November 2010 Blog Posts (19)

Want to know which is the most effective for saving energy in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications?

About 40% of all energy consumption in Europe and North America is consumed in buildings. And the biggest share of this energy consumption is used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications. A lot of money on the energy bill is paid on HVAC applications. If, if we can reduce the power consumption in the building, exactly on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications, we can absolutely save a lot of our money!

40% of all energy consumed! The…

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Added by Richard on November 29, 2010 at 7:35pm — 1 Comment

Kathie's question of the day: What renewable energy source is most promising?

Happy Friday to all, and happy Thanksgiving because I'm going to be out of town for the next week visiting with family. Since I won't be here to pick your brains for awhile, let's leave on a challenging note:


One article I recently read made the point that although there is an aggressive movement toward renewable energy,…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on November 19, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Highest DTS Installation Completed in Chile

LIOS Technology has completed a power cable monitoring project at a South American mining facility of Codelco in Chile. The Korean made 220 kV, 630 mm 2 XLPE high voltage cable system includes…

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Added by Green DTS on November 18, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Building What?

To my fellow engineers, do you know how many steel framed towers fell on September 11th 2001? No it was not two but three. Checkout AE911truth.org or watch this short clip on buildingwhat.org website:…

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Added by Werner Simbeck on November 18, 2010 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Kathie's Question of the day: What makes a permitting process effective?

Here's one for all you who like to look at the legal side of things.


Virginia has adopted a new permitting process to make it easier to develop wind projects.…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on November 18, 2010 at 8:41am — No Comments

Kathie's question of the day: If you were a millionaire, would your dream be green?

Here's a fun one for a Wednesday.


This guy spent 1 million building Britain's first all-electric super car. That's about 2 million U.S. dollars worth of engineering…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on November 17, 2010 at 9:31am — 7 Comments

Kathie's question of the day: Is global warming a threat to wind turbines?

Here we go again on day two of the week and I got another question to pick your brain with.


I read an article naming research that has found countries relying on wind energy to supply clean power are set to get less juice for their buck as global warming continues.


Apparently University of Texas (Austin) researcher Diandong Ren has found that as temperatures rise, electricity generated by wind turbines will…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on November 16, 2010 at 9:01am — 4 Comments

Stuxnet to PLC users: Do I have your attention now?

Periodically I receive press releases or white papers on how to secure industrial controllers and networks; a subject that for many does not exactly inspire excitement. In the more than 20 years that I’ve been covering industrial networks, the response I usually receive from vendors and customers about security follows along these lines:…

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Added by Leslie Langnau on November 11, 2010 at 6:51am — No Comments

Plastic Bearings Make Patient Transfers Easier

Everyday mobility can be a problem for those who are sick and bedridden. Getting out of a wheelchair, bed, car seat, or chair can be difficult, especially without assistance. Until recently, people struggling with standing and walking did not have many lightweight and portable devices to help them become more mobile. Rather, typical handicap lifts are large, heavy, and not very portable. They tend to be…

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Added by laura carrabine on November 10, 2010 at 9:16am — No Comments

Kathie's question of the day: is the U.S. wind industry slowing down or picking up?

Happy hump day everyone. By lunch today we'll have made it to the halfway point in our work week. But to keep those braincells sharp enough to make it to Friday I have a question to spark some stimulation.


Is the U.S. wind industry slowing down or picking up?


If you listened to AWEA's webcast last Friday, you'll know…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on November 10, 2010 at 8:13am — No Comments

Circuit for Mobile Jammer

Hi,
can any one give me information on how to decrease the range of mobile jammers?..any circuits........or any ideas....

Added by Yuvaraj on November 10, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

90 Series Expands

Forsta Filters has released thirteen additional 90 Series

filters, increasing the capacity of the product line to include pipe

sizes up to 10" and flow rates up to 2400 gallons per minute.

Offering a greater variety allows the 90 Series filters solve a wider range of filtration problems in the industrial,… Continue

Added by Forsta Filters Inc. on November 9, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Forsta Filters Save Water And Energy: Help Projects Earn Green Certiications

Engineers responsible for new construction across industrial, municipal

and agricultural sectors are striving to comply with standards set forth

by such organizations as the United States Green Building Council

(USGBC). Through LEED, the green building certification program,

projects and buildings are rated according to their impact on priority

environmental issues including water savings, energy efficiency, and

materials selection.…



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Added by Forsta Filters Inc. on November 9, 2010 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Kathie's question of the day: is the GOP shrinking the wind market?

Hey all,


I read an article concerning an interview with Angelika Pull, communications director for the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The author spoke with Pullen about differences between wind energy development in Europe and the U.S.


Pullen says that with GOP power in the U.S. usually doesn't "bode well" for renewables. She explains that she is confident in Europe's goal of…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on November 9, 2010 at 7:35am — 3 Comments

Advanced Manufacturing--a legit term or an exercise in branding?

Engineers have known that you have to actually make something to make any money. Countries in Europe are waking up to this, and so, apparently, are some economists and some government officials here in the U.S. It's about time. Many debate the wisdom of the long-established policy of allowing manufacturing to go overseas.
Unfortunately, the term manufacturing has a bad rap; it's often viewed as a low skilled, low paying form of employment. So a new term is emerging: Advanced Manufacturing.…
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Added by Leslie Langnau on November 8, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

How important is it to gain more efficiency?

Is the goal of better efficiency just for new designs, or are you exploring older designs? Vendors of various 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies are promoting the idea of reviewing established designs and examining whether you can cut costs, eliminate parts, or gain efficiencies in other ways. According to them, their products are perfect for revising a design and helping you explore other options. It's never a bad idea to review a design and check to see whether changing it to… Continue

Added by Leslie Langnau on November 4, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Repair technicians need serious training

We all have things that we must do, but would rather put off indefinitely. At the top of my list is taking my car into the dealer for service, even for a simple oil change. Just the thought of it makes my heart race, my blood pressure rise, and my voice utter squeaky sounds. Why? Because I doubt the mechanic had ever earned an engineering degree. Without the degree, it is not likely he would know how to diagnose a problem that his hand-held vehicle computer scanner could not… Continue

Added by John R. Gyorki on November 4, 2010 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Learn more about Communicating Camera Data in the Vehicle

from Randy Frank, SensorTiPS

At Convergence 2010 in Detroit, National Semiconductor’s Dac Tran explains how serial-deserialization (SerDes) technology plays a critical role in delivering camera sensing data in vehicles. The SerDes in the demo is National Semiconductor’s FPD-Link III that provides real-time bidirectional control.



For more information on National Semiconductor’s FPD-Link III, click…

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Added by Susan Rawlings on November 2, 2010 at 9:26am — No Comments

Souring for frequency inverters, variable speed drives with the quality of that of Siemens, ABB?

Souring for frequency inverters, variable speed drives with the quality of that of Siemens, ABB? But hesistating to contact them because of the expensive cost! Try to contact us for an alternative for frequency inverters (variable speed drives) with similar quality, but more reasonable price!

The voltage range of frequency inverters (variable frequency drives) we offered:…

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Added by Richard on November 1, 2010 at 7:22pm — 1 Comment

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