December 2010 Blog Posts (19)

10 Talking Points for 2010





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Added by Kathie Zipp on December 30, 2010 at 10:34am — No Comments

Department of Energy's year-end list of accomplishments

The Department of Energy is circulating a list of some of the things it did this year. "Over the past year, the Department of Energy accelerated the drive toward our clean energy economic and security goals, creating tens of thousands of jobs and helping the country to lead the way in science and innovation," DOE said in its "Year-End Update."



Here is DOE's list:



Recovery Act



The Department of Energy was allocated $32.7 billion in grant…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on December 29, 2010 at 9:48am — No Comments

Updating America's outdated power grid

We've all heard talk of how desperately the nation's power grid need updating. Although we have the technology to generate much of the US's power from wind and solar energy, we don't have the infrastructure to store or transmit…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on December 28, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Automatic Success in Irrigation Using Forsta Self-Cleaning Water Filters

Problem: 

Suspended particles in well water can be a big problem when it comes to clogging sprinkler heads and creating buildup on pipe walls. Dirty water can lead to equipment failure and forced downtime. 



This is the problem that Alex Posada was responsible for solving. Posada is the Director of Recreation & Parks for the City of Santa Maria,…
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Added by Forsta Filters Inc. on December 26, 2010 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Twitter > Facebook? For Marketers, Yes Indeed

Facebook and Twitter are arguably the largest and most influential social media sites of the day.  As a social media markter, I use a wide variety of social media sites, and I agree that Twitter and Facebook is where I spend the majority of my time and efforts.  I do this because the first rule of marketing is, “Go where your customers are”.


Seventy-eight percent of all social media traffic goes through Facebook, while…

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Added by Lance Brown on December 17, 2010 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Is it time to return to centralized control?

PCs and PLCs are getting more powerful with multicore processors. Proponents of EtherCAT claim that this network is suitable for handling the amount of data possible with centralized control schemes.

Distributed control was the best strategy for the technology during the 1980s, ‘90s and even into the beginning of this century. But now technology has advanced. Several discussions at various shows I’ve attended revolved around distributed versus centralized control.  So is it time to…

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Added by Leslie Langnau on December 16, 2010 at 8:12am — No Comments

Injection Molding Design Validation with DFMPro on Solidworks - Tutorial

What is DFMPro?

DFMPro is an easy-to-use design for manufacturability (DFM) tool for designers and manufacturing engineers that is seamlessly integrated into leading CAD platforms like SolidWorks® and Pro/ENGINEER®. It facilitates upstream manufacturability validation and identification of areas of a design that are difficult, expensive or impossible to…

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Added by Prashant Chandanapurkar on December 13, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Management by Design drives Leadership Awards

Undoubtedly, most of you will recall the Insights article I wrote about the subject of Design in the March, 2007 issue. I focused on the concept as it relates to artists, design engineers, and new product designers. However, Design appears to be a popular idea in many other businesses as well, including universities that teach management principles. A case in point: Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, has a program called “Manage by Design.” According to IDEO’s… Continue

Added by John R. Gyorki on December 12, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

A solar-powered popemobile?

The Washington Post reports that Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who runs the Vatican City state, said that Pope Benedict would "certainly prefer" an electric popemobile to a traditional petroleum-powered one, given his priority to make the Vatican a leader in green energy.


Lajolo made the comment during his presentation of a book on the Vatican's ecological efforts, "The energy of…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on December 9, 2010 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

Kathie's Question of the day: what's up with small wind?

As many of you probably know, AWEA's Small and Community Wind Conference and Expo is going on in Portland, Oregon. I read this entry by a blogger who is at the conference and found her thoughts interesting and....question worthy!


She notes that commercial wind farms sprouting up around Oregon have sparked…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on December 9, 2010 at 9:08am — 1 Comment

the types of ac drives (frequency inverters, variable speed drives) by different voltage

AC drives (frequency inverters, variable speed drives) are widely used in the industry, for energy conservation & better process control. We can find ac drives (frequency inverters, variable speed drives) in many applications, such as pumps, fans, compressors, paper making, food, steel, oil. And there are single phase and three phase frequency inverters.

There are different kinds of frequency inverters with different…

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Added by Richard on December 8, 2010 at 11:22pm — No Comments

Static Jolted my Memory

I got shocked from the light switch last night. I saw the little arc from my finger to the light switch and felt the extra voltage behind it. It jump-started my memory of stories from customers about what static electricity has caused in their surroundings...

People tell me about seeing the arc hit someone from a foot away - OUCH! And then to have someone speak about getting hit anywhere unmentionable - that just adds to the ouch factor. They have seen holes burned in clothes…

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Added by Kirk Edwards on December 8, 2010 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

Solar, solar everywhere and not just where you’d think

We've heard of various solar power projects and devices, but here are two especially interesting ones where you probably wouldn't expect them: a Christmas tree lot and the Vatican.…

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Added by Kathie Zipp on December 8, 2010 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Kathie's Question of the day: What can we learn from Japan's solar market?

In searching for a subject to write about concerning solar policy, I came across this report from SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association).


SEPA sent members over to Japan in July of this year to find out more about solar energy in Japan. Even by glancing at the photo on the front page of the report, it is evident that solar power in Japan is much different than in the U.S. For instance, while our nation…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on December 8, 2010 at 8:10am — No Comments

View, edit and share 3D files on your iPhone or iPad

3D Systems announced that they have launched a free 3D content tool that will let you view, edit, and share 3D files on your iPhone and iPad. It's called nettfab Mobile and you can check out the videos here: http://www.netfabb.com/mobile.php
Looks pretty cool, although with my poor eyesight I would prefer to use the iPad. It's free and you can download it through iTunes now.
3D Systems…
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Added by Leslie Langnau on December 7, 2010 at 5:26am — No Comments

How Groupons Drive Buisness

In case you haven’t noticed, the world of marketing has been rapidly changing. Thanks to social media and the free flow of communication and word-of-mouth capabilities, marketers are finding new, better, and

moreefficient ways to reach their target market.



One emerging marketing tactic that is catching on is “collective buying” or more commonly called “groupons”. The term “groupon” most likely comes from the site…

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Added by Lance Brown on December 6, 2010 at 1:14pm — No Comments

How Companies Are Shortcoming Their Sales Teams



In the era of Facebook, Google , Twitter and Yelp (an extensive product review site), buyers have as much control over the flow of information they receive as salespeople have available to them. The process of buying was once a one-way interaction between an informed seller and a curious buyer, but it has now become a conversation between equals, and the revolution in buying behavior…

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Added by Lance Brown on December 6, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Low cost 3D printers and materials are the focus of additive manufacturing at Euromold





Euromold 2010 has now come and gone, so here’s a quick look at some of the news announced during the show.



The price of 3D printers is in the spotlight again. Objet launched two new desktop 3D printers starting at $19,900. The Objet24 suits the office environment, providing low-cost 3D printing without compromise on model detail or functional versatility. The Objet30 prints a range of materials. More information is available at:…

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Added by Leslie Langnau on December 6, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Kathie's Question of the day: are we spending enough on energy?

Here's one to stimulate your brain in this snow storm (at least here in Cleveland).


An advisory group of scientists and engineers are telling Obama spending on energy research needs a little jump -a jump of $11 billion to be exact.


In a recent report, the advisory group says the U.S. needs to more than triple its spending on energy research,…
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Added by Kathie Zipp on December 6, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

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