August 2009 Blog Posts (16)

New guidebook for building and maintaining networks

Here's a handy resource for network maintenance -- the newly revised AS-Interface Maintenance & Troubleshooting Guidebook from Pepperl+Fuchs. It includes wiring hints, common problems and solutions, and information on how to build networks. It's a 32-page illustrated pocket-sized reference that contains with information to help AS-Interface users set-up and maintain an AS-Interface solution. The guide is not limited to Pepperl+Fuchs devices, so if you use competing AS-Interface devices and… Continue

Added by laura carrabine on August 31, 2009 at 8:51am — No Comments

Teamcenter update

For all you Teamcenter Express users, you might like to know that Siemens announced today its release of version 5.0. According to the company, the updated software includes a better user interface with new Lifestyle Viewer and Structure Manager modules. New cost analysis tools are available for products and projects. In addition, while working in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook, you can browse and search the Teamcenter Express database, add new documents, and review and approve workflow… Continue

Added by laura carrabine on August 31, 2009 at 8:31am — 4 Comments

A free professional 3D CAD System

This is the 'absolutely' free personal version of PTC's "CoCreate Modeling" and called "CoCreate Modeling Personal Edition" It is not a time limited shareware or time-limited subscription. It is a complete freeware and based on the same superior modeling technology "Explicit Modeling". like the commercial version "CoCreate Modeling"

It works with an active internet connection, but the user needs to be in the internet only once every 72 hours . This means just go for 1 second to… Continue

Added by Rayka on August 29, 2009 at 1:00am — 10 Comments

Batten down the hatches?

A couple of years ago, as Ethernet took a commanding role in industrial networking, I questioned companies on whether they saw a need to secure their industrial networks from hackers and others. The usual answers I received went something like this: “why would anyone want to steal bits of data from sensors and other smaller devices that are used by controls to operate machines? Fair enough.

How about the idea that hackers could hijack the controls for other reasons, including gaining… Continue

Added by Leslie Langnau on August 25, 2009 at 9:13am — 3 Comments

Alibre Design software for $99

Alibre's month-long marketing campaign has been wildly successful. It's been selling its flagship product Alibre Design for a mere $99.99 -- down from its usual price of $999.00. The company is targeting graduating engineers, engineers out of work, and others who may just want to learn how to use 3D CAD tools and become proficient when a job may become available. Have any of you taken advantage of this offer? Tell us about the learning curve and your satisfaction.

Added by laura carrabine on August 21, 2009 at 10:04am — 10 Comments

ANSYS quality assurance program

I was interested in finding out about software quality assurance policies and procedures. I checked out ANSYS' quality assurance program and learned that the company performs more than 60,000 software verification tests before releasing any new product. This lead me to wonder if other software providers conduct as extensive pre-launch testing as ANSYS.

What type of quality assurance program is in place at your company?

Added by laura carrabine on August 21, 2009 at 9:35am — 2 Comments

ANSYS 12.0 Software Offers Multiple Updates

The latest version of ANSYS’ flagship product debuts as an engineering simulation and integration product that supports Simulation Driven Product Development. The new product touts fast product design and validation features in a complete, virtual environment that captures complex and coupled physical phenomena.

The core of the software is the ANSYS Workbench 2.0 platform – a simulation tool that enables you to set up, visualize, and manage simulations. It captures and automates… Continue

Added by John J. Currid on August 21, 2009 at 7:32am — 2 Comments

Mechanism Design

Mi Friends,

I want to know how to design a mechanism when I have only a specific path in which the mechanism is to be work.

Can anybody tell me. Also if anybody knows a book for this please suggest.

Ganesh Taravade

Added by Ganesh Taravade on August 14, 2009 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Reume for Product Engineer- NI





Professional Summary: Two Years Three Months experience in marketing, sales, applications & purchase. Experienced the marketing process, client handling, and various procedures of sales at various levels, related issues. Good understanding of business process. Recognized for multi-tasking, communication,… Continue

Added by Bhavya Bhushan Srivastava on August 13, 2009 at 12:06am — No Comments

Sublime India Language Translation Solutions ( ISO 9001 : 2000 Certified Company)

Sublime India Language Translation Solutions ( ISO 9001 : 2000 Certified Company)

We are using the newest technology, we promise providing document translation project is errors free and as per deadline. This includes a state of the art document management system and the best translation support software. We translate in over 140 different languages.

We are use have passed our standards translator selection process. We follow a… Continue

Added by Kuldeep kumar on August 11, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

Phil's windmill page

Hey Phil:

How about a little more electrical explanation for us mechanical engineers? For instance, call out the items in the circuit diagram and tell what they do. The PMA is axial flux dual-rotor design. So.. output is variable dc? What does the rectifier do? How does the inverter work? In your proverbial spare time, of course.


Added by Paul Dvorak on August 10, 2009 at 4:27pm — 2 Comments

Maintenance Support Engineer - based in Brussels for Telecom multinational - CVs to

Our client is a leading global provider of IP products that enable voice, video and other multimedia services. Their products allow service providers to migrate from traditional voice networks to all-IP, fixed-mobile and multimedia networks consistent with emerging IMS standards.

Job Description Job responsibilities: Health check of the system - CPU/MEM/DISC/… verification on a daily basis - System alarm follow-up (all severities) , and if needed corrective actions (continuous)… Continue

Added by Edith Varhelyi on August 7, 2009 at 6:33am — No Comments

Anark Corp, annouces support for OpenFlight viewer

This company recently announced that its Core 2.2 software exports OpenFlight data using native OpenFlight read/write APIs. Anark's goal was to help visualization and simulation developers to easily prepare and simplify complex 3D geometry from tools such as Catia, Pro/E, Inventor, and SolidWorks for use in visualization simulation applications.

For more information about Core and OpenFlight, go to

Added by laura carrabine on August 6, 2009 at 10:19am — No Comments

Quick tips on wireless networks from NI

Among the press releases sent out this week at National Instruments’ NI Week was one on the company’s wireless sensor network (WSN) platform. This platform highlights many of the trends emerging in wireless networks. It delivers a system that flexibly manages power consumption and gives you the ability to customize wireless hardware.

The network includes a remote monitoring system that consists of battery-powered nodes, in addition to industrial certifications, networking protocols,… Continue

Added by Leslie Langnau on August 6, 2009 at 5:00am — No Comments

Online Unit Conversions for The Common, The Complex, and The Unexpected

One website I used almost every day as a design engineer (and continue to use often) is If you can think of an engineering or scientific application with unique units, this website will probably convert them. It’s free to use and doesn’t require any registration. The site claims “5,000 units and 50,000 conversions” and receives over half a million unique visitors a month based on…


Added by Brian Jones on August 3, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Comsol on the road with news for designers

Bernt Nilsson and Dr. David Kan from Comsol visited Design World’s editorial offices yesterday to present its upcoming Multiphysics 4 software. The product targets designers and touts a new desktop environment with new geometry functions and CAD connections. While several analysis software providers have tried this approach in the past – marketing CAE to the CAD crowd – Comsol’s tactics might be attractive to this new audience. That’s because the user interface facilitates a smooth workflow so… Continue

Added by laura carrabine on August 1, 2009 at 4:52am — No Comments

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