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Arkema Announces Bio Route to Acrylic

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: March 5, 2011
Look for increasing development of bioplastics for the medical market. In one of the more interesting announcements at last month’s MD&M show in Anaheim, CA, Arkema said it is in the process of...

The Security and Barbecue Connection

Automation and Control Publish Date: March 3, 2011
After spending nearly a decade following the enterprise software business and nearly another decade in the automation and control space (note that neither instance was a full decade — I’m not...

ANSYS Dials Into NSF-funded Smart Antenna Project

Software and Hardware Publish Date: March 1, 2011
Here’s a cool project that could help overcome the annoyance and frustration of unreliable wireless signals and connections. Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., has received a $1.2 million...

Audi Plans Greater Use of Carbon Composites

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: March 1, 2011
Use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) in cars continues to advance. Audi and Voith GmbH announced a partnership to promote industrialization of fiber-reinforced materials, particularly...

Designing Manufacturing's Next Step

Automation and Control Publish Date: February 28, 2011
There’s been no shortage of discussion over the past year or so about how well Germany’s industrial sector weathered and emerged so well-positioned from the most recent recession. Many...

Designing the Future of Manufacturing

Automation and Control Publish Date: February 28, 2011
There’s been no shortage of discussion over the past few years about how well Germany’s industrial sector weathered and emerged so well-positioned from the most recent recession. Many industry...

Testing the Future of Gas Turbine Engines

Electronics and Test Publish Date: February 25, 2011
In all the talk about fuel-efficient engines, safety is rarely one of the principal issues discussed. But when you consider that fuel efficient engines tend to run much hotter and at higher speeds...

The MCAD "Smackdown" Continues

Software and Hardware Publish Date: February 24, 2011
It’s been an on-going discussion in engineering circles, at times become a raucous debate and now some of industry’s most respected veterans are gearing up to address the issue in what...

Heinz Will Use Sugar-Based Plastics in Ketchup Bottles

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: February 23, 2011
Another major consumer package is moving from oil-based plastics to plant-based plastics. The iconic Heinz ketchup bottles will be made in part (30 percent) from sugarcane ethanol produced in...

Model-based Design and the Reversing Windshield Wiper

Automation and Control Publish Date: February 22, 2011
I have to admit, aside from being occasionally entranced by their rhythmic motion while stopped at a traffic light, I never really thought that much about windshield wipers until I saw the 2008...