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White paper: coding and marking challenges — common industrial print techniques download

MicroscanThu, 28 Aug 2014

Codes and markings, from best-before and lot dates to EAN or data-matrix barcodes to serial batch numbers and various unique identifiers, are there to ensure traceability and product safety, to protect consumers and to avoid counterfeiting. There are many different print techniques that manufacturers can choose, such as continuous inkjet, thermal transfer or laser coding. All of these techniques have their advantages and challenges.

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Application note: powering FPGA systems using DC/DC μmodule regulators — part 2 download

Linear TechnologyThu, 28 Aug 2014

The approach described in this application note from Linear Technology uses four DC/DC µmodule regulators in parallel to increase output current while sharing the current equally among each device. This solution relies on the accurate current sharing of the µmodule regulators to prevent hotspots by dissipating the heat evenly over a compact surface area. The solution casts no thermal shadow on its surrounding components, further optimising thermal performance of the entire system.

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White paper: materials, properties and testing of sealing profiles download

EMKAWed, 27 Aug 2014

In this paper, EMKA provides detailed information regarding the various materials used in the design and specification of a sealing profile, their properties and the various national and international testing methods and standards relevant to sealing profiles — a tabular format is used where appropriate. This covers comparative features of common rubber/synthetic rubber materials; comparative vulcanisate properties of NR and other SRs; fluid immersion national and international test ...

Ribbed wooden decking

Application note: applying anti-slip tape to ribbed wooden decking download

HeskinsWed, 27 Aug 2014

Ribbed wooden decking is common in many public and domestic gardens. However, it does not provide slip prevention as once the decking has been exposed to the elements, particularly without regular cleaning, the moss and mildew build-up will cause the surface to become extremely slippery. This application note from Heskins addresses the question of how to prevent slippery decking.

Application note: powering complex FPGA systems using DC/DC μmodule regulators download

Linear TechnologyFri, 22 Aug 2014

In a recent discussion with a system designer, the requirement for his power supply was to regulate 1.5V and deliver up to 40A of current to a load that consisted of four FPGAs. This is up to 60W of power that must be delivered in a small area with the lowest height profile possible to allow a steady flow of air for cooling. The power supply had to be surface mountable and operate at high enough efficiency to minimise heat dissipation. Such a solution requires an innovative design, ...

Safety shower

Technical article: to heat or not to heat — that is the question downloadweblink

Showers and Eyebaths ServicesThu, 21 Aug 2014

The argument over the pros and cons of whether or not to install heated water safety showers has possibly run its course with the ANSI.Z358.1-2009 standard now recommending 15 minutes of tepid water drench time for all emergency showers. In this technical article, Janet Dickinson, operations manager at Showers and Eyebaths Services, looks at what emergency safety showers are available that meet current standards.

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Technical article: ensuring your emergency showers and eyebaths are ready for winter downloadweblink

Showers and Eyebaths ServicesWed, 20 Aug 2014

According to Showers and Eyebaths Services, it is a good idea during milder conditions to conduct an annual service, inspection and compliance assessment for every on-site safety shower, eyewash station and — just as importantly — supply pipe.  Ensuring that your emergency showers and eyebaths are fit for purpose and ready to withstand the winter freeze is essential to avoid further problems that may occur when the temperature drops.

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Application note: high-voltage, low-noise DC/DC converters download

Linear TechnologyTue, 19 Aug 2014

Photomultipliers (PMTs), avalanche photodiodes (APDs), ultrasonic transducers, capacitance microphones, radiation detectors and similar devices require high-voltage, low-current bias. Additionally, the high voltage must be pristinely free of noise. This application note from Linear Technology describes a variety of circuits featuring outputs from 200V to 1,000V with output noise below 100µV measured in a 100MHz bandwidth.

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White paper: fostering business growth through competitive data-centre strategies downloadweblink

RittalMon, 18 Aug 2014

As this Rittal-sponsored white paper explains, competitiveness in a global economy requires continuous innovation and accelerated go-to-market cycles, as well as agility in deploying resources. This is particularly true for midsize companies that have to leverage technology to gain an advantage over peers and larger corporations.

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Technical report: balancing innovation, quality and compliance while improving profit download

DELMIA AprisoFri, 15 Aug 2014

The medical device industry has always been dependent upon product innovation to drive growth. With today’s aging global population and expectations for living to an older age, the medical device industry is poised for a sustained period of extreme growth fuelled by a level of innovation that is scheduled to accelerate. Most companies are growing. Nearly all are innovating at an increasing pace. The common challenge is how medical device manufacturers and their suppliers can simultaneously ...

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Technical article: Beko Technologies focuses on ISO air quality standards download

Beko TechnologiesThu, 14 Aug 2014

There are three main standards currently in use which directly relate to the purity of the compressed air quality and testing requirements for industry. As this article from Beko Technologies explains, the most commonly used standard is the ISO8573 series and in particular ISO8573-1:2010.

RVCM-PP/EBB-1 actuator

Technical article: a new rotating voice coil motor for Meteosat third-generation satellites download

Cedrat Technologies S.AWed, 13 Aug 2014

The goal of this paper from Cedrat Technologies is to present the motor that meets the requirements of the Meteosat third-generation satellite system.

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White paper: how industry leaders use people, processes and technology to drive innovation download

PlanviewTue, 12 Aug 2014

Companies want to raise the bar on innovation from incremental improvement to the kind of innovation that shows up in the annual report.

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Application note: power conversion, measurement and pulse circuits download

Linear TechnologyTue, 5 Aug 2014

This application note forms Linear Technology’s eighth circuit collection publication. Topics include a JFET-based DC/DC converter powered from 300mV supply; a bipolar transistor-based 550mV input DC/DC converter; a floating output, variable potential battery simulator; and more.

Tip-tilt mechanism

White paper: long-stroke/high-resolution tip-tilt mechanism downloadweblink

Cedrat Technologies S.AMon, 4 Aug 2014

Multi-degree-of-freedom (DoF) mechanisms are widely required in micro or macro manipulation fields as well as in optronics functions. Commonly available mechanisms may be divided into two main categories. The first is industrial robots (serial or parallel). These offer a large range of motion in rotation and translation. Their resolution is usually limited in the sub-millimetre range.

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