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Physically-Based Rendering Promises Greater Accuracy for Concept Models

It can be a subtle thing - perhaps just a shadow that shouldn’t be there. 

Even a small rendering error can add weeks to your development cycle if your team can’t see a flaw until the first prototype arrives. 

Physically-based rendering is designed to ensure that renderings conform to the laws of physics in both appearance and actual behavior by accurately modeling the materials. 

This 17-page white paper includes examples of real products rendered traditionally versus physically based renderings. 

You will learn how physically-based rendering can be used to:  Detect potential design errors Reduce the need for design iteration Speed up time to market

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Maximize Engineering Productivity: Three part 'Engineering Excellence' Webinar Series

After winning new business, the task of delivering to commitment falls to engineering. Small and medium size aerospace suppliers strive to meet program requirements and deliver to milestones. Engineering excellence supports lean engineering for reducing waste and improving business performance.

Part of the Engineered to Fly Industry Solution Experience, the CATIA application offers powerful new capabilities that drive engineering excellence.

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Justifying A 3D Printer Investment for Rapid Prototyping

These professionals are already keenly aware of how the technology can be used to quickly, easily and cost-effectively produce models, prototypes and patterns during the product development process. 

Convincing management, however, can be another story. 

More often than not, companies see prototyping as an expense, rather than an investment. This means there may be no budget to allow for purchasing a 3D printer. Without proper justification, a 3D printer purchase can be portrayed as negatively impacting a company’s bottom line. 

Therefore, the tangible financial benefits of investment in a 3D printer must be successfully laid out to management if a purchase is to be justified. 

In this 18-page white paper, you will learn about the following as they relate to 3D printer purchases:  Justification strategies Building financial justification Real-world examples of successful 3D printer purchases and applications

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Justifying Additive Manufacturing Through Jigs and Fixtures

Businesses are finding that AM can be used to fabricate manufacturing tools, such as jigs, fixtures, gauges, organizational aids and other devices, in an automated manner that reduces expenses and labor, while improving delivery times. 

Examining owners of AM equipment that use this technology to produce jigs, fixtures and other tools found that industrial 3D printers can pay for themselves much more quickly than previously thought. 

In this 10-page white paper, you will learn how 3D printing and additive manufacturing can be used:  For batch manufacturing of circuit board masking elements To produce hundreds of inspection fixtures To make tool holders for quick changeover during manufacturing Reduce costs and time to market

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Free eBook: How to Mitigate Downtime and Errors in AWS Using Loggly

Read our eBook to learn how log management helps you run better in the AWS Cloud; see how Loggly works with AWS to reduce downtime and detect errors.  Cut MTTR with log analytics on the AWS Cloud.  Today, effective log analysis is more important and more difficult than ever. Cloud infrastructure has spawned an exponential increase in log volume and complexity, making log data big data. This is why you need a solid log strategy. Learn how AWS customers have found a path to success.

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Complete Guide to Purchasing 3D CAD Software

This makes it possible to verify fit and function quickly before creating 2D documentation directly from the 3D models. 

Given the variety of tools on the market, it’s not always easy to find CAD software that offers great technical capabilities with a reasonable cost of ownership. It’s possible that you’re already working with low-productivity software, or a number of different CAD solutions, but there may be an option to find something more efficient that is tailored to your business. 

In this 21-page whitepaper you will learn how to:  Determine your need for 3D CAD software Compare & evaluate 3D CAD software What to expect from 3D CAD software, including average cost and what capabilities should be included

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7 Features Creo Offers for CAD Design

Among the available solutions is PTC Creo, a suite of CAD tools that may be useful in many applications. 

In this 12-page whitepaper you will learn seven different features of Creo:  Creo Parametric for parts and assemblies Creo Sketch for 2D design prep work Making late stage design changes Creating freeform geometries Working across multiple CAD environments Learning new skills with PTC University Mixing and matching Creo solutions

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Model-Based Definition (MBD)

Model-based definition (MBD) is now seen as a key method for tackling the challenges of constantly evolving product development, while also streamlining the overall design and production process. 

By incorporating a 3D model and the associated data that fully defines a product, MBD can be used to effectively communicate all of the necessary information to all downstream customers, without the need for 2D drawings. By creating a collaborative environment that shares the validated and authorized MBD data across a business, a company can become a model-based enterprise (MBE). 

In this 12-page eBook, you will learn:  The key business drivers for MBD/MBE The challenges and risks for MBD/MBE The business case for MBD How to eliminate inaccuracies and reduce errors How to reduce costs and improve product quality

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Eliminate Installation and Programming Costs in Fiber Optic Industrial Networks

Fiber optic cabling is often required when extending industrial networks to monitor or control remote assets where distance, environmental factors or signal speed requirements preclude the use of copper cable or wireless solutions. Incorporating fiber optic cabling introduces additional project complexity and risk compared to a copper cable-only network. Legacy communication protocols and limited equipment choices can make the task especially challenging. They face important decisions to ensure control objectives are achieved using fiber optic cable. Three primary areas must be addressed to define the ideal solution: Network Analysis and Design Set-up and Installation Operations and Maintenance Control engineers must analyze these three areas to ensure control requirements are met cost-effectively and reliably so the risk of downtime is minimized. Important parameters to consider in each of these areas are addressed below.

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Finding The Best PLM to Fit Industrial Equipment Manufacturers

While smaller Industrial Equipment Manufacturers may be able to control, access, and share product data with relatively simple Product Data Management (PDM) tools, larger Industrial Equipment Manufacturers rely on full-featured PLM systems that help automate processes and share data across global supply chains.

Industrial Equipment Manufacturer companies may find themselves in-between because: Product and organizational complexity drive them beyond basic PDM capabilities A full-featured PLM implementation may feel out of reach They need to choose a system that quickly delivers the core capabilities they need to streamline product development but also gives them room to grow value over time. What’s the right size PLM to fit an Industrial Equipment Manufacturer? Let’s take a look.

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GPS World

GPS World Industry leaders look to GPS World for continuous innovation in delivery of the freshest, most comprehensive GPS/GNSS-related news to high-level corporate managers, project and engineering managers, product designers, researchers, and system developers.

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Beyond Compliance: Connecting the Dots Between Quality, Engineering, and Regulatory

To be successful, medical device companies continually need to produce innovative products that are clinically and economically relevant.

In an effort to accelerate the delivery of innovative, safe, and fully compliant medical devices, companies: Strive to provide additional solutions to enhance the patient experience and address patient unmet needs Reduce both time-to-market and development costs Increase outsourcing and externalization When certain issues hinder innovation, it’s crucial to understand the type of solution that promotes collaborating to accelerate design and meet long-term business goals. Uncover how teams can focus on quality, accelerate innovation, and improve operational efficiency while ensuring global regulatory compliance.

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Accelerating Medical Device Innovation: Shifting From Compliance to Quality

Innovation is the engine that drives the medical device industry. Bringing new ideas to market will require a quality management strategy that keeps compliance requirements in check.

In this webinar, “Accelerating Medical Device Innovation: Shifting From Compliance to Quality” Axendia President and Co-Founder Daniel R. Matlis, along with other panelists, show you: Why compliance should be a by-product of quality How to harmonize a quality management strategy that takes legal compliance into account Why ensuring data transparency and stakeholder engagement is critical to both quality control and regulatory compliance Don’t let regulations hamper innovation. Learn about how quality assurance can work for you rather than be just an afterthought.

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Finding PLM to Fit Midsized Manufacturers in Aerospace and Aviation

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software can help. It drives better product development performance by managing product-related data, processes and projects. While smaller companies may be able to control, access and share product data with relatively simple Product Data Management (PDM) tools, larger manufacturers rely on full featured PLM systems that help automate processes and share data across global Aerospace and Aviation companies.

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UPS Industrial Buying Dynamics Study: Buyers Raise the Bar for Suppliers

Take a deep dive into the minds of the 1,500 U.S. industrial products buyers we surveyed for the third Industrial Buying Dynamics study. The study examines the major forces shaping industrial distribution today. Rising (and Changing) ThreatsIt’s no secret—people’s buying behaviors and preferences are rapidly changing. In this year’s study, we’ve seen important shifts in the influence of mobile e-commerce and the perception of e-marketplaces. Addressing Buyer Needs by Product TypeThis year’s study includes new questions that detail buyers’ needs and preferences based on the types of products they’re purchasing. Optimizing the Buyer ExperienceBuyers continue to demand a user-friendly customer experience across multiple sales and service channels, but a new generation of buyers are poised to demand new and higher expectations. The Potential of Post-sales Service as a DifferentiatorPost-sales capabilities can provide a crucial point of differentiation for distributors. From solid return solutions to additive manufacturing, explore new ways to stand out.

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DDR SDRAM -- Design Advantages and Signal Integrity Challenges

Thanks to the high-speed, high-bandwidth, double-data rate (DDR) memory in modern processors, our smartphones, servers, computers and gaming consoles are able to operate more powerfully and at higher speeds. 

While each new generation of DDR SDRAM (Double-Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory) brings increased speed capacity and decreased power consumption, they may not be easy to incorporate into a given PCB design. Issues such as decreased design margins or signal integrity issues can stand in the way of adding better memory to your PCB. 

This five-page whitepaper will address the following concerns with integrating DDR:  Variables that impact signal integrity Signal integrity challenges with DDR memory devices How to ensure signal integrity  

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7 Key Design Aspects of IoT PCBs

IoT devices may look streamlined and simple to consumers, but within these devices are complex components, physical interfaces, PCBs and rigid-flex circuitry which all have their own design and layout challenges. 

Before incurring delays or costs associated with making an IoT product, it’s essential that engineers have a proper PCB design environment, including pre- and post-layout simulation, layout constraint management and verification, among other features. 

This seven-page whitepaper will address seven key areas in IoT PCB design, including but not limited to:  IoT design domains The form and fit of IoT devices IoT design components Capturing the IoT design intent in the schematic diagram

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The Guide to 2017 - What's Important in RF Design Today

The biggest factors in RF today include creating breakthroughs in design technology and integration between specialized RF tools and the larger PCB design process. 

This five-page whitepaper will address five elements key to successful RF design in 2017, including but not limited to:  Real collaboration RF and system design integration Automation

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Industrial IoT (IIoT) - Where is Silicon Valley?

The Industrial Internet-of-things (IIOT) has a projected market forecast of over $40 billion, with a projected forecast of $100 billion by 2020. In the process of reaching this lofty figure, it will be necessary to convert volumes of factory data into actionable information throughout the entire manufacturing supply chain. 

As the IIOT evolves, with hundreds of thousands of sensors already deployed across the global supply chain already, who are the leading companies driving this development? And what role is Silicon Valley playing? 

This 9-page white paper will provide an illustrative map of the IIOT market, including:  Which companies are developing IIOT software? What players represent the sensor and actuator segment of the industry? Who are the cloud service providers? Which firms are filling the IoT and intelligent gateway niche? Who is targeting machine-to-machine communication hardware? What are the IIOT payoffs?

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Microwaves & RF

Published monthly, the magazine serves as a continuing-education guide for engineering professionals involved in the design of components, software, subsystems, and test equipment for automotive, commercial, industrial, medical, and military applications for high-frequency electronics.

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Top 5 Trends in the Medical Device Industry in 2017

Amid all this uncertainty, however, the outlook for medical devices is surprisingly bright. Investing News predicts that device manufacturers will capture major market share in 2017. Equally reassuring, Evaluate Research forecasts that medical technology sales will reach more than $529.8 billion by 2022, growing at an annual rate of 5.2 percent, and R&D expenditure will grow by 4.3 percent annually to reach $34 billion by 2022.

In this white paper, medical device experts Matt Lowe and Alex Butler discussed five trends that are likely to have a significant effect on the industry this year.

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MasterControl Registrations for Medical Device

For medical device firms, the process is part of an intense period of obtaining a 510(k) clearance or a PreMarket Approval (PMA) in the United States. While the information required is essentially the same for various registrations, the preparation, presentation, and the depth of information submitted vary greatly depending on the country. Re-registration of a medical device is no less demanding because requirements may change over time.

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FDA Readiness Toolkit for Medical Device Companies

The guidelines set forth by the FDA are a major factor in ensuring that companies manufacture and sell medical devices that are safe, reliable, and effective. Whether they do it effectively or not, complying with these regulatory guidelines is simply a normal part of doing business for medical device manufacturers. MasterControl, a global provider of Enterprise Quality Management Software (EQMS) solutions, has invested over 360 expert hours into the creation of this FDA Readiness Toolkit that is designed to help medical device manufacturers simplify compliance with FDA standards and streamline quality-related processes.

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Enabling Simulation Driven Design

Bringing computer-aided engineering (CAE) into design gives engineers insights into more successful products. 

In this ten-page eBook you will learn:  How failing prototypes affect launch dates Who is the most qualified to assess, verify and validate designs How engineers create detailed simulations Which simulation solution works best for your organization

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