Graphene Semiconductors – The Next Big Innovation in Electronics?

By now, since first being patented in 2006, you may have heard of a remarkable new material called graphene. Stronger and lighter than any other manmade material and 200 times more conductive than copper, graphene is seemingly set to turn the electronics world on its head. Or is it? You see graphene, while bearing some…
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Adding Layers of Security to 3D Printing

As 3D printing continues to surge in popularity and feasibility, the risk of printing software and control computers being compromised by malware has engineers turning their attention towards the security of 3D printers. A joint research team from Georgia Tech and Rutgers has developed a three-layer system to confirm the process and materials being used…
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Manufacturing Professionals: Train to Retain Your Best Employees

Considering the manufacturing skills gap, it can be difficult to find the right hires who have the necessary skills and are good culture fits for your plant. Then add training time to the resources you spend on each new hire. From creating job postings for open positions to reviewing submitted resumes and interviewing applicants to…
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Inspecting Electrical Connections for Proper Torque

Inspecting Electrical Connections for Proper Torque Why inspect electrical connections for proper torque? Many do not realize that improper torque can lead to electrical fires. While it is not the most likely cause of electrical fires and won’t necessarily cause a fire every time, it is a significant enough threat that it is worth the…
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Made in Space: Additive Manufacturing Advances

While additive manufacturing in space isn’t anything new — astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have been 3-D printing tools and other objects since 2014 — it’s seen a major change. The most recent advancement didn’t actually happen in space but, rather, in a “space-like environment,” and it brings zero-gravity structure printing one step…
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Choosing Who To Hire: A Full-Time Manufacturing Employee or Independent Contractor?

When your workforce gets tight and you need an extra hand in your plant, how do you make the decision between hiring a full-time employee or independent contractor? While there are pros and cons to both, finding the right fit for your manufacturing team is of paramount importance. Full-time employees When you hire full-time employees,…
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Are You Down With P.P.E.?

We have all head the terminology PPE but do we really know what it means and how it impacts us? Personal Protective Equipment or “PPE” covers a broad spectrum of products. These pieces of equipment all serve the same purpose but with different specializations. PPE is equipment worn to minimize exposure to hazards that cause…
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The History of the Term “Horsepower”

When talking about motors and drives one term that important to understand is horsepower. When applying this concept to motors, horsepower represents the amount of work that can be applied over a given torque and speed. Choosing what horsepower is necessary to make an application work is a key skill that is one of the…
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Cold Sintering To Change The Norm?

If you’ve worked with glass, plastics or some metals, chances are the product you had in front of you was formed through the process of sintering: using heat or pressure to compact powder into a solid mass without melting it. The process isn’t new to the manufacturing landscape, but it is a heavy energy consumer,…
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Open-Source 3-D Printing: Manufacturing Opportunity or Risk?

While 3-D printers aren’t yet becoming commonplace in American homes they way TVs and computers have, they’re beginning to become more mainstream in manufacturing processes. For those considering implementing additive manufacturing technology into their production, it’s important to consider more than just the printer make, model, and capabilities. What do they need to know about…
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