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Off-Topic: Machining Affordable One-Off Parts

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A custom design and fabrication firm that specializes in building unique parts and accessories for motorcycles improves its processes with a new computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) solution.
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The Father of the Articulating Arm

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The Romer articulating arm was introduced more than 35 years ago. In the mid-1970s, a California technology company called Eaton Leonard Corp. designed an arm-shaped instrument for tube inspection that could capture the shape of a 3-D object such as an exhaust pipe.
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Driving Automobile Innovation

By Tony Beswick, Russ Petrucci, and Phil Slater
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Piezoelectric ceramic components made of lead zirconate titanates (PZT) have enabled many recent technological innovations in the automobile industry. PZT components can be found throughout many state-of-the-art vehicles, enhancing safety, performance, energy-efficiency and comfort.
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Case Studies: Testing a Soft-Body Robot

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Using a biaxial testing machine, researchers characterize and model silicone materials for complex soft-bodied robots.
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Case Studies: Quick Mid-Project Redesign

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A safety equipment manufacturer takes advantage of 3-D laser scanning to quickly and cheaply improve the aesthetics of a product mid project.
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Standardized Safety

By BNP Media Staff
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The list of national and international standards seems never ending and ever changing. As a result, standards and regulations continue to create significant challenges for Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) members in identifying, understanding and applying the requirements of the many standards.
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Case Studies: Correcting Low First-Pass Yield

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Williamette Valley Co. produces polyurethane systems used in many industrial applications. In the past, the company had difficulty maintaining high yields when producing these products.
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Case Studies: Astounding Time Savings

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Toshiba GE Turbine Components has reduced the time required to inspect and measure steam turbine blades from 280 minutes to 45 minutes through use of the Maxos noncontact measurement system from NVision Inc.
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Off-Topic: GigE Vision Goes Underwater

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One of the main roles of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is to ensure sustainability and a harvestable surplus of fish and wildlife resources for the 49th state. The ADF&G began experimenting with underwater video technology for scallop stock assessment in 1999.
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Precise Laser Beam Analysis

By BNP Media Staff
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High-resolution wavefront sensors help improve the alignment of the optical systems involving lasers; control and predict the shape of laser beams; measure collimation of the beam and detect the tiniest aberrations caused by optical elements in the optical setup, thus protecting sensitive components of laser chains.
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