Synergistic Coatings Meet Demanding Aerospace Challenges

Aerospace and airframe manufacturers know how difficult it is to design components that can withstand extreme environments while providing corrosion and wear protection. Making things even more complicated is the need to comply with international standards, such as REACH. While engineers favor composites, aluminum, titanium and magnesium for their light weight, most of these metals are highly susceptible to corrosion if left unprotected. A new white paper explores how applying synergistic surface enhancement coatings can address and overcome these industry challenges.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Materials

Annual IIoT Maturity Survey

A survey of senior-level, experienced Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) decision-makers and influencers in the manufacturing, oil and gas (O&G), and transportation industries confirms that IIoT has progressed beyond hype to widespread use. Eighty six percent of participants in the Bsquare 2017 Annual IIoT Maturity Survey have adopted IIoT solutions and 84% believe their solutions are very or extremely effective.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers

Automated Vehicle Technology; Impressive but Raises Many Questions

Autonomous vehicles are coming to a street near you; very soon. But are they ready?

There is a lot of technology available and many of the necessary sensor systems have found their way into vehicles we drive now such as interactive cruise control, pedestrian monitoring, collision avoidance and many more features. However, Autonomous cars are different than any other. They are decision makers. As such how we test them, introduce them to the marketplace, investigate accidents and manage maintenance will be very different. In this article we raise questions we have considered and make a case for the use of an independent black box in such vehicles to improve decision making and collect the data needed to understand the causes and consequences of an incident.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Test & Measurement

Industrial IoT: Keeping Heavy-Duty Vehicles Moving

Commercial trucking, agriculture, and construction businesses know the challenges of relying on heavy-duty vehicles and equipment for day to day operations and the cost of maintenance over a vehicle's lifetime.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics & Computers

Advancing Thermal Management with Additive Manufacturing

An integral engineering element across major industries, from transportation to electronics, thermal management continues to challenge designers in several applications. 3D printing, aka additive manufacturing (AM), offers a unique solution for next-generation thermal control. With unmatched design freedom for nonlinear geometries, 3D printed parts can increase performance and reduce the size and weight of thermal control systems. In this white paper, discover key areas that AM has been put to use in thermal control, as well as studies and research conducted to validate the additive process for optimized systems.

Posted in: White Papers, Manufacturing & Prototyping

Specialized Materials Meet Critical Packaging Needs in MEMS Devices

The unique requirements of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) call for specialized materials. Versatile epoxy adhesives are often capable of providing the necessary properties to ensure support and protection from thermal and mechanical shock, vibration, high acceleration, particles, and other physical damage. Download Master Bond’s white paper to find out how these materials are used and their benefits for MEMs applications.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Materials, Semiconductors & ICs

Specialized Sensors Perform in Extreme Environments

Demand for sensors that can operate in extreme conditions is increasing, in response to an overall industry trend toward additional product performance testing and monitoring. It takes an extremely durable design to make reliable measurements in extreme conditions, which may include high or cryogenic temperatures, aggressive chemicals, high pressures, or high radiation. The article reviews the distinct advantages and disadvantages of sensor technologies used to measure position or displacement in these difficult environments.

Posted in: White Papers, Sensors

Avoiding DO-254 Events: Major/Minor Change Classification

Rochester Electronics documents a design replication process that develops form, fit and functionally equivalent devices which falls under a DO-254 minor change classification.

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

The Eyes Of The Instruments: Using Optical Filters To Observe And Measure Earth From A Different Perspective

Earth Observation (EO) remote sensing provides the ability to measure, understand, and hopefully manage for purposes of commerce, safety and security, and science, our environment and our impact/interaction with it. In EO instruments, single wavelength band measurements are often necessary to allow observation of unique spectral characteristics representative of specific atmospheric and environmental phenomena. Optical filters with their ability to provide highly selective single band and multi-spectral wavelength discrimination in robust and reliable formats are a key contributor in photonics based EO instruments, serving as “the eyes of the instruments”.

Posted in: White Papers, Photonics

Sensing Methodologies in Pinch Valves

This white paper examines various types of state sensors and their functional use in pinch valves for advanced system development. Many systems today, including medical and biopharmaceutical applications, require precise control and monitoring of a variety of fluids during operation. Systems can employ several methods to control fluid. Solenoid and pneumatic pinch valves, used in conjunction with flexible tubing, offer a simple approach to non-wetted fluid control. At the most fundamental level, various types of sensors can be incorporated into pinch valves to provide feedback showing the physical, open or closed, state of the valve. This paper covers both the basics of state sensing as well as advanced applications to detect the presence of tubing.

Posted in: White Papers, Medical, Motion Control, Sensors

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