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Domestic Versus Offshore PCB Manufacturing

If you are sending your PCB manufacturing off shore, what factors weighed heaviest in your decision making? How do you know if offshore manufacturing still makes sense for you? This article considers both simple and complex ideas for cost-benefit analysis to help guide your decision process.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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Buyer’s Guide for FEA Software

In selecting a finite element analysis (FEA) software solution, it is crucial that you consider the pre- and postprocessor, which can be critical for the analysis speed and accuracy. FEA analysts rely on the pre- and postprocessor to work with an assortment of data files, provide a variety of ways to idealize the model, support one or more solvers and produce the data and reports that are needed to meet both internal and external requirements. Engineering managers rely on the pre- and postprocessor solution to reduce the risks associated with accuracy while meeting time-critical product development deadlines. Click here to download.

Posted in: Software, White Papers

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A Computing Platform Based on 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors That Provides Flexible and Expandable I/Os for In Vitro Diagnostics Instruments

In the medical world, In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) instruments are ubiquitously used in hospital labs, doctor offices, and at home. IVD instruments are designed for various qualitative or quantitative diagnostic procedures, commonly called assays, in assessing or measuring the target entity out of the samples. For different assays, IVD instruments are designed with the goal to automate the process, combining and streamlining labor-intensive steps. Based on their applications, these steps could be combined in one self-contained platform, in several discrete platforms, or a combination of both, depending on the application’s needs. Furthermore, some platforms use modularization, starting with minimum modules and then adding modules as the needs grow. This enables laboratories to pick and choose optional modules as needed. With modular design in mind, most IVD instrument providers start with a small footprint platform, and enhance the design with an expandability mechanism to accommodate more modules for future product enhancements. In order to be most effective, an embedded computing platform used in an IVD instrument needs to be easy-to-configure and easy-to-expand.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Medical, White Papers, MDB

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Working With Mechanical Motion Subsystems

Embedded motion subsystems are engineered to fit within a predefined physical space on a machine and tie into the machine's motion control system, ready to accept commands from a top-level computer interface, control card or PLC. This plug-and-play approach to motion can increase the performance while reducing development time and cost. Read more about these embedded mechanical systems in our latest technical paper.

Posted in: Machinery & Automation, White Papers

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Instrument Class® Industrial Electronics -- Data Acquisition & Control, Signal Conditioning, Data Communications

With 30 years of experience, Dataforth is the marketplace leader in the design and manufacture of rugged, high performance industrial electronics. Our new Corporate Capabilities Brochure presents an overview of our 1200+ data acquisition and control, signal conditioning, and data communication products… all designed to provide unparalleled isolation, accuracy, and reliability. Look inside…our commitment is to YOUR success!

Posted in: Test & Measurement, White Papers

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The True Cost of Bearing Lubrication

Today, machine and equipment manufacturers are feeling more pressure than ever to reduce costs without sacrificing machine performance and this balancing act can be difficult to achieve. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) often overlook a simple solution that can have a positive, long-term impact on profitability for themselves and their customers: the elimination of bearing lubricant. By eliminating lubrication systems where possible, OEMs can reduce production costs, while at the same time making their equipment more marketable and less expensive to operate for the end users.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Mechanical Components, Medical, White Papers, MDB

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Broadening the Scope of User Requirements When Selecting Valves for Medical Devices

It is paramount to move beyond the specifications when identifying the best valve for a device. By broadening the scope of user requirements, one can ensure that a valve will function as expected over the device’s entire life cycle - from manufacturing through clinical use. Below are several requirements worthy of consideration. Although they are important, they often are unshared unless the valve supplier and device engineer engage in open communication early in the purchasing cycle.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Medical, White Papers, MDB

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