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Electronic Collaborative Design: The Blueprint of the Future

Electronic collaborative design promises to streamline the production process, making it faster and cheaper. The aircraft and automotive industries have already begun to utilize collaborative technology with benefits quickly becoming apparent. The aircraft and automotive industries are discovering the benefits of electronic design collaboration. Boeing and Lockheed Martin, for example, are each...

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Scheduled Testing: A Steam Leak's Worst Enemy

When dealing with steam heating systems, leaks are inevitable. By pretesting problem areas, companies can identify leaks early, saving both time and money. Is your company's boiler room abnormally warm? Is the boiler's pressure difficult to maintain? These are the tell-tale signs of a steam leak. Leaking steam means wasted energy and wasted energy means wasted money. Therefore, it stands to...

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Unbeatable Inspection: AOI and X-ray Technology Together

With integrated X-ray and automated optical inspection technology, manufacturers can now better inspect the most complicated printed circuit board components and ensure a higher level of quality. As printed circuit boards (PCBs) are developed with increasing complexity, the challenge of inspecting them quickly and efficiently increases. Not long ago, automated optical inspection (AOI) alone was...

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Seamless Integration: The Key to e-CRM

Recent steps in technology have made electronic customer relationship management, or e-CRM, the ideal for online customer satisfaction. Essential to its achievement is the integration of customer touch points . Electronic customer relationship management, or e-CRM, is the proverbial light at the end of the e-commerce tunnel. Using e-CRM, the ability to relay precise, up-to-date information to and...

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Introducing the Latest in Inspection Fixture Technology

For years, metal product manufacturers have been waiting for the development of flexible inspection fixtures. Recently, several companies have come up with breakthrough designs that are changing the testing and inspection of prototypes from inception through final production. Manufacturers seeking an alternative to expensive, inflexible inspection fixtures need look no further. Several new...

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Reincarnated Hard Drives

Thanks to IBM and their computer recycling program, companies now have an environmentally safe option when they need to get rid of the old to make room for the new. In 1965, Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, made the observation that the memory capacity for microchips doubles every 18 to 24 months. The effects of this dynamic, known as Moore's Law, forces industries to meet the rising technology...

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What Comes Next: A Look at Future Trends

What if you could predict today which industries are fated to flourish or fail in the 21st century? What if, a decade past, you could have imagined the impact of the Internet? And what if, five years ago, you had foreseen today's supertight labor market or soaring health-care costs? Then maybe you could hang out your shingle as a futurist and charge corporate clients or the federal government big...

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Small Biz Girds for the Gridlock

The uncertain Presidency and close congressional margins spell trouble for reforms entrepreneurs want to see enacted. But staying with the status quo beats going on the defensive. The uncertain Presidency and close congressional margins spell trouble for reforms entrepreneurs want to see enacted. But staying with the status quo beats going on the defensive. From Business Week Online: Frontier -...

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Material Handling Suppliers Make it Easy to Keep You Moving -- 24/7

Whether you need bins, hoppers, filling machines, pallets or lift trucks, it's imperative that your materials can be moved, processed and delivered with little to no downtime. So, when you need it fast, consider using an online supplier -- it makes perfect sense. Whether you need replacement parts or equipment to implement modifications, ThomasRegional.com can help you find the right supplier for...

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Moving Materials? How to Choose the Right Fixed Path

Conveyors, monorails and guided vehicles each present unique advantages to manufacturers who need to move materials along a fixed path. Which one works for your business? Manufacturers that need materials moved along fixed paths have several handling systems to choose from. Each of these has an advantage and is therefore preferred by one industrial customer over another. What follows is an...

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