White Papers

Lubricant Selection: What Every Design Engineer Needs to Know

Simply stated, lubrication refers to the age-old science of friction reduction. People have been using lubricants for thousands of years, experimenting with waxes and oils from vegetables, fish, and animals to move heavy materials with equipment designed to gain mechanical advantage. In more recent years, the discovery of petroleum oil in the 1800s ushered in a new era of lubrication developments as people learned how to refine this oil and use it for a variety of purposes. Machinery could now be developed to operate faster and under heavier loads by using lubricants to create a barrier that eliminates friction and metalon- metal contact.

Posted in: Materials, Mechanical Components, Machinery & Automation, White Papers

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Force Sensors for Design

The Tekscan Force Sensors for Design White Paper provides insights on various force sensing technologies including: Comparison of various force sensing technologies such as load cells, piezoresistive, and capacitive sensors. Discussion of issues including power consumption, size, cost, and durability. Real-life examples of how thin and flexible tactile force sensors have contributed to the success of OEMs in a variety of applications and industries. What to consider in choosing a technology partner, including engineering support, customization, and manufacturing capabilities.

Posted in: Sensors, White Papers

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Navigating the Intellectual Property Roadblocks to Open Innovation

In an effort to incorporate outside sources of innovation into their new product acquisition programs, there has been a significant increase in the number of firms opening their organizational boundaries to external ideas. Over the past few years, large multinational companies such as Kraft, IBM and 3M have initiated active open innovation (OI) programs. The benefits to the organization of accepting new product ideas are lower research and development costs and the more rapid procurement of new products to fuel sales, and to the submitter, this can be financially rewarding if their idea is selected for product development or commercialization. Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble estimates that as many as 1.5 million researchers and scientists could contribute materially to the efforts of their own 7,500 researchers and scientists in corporate research and development. However, the economic benefits of open innovation can be diminished if organizations do not effectively manage the legal issues and logistical challenges that are presented. They include the quality/quantity of submissions, and once received, what is the most efficient way to process the submissions received?

Posted in: Medical, White Papers

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Flexible, High-Resolution Position/Displacement for OEM Applications

Features1, 2 and 3 channel configurationsNanometer to sub-nanometer resolutionEasy, cost effective performance customizationCE and RoHS compliantSmall package sizingThirteen standard sensor options

Posted in: Sensors, White Papers

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Multi-Purpose Non-Contact Position/Displacement Sensing

FeaturesSupports both dual and single coil sensors Terminal I/O connections Auto-synchronization of multiple channels Analog DC and 4-20mA outputs Single ended, bipolar, and differential voltage outputs Front face coarse and fine calibration controls RoHS compliant and CE marked

Posted in: Sensors, White Papers

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Noncontact Differential Impedance Transducer

FeaturesTrue differential for common mode rejection at an economical price High precision eddy current balanced bridge technology Capable of subnanometer resolution Thermal stability ±.03% FS/°C, at null ±.005% FS/°C Small package size: just 7.7 cubic inches High sensitivity: up to 10V/mil (39mV/μm) Extremely linear, to 0.1% full range Single and dual channel configurations

Posted in: Sensors, White Papers

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Data Cabling for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Aircraft

As more advanced avionics, CMS and IFE systems make their way into aircraft, the amount of 10 gigabit cable deployed to support current and future systems is increasing. Unfortunately, the pathway space remains the same. Aerospace Engineers therefore need cables that meet highly reliable 10 gigabit signal transmission performance, while also taking up less space, lowering the total cable weight and providing installable performance irrespective of the tight pathways of an aircraft. Thermax’s new white paper discusses these optimum data cabling characteristics for meeting aircraft design challenges such as tight routing, harsher environments, and lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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