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November 22, 2011Volume 07 Issue 44


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Sign Of The Times For Quick Fastening
The Micro Plastics sign fastener is designed for rapid assembly and disassembly of a sign or other panel to its support structure. The reusable fastener was designed to fit a hole diameter of 5/16 in. to 3/8 in. (8 mm to 9.5 mm) and can be used to fasten two pieces together with total panel thickness from 1 in. to 1.64 in. (25.4 mm to 41.6 mm). Simply squeeze the keeper together and slide onto the pin, then release the keeper. Molded from impact-resistant and UV-stabilized nylon 6/6, the sign fastener is designed to withstand the elements in outdoor applications.
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In this issue of Designfax

  • Rebuilding American manufacturing
  • NVision saves aero toilet manufacturer cash
  • LEDs empower lightning-fast computing
  • Wheels: ‘Peak oil’ surprises
  • Mike Likes: Extend Ethernet thousands of meters
  • Engineer’s Toolbox: Humvee burns 70% less fuel
  • Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
    • NEW! Multi-Material 3D Printing System
    • Alternative energy on the battlefield
  • Most Popular Last Issue
    • Diode lasers could challenge LEDs
    • Designing with the sharks
    • Mike Likes: Metal bellows as spring replacements
  • New Products
    • Electrical, Mechanical, Motion, Special: Fasteners
    Cover Image: LEDs power ultra-fast computing chip [Image: Jan Petykiewicz, Stanford]

News

Siemens, BMW developing AC/DC rapid charging for cars

Blast- and fire-proof spray-on coating wins R&D 100 award

Kaeser Compressors’ Ray Tolson takes Punkin Chunkin long-distance title using massive air cannon

Avery Dennison launches industry-first electronic parking brake pressure-sensitive adhesive



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A padlock in every fastener
Bryce high-tech security locks use cabinet-lock technology to take tamper-proofing to the next level. Vice grips, screw drivers, and drills can't get past these privately keyed fasteners, which are forged in solid stainless or CRv alloy and are ready to be power-driven. These fasteners are available in sizes from 2-56 to 5/8-11 and in metric sizes M2 to M16. Customer-specific key codes provide unmatched security. Bryce Fastener had 800 new customers last year alone with no reported security breaches!
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Feature articles
What will take to make an American manufacturing comeback?
At the MIT manufacturing summit, the emphasis was on keeping high-skill jobs in the United States – and creating workers with the talents to fill those positions.
NVision saves aero toilet manufacturer a bowlful
Aircraft Technologies, a leading manufacturer of toilets for corporate jets, saved $20,000 and four weeks in reduced tooling costs/time for a new model by using NVision's laser scanning and engineering services.
LEDs empower next-gen, lightning-fast computing
A team at Stanford's School of Engineering has demonstrated an ultra-fast nanoscale light-emitting diode (LED) that is able to transmit data at 10 billion bits per second – 10 times the speed of any current computer. The nanophotonics device is a major step forward for on-chip data transmission.
Wheels:
Ricardo study suggests global oil demand may peak before 2020

A new study by a powerhouse U.K. engine and components engineering company is full of surprising conclusions, including that demand for oil may peak before 2020, falling back to levels significantly below 2010 demand by 2035, and challenging the concept that “peak oil” will be a supply-side phenomenon.

Image - Mike Likes:<br>Networking - Extend Ethernet thousands of meters
Mike Likes:
Networking - Extend Ethernet thousands of meters

You can deploy IP cameras, IP phones, and other Ethernet devices beyond Ethernet’s 100-m limit (up to 6,250 m without Power over Ethernet, 1,900 m with PoE), over existing Cat5 cable or telephone copper wire using B&B Electronics’ industrial-grade Elinx Ethernet Extenders. Avoid the cost and hassle of fiber or new construction for your network. The new PoE+ models also overcome the challenge of powering remote devices placed nowhere near a power source by providing power directly from the extended Ethernet port.
Learn more about B&B Ethernet extenders
Engineer’s Toolbox: Demonstration Humvee burns 70% less fuel
The Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator, dubbed "FED Alpha," has a solar panel on its rear hatch that can recharge its electrical system. It also has a custom engine, transmission, and a score of other features that dramatically increase its mileage per gallon compared to other Humvees.

Most popular last issue
Diode lasers could challenge LEDs
The human eye is as comfortable with white light generated by diode lasers as with that produced by increasingly popular light-emitting diodes (LEDs), according to tests conceived at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.
Read the full article
How biomimicry helped create practical solutions through nature
Because algae and barnacles do not attach themselves to sharks, scientists figured that there must be something special about shark skin. It turns out there is, and the technology to mimic the skin’s unique surface properties can be incorporated into your products with impressive benefits.
Read the full article

Image - Mike Likes:<br>Metal bellows used as spring replacements
Mike Likes:
Metal bellows used as spring replacements

Servometer has released a new white paper available for download titled, “Precision Metal Bellows Used as Spring Replacements in Mechanical and Electrical Applications.” This paper gives a brief overview to Servometer’s metal bellows technology in comparison to spring technology. It reviews the capability of a bellows to act as a spring and a sealing device. Examples are given for a mechanical actuator seal and electrical contact to help explain the technology’s advantages. No registration is required.
Download the Servometer .pdf

Videos+: Technologies and inspiration in action
NEW! Incredible compact multi-material 3D printer
The office-friendly Objet260 Connex 3D printer comes with a choice of over 60 different build materials. From these it can simultaneously build 14 different materials into a single model part, providing a highly accurate idea of how even complex or assembled end products will look and perform. Simulate anything from rubber to transparency to rigid ABS-grade engineering plastics – even mixing and matching materials to create totally new properties!
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Alternative energy on the battlefield
Earlier this year, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos signed the Expeditionary Energy Strategy. It dictates that by 2025 the Marine Corps will use 50% less fuel on the battlefield as it does today. Staff Sgt. Jeremy Ross reports from the Helmand province, Afghanistan, where the Marines' latest technologies are powering American potential on the front lines.
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