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Technical article: Mike Might Know — Sherborne Sensors in the rail industry download

Sherborne SensorsFri, 31 Oct 2014

The use of sophisticated sensors in the rail industry to enable and enhance the performance, safety, economy and efficiency of modern passenger and freight operations is commonplace. As this article in the ‘Mike Might Know’ series from Sherborne Sensors explains, sensors used in the rail industry must be able to reliably perform in very harsh and aggressive environments while experiencing extremes in temperature, vibration, shock and electrical disturbance.

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Technical information sheet: S.T.A.M.P.E.D — fabricating and specifying hose assemblies downloadweblink

Dixon Group EuropeThu, 30 Oct 2014

When fabricating and specifying hose assemblies, Dixon Group Europe recommends users think ‘S.T.A.M.P.E.D’ and consider the following: size; temperature; application; media; pressure; ends; Dixon.


Technical article: spoilt for choice with the wide range of beacons and sounders? downloadweblink

Werma UK Thu, 30 Oct 2014

WERMA knows only too well that having one of the widest ranges of beacons and sounders can make the selection process difficult for the customer. In this article, Simon Adams, managing director of WERMA in the UK, throws some light on the subject and gives some basic tips and guidelines to potential users.

Application note: power conditioning techniques for batteries download

Linear TechnologyFri, 24 Oct 2014

This application note from Linear Technology describes a number of enhancement circuit techniques used with existing three-terminal regulators that extend current capability, limit power dissipation and more.

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Technical article: Mike Might Know — how are inclinometers used in the defence industry? download

Sherborne SensorsThu, 23 Oct 2014

As this article in the ‘Mike Might Know’ series from Sherborne Sensors explains, military organisations around the world are increasingly relying on advanced sensor technologies to improve the effectiveness of their weaponry, protect personnel, deliver other enhanced capabilities and reduce cost. The scope of applications for inclinometers within military platforms is extensive.

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Technical article: designing for mouldability, volume 2 — undercuts and through-holes download

Proto LabsThu, 23 Oct 2014

Houses have doors, and parts have indentations, through-holes and other features that don’t point straight up or down and could act as undercuts in a two-part mould. Designers using rapid injection moulding can address these challenges in a variety of ways, including side-action cams, sliding shut-offs, pick-outs and bump-offs, as discussed in this article from Proto Labs.

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: 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.

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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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