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Simplifying Computing at the Edge, A Modern Automation Engineer's Approach

Automation practices continue to evolve as project requirements and business expectations rise year-over-year. In parallel, the rise of edge computing capabilities, coupled with traditional industrial control system architectures, provides increasing levels of flexibility. Learn about specific use cases and hear insights into integrating edge computing, including what to looks for during the design, RFP, build, install, and maintenance phases of a project.

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3D Printing: The Disruption is Real

3D printing is disrupting manufacturing in fields ranging from medicine to automotive. Learn why digitization is the key to this rapid transformation in the eBook: “3D Printing: The Disruption is Real” to learn: How global metatrends are driving a changing business climate What this means for supply chains Why a corporate-level additive strategy is important. Learn the best ways to employ 3D printing in your business.

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Transforming the Medical Device Industry

Medical devices are a billion-dollar industry that has seen unprecedented growth in the last decade. The industry is evolving at an incredible pace, driven by an increase in life expectancy and aging populations. To be successful, medical device companies must deliver better solutions that are easier to use and improve patient results at a lower cost. The key to this success is innovation. But creating state-of-the-art technologies faces steep competition, strict regulatory requirements and fast-moving trends: bringing new products into full-scale production in today’s environment has never been more demanding.

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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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New Trends and Technologies Impacting Design Review in AEC

Such issues are the result of project complexity, size, uniqueness and regulation, as well as the need for virtual team collaboration. 

Design reviews are a critical part of this process and present some unique challenges. Key team members are often located in many places and on diverse computing platforms, and face difficulties working on the entire project at once. As a result, there are usually multiple discussion cycles and proposed design modifications that can delay decisions, push out project timetables and increase costs. The solution to these issues lies in advanced, scalable technology that can bring efficiency to the project life cycle and deliver substantial savings in both time and cost. 

In this white paper you will learn:  Why keeping up with design review technologies is critical to innovation. What technologies are changing the AEC design review process. How leaders in the AEC industry are using the latest in design review technologies.

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Escaping the Licensing Maze -- Save Money on Software Licensing

This overflow of options and information involved in software licensing decisions is why we call it “navigating the maze”. 

By way of conversations with industry leaders, this white paper presents you with the best practices that you can employ for navigating the maze and making the most of your licensing agreements. 

In this eBook you will learn about:  How to determine what software you need. How to contain software cost. How to recoup software licensing costs.

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Getting Started with Cobots in 10 Easy Steps

But while cobots can take on an amazing range of operations, some jobs make more sense to automate than others. That’s especially true if you’re just getting started. But how do you determine if cobots will be useful for your operation and exactly what can these machines do? This white paper can help you answer those questions and more. 

In this white paper you will learn about:  What you can automate with cobots and what it means for a robot to be “collaborative”. What environments are best suited to host cobots. Whether or not you should worry about programming a cobot.

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Engineer-to-Order Best Practices: New Technologies Improve Engineering Effectiveness

Altering customer expectations, new types of competitors, and more complex products are changing the traditional role of the mechanical engineer in engineer-to-order (ETO) companies. Engineers can no longer live solely in their world of CAD and distance themselves from ad hoc sales requests, customer-driven changes, and daily business conversations. Engineers and ETO companies must be more productive, innovative and responsive to customers to stay competitive. 

If you want to better understand what it takes to become a better engineer and a better ETO business, make sure you sign up for this webinar. 

Executives from technology leaders Onshape and Propel will share how today’s most innovative companies increase productivity, innovation and market dominance by improving the engineer-to-order process. The webinar speakers will discuss:  Improving collaboration with customers, sales, engineering and operations using integrated cloud CAD, CRM, and PLM solutions Increasing engineering throughput, streamlining product development, and reducing design errors by rethinking ETO processes Protecting product designs and intellectual property via modern cloud solutions How the latest cloud technologies can readily adapt to growth and changing requirements

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Get Your Free 3D Printed Carbon Fiber Sample Part

With Markforged, 3D printed composite parts are up to 23x stronger than ABS, giving you the reliability you need to keep production lines running smoothly.

Ideal for applications in manufacturing tooling, custom, end-use production and functional prototyping, only Markforged composite 3D printers can embed continuous reinforcing fibers – carbon, fiberglass, or Kevlar® – to print lightweight, non-marring parts with the strength of 6061 aluminum.

Request your sample part today, and test the strength yourself.

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How to Save Money on Software Licensing

There are numerous variables that, when considered in the bigger picture of day-to-day operations, may impact the overall efficiency and cost of your company’s software use. This includes the software installed on every computer or laptop, how frequently applications are used, what software should be placed on servers and more. 

This eBook offers step-by-step instructions on how to maximize your company’s software use, including data examples that can help clarify the ways that software licensing can be used to maximize efficiency, optimize business processes, ensure legal protection and save money. 

In this 22-page eBook, you will learn how to:  Determine what software your business actually needs Contain software costs Recoup licensing costs

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Webinar: The Connection Between Production Monitoring and OEE

Manufacturing professionals have been bombarded with messages from software vendors and media alike about the value of implementing one of the many new Production Monitoring/IIoT systems. 

To determine the value in this technology, engineering.com undertook a study in September 2018 of 254 manufacturing professionals 

We asked respondents about the level of production monitoring in their environments as well as their performance across several metrics including:  OEE Meeting scheduled deliveries Machine uptime Scrap/rework rates Quality

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The Connection Between Production Monitoring and OEE : Live Webinar

Manufacturing professionals have been bombarded with messages from software vendors and media alike about the value of implementing one of the many new Production Monitoring/IIoT systems. 

To determine the value in this technology, engineering.com undertook a study in September 2018 of 254 manufacturing professionals 

We asked respondents about the level of production monitoring in their environments as well as their performance across several metrics including:  OEE Meeting scheduled deliveries Machine uptime Scrap/rework rates Quality

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Water seal

Engine cooling water pump is the main part of the cooling system of automobile engine. Its function is to force the cooling fluid in the engine to circulate in the cooling system and reduce the influence of high temperature on the engine during the working process of the engine. Water seal is the core of the work of the pump. The movement of the water seal itself is very simple, just rotates with the shaft. . Water seal, pump body and bearing are super-hard matching mechanical seals. This kind of seals is composed of static rings and dynamic rings, which are perpendicular to the shaft, and the smooth and straight surface of each other, and do relative rotation. Coolant movement in the pump is very complex, different types of water seals, using different types of coolant, if the water package is equipped with problems, the engine coolant will appear seepage, then the pump bearing lubrication will be washed away, the entire pump function will be invalid. There are two main types of water seals: one is separated (rotating ring parts and static ring parts are respectively installed on the pump), the other is integrated (rotating ring parts and static ring parts are first installed together, and then installed on the pump), separated water seals are mainly used in larger pumps, now commonly used is integrated water seals.

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Water seal

Engine cooling water pump is the main part of the cooling system of automobile engine. Its function is to force the cooling fluid in the engine to circulate in the cooling system and reduce the influence of high temperature on the engine during the working process of the engine. Water seal is the core of the work of the pump. The movement of the water seal itself is very simple, just rotates with the shaft. . Water seal, pump body and bearing are super-hard matching mechanical seals. This kind of seals is composed of static rings and dynamic rings, which are perpendicular to the shaft, and the smooth and straight surface of each other, and do relative rotation. Coolant movement in the pump is very complex, different types of water seals, using different types of coolant, if the water package is equipped with problems, the engine coolant will appear seepage, then the pump bearing lubrication will be washed away, the entire pump function will be invalid. There are two main types of water seals: one is separated (rotating ring parts and static ring parts are respectively installed on the pump), the other is integrated (rotating ring parts and static ring parts are first installed together, and then installed on the pump), separated water seals are mainly used in larger pumps, now commonly used is integrated water seals.

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The Connection Between Production Monitoring and OEE

To determine the value in this technology, engineering.com undertook a study in September 2018 of 254 manufacturing professionals. 

We asked respondents about the level of production monitoring in their environments as well as their performance across several metrics including:  OEE Meeting scheduled deliveries Machine uptime Scrap/rework rates Quality   This report provides insight into the connection between more sophisticated production monitoring approaches and OEE and other metrics. 

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Controlling solid particle trajectories from the inhaler to the bronchial pipes: the necessary DEM-CFD collaboration

Dry powder medicine is becoming increasingly popular as it is easier to store in hostile (dry, remote, dangerous) regions for an extended period of time the efficiency of the delivery can be vastly improved with well-designed equipment. The interaction between the active pharmaceutical ingredient, its carrier and the inhaler to deliver the correct dosage in the respiratory system remains a challenge. The combination of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) together with discrete element modeling (DEM) is essential to design a dry powder inhaler (DPI) which is robust, easy-to-use and deliver the medicine to the bronchial pipe of the target population, despite its humane variability and possible pathologies. 

Join this webinar to understand how coupling Rocky DEM with ANSYS Fluent makes it possible to understand solid particle trajectories, to optimize the DPI design, and validate the proper delivery of particles in a patient-specific respiratory tree geometry. 

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Time to Market -- What holds the key for Product Teams?

Engineering.com surveyed 234 product development professionals in 2018 about their challenges and processes. The results were conclusive. Getting products to market on time was the biggest challenge they faced. But not all teams performed poorly. In this webinar we’ll share the secrets of the top teams versus the poorer performers. 

We will dig into the reasons why time to market continues to be such a challenge, including systemic problems such as: Late stage design changes Ordering wrong parts Using wrong versions of a file
While attendees might be able to guess at some of the system and process problems that delay product launches, this research is bound to reveal a few surprises. 

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Top Device History Record Pain Points

This white paper focuses on the pains of a manual paper system, the quality/compliance concerns around the device history record lifecycle, and how an automated system alleviates such pains and concerns.

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The Core Issues that Frustrate Product Development Teams

Engineering.com surveyed 234 product development professionals to find out. 

We were a bit surprised to find out how many teams reported failing against these goals. 

When we analyzed the results, we found a strong correlation between reported success in product development and the types of systems and processes they used. 

Here are a few more insights:  The biggest frustration that product teams reported was a failure to deliver new products on time Teams who reported failure at delivering products on time were 3.8X more likely to express dissatisfaction with their systems for accessing product information for quick decision making Teams who reported poor performance at product innovation were 6X more likely to say that they were dissatisfied with their ability to collaborate with other members of their product development team
The data supporting these findings is presented in charts and graphics in this 16 page report. 

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Introduction to Uncertainty Quantification for Engineers

Anyone who builds complex, mission-critical systems knows that real-world performance is hard to simulate and test. This is due to uncertainty. Uncertainty may arise from approximations or variations in boundary conditions and initial conditions in models, or it could arise from deviations in materials, assembly, operating conditions, and wear in finished products. 

Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) tools can quantify these uncertainties while significantly reducing the number of simulations or tests required to get meaningful results. UQ tools help engineers analyze the difference between models and real-world performance so they avoid premature failure, costly warranty payments, and emergency redesigns. Major federal agencies, including the Department of Defense (DoD), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), have guidance materials encouraging the use of UQ in simulation analysis. 

During this webinar you will learn:  The basics of common UQ and probabilistic methods. The role UQ plays in the verification, validation and uncertainty quantification (VVUQ) process. How to apply UQ methods to an engineering system and drastically save design time and much more.

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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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Getting Started with Office 3D Printing

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This document provides a comprehensive insight into all of the considerations that need to be addressed when you're considering investing in an in-house 3D printing solution. After reading the document, you should be able to answer the following questions: How to establish buy-in across the organization and overcome barriers to adoption? What organizational considerations should be taken into account? How should the logistics of a new in-house 3D printing setup be managed? What to expect once the 3D printers are up and running? Download the white paper now!

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Owens Corning: Hassle-free 3D printing profiles for industrial composites

They can help customers manufacture items that suit specific applications, such as tooling, appliances, and electronics. Watch the video to learn how Owens Corning and Ultimaker are helping customers solve real-world problems, enabling accurate and reliable printing of prototypes and end-use parts. 

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5 Unlikely Places To Connect With Engineers

Engineers are among the most valuable — and desirable — types of buyers in the industrial space. However, they are also incredibly elusive. To bridge the gap, manufacturers need to continuously and proactively build connections with engineers every day.   In this eBook, we'll explore five unexpected — and overlooked — places across the web where you can connect with the engineers you want to do business with.  Download your free copy now.

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Design Considerations for High Frequency Transformers

With the need for more efficient and smaller power supplies providing power to electrical equipment, high frequency transformers are a critical component of supplying power to modern electronics.  Our eBook, “Design Considerations for High Frequency Transformers” takes a look at the principles and calculations associated with these types of custom transformers. This guide will discuss:     Basic Principles SMPS Topology Off Grid Energy Production Designing And more!

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