Rapid PCR Instrument Development

Today, there is great demand for next-generation polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based diagnostics for the rapid analysis of patient samples and simultaneous detection of multiple diverse markers. Generally, PCR imaging systems limit testing to one, slow PCR protocol at a time. To complete multiple independent tests requires multiple runs over several hours or even days. The solution is a new, rapid, real-time PCR instrument with multiple, randomly accessible thermal blocks and easy-to-use software that provides researchers and clinicians with flexibility in workflow with rapid results in 20 minutes.

Posted in: White Papers, Instrumentation, Medical


Gear Shift Modeling and Analysis for Automatic Transmissions in MapleSim

In this paper, a simple dynamic physical model of an automatic transmission was created to evaluate all required forces and motion characteristics of the system during the shift process. Gear shift quality was assessed by setting different timing sequences for the engage/disengage process of the frictional components (pressure on the clutches), during the upshift process. The output torque of the transmission was analyzed under two conditions, with the timing to apply/remove pressure from the clutches being different in both cases.

Posted in: White Papers, Aeronautics, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Mechanical Components


Development of Real-Time Battery Models for HIL testing of Battery Management Systems

The explosion in the use of electronic devices, electrified vehicles and decentralized power utilities has driven demand for rechargeable batteries. This has led to a significant increase in research investment into battery technologies to address challenges including thermal stability and battery life extension. This whitepaper outlines how such challenges can be overcome in the development of a Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing system for the Battery Management Systems (BMS) used in electrical energy storage products.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Energy, Manufacturing & Prototyping


The Changing Face of Robotics

Around the world, customers in a diverse range of industries and technical disciplines are using Maplesoft solutions to rapidly accelerate their design projects, as they develop the next generation of products that shape the changing face of robotics:

Posted in: White Papers, Motion Control, Machinery & Automation, Robotics


Parallel Prototyping and the Engineer’s Dilemma

R&D Engineers face rapidly shrinking development cycles and rising competitive pressures. In the high-stakes practice of regulatory compliance, balancing development costs with speed, safety and performance are critical to a product’s success. This paper demonstrates how the parallel prototyping of two materials in a heating component contributes to the return on investment of a new product launch in the medical device industry. The study addresses the verification, validation, form and fit testing relative to the FDA approval process, as well as its execution within component design, product design and pilot production.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical


Magnetics Design: Specification, Performance & Economics

An informative white paper from Datatronics Romoland, Inc., provides a discussion of the design, development and delivery of affordable magnetic components. The design development process begins once performance requirements are specified. Upon design approval, the procurement of materials for a prototype build is initiated. During this stage, specifications are not final and options remain open for cost-effective production. Specifications must be reviewed and design trade-offs evaluated to ensure that the technical requirements are economically attainable with consideration given to performance and tolerance in relation to affordable cost.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Electronics & Computers


Proper Bearing Handling Can Help Prevent Failures

Ball bearings are extremely precise mechanisms, which in many cases have geometrical tolerances measured in millionths of an inch. When handling, inspecting or mounting bearings, one should treat them as precision instruments. Most bearing failures are caused by the user's poor handling techniques.

Posted in: White Papers, Mechanical Components


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