July 2011 Blog Posts (19)

You have choices in additive manufacturing

We recently completed a handbook on additive manufacturing. It will appear in the August issue of Design World. One of the things I learned from working on this project is just how many options you have for rapidly prototyping (or manufacturing) your designs. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that all we have are 3D printers, especially with all the media coverage this part of the industry is receiving today. But you have more options, including subtractive prototyping and rapid…


Added by Leslie Langnau on July 29, 2011 at 5:03am — No Comments

Learning from experience: After the Great Event of March 11th

As engineers we are entitled to look at disasters from a technical perspective. This is relatively easy when the event is watched on the TV, but when the events are experienced at first hand, it is certainly more complicated. Today I run into an article that describes the experiences and learnings of a family living in Japan, who struggles to recover from the great seismic event that struck the east coast of Japan last March 11th. The article was published in July 5th 2011 on the online…


Added by Freddy Soria on July 25, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Groupon featured deal: solar power?

As everyone in this office knows, good deals is my middle name. I'm subscribed for all those freebie and coupon sites so I can get my half-price soup and sandwhich for lunch or treat myself to an affordable facial. 


But an online special for solar power?


I recently read on …


Added by Kathie Zipp on July 25, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

FPGA Technology as a Platform for Innovation Integration in Motor Drives Applications

Last March, I have had the chance to be invited speaker at the eDrive's Motor, Drives and Automation Systems conference at San Antonio, TX. For those who didn't attend this conference, you may access my presentation by following this link to my blog :




Comments & questions are welcome.

Added by Marc Perron on July 22, 2011 at 6:51am — No Comments

A visit to Purdue University's Maha Fluid Power Lab

Any list of fluid power research superstars would have to include Dr. Monika Ivantysynova, head of the Maha Fluid Power Laboratory at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Ivantysynova, who worked at the University of Hamburg for years, has always been an academic researcher who strives to work in conjunction with industry. And her almost decade-long tenure at Purdue has been no… Continue

Added by Paul J. Heney on July 21, 2011 at 11:50am — No Comments

"Gigapixel" photo of new Boeing 737

Fascinating image, take a look:




It's the highest-resolution image ever taken of a Boeing Next-Generation 737 airplane. The photo is so rich in detail it must be counted in gigapixels, which is 1,000 times the information of megapixels.



Added by Paul J. Heney on July 21, 2011 at 7:39am — No Comments

The Electrical Engineering Editor at Design World


My name is Joe Gorse, I am the Electrical Engineering Editor for Design World. I come from a contract R&D background so bare with me while I learn how to do all the things I was never allowed to do as an engineer with billable hours. =)

For the morbidly curious, here's a short video introduction and my …


Added by Joe Gorse on July 20, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

New How-To Video on Nook Industries Blog

Assembly a standard ball nut onto a machined ball screw must be done with care to insure proper loading of the ball nut. If not done properly, internal bearings can become misplace out of the bearing circuit which will reduce life and increase wear, and possible locking of the ball nut on the ball screw. In certain circumstances, the ball nut and ball screw can be permanently damaged.

Each ball nut comes with detailed instructions on how to properly load the…


Added by Nook Industries on July 20, 2011 at 8:38am — No Comments

Nook LinkedIn: Linear Motion Product Gallery

Our new LinkedIn product gallery is available for all engineers. Please view it at: LinkedIn Product Gallery

Nook Industries manufactures one of the most comprehensive selections of integrated linear motion components in the world. Whether the application requires an off-the-shelf linear motion component or an engineered solution tailored to fit your application, we provide complete engineering,…


Added by Nook Industries on July 19, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Project/Team Communication: Make Every Word Count

This following post is an excerpt from my new book Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career which is available today.

In some respects, technology has made it more of a challenge to communicate with your colleagues or at least keep the communication consistent. By colleagues I am referring to your co-workers as well as… Continue

Added by Anthony Fasano on July 19, 2011 at 7:26am — No Comments

PV predicted to grow 30% by years end, but what do you think?

A recent IMS research report states that after declining for two consecutive quarters, PV module shipments are set to recover strongly in the second half of 2011. The rationality is that these rapidly falling PV module prices will be a key factor in re-establishing demand in the second half of the year.

Weak demand in key markets in early 2011 - due to reductions in, and confusion over incentive levels - has led PV module…


Added by Kathie Zipp on July 14, 2011 at 9:35am — No Comments

How to load the Standard Ball Nut (How-to video)

How to load the Standard Ball Nut video: http://blog.nookindustries.com​/blogs/video



Assembly a standard ball nut onto a machined ball screw must be done with care to insure proper loading of the ball nut. If not done properly, internal bearings can become misplace out of the bearing circuit which will reduce life and increase ware, and…


Added by Nook Industries on July 14, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Nascar Racing Actuation

Spring & Bump Stop Profile: http://blog.nookindustries.com/content/aerodynamic-racing-actuation-pivotal-spring-bump-stop-rating-system

Like all set up components in auto racing, there is no ‘magic’ winning adjustment; each of the car’s pieces needs to work in concert as a single unit to maximize a particular driver’s feel. That’s the case with NASCAR COT (Cars…


Added by Nook Industries on July 12, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Intelligent Component Selection for Obsolescence Management

As a design and/or component engineer, component obsolescence is the last thing you want on your mind when bringing a new product to market. But if you ignore obsolescence and just leave it to the procurement team to tackle, you’re in for a world of…


Added by J Mendez on July 11, 2011 at 12:38pm — No Comments

RoboCup: Towards the challenge of having a match humans vs robots by 2050

In a previous post I wrote a comment on the RoboCup broadcast I used to watch during the weekends of my grad studies on the Japanese television. At that time, the RoboCup was being held in Osaka (unfortunately, far from Sendai, where I was living). Now I am pleased to reannounce to all my fellow engineers that the RoboCup 2011 kicks off in Turkey in July!!!

The RoboCup was held on its first version in Nagoya, Japan in 1996, and now at its 14th version still pursues the dream of… Continue

Added by Freddy Soria on July 10, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

Power Quality Forum & Seminar

Do you deal with Power Quality regularly? Do you understand it as well as you'd like? Do you want to learn more about it?


ELSPEC North America is hosting a Power Quality Forum & Seminar and you're invited. It will be held November 7-9, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The goal is to bring together a group of professionals from a variety of…


Added by Kathryn Smith on July 7, 2011 at 11:59am — No Comments

Mechanic + Electrician + PLC Technician = "Maintenance Technician"

I hear you all, with the baby-boomer skill shortage and slow economy creating the most challenging paradox. In the recent past it might have been corporate profits driving companies to look for the 'Jack of all Trades', but now the economy is making…


Added by Donald Fitchett on July 6, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Engineers: Understanding Your Role as a Leader

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 7 of my book Engineer Your Own Success:


Another important aspect of being a good leader is understanding your role. As a leader, your role is to help those that you are leading to do their job to the best of their ability. Therefore in order for you to succeed, you should strive to help them succeed. This is a difficult concept for many engineering professionals to grasp. Many professionals are so worried about…


Added by Anthony Fasano on July 6, 2011 at 5:54pm — No Comments

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