extended the voltage and energy ratings of its radial leaded TransGuard Automotive Series with the addition of its new VR20 varistors, expanding both the number and type of applications for which the series is an ideal solution. Based on ...

Automotive thin-film chip resistor offers performance to +155°C

January 30, 2015 8:32 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it has extended its PATT precision automotive thin film chip resistor family with devices in the 0402 and 1206 case sizes. The devices are available with gold-plated terminals for conventional solder assembly....

Engineering Update #95: A space telescope that beats the Hubble

January 29, 2015 9:54 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people the images captured by the Hubble telescope are some of the greatest in the world. But what if it was possible to take images that were 1000 times sharper than those taken by Hubble? The University of Colorado Boulder is working an an instrument package called ...

AC-DC power supplies include input voltage range of 277/347/480VAC

January 28, 2015 8:08 am | by ROAL Electronics | ROAL Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

ROAL Electronics announces the release of a new series of very compact, lightweight, high efficiency 400W AC-DC power supplies called DDP400HV. This new series of high input voltage power supplies operates at the worldwide input voltage ...

Preparing for the robot uprising

January 26, 2015 10:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Could artificial intelligence programs revolutionize human labor laws? Should autonomous weapons be programmed to comply with the Geneva Conventions? A speculative letter released on Thursday, Jan. 16 by Future of Life Institute, a volunteer-run research ...

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Linear position sensor adapts to existing hydraulic cylinder designs

January 23, 2015 9:19 am | by Alliance Sensors Group | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its in-cylinder position sensor product line to include the MHP series linear inductive sensors. These compact inductive linear sensors were designed to be installed into the rear endcap of ...

5 ways to protect intellectual property

January 22, 2015 11:07 am | by Jennifer Collins, Morningstar Law Group | Blogs | Comments

Prior to embarking on product development activities, it is critical that companies take time to protect their intellectual property rights. Several separate partnerships, alliances and agreements may be needed to go from the research phase to the marketplace. Each strategic alliance ...

The myth of America's manufacturing renaissance

January 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Adams Nager, economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has recently released a report entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." In the report, Nager discusses ..

Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum dots are for real

January 14, 2015 9:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is arguably the single most important event of the year. And with 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, 3,600 exhibitors, and more than 170,000 attendees — every one of which we got to dodge en route to each appointment ...

Engineering Newswire: Mercedes' futuristic self-driving car

January 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Lots of new technologies and innovations were displayed this past week at CES. However, few were more impressive than Mercedes’Benz self-driving F015 Luxury in Motion. Living up to its name, this car looks like something out of a science fiction movie....

Do engineers use counterfeit components?

January 8, 2015 3:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Counterfeit components continue to make it into designs as companies try to reduce prices and make smart business decisions. While a counterfeit component might lower the initial cost, the long term consequences of using grey market products can result in more expensive...

Startup brings more efficient tools to Tanzania

January 8, 2015 3:26 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Back in 2009, alumna Jodie Wu ’09 launched Global Cycle Solutions (GCS) in Tanzania to bring small-scale farmers an innovative product she designed in MIT’s D-Lab: a bike-mounted maize sheller. Easily attached to a bike and powered by pedaling, the low-cost, cast-iron...

3-D 'Pop-up' silicon structures: Transforming planar materials into 3-D microarchitectures

January 8, 2015 3:23 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

In the cover feature article of the journal, Science, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describe a unique process for geometrically transforming two dimensional (2D) micro/nanostructures into extended 3D layouts by exploiting mechanics principles similar to those found in children's 'pop-up' books.a

Software allows for better management of design and production

January 8, 2015 3:08 pm | Altium | Product Releases | Comments

INLYNK announced the release of version 4.3 of its flagship product. Optymo is a BOM and Parts Management solution that helps organizations to better manage their design and production steps. The new version is the result of a collaboration between Altium, Octopart and INLYNK.

Interface board offers more options

January 8, 2015 2:09 pm | Heidenhain Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

HEIDENHAIN is making available a new interface board for PROFINET-IO giving those interested in the conversationally-friendly TNC controls more options than ever.  This common PROFINET-IO (ID 825866-02) will be available in addition to the interface board for PROFIBUS-DP (ID 828539-01) that is already being used in the field.

Enclosures available in aluminum or plastic

January 6, 2015 9:11 am | OKW Enclosures, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OKW has added new Round and Oval models to its elegant new range of SYNERGY electronic enclosures – its first to be manufactured from both plastic and aluminum. The new models mean the SYNERGY range now offers 36 enclosures in four types – Round, Oval, Square and...

The key to using Bluetooth Smart in asset tracking

January 5, 2015 5:45 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Asset tracking can conventionally mean many things but in general it’s about keeping track of objects, which could be anything from containers crossing the Atlantic Ocean safely to making sure fire extinguishers stay put at schools. How can Bluetooth® make asset tracking easier...

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