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Engineering Webinar Calendar - April 2016

Posted April 04, 2016 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta
Pathfinder Tags: education webinars

Engineering360 has a great lineup of webinars each month. Learn about specific topics from industry experts, for free, from the comfort of your own chair.

Here's a peek at the April calendar of hour-long webinars. Click each link to learn more and sign up!


How Smart Hydraulics Save Money

April 6, 2016

Sure, your current component is doing its job, but in the ever-evolving world of smart machines that's not enough anymore. In fact, your existing component could actually be delaying your projects and costing you more money than necessary. Attendees of this presentation will learn how investing in dynamic machine control via interconnected components saves money in the long run.

Key Take-Aways:

  • How smart hydraulic systems leverage the Internet of Things
  • Discover the different levels of smart hydraulic technology
  • Understand how open-source software - paired with integrated controls - offers custom, connected solutions that streamline setup, reduce downtime, and optimize machine output

Easy Entry to Programmable Digital Power Control

April 12, 2016

With the digital power IC market forecast to grow more than 40% YoY until 2019, Infineon continues to expand its portfolio of applications, products, and solutions. Attendees of this presentation will learn how the new XMC™ Digital Power Explorer Kit helps power supply designers discover innovative features of XMC™ microcontrollers dedicated to power conversion.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Understand the benefits of digital power conversion with XMCTM
  • Learn how the XMCTM Digital Power Explorer Kit enables easy entry to programmable digital power control
  • Discover how XMCTM microcontrollers address digital power, complementing the rest of Infineon's portfolio
  • Learn DAVE™ IDE and DAVE™ Digital Power APPs allow rapid prototyping and accelerate SW development

How to Counter Cable Failure

April 14, 2016

Cable failure is a common occurrence across many industrial environments. In this presentation, product experts from igus® identify causes of cable failure in dynamic applications. Attendees will learn how cable selection, with these causes in mind, can eliminate unexpected downtimes, lower repair costs, and increase productivity.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Discover common causes of cable failure in dynamic applications
  • Learn how cable selection can eliminate unexpected downtimes, lower repair costs, and increase productivity
  • Understand why igus® is the only cable manufacturer to offer complete guarantees on all cables

Rapid and Reliable Pipeline Leak Detection

April 20, 2016

Pipelines are among the safest and most efficient means of transport available. For this reason, leak monitoring systems are a necessary part of their safety concept. This webinar delves into the fundamental principle of the E-RTTM method for rapid and reliable leak detection, showing the potential of the system by way of a sample case taken from the chemical industry.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Learn about API1130 leak detection methods
  • Discover the difference between basic leak detection and high fidelity systems
  • Understand key factors for seamless implementation and successful operation

Alcoa - Capturing the growing demand of Additive Manufacturing parts in Aerospace

April 21, 2016

The aerospace market is one of the leading industries embracing Additive Manufacturing for real production parts. Alcoa is an established innovation leader in aerospace and 3Dprinting, with unique and comprehensive capabilities from raw material to finished part.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Design freedoms afforded by additive manufacturing
  • The cost & weight savings AM parts can deliver to the aerospace market
  • Thru-put and speed considerations for production parts
  • Highlights of applications of Electron Beam Melting at Alcoa

Continuous Thermal Imaging Inside a Glass Melt Tank

April 22, 2016

This presentation describes how a process thermal imaging system provides real-time video and accurate temperature measurement anywhere inside a glass melt tank, 24/7. By monitoring the live video, an operator can configure the most efficient firing pattern for optimum burner performance.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Learn how AMETEK Land's NIR Borescope provides 24/7 real-time video and accurate temperature measurement anywhere within a glass melt tank
  • Understand the advantages of a borescope thermal imager compared to visual video cameras and single point pyrometers
  • Discover how to obtain live temperature values from more than 324,000 data points
  • Learn how long term data trending can save energy and prevent refractory damage

Design and Optimize a Complete Drive System

April 26, 2016

Optimizing a complete drive system improves performance, increases reliability, and extends overall product life. When the individual components are designed together as a system, initial costs are reduced. This presentation explains how to build an overall drive system that is better than the sum of its parts.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Understand the information required to design and optimize a drive system
  • Learn what service conditions must be addressed to ensure system reliability
  • Learn how to handle voltage stress concerns
  • Discover the causes and resolution of shaft currents

Industrial Ethernet Cabling for Harsh Environments

April 28, 2016

How robust is your Ethernet cabling infrastructure? This presentation explains why the correct choice of Ethernet cabling ensures optimal network operation for maximum uptime and productivity. Choosing the correct Ethernet cabling for industrial and harsh environments also ensures full implementation of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) capability.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Understand the importance of network reliability
  • Learn how to evaluate the network environment
  • Discover factors that can affect network cabling infrastructure
  • Learn about Belden DataTuff® industrial Ethernet Cables and Connectivity for harsh environments

If none of these topics interest you, take a look at the list of webinars available on-demand. You might have missed a great one! You can also look at the full calendar of upcoming webinars.

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Webinar Calendar – January 2016

Posted January 11, 2016 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta

Engineering360 has a great lineup of webinars each month. Learn about specific topics from industry experts, for free, from the comfort of your own chair.

Here's a peek at the January calendar of hour-long webinars. Click each link to learn more and sign up!


The Future of Semiconductors

January 13, 2016

Join the discussion with three of the leading experts on semiconductors as they discuss the most important innovations going on in the market.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Understanding of the changing semiconductor market
  • New technologies in the semiconductor market
  • Companies and products to watch

An Introduction to Humidity and Moisture Measurement

January 19, 2016

Understand the technologies, techniques, and products used to measure moisture in compressed air and gases. This presentation addresses a range of topics, including humidity measurement definitions and terminology; moisture measurement technologies; sampling methods and calibration requirements.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Understand why humidity and moisture should be measured and controlled
  • Learn the major markets and applications for moisture/humidity measurement
  • Discover primary technologies for measuring moisture in compressed air and gasses
  • Understand the importance of calibration frequency and traceability

Understand the key design criteria for a Fiber Bet Mist Eliminator

January 20, 2016

When selecting capital equipment such as aerosol mist collectors there are tradeoffs to be made. A lower front-end cost is tempting, but what are the consequences of making that selection? In this presentation, attendees will consider design criteria critical to meeting project objectives.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Understand how fiber bed filters (FBF) are used to control aerosol emissions, either as a standalone device or as a 'pre-filter' for other air pollution control (APC) devices
  • Learn how key design elements - such as bed depth, fiber size, bed density, and flow direction - affect system performance
  • Work with a fixed design parameter and discover the potential differences in final equipment design
  • Learn how to balance the 'tradeoffs' between capital costs and operating costs

Bonding and Attachment Solutions - Do You Know What Adhesives to Use?

January 20, 2016

Selecting the right adhesive for your application can be challenging. For example, 3M offers more than 2,000 adhesive products. Some of those products bond to plasticizers, some to silicones, some to foams, and some to oily metals. This presentation will describe tape solutions for a variety of bonding applications, including thick, thin and/or dissimilar substrates, or substrates with low surface energy.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Understand the difference between 3M™ VHB™ Tapes, adhesive transfer tapes, and double coated tapes
  • Discover how 3M adhesive tapes can solve many difficult bonding applications
  • Learn how die cut adhesives from Action Fabricators - a 3M Preferred Converter - facilitate handling and application
  • Understand how the services provided by Action Fabricators can help in your design and sample needs

Silicone Elastomer Technologies for Wearable Electronics

January 21, 2016

The rapidly expanding market for wearable electronic devices presents unique challenges to design engineers. This presentation explains how silicone elastomer technologies can lower production costs, meet the demands of daily wear, and easily accommodate a multitude of form and functional requirements.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Learn how self-adhesive liquid silicone rubber can build a better wearable device
  • Understand how SilGel® and SILPURAN® silicone gels can offer added protection of wearable electronics
  • Discover WACKER's next generation adhesives for MEMS and high-speed fabrication
  • Learn about advances in ELASTOSIL® and SILPURAN® silicone films for EAP and sensing applications

If none of these topics interest you, take a look at the list of webinars available on-demand. You might have missed a great one! You can also look at the full calendar of upcoming webinars.

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Webinar Calendar - December 2015

Posted December 17, 2015 1:24 PM by SavvyExacta
Pathfinder Tags: microwave power RF Semiconductor

December is halfway over, but there's still one more webinar on the Engineering360 calendar for 2015. Webinars allow you to learn about specific topics from industry experts, for free, from the comfort of your own chair. Click the link below to read more about this webinar and to sign up!

Discover full system solutions for solid state RF powered microwave oven designs

December 18, 2015

The global market for the ubiquitous microwave oven is huge. Discover how solid state RF powered oven solutions from Infineon address the evolving challenges confronting oven manufacturers.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Learn how Infineon's full system solutions address the evolving challenges of oven manufacturers
  • Discover Infineon's product portfolio for solid state RF powered ovens
  • Learn how Infineon semiconductors and system solutions can set your designs apart from the crowd
  • Understand how seamless functionality among all Infineon products makes it easy to meet consumer demands

If this topic doesn't interest you, take a look at the list of webinars available on-demand. You might have missed a great one! You can also look at the full calendar of upcoming webinars.

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Datasheets360 Introduction & Tour

Posted March 14, 2013 3:12 PM by SavvyExacta
Pathfinder Tags: Datasheets360 GlobalSpec IHS

IHS GlobalSpec recently launched two new websites. The sites, Electronics360 and Datasheets360, provide resources for the electronics industry and a free part number search tool, respectively.

IHS GlobalSpec is CR4's parent company. The IHS GlobalSpec website has a supplier directory; an industrial part and service search; product information and selection guides; e-newsletters, whitepapers, and webinars; online events, and more. Datasheets360 provides a simple part search tool that returns PDF datasheets for electronic components.

Datasheets360

Datasheets360 is a simple and free part number search for electronic components. Users are not required to register to use this site. Electronics360 has more than 70 million PDF datasheets from over 1,000 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

After searching by part number, users can narrow their search by part category or manufacturer.

Search results may include details like the distributor's name, pricing, inventory, and the ability to buy the part - all in addition to a PDF datasheet.

Other options for finding information include browsing the site by part number and browsing the most popular parts.

Some improvements are planned for coming months that will include the addition of more distributors' parts to the results, scaling the part count to over 100 million parts. A keyword search will also be added.

Click here for a tour of IHS GlobalSpec's other new site, Electronics360.

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Electronics360 Introduction & Tour

Posted March 14, 2013 3:11 PM by SavvyExacta
Pathfinder Tags: Electronics360 GlobalSpec IHS

IHS GlobalSpec recently launched two new websites. The sites, Electronics360 and Datasheets360, provide resources for the electronics industry and a free part number search tool, respectively.

IHS GlobalSpec is CR4's parent company. The IHS GlobalSpec website has a supplier directory; an industrial part and service search; product information and selection guides; e-newsletters, whitepapers, and webinars; online events, and more. Electronics360 adds even more resources for those interested in the electronics industry.

Electronics360

Electronics360 is an informational site including news, analysis, and commentary regarding electronics technology and the industries that use electronics.

After viewing the site's homepage, it is broken down into three major tabs: News & Analysis, Calendar, and Research. There's also an About page that explains more about the site. Let's take a look at some of the tabs.

News & Analysis

This section contains a lot of information for people who are interested in electronics. There are standard news stories, analysis of trends, and commentary on what's going on in the industry.

The authors and editors of the content are electronics industry professionals from around the world. CR4's own amichelen, an IHS GlobalSpec engineer and electrical engineering professor, writes a regular column about semiconductor developments and nanotechnology. (Click to read his latest article: 2018: The End of Easy Scaling and the Dawn of Nanotechnology.)

Features like the chart of the day and price tracker can help professionals make informed decisions.

The news stories are great. I hope that one day we are able to integrate them with CR4 so that the community can discuss them!

Calendar

A calendar of electronics industry events on the site includes tradeshows and online events. Some of these are webinars or other online events hosted by GlobalSpec. Others are more traditional tradeshows and conferences held around the world.

You may be interested in checking out a webinar coming up next week on March 19: Uncertainty and opportunity: What's ahead for the semiconductor industry in 2013?

Research

Electronics360 draws on information and analytics provided by IHS. The key sections in this tab are market watch, media research, and research resources.

Click here for a tour of IHS GlobalSpec's other new site, Datasheets360.

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