Products: Photonics/Optics

The Craic Technologies QDI 2010 FilmTM is available from Elliot Scientific (Hertfordshire, UK). The QDI 2010 Film is a specialized instrument developed from the existing QDI 2010 UV-VIS-NIR...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Abrisa (Santa Paula, CA) has introduced color correction filters for energy-efficient LEDs. The durable LED filters are ideal for interior and architectural lighting design, and can be easily interchanged to...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The TruMark 3010 marking laser from TRUMPF (Farmington, CT) is suitable for users who need to mark small batches or individual workpieces. The marking laser features user-friendliness, compact size, and low maintenance. Due to...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Cytec Industries (Woodland Park, NJ) and IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) have collaborated to develop a commercially viable technology for organic photovoltaic devices with enhanced stability and extended lifetime. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics

Infrared Fiber Systems (Silver Spring, MD) produces HPTM Fiber, a Germanium Oxide glass fiber for use with Er:YAG and Er:YSGG lasers. Transmission range is from visible to 3.0 microns, with...

Products: Photonics/Optics

New fiber optic switches from Leoni (Nurnberg, Germany) offer reproducibility in the range of 0.1%, they can act up to 50 Hz, and they have ed as well. Up to 16 output channels can be provided by cascading switches. All...

Products: Photonics/Optics

CoActive Technologies KDM (Newton, MA) has expanded its family of light guide foils to include devices with a thickness of less than 200μm. The light guide foils are designed to evenly distribute light from side-firing...

Products: Photonics/Optics

The new Nano-LPQ piezo nanopositioner from Mad City Labs (Madison, WI) is the lowest profile high speed XYZ nanopositioner available and offers 75 × 75 × 50μm travel with picometer position noise under closed...

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Quality Counts

As my post-show coverage of Design & Manufacturing Midwest winds down, the focus is on quality. A number of products were on display that promise to help engineers make the right design decisions, and then ensure that their products are top-notch.

Autodesk showcased its Digital Prototyping solutions, including Moldflow...

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Were You at D&M Midwest?

I met a lot of people at last week’s Design & Manufacturing Midwest show, and I saw a lot of innovative new products. I’ve had the chance to share with you what I saw last week from the show floor, and this week as we do a final wrap-up. What about you? If you were at D&M Midwest – or any of the five...

Products: Energy

SunMizerTM from Xandex Solar (Petaluma, CA) is a new per-panel DC-to-DC power optimizer that increases solar energy harvest by recovering power that is lost when shade falls on a panel. SunMizer can be...

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Streamlining PC Board Production

Given increased time-to-market pressures, design engineers are caught in a never-ending quest to streamline design and production processes. The challenges are formidable: proprietary or incompatible software, poor design tools, incomplete parts documentation, equipment issues - all can slow down prototyping and...

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More New D&M Midwest Products

Last week’s Design & Manufacturing Midwest event in Rosemont, IL, was a hotbed for new product introductions to the industrial, medical, automation, assembly, and design areas. Here are more new products you should know about in case you missed the show.

Optical Gaging Products introduced the Focus...

Question of the Week
Will technology advance to the level of robots replacing people in day-to-day life?

Will Robots Ever Replace People in Day-to-Day Life?

This week’s question concerns robots. Scientists are saying that humanoid robots like those seen in the new movie "Surrogates" are not that far from reality. In the movie, realistic robots take the...

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Post-Show Week Begins

As attendees and exhibitors get back to business following last week’s Design & Manufacturing Midwest event, there are still a lot of things to talk about in my post-show blog this week.

After sifting through stacks of new product sheets and press kits, I’ve found that one week was not enough to cover all...

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Wrapping Up a Busy Week at D&M Midwest

It was a busy and invigorating week at Design & Manufacturing Midwest, with new product introductions, a surprising keynote address, and presentations highlighting innovative applications.

And speaking of applications, the show featured an Innovation Briefs Theater, which showcased presentations...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
Could Small Springs Beat Batteries?

MIT scientists have found that carbon nanotubes could be formed into tiny springs capable of storing as much energy, pound for pound, as the best lithium-ion batteries - potentially more durably and reliably.

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D&M Midwest Ending on a High Note

After yesterday’s inspirational keynote, I was determined to find more innovative new products on the show floor, and I found them. So, before Design & Manufacturing Midwest wraps up this afternoon, I wanted to let you know about a few of those new products.

Horner Advanced Products Group...

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Inspiration and Innovation at D&M Midwest

This morning, I began the second day of Design & Manufacturing Midwest by attending an early keynote session, which was free. I expected to get what I paid for. Instead, I heard an inspiring entrepreneur who is passionate about how businesses, both large and small, can save the planet and be profitable...

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Design & Manufacturing Midwest: It’s On!

Design & Manufacturing Midwest – and its five co-located shows – kicked off this morning with a number of exhibitors showing brand-new products for the first time. Attendees are crowding the aisles to see the latest in electronics, medical, design, materials, assembly, and automation products and...

Question of the Week
Will electric vehicles finally take off?

This week’s question concerns electric vehicles. For decades, electric vehicles have been touted as the solution to zero emissions motoring. However, costly batteries and the lack of a supporting infrastructure have stunted electric vehicle development. U.S. and offshore automakers continue to step up...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing

Researchers at North Carolina State University are demonstrating that trees can be used to degrade or capture fuels that leak into soil and ground water. Through a process called phytoremediation, plants and...

Videos: Energy

Lithium-ion batteries for advanced vehicles still have issues of safety and costs in terms of materials resources and abundances, synthesis, and recycling processes. Jean-Marie Tarascon, a professor at...

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Countdown to Design & Manufacturing Midwest

Tomorrow at 10 am Central time, the Design & Manufacturing Midwest expo opens its doors, giving you the opportunity to see the products and services on display by more than 400 exhibitors. I’ll be at the show – and covering the week’s five other co-located shows – reporting live each...

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Pack Your Walking Shoes for D&M Midwest

As promised in my blog yesterday, I have a sneak peek at a couple of new products that will be on display next week at Design & Manufacturing Midwest, as well as a preview of some of the can’t-miss special features in the exhibit hall.

Celesco Transducer Products (Booth 646) will be showing its...

Products: Energy

Concentrated solar power (CSP) and concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) methodologies generate electricity by focusing a large amount of sunlight onto a much smaller area. To...

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Live! From Design & Manufacturing Midwest

It’s mid-September, and that means it’s time for Design & Manufacturing Midwest (formerly National Manufacturing Week) and its five co-located shows, which kick off next Tuesday at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. A must-attend event for manufacturers, the show features the...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing

Blooms of Cladophora algae may be troublesome, but they do have a positive side. Researchers at the Ångström Laboratory of Sweden's Uppsala University have discovered that the cellulose...

Products: Energy
Signal Conditioners Ideal for Wind Turbines

The SCM5B, SCM7B, and SensorLex® 8B signal conditioning modules from Dataforth (Tucson, AZ) are all fully encapsulated, making them corrosion-resistant and well suited for use in rugged environments like wind turbines.

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