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New specialty lubricants for open drives and gears keep mineral processing plants up and running

The tough operating conditions in mining and mineral processing pose special challenges to lubricants used in gearboxes, open drives, bearings, chains and other components. Selecting the right type of lubricant plays a vital role in maximizing operational reliability and uptime. This white paper presents factors that will help you identify the most efficient and cost-effective lubricant for a particular friction point by covering: Advantages of transparent adhesive lubricant formulations over conventional black adhesive formulations—such as handling a wide range of speeds and temperatures, optimally separating friction surfaces and reducing maintenance. How synthetic oils increase the performance of closed gears—such as polyglycol oils, which can extend oil change intervals as much as 500% and increase closed-gears efficiency up to 10% Improvements in plant operating conditions through expert tribological support See the white paper for full details.

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7 Not So Common Features in PLM Software

Today, 70 percent of new products are comprised of procured-in content, and that number will only increase. Thus, manufacturing has become more complex than ever before. 

Unfortunately, management software isn't keeping pace with this this change and traditional product lifecycle management (PLM) systems are struggling. Simple tasks like creating work flows, updating a bill of materials, or marking up a 3D CAD file remain difficult for users. In this whitepaper, we will look at seven new approaches that Upchain customers have used to enable innovation, speed, and simplicity. 

In this white paper you will learn:  What Upchain is. Seven real world workflow enhancements that Upchain can bring to your product development process. What a modern PLM system should provide your management and engineering teams.

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Connecting the Value Chain to Accelerate New Product Introduction

This network faces a number of challenges. Chiefly, the amount of procured-in content means the procurement department is heavily involved in the design process, and that can lead to confusion when it comes to communicating with design engineers. 

So, how does a firm solve this problem? 

One solution is to implement a product lifecycle management (PLM) system. But with so many PLM systems on the market, how does a firm choose the product that is right for their use? 

In this eBook, a PLM solution called Upchain is reviewed. 

In this eBook you will learn:  What Upchain is. How Upchain can make product development easier. How Upchain can make it easier to reference and communicate design data.

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Now You Can Program Robots in Virtual Reality

But until recently, there haven’t been options for VR integration for robot programming. 

VR technology has come a long way in the past couple of years, and 3D modeling software has become incredibly realistic. With surges in these two technologies well underway, ABB Robotics has introduced RobotStudio, which provides new and interesting ways to utilize these recent advancements and make engineers’ jobs easier. 

In this white paper you will learn about:  Why VR-integrated robotic training can improve robotic performance and engineering safety. How ABB’s RobotStudio makes it easier to program robots via VR. What the future of VR-integrated robotic programming will look like.

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The Additive Advantage: Metal 3D Printing and Light-Weighting

Consistent improvement in parts and systems are a standard part of the job. Driving up fuel efficiency, while cutting operating costs and emissions in aviation, aerospace, automotive or motorsports—it’s the same challenge. And the answer is: lighter parts. 

But swapping heavy for light is just the first step in the marathon, to put real distance between you and the competition, you need innovation. A tried and tested, non-standard tool can give you the edge. Metal 3D printing, also known as direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), is that tool. 

In this eBook you will learn:  How the DMLS process works. What applications are best suited for DMLS technology. How DMLS technology can help your team innovate faster.

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Stop Fighting the Power--Front Lighting vs. Backlight and OLED

On most devices, the backlight is as powerful as a car headlight, and uses most of that energy fighting light sources it could be using. But there is another, much more efficient display light: front lighting. It does, however, work differently than a typical transmissive backlit display and, in this white paper, you'll learn how this transformative technology works. 

In this white paper you will learn:  Why it was believed that front lighting a display was impossible. How front lighting can preserve precious device battery power. How front-lit displays are different from backlight and OLED displays.

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Unlocking Commercial Knowledge: How System-Level Modeling forms the Basis for High-Performance, Low-Risk Designs

After long iterations and expensive prototypes, it seems you’ve got all the kinks out of your design. Weeks later, your system fails in the field for some unknown reason, despite your existing design tools showing no errors. A costly repair is in order, but the underlying problem hasn’t been addressed. How do you track down exactly what went wrong? Recently, a leading industrial automation company found themselves in this exact situation, searching for a solution that would offer a cost-effective fix and prevent similar issues in the future.

The solution they found helped them see the interactions between every mechanism in their robot, and to accurately predict its behavior in the field. While their previous tools modeled the static loading of the robots, the complex motion of the robot arm was giving rise to brief moments of damaging torque for the motors - something their old tools couldn’t model. What was originally a daunting repair program essentially became a software update to tweak the motion of the robot, eliminating the moments where the motors experienced the highest torque. The solution here was made possible by modern tools and an innovative design approach called system-level modeling.

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Model-Based Thermal Design for Smaller, Efficient Electronic Devices

With higher performance demands than ever, various electronic devices, such as mobile phones, cameras, and ECUs mounted on automobiles, are becoming more integrated with sophisticated electronics. At the same time, electronic devices are required to be further miniaturized and have to be densified, which makes the heat problem in electronic devices more serious.

System-level modeling (or 1D simulation) software such as MapleSim can provide a thermal system with the necessary degree of detail, and is suitable for use at the initial stages of design, where CAD data may be unavailable. This technique is compatible with the Thermal Network Method (TNM), which can be executed after modeling to understand the thermal behavior of an electronic device. This whitepaper outlines the TNM and demonstrates the advantages of using a 1D CAE tool for this method.

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Direct Acting High Speed Servo Valve (DASV)

In pneumatic and hydraulic applications, a high performance servo valve can mean the difference between a smooth precision performance and damaged system prone to internal leakage and delayed response time. A high performance servo valve provides the system with rigorous control over various factors such as force, velocity, and pressure. In this download from Santest, you will read about their Direct Acting High Speed Servo Valve, which are designed for demanding applications that require a high level of precision and low power consumption. 

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The Production and Use of Clear Parts with 3D Printing

3D printing may be able to provide an edge when it comes to fabricating these clear parts. However, there are few technologies capable of 3D printing clear parts—and even fewer that can do so with quality and clarity. 

In this 13-page eBook, you will learn about the value of clear, 3D-printed parts, including:  The advantage of 3D printing clear parts Applications for clear, 3D-printed parts How to produce clear, 3D-printed parts

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How the Shrinking Cost of Sensors Is Fueling the Internet of Things

For that reason, it’s essential for design engineers of all types to learn about the variety of sensors that are hitting the market. 

Engineering.com has put together a special report outlining some of the most widely used or specialized sensors that can be connected to the IoT, as well as some of their applications. We also make a case for how and why design engineers should consider incorporating IoT features in their products 

In this 13-page eBook, you will learn:  A variety of different sensors used in IoT How communication, storage and security are handled in IoT applications How and why design engineers should consider the IoT for their products.

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Rapid prototyping and product testing with Ultimaker

Having printers in-house allowed for extensive testing in early design stages, reduced time spent between iterations, saved money, and allowed the team to collect valuable data about product usability.

Download the business case to learn how BOSEbuild saved cost and development time using 3D printing!

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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Custom Glass Manufacturer

Due to the inherent complexity of glass fabrication, many professionals seeking glass services know exactly what kind of part is needed, but are unclear on the intricacies of the actual manufacturing process. Therefore, having a basic understanding of glass fabrication is crucial to ensuring you receive reliable, high-quality parts at a fair price. This guide is intended to help professionals navigate the manufacturing process and select a trustworthy fabrication partner who will be able to meet all of your exact application needs.

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The Comprehensive Guide to Photo Chemical Machining

Precision. Economical value. Flexibility. Rapid results. These are just a few of the benefits that photo chemical machining can provide for your precision components. In comparison to other traditional fabrication processes such as laser cutting, stamping, and punching, the photo chemical method can produce highly intricate, complex parts that are unaffected by mechanical stress quickly with low-cost tooling. This white paper offers a comprehensive guide that outlines everything you need to know about photo chemical machining. From basic fundamentals to a cost analysis to a detailed comparison with other fabrication techniques to useful engineering and design tips. Download now, and discover if photo chemical machining is the right process for your application.

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Connector Designs To Address Data Rate and Density Challenges

As the need for bandwidth continues to increase, so does the need for higher data rates within a system. Although many in the electronics industry are pushing these cutting-edge data rates, achieving this performance is much easier said-than-done. Design challenges include PCB routing complexities, space limitations, thermal management, and ever-shrinking component size. This paper discusses some of the design strategies used by one connector manufacturer to address and meet these challenges.

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How to Save Water for Optimal Property ROI

Facility managers are always searching for ways to decrease their water usage. As a property manager or landlord, you have technological options to reduce water consumption and save money.

In this e-kit, you’ll learn how: Saving water with high-efficiency fixtures can increase ROI To get creative with scaling back on water usage Our powerful, patented technology saves precious resources – your money and the world’s water Niagara Conservation was founded on the practice of looking at how something works and designing a better solution, for our customers and our planet. Read on to learn how your business, properties, and projects can cut costs, increase efficiencies and save the planet. Welcome to the water revolution, we saved you a seat.

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The Evolution of Device Display Technology

Whether watching a movie cast on silver material or texting on a OLED display, the people of this planet are transfixed to screens. 

On their face, device displays can deliver a myriad of experiences that excite our emotions, help us learn and facilitate communication with those both near and far. 

But where did device display technology come from? What are its origins? And what can we expect to see in the future? 

In this white paper you will learn:  About the history of display technology. What breakthroughs are still helping advance the state of the art in display technology. What you can expect from display technology in the near future.

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3D Printing for End-Use Production

Yet these parts are often little more than conceptual show-and-tell models, not durable enough for long-term use, and in some cases prone to degradation by sunlight. 

The winds of manufacturing are beginning to shift, however, and industrial-grade 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is now encroaching on machining, injection molding, and other conventional manufacturing processes. This white paper explores the new and existing technology leaders in this area, and assesses the capabilities of production for each major 3D printing process. 

In this white paper you will learn:  Why 3D printing should be immediately adopted for production. What 3D printing technologies are available and the individual strengths that each technology brings to 3D printing. What the future holds for additive manufacturing and how near that future is to becoming reality.

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Adoption of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT') in 2018

Engineering.com surveyed 226 manufacturing professionals to find out.

Among other things, we found out that higher performing production environments have more advanced IIoT implementations than lower performing environments 

Here are a few more insights:  More than half of all production activities are instrumented Connecting that equipment to the Internet and analyzing the data from it is at an earlier stage of adoption The most popular application for IIoT is optimizing machine and process performance, but six other applications are almost as popular The data supporting these findings is presented in charts and graphics in this 24-page report. 

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IoT Features in New Product Development

We asked the survey respondents whether they were in the evaluation, pilot, or deployed stage of delivery to their customers. 

The answers were interesting – IoT development was more pervasive than we expected. 

Here are a few selected insights:  IoT is in the mainstream. More than 60% of respondents are at least evaluating adding IoT capabilities to their products. IoT adoption isn’t limited to manufacturers of finished goods. Projects are underway at companies in all industries, from processed products such as fluids or raw materials to component and part manufacturers. Multiple types of IoT offerings are in development including automated management of devices, tracking assets in the field and analytics for product performance. The data supporting these findings are presented in charts and graphics in this 26 page report. 

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9 Free Resources to Help Device Manufacturers Boost CAPA Management

MasterControl specialists have invested over 240 expert hours into the development of the CAPA Toolkit, a collection of complimentary webinars, white papers and other useful information designed to help medical device manufacturers improve quality management processes. The aim of the MasterControl CAPA Toolkit is to help executives and quality managers improve quality systems and know the best actions to take when quality events arise. You don’t even have to fill out a form to get the free Toolkit—just click the link and you’ll be on your way to discovering how leading device companies are getting down to the actual root causes of quality management predicaments and resolving their CAPA issues.

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How to Leverage Technology to Improve Collaboration

From using different mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) applications to working on projects with stakeholders located all over the world, engineers have to overcome various obstacles to get the job done. Learn how technology can help streamline communications and collaboration, ultimately setting up your team for success.

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Designing for a Connected World

Engineers have strict expectations to meet when it comes to designing smart connected products, and system engineering is a critical skill set in this new age of design. Read the e-book "Engineering Handbook for Designing Smart Connected Devices" to learn how to master this competency.

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Reshape Your Business with 3D Design

Learn how SOLIDWORKS® 3D design and visualization solutions helped nine consumer products companies improve features and functionality, bring products to market more quickly, reduce production timelines and more.

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Breaking Down the Barriers of 3D Printing

It lives up to the promise of making businesses more competitive by giving them the tools to streamline and enhance the product-creation processes. 

It’s no secret that businesses need to quickly respond to changing customer and market demand to stay competitive. That’s true for small design firms as well as large, established manufacturers. Getting a new product out before your competition helps you generate new revenue and maintain market leadership. But doing that is not easy. 

So, you have to ask yourself the question “is this the right time to invest in 3D printing?” 

In this white paper you will learn:  How 3D printing can shorten product development times. How 3D printing process has been made easier and more user friendly. How 3D printing can reduce the cost of product development.

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