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How Energy Recovery Shapes Today's Buildings

This is my favorite engineering topic, bar none. It fascinates me how much energy is required to heat and cool our buildings. Even more interesting is how to reuse that energy to cut waste heat. Design engineers often ask me, "Which method of energy recovery do you prefer?" My answer: "Itdepends on the application" (shocking, right?). This post covers energy recovery in airside HVAC systems...

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Lessons in IT Resource Management from the ACA Website Fiasco

The problems associated with the somewhat disastrous launch of the Affordable Care Act website serve as a sobering reminder of the challenges involved in the oversight of large and complex software projects. Companies that use effective resource management can avoid the kinds of catastrophic schedule slip that afforded too little time for testing the ACA website. A representative of one of the...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Tire Manufacturing Hits Higher Gear

Plus: Aircrafts Drive Durable Goods Orders as Business Investments Weaken Slight Increase in Trade Deficit Is Less than Forecast China Manufacturing Expands at Moderate Pace Jobless Claims Fall but Hiring Still Weak  Pent-up demand for tires will boost sales growth over the next five years, according to an updated report from IBSWorld. However, overseas competition and demand will continue to...

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Third Generation Biofuels Are Closer Than You Might Think

Considering the problem we have with the accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide, it makes sense to try and turn it into energy, for which we have a great appetite and a diminishing supply. If we could only convert the CO2 to energy, then we wouldn't need to burn the fuel that produces so much of it. But can that be done? As any schoolchild knows, green plants do exactly that every day. So it...

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Friday Focus: Steps to Success for Women in Manufacturing [Infographic]

There is far more than just one universal solution to attract more women to the manufacturing sector. Detailed reports highlight how manufacturers need a succession plan for their workforce, and recruiting more women by instilling a supportive work culture can bolster the industry with the top female talent. Other solutions were discussed at the recent Women in Manufacturing Summit in Dearborn...

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From Engineering.com: Drilling on Mars

In this week's episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Vince Penman and Dan Hedges discuss progress in creating fusion net energy, plans to drill on Mars, nanotube speakers, ballistic missile disaster aid, Venetian flood barriers, and a pillow building. text text [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov4D-Vf79kk[/youtube] Check out more Engineering.com videos on IMT below: Self-Assembling...

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How to Know When Product Lifecycle Management Is Not For You

Strategies for product development and management can be extraordinarily useful and profitable -- or they can be red herrings, rabbit trails you're better off ignoring. For some companies, product lifecycle management (PLM) can be one of them. PLM is an information strategy in which a company creates a coherent data structure by consolidating systems, according to an introduction from Siemens. It...

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When Fuel Costs and the Deficit Collide, a Moderate View Emerges

A report from the politically conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) takes a refreshingly flexible look at the "intersection" of heavy U.S. dependence on oil and large federal budget deficits. It notes that, "surging oil prices and trillion dollar federal deficits... have been independently studied, discussed, and debated, [but] little attention has been paid to the interactions...

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Advances in Printed Electronics Driven by Sensor Technologies

The printed electronics industry has an unmatched ability to demonstrate "simple, doable" successes. Industry experts attribute this to the simplicity, ease of development, and low costs associated with printed electronic sensors. Printing electronics is relatively straightforward. Materials are plentiful, structures are simple, and sensors do not necessarily require high resolution for strong...

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Women in Manufacturing Summit Podcast: Allison Grealis, WIM Director

Women from across the country converged on Dearborn, Mich., this week for the third annual Women in Manufacturing Summit. Driving the two-day event was Allison Grealis, WIM director, who explained in an exclusive podcast interview how the summit evolved from a small group of women in manufacturing to a large-scale conference which attracted nearly 300 women leaders. She also spoke about...

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