The terms “3D printing” and “additive manufacturing” refer to processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data. The technology is already well-used in many sectors including transportation, health care, military and education.
Fujitsu Semiconductor America today introduced an Interface Bridge SoC that incorporates 10...
PVJapan 2012, the leading photovoltaic exhibition in Japan, will take place on December 5-7....
SEMICON Japan 2012: Focus on Next-Generation Technology Challenges — with Keynotes from Toshiba, Intel, Xilinx and TSMCOctober 22, 2012 12:53 pm | by SEMI | News | Comments
SEMICON Japan 2012, one of the largest exhibitions in the world for semiconductor manufacturing...
Using the world's fastest laser pulses to freeze the ultrafast motion of electrons and atoms, physicists have caught the action of molecules breaking apart and electrons getting knocked out of atoms. Their research helps us better understand molecular processes and ultimately be able to control them in many possible applications.
Bonso Electronics International, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of sensor based products, reported the grand opening ceremony of its new manufacturing facility at Xinxing (Guangdong Province, China). Company services include product design and prototyping...
Rice University researchers are using graphene with light in a way that could lead to the more efficient design and manufacture of electronics, as well as novel security and cryptography devices. The breakthrough details a novel concept...
Due to uncertain macroeconomic conditions in Europe and China, importers and manufacturers who sell to America’s retailers continue to be concerned with the economic resources of manufacturers, according to Capital Business Credit (CBC), a non-bank lender that services the retail sector.
Asia’s weakened demand for synthetic rubbers, commonly used in tire production, is expected to recover following this year’s drop in car production, says a new report from petrochemical experts GBI Research. The business intelligence firm’s latest research states that hunger for synthetic rubbers has been damaged...
The design, development and delivery of affordable magnetic components is a complex process. The design development process begins once performance requirements are specified. Upon design approval, the procurement of materials for a prototype build is initiated. During this stage, specifications are not final and options remain open for cost-effective production. Specifications must be reviewed and design trade-offs evaluated to ensure that the technical requirements are economically attainable with consideration given to performance and tolerance in relation to affordable cost.
If contemporary technology has a grand theme, it is that eventually digital will replace analog, and solid state will replace mechanical. Whether it be music or video, publishing or photography, telecommunications or engine control, the story is similar. Mechanical, analog machines have been around for decades, sometimes centuries. They are mature technologies—the kinks have been worked out, the costs have been squeezed as much as possible, the strengths and weaknesses are well understood. The newer solid state, digital challengers at first offer more promise than performance, but with continued innovation and development they come to dominate the market. So it will be with linear barcode readers. The market is currently dominated by mature, opto-mechanical laser scanners. The weaknesses of laser scanners, however, as also well known. When a new image analysis system is combined with advances in image formation including high-intensity LEDs, liquid lenses and megapixel sensors, the result is a mature barcode reader that delivers the promise of solid-state, digital technology while not yielding performance to opto-mechanical laser scanners.
Lambient Technologies LLC announced instruments, sensors and software for monitoring the dielectric properties of curing polymers. These properties provide insight into the chemistry, formulation, reaction rate, viscosity and cure state of epoxies, polystyrenes, polyurethanes, silicones, SMC, BMC and
Image-based ID readers stand poised to replace laser scanners in several industries. Thanks to advances in microprocessors, imaging sensors and decoding algorithms, ID readers have become not only more affordable, but also more powerful. Download this white paper to learn how today’s most advanced ID readers have overcome the technical and economic hurdles to offer a more attractive alternative to laser scanners as well as how to choose the right image-based ID reader for your application.
Product safety certification/approval is the process of evaluating an electrical product to applicable standards and/or specifications, which are dictated by the type of product and the locality for which the sale of the product is intended. Product safety standards were typically written and enforced on a country by country level. Early on, the local nature of the regulations were not problematic, as local markets tended to be served by local manufacturers; American manufacturers built products for American consumers, Japanese manufacturers built for the Japanese consumers, and so on.
Significant changes are happening to European environmental regulations. While there has been a great deal of discussion and debate over the past few years, in June 2011 the European Union issued Directive 2011/65/ EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The new directive recasts Directive 2002/95/EC, and has come to be known in the industry as the RoHS Recast. While many of these changes seem confusing, compliance will be mandatory for any company that hopes to sell into that territory. This paper seeks to cut through the complications and lay a foundation that is easy to understand.
Both the Lithium-ion (Li-ion) and Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) battery markets are expected to grow over the next several years. Applications with high voltage and capacity requirements are adopting Li-ion technology because of its many advantages- especially the high energy density, small size and low weight that this technology provides. Historically, SLA batteries have had a few superior technical traits, in addition to their extremely low cost, that have kept them leading the majority of the overall battery market. However, recent innovations in Li-ion chemistry has made it extremely competitive in markets that are weight sensitive and inconvenienced by SLA’s need for frequent maintenance. Many devices have required batteries for power back-up and these are primed for direct Li-ion replacement of SLA. In the medical market alone, these applications include infusion pumps, ventilators, wheelchairs and workstation carts. This paper will outline the technical and business considerations involved in converting an existing product from SLA to Li-ion.
Many medical devices are moving from simple back-up power to true portability. This creates challenges unique to medical devices and adds new advances in battery technology that can enhance and differentiate portable medical products. This white paper will look at the following advances in portable battery technology and the special considerations for medical device applications: •Lithium Ion (Li-ion) chemistries' advantages over older technology •Fuel gauging accuracy •Unique form factors using Li-Polymer •Use of Lithium Iron Phosphate for high current and Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) replacement •Sterilization of Li-ion for surgical equipment
Lithium polymer batteries have become common in single-cell consumer applications like cell phones and MP3 players, but industrial and commercial applications are now putting them to good use as well. The thin and custom shaped cells are now used in large, complex packs. This white paper is an overview of the advantages, disadvantages and guidelines for using Lithium polymer based battery packs. It looks at Lithium polymer cells versus metal-cased cylindrical and prismatic Li-ion cells and gives a brief description of battery pack construction considerations.
Battery packs are no longer a simple configuration of cells. They are carefully engineered products with many safety features. The main components include of a battery pack include; the cells, which are the primary energy source, the printed circuit board, which provides the intelligence of the system with features such as the fuel gauge and protection circuitry, the plastic enclosure, external contacts, and insulation.
This quick-reference user guide, for engineers and designers, talks about the guidelines and limitations for rapid injection molding. Learn how to get the best possible results for your real plastic molded parts. Download Protomold’s Designing for Moldability, 2nd edition.
Organizational Best Practices for FRACAS Implementation; Management Considerations when Developing and Deploying a Corrective Action SystemMay 31, 2011 11:08 am | by PTC | White Papers
An effective Corrective Action process can help organizations improve products and services, meet product warranty goals, and unite the work of personnel responsible for product quality and reliability. But companies with geographically dispersed teams and complex product requirements must overcome a number of challenges to implement a successful Corrective Action process.
This white paper discusses key elements of rapid codevelop-ment. It also explores how sharing processes and tools between hardware and software development enables teams to codevelop smarter products more efficiently, resulting inshorter time to market and improved product quality.
High-end workloads drive ever-increasing and ever-changing constraints on innovation. But still, IBM eX5 delivers. Read this white paper to see how IBM eX5 helps you get the greatest value for your organization today and in the future.