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Technical article: be vigilant when making degreasing choices download

Envirotech EuropeTue, 21 Oct 2014

There is no doubt that readers of trade magazines have remained keenly interested in the advantages to be found in process cleaning, while being confused by the amount of misinformation that seems to be forever presented to them. There are two reasons for this: an intention to mislead or simply a lack of understanding of the subject. In this article, Envirotech Europe discusses the importance of doing your research when choosing which products to use.

Technical article: some techniques for direct digitisation of transducer outputs download

Linear TechnologyWed, 22 Oct 2014

This technical article from Linear Technology presents analogue-to-digital conversion circuits that directly digitise low-level transducer outputs, without DC pre-amplification. It also covers circuits that operate with thermocouples, strain gauges, humidity sensors, level transducers and other sensors.

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White paper: design considerations for the cosmetics of injection-moulded plastic parts download

Proto LabsTue, 21 Oct 2014

Many factors affect the cosmetic appearance of injection-moulded plastic parts. Some of these are within the control of the part designer and some are not. In this white paper, Proto Labs describes several factors affecting cosmetic appearance, the interactions between those factors and steps the designer can take to improve final appearance.

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Technical article: Mike Might Know — semiconductor strain sensors download

Sherborne SensorsTue, 21 Oct 2014

Apart from its originally intended purpose for strain measurement, the metallic resistance strain gauge is extremely commonplace in transducer applications. Its low cost, high accuracy and ease of application make it an ideal transduction element and it is widely used in pressure, load, force, torque and displacement transducers. However, this article in Sherborne Sensors’ ‘Mike Might Know’ series focuses on semiconductor strain sensors.

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Technical article: increase tank shower drench time for more complete decontamination download

Showers and Eyebaths ServicesMon, 20 Oct 2014

In order to handle the complexities of contamination on an operative’s clothing and skin, there is an argument to suggest that just the recommended ANSI Z358.1 standard of 15 minutes of dowsing time may, in many cases, not be long enough. This article discusses the benefits of bespoke units, which guarantee 30 minutes of tepid water, notwithstanding the extreme climatic conditions in which safety showers are sited.


Technical article: liquid silicone rubber takes the heat in industrial applications download

Proto LabsFri, 17 Oct 2014

In its extreme form, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) can withstand constant temperatures of up to 316°C and intermittent temperatures of 371°C. To those more familiar with ordinary thermoplastics, it may seem counterintuitive that such a rubbery material can be used in high-temperature applications, but LSR is actually made to take the heat.


Technical article: what you should know about the ACGIH's threshold for nPB solvents download

Envirotech EuropeThu, 16 Oct 2014

If you work with industrial chemicals, materials or solvents then you may have heard of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). The ACGIH is a scientific, but non-governmental body of industrial hygienists that publishes Threshold Limit Value (TLV) opinions on chemicals such as n-propyl bromide, the base solvent for EnSolv formulations. These TLV opinions are not held to the same standards as limits set by an organisation such as OSHA in the US, but are ...

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Technical guide: rapid injection moulding for engineers and designers downloadweblink

Proto LabsTue, 14 Oct 2014

In this quick-reference guide for engineers and designers, Proto Labs explains the processes of injection moulding and rapid injection moulding. The company also describes the applications of rapid injection moulding and explores several other considerations.

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Infographic: it pays to solve the resource and capacity dilemma download

PlanviewTue, 14 Oct 2014

Organisations that improve the resource management and capacity planning of their people are significantly reducing their top pain points and positioning themselves to better capitalise on business opportunities. This is the main conclusion of the 2014 State of Resource Management and Capacity Planning Report, commissioned by Planview and conducted by Appleseed Partners and Dig Market Research. This infographic presents the findings.

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Technical guide: on-site calibration — doing more with less downloadweblink

GE Measurement & ControlTue, 14 Oct 2014

Day-to-day activities, such as carrying out maintenance or emergency repairs, commissioning new equipment or conducting on-site checks, need to be simplified because of the reduction in personnel and increase in workload. As this guide from GE Measurement & Control explains, use of the most advanced on-site instrumentation is imperative in order to maintain and calibrate today’s intelligent, high-precision equipment; this aspect applies to all process applications.

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Technical article: continuous inline measurement of A-R binder viscosity download

Fullbrook SystemsTue, 14 Oct 2014

Continuous, in-line measurement of asphalt-rubber (A-R) viscosity provides a new window into the A-R process. This measurement can assure the binder is not under- or over-reacted, that dosing is precise, and that the processing system is performing to specification. In automatic blending control systems, viscosity measurement can be used as the process variable around which temperature, heating time, mixing time and the addition of additives can be controlled. This technical article ...

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White paper: strengthening the CC-Link open network partnership download

CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)Mon, 13 Oct 2014

Industrial automation companies and high-end equipment manufacturers throughout Europe seek opportunities to expand their business interests by moving into high-volume markets. Faced with continuing uncertainty about the future of the euro, many companies are looking with growing interest at the expansive industrial and manufacturing markets in Asia, especially those in China — the world’s fastest-growing economy.

Video feature: innovation in HPC — the present and the future videoweblink

GEA Process Engineering LtdFri, 10 Oct 2014

This video from GEA Process Engineering explores the role of innovation in the home and personal care (HPC) sector and its importance for the future, both for the customer and the supplier.

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Technical article: 21st century technology catches up with access control in data centres downloadweblink

EMKAThu, 9 Oct 2014

There have been several breaches of security at high-profile institutions in recent times, and almost every day brings a new story of how a building has been compromised and critical data or hardware destroyed or stolen. Data centre operators have long understood the need for physical access control on server cabinets. There are many ways of securing data centres, and many solutions have evolved over time to address access control at doors and server cabinets.

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Application note: effect of raw materials on a formulation download

Fullbrook SystemsWed, 8 Oct 2014

Cosmetic preparations can be complex dispersions with different kinds of particles in suspension in an aqueous or an emulsion phase. For make-up and sunscreens, the colour, brightness, gloss and physicochemical properties of the suspended particles determine the final quality and stability of the product. This study shows a comparison of the stability of sunscreens, with different pigment types.

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