New SAE Standards on Additive Manufacturing: World’s First for Aerospace Industry

Industry standards play an important role in helping the public by ensuring quality and consistency in the products produced for the marketplace. The emerging field of additive manufacturing (AM) enables parts to be printed in 3D from electronic files created on a computer. These parts are being used in critical applications such as aircraft engines. It is imperative that these parts be manufactured and tested to the strictest standards. SAE International has created the Aerospace Material Specification committee on Additive Manufacturing (AMS-AM). The FAA provided SAE with a task request in support of the formation of a standards committee to develop aerospace material specifications and other related documents that would assist the FAA in developing guidance material for AM certification — certification of parts for use on aircraft such as parts for commercial jets that carry passengers over large bodies of water where there is no room for error or inferior quality.

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Core Competencies: Staying Competitive in the Medical Device Industry

Outsourcing helps medical companies fill proficiency gaps and keep pace with innovation. This whitepaper explains what factors are driving the growth in the medical device industry, and how these market dynamics have led to an increased demand for outsourcing of noncore OEM competencies and processes to reliable partners. It will present the many ways outsourcing can help OEMs minimize technology investments and integration efforts to accelerate time-to-market and increase their ROI. The attributes required in an ideal outsourcing partner are also discussed.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Electronics, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical
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Five Factors to Consider when Selecting an Overcurrent Protective Device for an Electric Vehicle System to Ensure Safe and Reliable Performance

In electric and hybrid vehicle applications, electrical systems are often pushed to their limits. Aggressive current pulses, combined with high temperatures and vibration profiles, push the limits of electrical system reliability. When selecting an over-current protection device (OCPD), care must be taken to account for these complex variables while still providing a system that is safe and reliable. This article will discuss five critical and often overlooked factors in OCPD selection in EV applications in order to ensure safe and reliable system performance.

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Selecting the Right Standard High-Voltage Power Supply

High-voltage power supplies drive a broad range of applications across diverse segments, including semiconductor, scientific, medical, industrial, and more. Designed to deliver stable supply voltages at 50 V and up, the power supplies, comprised of sophisticated components and specialized materials, must carefully manage the high voltages and associated effects, for example, corona and arcing. For systems developers choosing standard high-voltage power supplies, the specialized nature of high-voltage power calls for a power supply selection process that reflects the unique characteristics of the high- voltage power supply and its operation.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Energy, Optics, Photonics
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Removing the Risk of Concentrated Salt Solutions to Precision Dispense Pumps

IVD instrument OEMs require high accuracy pumps for dispensing reagents, wash fluids and samples. The types and concentrations of fluids dispensed by these pumps vary widely and can be excessively damaging to the internal parts of pumps. For this reason, pump designers are continually challenged to create products that can survive increasingly aggressive environments.

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How the Aerospace and Defense Industry is Taking-Off with Pervasive Engineering Simulation

The aerospace & defense industry is demanding more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly aircraft that keep passengers safe and comfortable. The defense sector must deliver the technological edge to the warfighter and ISR drones as quickly and affordably as possible. Space 2.0 and the New Space economy is driving accelerated innovation and disrupting the sector.

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Improving Corrosion Resistance of 303 Stainless Steel

Able Electropolishing, a leader in the electropolishing industry, teamed up with Swiss Precision Machining Inc., to test the effectiveness of passivation vs. electropolishing on corrosion resistance of machined 303 stainless steel components.

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ABLE TECHNICAL GUIDE: Your Solution to 7 Metal Surface Problems

Electropolishing is often referred to as a “reverse plating” process. Electrochemical in nature, electropolishing uses a combination of rectified current and a blended chemical electrolyte bath to remove flaws from the surface of a metal part.

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Personalized Healthcare Calls for Innovative Wearables and Medical Devices

Because the world population is aging, chronic diseases are on the rise and healthcare costs are reaching unsustainable heights, it is essential to detect pathologies early. The Internet of Things (IoT) is now poised to transform the healthcare industry by providing wireless connectivity and sensing. Body-worn electronics and implanted devices, equipped with tiny sensors that continuously monitor vital parameters and securely report anomalies to appropriate physicians, will improve patients’ quality of life while delivering timely medical help. Personalized healthcare is making medicine participatory, personalized, predictive and preventive (P4 Medicine). Medical device and high-tech companies are joining forces to satisfy a growing demand that might reach 20 billion medical connected devices by 2020. Successful medical device and pharmaceutical companies are using engineering simulation to develop systems that ensure high reliability, provide data privacy and achieve regulatory compliance quickly. Learn how platform-based engineering simulation maximizes the IoT opportunities for personalized medicine.

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DESIGNING A VISION SYSTEM: A Comprehensive Guide to the Technical Requirements for Building a Vision System for Your Unique Imaging Application

There are a number of factors that need to be considered when designing a vision system, including: the hardware platform, the operating system, the software and API, and the very things that make the vision system “see” – the camera and its lens. Although each aspect plays an important role in achieving desired results, the camera and lens are the essence of the vision system. As such, it is recommended that both the camera and the lens be selected as a pair based on overall system requirements. Here we discuss various elements of vision systems with a focus on the camera and lens.

Posted in: White Papers, Imaging, Medical, Optics, Photonics
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