The Open Door
Design for Recycling
by Scott Horne, vice president of Government Affairs and general counsel, The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.
Design engineers have a tough job—balancing safety, energy efficiency, and cost with the consumer’s passion for the latest and greatest technology.
Built-In Surge Protection
A patented surge protector from SurgeCord Inc. has surge protection built into the power cord to provide a value-added feature to appliance designs.
Motor Driver Platform
STMicroelectronics has introduced a family of monolithic smart motor drivers for medical appliances and other applications.
A patented thermostat is said to provide a simple, more reliable switching mechanism for high-temperature applications, displacing sensor/relay combinations and, thus, saving cost.
Diagnosing Noise Sources in Vacuum Cleaners
by R. Beniwal, sales engineer; M. S. Moondra, program engineer; D. Gaddis, account manager; and S. Mazza, president and CEO, SenSound, LLC; and Sean F. Wu, professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wayne State University
A method for accurately and effectively diagnosing noise sources and their transmission paths by visualizing acoustic radiation from an arbitrarily shaped object is presented.
A Rapid Turnaround
Using rapid injection molding, American TeleCare was able to integrate electronics and wireless technology into its new medical device at both a low cost and a quick turnaround time.