February 2012 Blog Posts (14)

Balls Screw vs. Lead Screw — Compared and Contrasted

Haven't seen our latest infographic? It's definitely worth a glance ...


Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on February 29, 2012 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Five ways to prepare your business to scale

I wanted to share this cool infographic from the Arena Blog - 5 ways you can prepare your business to scale. This seems to be focusing mostly on how you can prepare as a hardware company (product data, operations/engineering focused) but I think it's a nice check list for anyone involved with bringing a product to market.…


Added by Alyssa Sittig on February 29, 2012 at 11:21am — No Comments

Linear Motion Technology in Woodworking CNC Machines

A lot of CNC machines use up to 100 DualVee guide wheels and the track to match. We talked to one of our design engineers about why and how in today's "Coffee Chat."


Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on February 24, 2012 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Advanced modeling and simulation techniques for multi-body robotic systems

Please register to be part of the webinar titled "Advanced modeling and simulation techniques for multi-body robotic systems." It is scheduled for March 1, 2012 at 12:00 noon EST/9:00 am PST. Representatives from Maplesoft will provide a presentation that explains actual automotive, aerospace, and robotic simulation applications.


Register at:…


Added by laura carrabine on February 23, 2012 at 8:51am — No Comments

real world nonlinear mechanical applications

Please register to be part of the webinar titled "Real world nonlinear mechanical applications." It is scheduled for February 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST/11:00 am PST. Representatives from Comsol and MSC Software will provide insightful presentations that include customer examples.


To register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/201726826

Added by laura carrabine on February 23, 2012 at 8:38am — No Comments

What could you do with a Google for electronic parts?

One of the biggest stressors of putting together a protoype (in my eyes) is finding all the parts you need, getting the datasheets, etc, etc, and building that first draft of the BOM. If it's at least easy to find the parts you're looking for, with information on multiple distributors, it makes the job a bit easier.


To that end, I want to share a new tool I have caught wind of, as part of my work at…


Added by Alyssa Sittig on February 21, 2012 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Collapsing Cooling Towers...So Cute

My friend sent this to me since he knows we're in the business of renewables. I can't help but feel sorry for the towers. Why did they have to make them look like the Kool-Aid man…


Added by Kathie Zipp on February 21, 2012 at 6:15am — 1 Comment

The trouble with Nissan

Until recently, I was happy with my car. In fact, I’d say that my current vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Murano, is maybe the car I’ve been most pleased with over the years.

So, what happened? A couple months ago, my left side speakers began to go on and off intermittently—so I assumed it was probably a loose wire and not an individual speaker issue. I had the vehicle in to the dealership for another issue, and I asked them to look at it.

After pulling the stereo, the service fellow…


Added by Paul J. Heney on February 17, 2012 at 9:31am — 2 Comments

Join Us for Coffee and Conversation at WestPack 2012 - BWC at Booth #5305

Come visit with one of our engineers during a coffee chat of information on key linear and rotary motion technologies. Nab a shot of espresso and a whitepaper in our short, 15-minute rundowns by our Project Engineer Brian Burke. Learn more about these chats on our company blog at …


Added by Elizabeth Griffin on February 14, 2012 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

Where are the Australian industries heading?

Advocated by Australia, APEC was established in its first Ministerial meeting in Canberra, Australia 1989.
"Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence among Asia-Pacific economies. It began as an informal dialogue group, APEC has since become the primary regional vehicle for promoting open trade…

Added by Jean-Marc Biram on February 13, 2012 at 6:21pm — No Comments

The art of design

It’s fascinating to see old cell phones in movies from the 80s and 90s. I’m amazed not just at the obnoxious sizes of the devices, but also at the lack of elegance in the designs. That’s not to berate the designers who crafted the phones, but it shows how much the art of design has come to the forefront in engineering today. Steve Jobs famously employed design to move technology forward. With his passing, many of us are asking, “Who is going to lead that charge now?”

Certainly the…


Added by Paul J. Heney on February 7, 2012 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

The engineer who tried to stop the Challenger Shuttle launch

Roger Boisjoly died last month, at the age of 73. You've probably never heard of him.  Like many engineers, he worked in relative obscurity, doing the sort of things that seldom make the news.

In July, 1985, while working at Morton Thiokol, he wrote a memo to his bosses concerning the faulty design of the Space Shuttle's solid rocket boosters that, if left…


Added by Evan Yares on February 7, 2012 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

How to lose races with CFD

Computational Fluid Dynamics is serious stuff. Do it wrong, and you can lose the race.

That's what the Marussia F1 team (the ex-Virgin team) learned over the last couple of racing seasons. Autosport.com reports that the team relied solely on CFD for its first two designs—and found…


Added by Evan Yares on February 6, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Hey New York, Did You See People Flying Over Your Skyline?

We can tell you who/what they were in today's tweets of the week post! 

[ Read that here ... ]…


Added by Jennifer Wadsworth on February 3, 2012 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

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