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Near-Field Communications Show Promise in Manufacturing

October 30, 2014

Near-field communications technology, enabling two-way short-range communications, could speed up the progression of machine-to-machine connectivity while giving life-cycle life to asset tracking and machine maintenance.  

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Industry Market Trends

Engineers Need Intangible Soft Skills to Stand Out and Succeed

October 30, 2014

The past was a simpler time. Has there ever been a truer sentiment with regard to just about every aspect of modern life? In the workplace, in particular, we’ve already seen the simple career formula become obsolete: A bachelor’s degree plus 30 years on the job used to equal a guaranteed pension and retirement... Read More


Purchasing Leaders Need Exceptional One-Off Leadership Traits

October 30, 2014

Running a purchasing or supply chain organization poses unique challenges to a leader. Purchasing organizations are constantly “fighting fires,” handling unique crises and influencing a broad network of people internally and externally. The range of personal contacts, cultural differences, emotions, and challenges is... Read More

Sensors, Monitors & Transducers, HVAC

Disposable Liquid Flow Sensor targets medical devices.

October 30, 2014

Providing liquid flow measurement from inside medical tubing, such as infusion sets and catheters, Model LD20-2000T enables automatic detection of clogging, free flow, air bubbles, or leaks. Flow rates from 0–420 mL/h and beyond are measured with accuracy of 5% of measured value. Inert medical-grade wetted materials ensure sterile operation with no contamination of fluid. Using CMOSens® technology, calibrated signal is processed and linearized on chip with 7.4 mm² footprint. Read More

Association News

ELFA Economic Activity Survey shows new business volume growth.

October 30, 2014

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting economic activity from 25 companies, showed overall new business volume for September up 21% from September 2013, up 31% month over month, and up 8% year to date compared to 2013. Receivables over 30 days decreased from previous month to 1.0% and were up slightly from .09% for same period in 2013. Charge-offs remained unchanged at 0.2%, and credit approvals were relatively unchanged at 79.7%. Read More

Transportation Industry Products, Material Handling & Storage

Skid Steer Airless Radial Tires eliminate flats, related downtime.

October 30, 2014

Available for skid steer loaders, 12N16.5 X® TWEEL® SSL All Terrain and Hard Surface tires promote operator comfort and reduce operator fatigue while eliminating air pressure maintenance requirements. All Terrain, designed for rugged, off-road working conditions, has deep, open tread and poly-resin spokes that are self-evacuating in muddy conditions. Hard Surface, designed for longevity on pavement and asphalt in high-use operations, has smooth tread with 100% contact surface ratio. Read More

Test & Measuring Instruments

Handheld Datalogger combines usability and functionality.

October 30, 2014

With 3 measuring menus capable of displaying 1–12 values, ALMEMO 2590-A Series Professional Measuring Instrument with Data Logger Function is capable of up to 10 measuring operations per second (mops) and has 65+ standard measuring ranges. Support for ALMEMO System enables connection of any sensor via ALMEMO EEPROM plugs, and memory holds 99 measured values. Cold junction, temperature, and atmospheric pressure compensations are among intelligent sensor readings. Read More