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NKK Switches On 3-D CAD Parts Library

Software and Hardware Publish Date: February 21, 2011
NKK Switches is doing its part to save engineers time. The manufacturer of electromechanical switches just announced single-click access to 3-D CAD models for the majority of its switches and...

Bayer Tests Carbon Dioxide-to-Plastic Process

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: February 21, 2011
A new German pilot plant has come on stream to produce a polyurethane feedstock based in part on waste carbon dioxide. Bayer is working on the project with the energy company RWE, RWTH Aachen...

American Scientists Issue Alert on Critical Materials

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: February 19, 2011
This morning’s newspapers are full of stories of deep budgets that are sure to affect funds for scientific research. And buried deep inside is a story of a call by leading American scientists to...

Consortium Says FD-SOI Could Benefit Mobile Electronics

Electronics and Test Publish Date: February 18, 2011
An industry consortium says that manufacturers of mobile and consumer devices will benefit from future use of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator (FD-SOI) technology, setting the stage for what...

Portable, Airborne Wind Energy System

Automation and Control Publish Date: February 18, 2011
Energy remains one of the biggest trends in the automation sector. Over the past couple of years, interest in energy saving has moved from being a subject that many thought was just a fad and into...

In This Corner: Inventor vs. SolidWorks

Software and Hardware Publish Date: February 16, 2011
Wondering how two of the leading 3-D CAD packages stack up? A just-released paper by Ray Kurland of TechniCom Group compares Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011 to SolidWorks Premium 2010, using...

New Lightning Strike System Eyed For Dreamliner

Materials and Assembly Publish Date: February 16, 2011
One of the big engineering questions with the Boeing Dreamliner was how to provide lightning strike protection in a plastic-bodied aircraft.  Composites have up to 1,000 times less electrical...

Trend Alert: Systems Design Consultancies

Automation and Control Publish Date: February 15, 2011
Well … it’s not exactly a new trend, but definitely one I’m seeing  a lot more of.A good bit of news around this trend was seen and heard during the ARC Advisory Group meeting in Orlando...

A Peek into the Automation Pipeline

Automation and Control Publish Date: February 10, 2011
I spent the first part of this week at the annual ARC Advisory Group event in Orlando. To my knowledge, I am not aware of another event where so many of the world’s most significant players in...

SpaceClaim Inks OEM Deal with CRTech

Software and Hardware Publish Date: February 9, 2011
Score another win for the guys at SpaceClaim. The company this week announced another OEM contract with C&R Technologies (CRTech), a maker of software for heat transfer analysis and fluid flow...