Featured in this issue:      S. Himmelstein and Company  |  Gulmay Limited  |  Thor Power Corporation  |  Kavlico  |  FLEXcon Company, Inc.  |  KENTEK Corporation
 
20 August 2014
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A Bit of Interference
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A Bit of Interference
 
The road to quality often takes somewhat circuitous paths. In the case of air-traffic control, the system is old and antiquated and difficult to maintain, but shutting it down to install a modern version untested in the field and undoubtedly buggy creates its own challenges. This article details a recent situation in which the presence of a U-2 spy plane caused a computer problem that disrupted air traffic at Los Angeles International Airport. Experts contend that the spy plane's complex flight plan caused the control system to run out of memory, grounding or delaying hundreds of flights.
 
 
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Bearingless Torquemeters With Wide Bandwidth and Fast Response
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Bearingless Torquemeters With Wide Bandwidth and Fast Response
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The MCRT 84000V and 85000V Bearingless Digital Torque Transducers (Flanges) offer exceptional installation latitude, have unsurpassed accuracies, widest installed bandwidth, and fastest installed response. Mechanical overloads of 400% and electrical overrange of 300% eliminate the need to sacrifice accuracy for safety. Learn more...
 
 
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Before You Build It, Will It Work?
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Before You Build It, Will It Work?
 
Building a product before determining whether you can bring it to profitable full-scale production wastes time, resources, and money. Yet buying design software confines you to the specific designs that the software addresses and the expertise of your design team. This piece advocates taking advantage of modeling software tools in the cloud, outlining available types and touting the advantages of collaborating with far-flung project participants.
 
 
 
 
Keeping the Weight Down
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Keeping the Weight Down
 
In the push to increase automobile fuel efficiency, carmakers are looking to switch to composite materials that would reduce the vehicle's weight, but until now the proposed materials would compromise passenger safety. This item explores efforts to embed graphene in the polymers to enhance its strength. Researchers contend that by 2025 the resulting material could reduce total CO2 emissions by 1.2 tons per car over its lifetime.
 
Materials & Product Testing . . .
 
Measuring Leakage Current
 
Leakage current can indicate faulty insulation that can damage electronic systems. To eliminate it, you need to know both its source and its magnitude. This tutorial presents the causes of leakage, as well as how to measure it and how to redistribute it to minimize its effects, including necessary precautions you can take to ensure the accuracy of your measurements.
 
 
 
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Training Robots in Microgravity
 
Training astronauts for space missions includes parabolic test flights that can simulate little or no gravity. Now, NASA has begun training robots the same way to determine how special functions will work under such conditions. This piece describes a gecko-like gripping technology that can permit robots like those on asteroid missions to grip large boulders or pick up core samples for transport back to Earth.
 
 
 
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Thor Power Makes Amazing Power Units
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Thor Power Makes Amazing Power Units
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GRISMIR® is a PMAC, three-phase power unit that can deliver up to 3.5 HP at variable speeds to 30 k RPM in its motor configuration, or 2 kW of AC power in its generator configuration. GRISMIR® is rugged, exceptionally efficient, and can be used in a myriad of applications.
 
 
 
 
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Quality Control to Protect Your Reputation
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Quality Control to Protect Your Reputation
 
When a product experiences a particularly embarrassing failure, rest assured that within 10 seconds the news will have traveled around the world via social media. Only preventing such failures will protect your good name. This white paper takes a broad look at the problem, treating quality as a holistic rather than a localized issue. It describes failures' costs as well as their less-tangible impact on your business.
 
 
 
 
Preventing Solar-cell Degradation
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Preventing Solar-cell Degradation
 
As with all electronic components, elevated temperatures will degrade the performance and shorten the life of solar cells. Unfortunately, the cells themselves dissipate considerable heat, and active cooling techniques prove unacceptably expensive. These scientists have found a way to let the cells cool themselves by adding a layer of patterned silica glass to dissipate the excess heat.
 
Test Equipment & Strategies . . .
 
Faster Networks Get Fast Testing
 
Slowing adoption of fast networking systems like 100 GB Ethernet is a dearth of test applications to verify that designs work and products have been built correctly. This test-equipment supplier has developed such applications for its line of high-end oscilloscopes to address that void. The applications can run for extended times, and users can incorporate their own supplementary tests if necessary.
 
 
 
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The Name of the Game is "Access"
 
Manufacturing engineers have long complained that a lack of access points limits the ability to adequately test electronic assemblies. This company has developed loop terminals for placement by standard pick-and-place machines to allow contact with probes, clips, and hooks. The ball-and-socket terminals require only small test pads, making them suitable for today's densely populated printed-circuit boards.
 
 
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At FLEXcon, we manufacture a variety of retroreflective films including glass bead and microprismatic conspicuity materials. Safety applications for these film constructions include; truck and trailer, school bus, farm equipment, fire/EMS, automotive, industrial and outdoor signage. Additional applications include promotional labels, warning labels, and long-range bar code scanning.
 
 
 
 
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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Measuring Fatigue-crack Growth Rates
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Measuring Fatigue-crack Growth Rates
 
This test method, available now from IHS, determines fatigue crack growth rates from near-threshold to controlled instability. Materials that can be tested by this method are not limited by thickness or by strength so long as specimens are thick enough to preclude buckling and of sufficient planar size to remain predominantly elastic during testing.

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