September 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Collet Nut Torque Chart - Useful Information


Collet Nuts Wrench Type…

Added by Joe Agro on September 26, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

The fundamentals in transformer losses

When designing a transformer, you want to make sure that it is efficient. There are fundamental principles that you need to know: the amount of windings, the core losses, and the flux.

Magnetomotive force (mmf) in a transformer is the current in a coil of wire wrapped around a core, which produces a magnetic flux in the core. As Ohm’s Law is defined as V= IR, the relationship for mmf is defined as F = Ni, where “F ” is the symbol for mmf, “N” is the symbol for number of turns of wire…


Added by Natasha Townsend on September 24, 2012 at 11:26am — No Comments

What To Check When Your Electronic Device Malfunctions: Capacitors & Resistors

Have you ever come across perfect running electronic equipment that suddenly stops working and you don’t know what is wrong with it? Here you will find some great tips that will help bring your electronic equipment back from the dead.

Before getting any further you will need the following things under your belt.

Equipment Required:

  1. Screw driver
  2. Soldering iron
  3. Solder…

Added by Amie La Roux on September 24, 2012 at 9:31am — No Comments

CAD Automation App Reduces Quoting Time by 30%

Metalsa engineers previously spent an average of 32 hours per month quoting a typical three programs for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). This time was spent opening CAD files, obtaining information and a snapshot, and populating a spreadsheet with the data. Metalsa worked with CCE ( to develop an app using CCE’s EnSuite product that opens the CATIA files, captures the needed information and populates…


Added by Steve Glad on September 19, 2012 at 1:14pm — No Comments

Which is More “Green”, Air or Electric Powered Drilling?


Recently, we had a discussion in the office about environmentally friendly procedures for our business.  One thing lead to another and we started comparing our drilling equipment to the competition’s as far as how environmentally responsible all of us in the industry were.

The discussion covered…


Added by Joe Agro on September 19, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

National Instruments is big on global citizenship

The National Instruments Co. (NI) provides integrated software and hardware to scientists and engineers. Founded in 1976, three college students (James Truchard, PhD, Jeff Kodosky, and Bill Nowlin) developed this technology-based enterprise. The company's instrumentation hardware and graphical system design software convert standard PCs into industrial automation and test…


Added by Natasha Townsend on September 18, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

AMETEK, a company in business for the duration

AMETEK, Inc. headquartered in Berwyn, Pa., was founded in 1930. Specializing in manufacturing and electromechanical devices, the company has approximately 13,300 colleagues working at more than 100 manufacturing facilities and more than 100 sales and service centers in the United States, Europe, and around the world. Most recently, it has opened an office in Bangaluru, India, and for many other AMETEK products a faciilty in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Brazilian facility handles motor…


Added by Natasha Townsend on September 12, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Material Pusher Heaven and Much More

“Enter a length and process your part… It’s just that simple!”  That’s what some people say.  Truth is, processing multiple hole drilling and/or tapping processes along with saw cut operations and the like can be extremely challenging to a manufacturing facility.

AutoDrill stands ready to help you solve your most complex processes with the help of our seasoned and highly professional machine builders.

Whether you are drilling and tapping holes on a rotary table in a multi-drill…


Added by Joe Agro on September 12, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

NASA's Curiosity rover and the Teflon problem

When the Curiosity rover successfully landed on mars, the engineers at JPL became technology's new rock stars.

It was an amazing accomplishment, and all the people on the Mars Science Laboratory team at JPL deserve accolades.

From my perspective, as a long-time observer of the engineering software industry, I imputed a lot of their success to a combination of smart people, good tools, and strong processes.

Yet, something has been bothering me about Curiosity. In a word:…


Added by Evan Yares on September 9, 2012 at 6:43pm — 1 Comment

SF Bay Area MFR is Guest Commentator on Local Radio Today to Discuss Manufacturing and Economic Development in California

8/31 9:20AM UPDATE: Interview has been rescheduled for next Friday (September 7th at 6:20AM). We will share details soon! 

The Bishop-Wisecarver team is very excited about…


Added by Elizabeth Griffin on September 7, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments

Engineering Jobs Future Looks Bright

According to Kelly's info graphic, the "E" in "STEM", the engineering jobs future looks bright up to 2020. (Click pic to see Kelly's full info-graphic PDF)…

Engineering jobs future growth will be great stemming many secondary jobs

Added by Donald Fitchett on September 6, 2012 at 10:38am — No Comments

Sometimes Simple is Simply Better

Often, potential customers call us with needs that we can meet in multiple ways…

A few weeks ago, a customer called and asked about drilling a single hole, over and over again into a soft piece of wood. They wanted an AutoDrill “no stroke” drilling unit so that they could mount it to a table top and manually feed the wooden part into the spinning tool. They would run this system for hours a day and the volume would depend on just how fast their “staff team member” could feed the…


Added by Joe Agro on September 6, 2012 at 8:04am — No Comments

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