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White paper: the Capacity Quadrant — four keys to demystifying resource management download

PlanviewThu, 17 Apr 2014

Planview, a portfolio and resource management company that helps organisations maximise business opportunities by optimising the capacity of their finite people and financial resources, has released this white paper focusing on the Capacity Quadrant. According to the company, the Capacity Quadrant is made up of four dynamics that are at play when managing capacity and demand: visibility; prioritisation; optimisation; and integration.

White paper: Autodesk collaboration and data management for AEC download

Man and Machine Thu, 17 Apr 2014

It used to be that architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) teams could take care of their collaboration and data management needs on an ad-hoc basis using whatever tools were at hand, such as file naming schemes, open firewall ports, VPN, FTP, or unmanaged file-sharing services. But these methods no longer scale to serve the burgeoning needs of the industry. This white paper supplied by Man and Machine explains how the Autodesk Collaboration and Data Management vision is to ...

Technical article: infrared curing to maximise the benefits of powder coating download

Heraeus NoblelightTue, 15 Apr 2014

As Heraeus Noblelight explains, the last two decades have seen a rapid expansion of the application of powder coating throughout a range of industries. Indeed, in North America, powder coating is seen as the fastest growing of all finishing technologies and today represents more than 10 per cent of all industrial finishing applications. Much of this growth can be accounted for by the need to comply with increasingly stringent environmental legislation and to reduce emissions of environmentally .

Application note: current sources for fibre-optic lasers download

Linear TechnologyTue, 15 Apr 2014

As Linear Technology’s Jim Williams explains, a large group of fibre-optic lasers are powered by DC current. Laser drive is supplied by a current source with modulation added further along the signal path. The current source, although conceptually simple, constitutes a tricky design problem. There are a number of practical requirements for a fibre-optic current source and failure to consider them can cause laser and/or optical component destruction.

Technical bulletin: health, safety and environmental affairs — nitrites download

Master ChemicalTue, 15 Apr 2014

In September 1984, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued two documents on the subject of nitrosamines, in which it made a case for not mixing any types of amine, particularly DEA (diethanolamine) and TEA (triethanolamine), with nitrites of any kind because of the possible formation of N-nitrosodiethanolamine (NDELA), which is a suspected carcinogen. Depending on the grade of TEA purchased, there could be small to moderate amounts of DEA present in the material. In this bulletin, ...

Basic elements of a single-axis laser interferometer system

Engineering reference guide: section nine — laser interferometer implementation download

AerotechMon, 14 Apr 2014

Aerotech’s engineering reference guide serves as a valuable resource for all Aerotech motion and positioning control components and systems. Section nine focuses on laser interferometer implementation. Laser interferometers represent the ultimate feedback device for high-precision motion control application. The combination of high resolution and outstanding accuracy has made it the ideal transducer for wafer steppers, flat panel inspection, and high-accuracy laser micromachining.

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White paper: Cedrat Technologies discusses self-locking MRF latches and dampers download

Cedrat Technologies S.AMon, 14 Apr 2014

MRF actuators are new electromechanical components using magneto rheological fluids (MRF). When submitted to a high enough magnetic field, MRF switch from a liquid to a near-solid body. New MRF actuators were developed in order to reach three aims: to offer a blocking force at rest, which can be strongly reduced by applying a current, to provide an electrically controllable resistive force over a stroke of 30mm, to perform the control of the force in a very short time.

Flammability

Technical bulletin: Master Chemical discusses flammability of metalworking fluids download

Master ChemicalThu, 10 Apr 2014

In general, metalworking fluids are highly fire resistant. As Master Chemical explains, this is particularly true of those containing water either as part of the formulation (synthetic and semi-synthetic coolants and most liquid washing compounds) or with water cutback working solutions. In most situations, these types of fluids catch fire only after all of the water contained either in the concentrate or in the working solution has evaporated.

A Webtex dying and finishing machine incorporating infrared pre-drying

Technical article: infrared technology enables the rapid and cost-effective drying of textiles download

Heraeus NoblelightThu, 10 Apr 2014

Infrared heating is a well-established method of drying and finishing textiles. Typical applications include moisture evaporation, the drying of printed designs, thermofixing, coating and lamination, attaching motifs, curing coatings on fabrics and carpets, the heating of textiles before forming, the melting and curing of powder coatings, the activation of adhesives and relieving carpets before hot coating and flock coating. According to Ian Bartley of Heraeus Noblelight, the rapid ...

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Guide book: Enclosure and Process Cooling downloadweblink

RittalWed, 9 Apr 2014

Enclosure and Process Cooling is a guide book from Rittal that provides information on a variety of topics, including the basic principles of climate control, energy-saving opportunities and project planning, installation and operation — even for more complex applications. The book answers many questions that are of interest to original equipment manufacturers, panel builders and end users.

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White paper: Tech-Clarity insight — the business value of simulation download

Man and Machine Wed, 9 Apr 2014

Over the last few years, manufacturers have focused on surviving the down economy and preparing to prosper as markets recover. Most have reduced cost and are running very lean. But as Tech-Clarity’s ‘Engineering’s Role in Surviving a Down Economy’ research reports, cutting costs cannot result in cutting quality in competitive markets. One strategy that is providing value in this environment is digital design validation using simulation technologies.

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White paper: micromotor based on film-permanent magnets download

Cedrat Technologies S.AFri, 4 Apr 2014

In this white paper from Cedrat Technologies, a design of a single-phase step micro motor is presented. The rotor has been optimised to induce the greatest magnetic energy using film permanent magnets. A special study has been performed to select the most advantageous magnetisation direction and the structure has been chosen taking into account micro technologies characteristics and the present know-how available for realisation of prototypes. A scale-two prototype has already been ...

Monitors

White paper: Advantech-GPEG looks at made-to-measure monitors download

Advantech-GPEGFri, 4 Apr 2014

In today’s advanced global market, the need for new products to look, perform and function in a truly differentiated way has never been more important. Goods that fall back into a commodity bracket earn substantially lower profit margins, are subject to fierce competition and follow resource-sapping demands to evolve on short aggressive time scales.

White paper: are you prepared for the end of Windows XP? downloadweblink

AmpliconThu, 3 Apr 2014

As one of the longest-standing operating systems, first released to computer manufacturers in August 2001, Windows XP is still the second most popular version of Windows, based on an installed user base as of 2013. The name XP is short for ‘experience’, highlighting the enhanced user experience. We have all become familiar with Windows XP over the decade. However, as we have been expecting, XP will soon disappear from our lives. The question to ask is, ‘are you prepared?’

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Technical article: Project Manager Today — is simplicity the new innovation? download

PlanviewThu, 3 Apr 2014

Executive vice-president of products at Planview Patrick Tickle talks to Project Manager Today about the many available options to optimising business portfolios. He says that vendors are responding with new innovations in usability, flexibility and adaptability.

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