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  1. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  2. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  3. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  4. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  5. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  6. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  7. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  8. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  9. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  10. 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 Request Free! View the full article
  11. For that reason, it’s essential for design engineers of all types to learn about the variety of sensors that are hitting the market. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  12. 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! Request Free! View the full article
  13. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  14. 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. Request Free! View the full article
  15. 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. Request Free! View the full article