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Bureaucracy, Science and Engineering

Jul 25, 2022 9:40:42 PM / by posted in technology, Space, Engineers

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The James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to the Hubble Telescope and is one of the most expensive single devices built in human history. So far, the cost of the telescope has been more than $10 billion and operational costs will continue to add up over the years. The question is, is it worth it? What will be the return on the incredible investment in time, money, and resources? Some people argue that we should be investing in other more urgent issues, like healthcare, education, or environmental issues. But others believe that the search for new knowledge is essential for humanity's future and that every bit of new knowledge is invaluable.

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5 Advantages of Integrating Motors and Controllers

Jan 1, 2022 5:58:59 PM / by posted in Engineers, mechanical components, Mechanical Design

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Motors and Controllers' roles in advancing and increasing areas of operation are vast. In this infographic, you will find the top five advantages that motors with controllers can have on your company ranging from saving time to saving money.

 

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The Designatronics SDP/SI Center Distance Designer Tool

Jun 17, 2020 6:00:00 AM / by posted in Engineers, Pulleys, Belts, Mechanical Design

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With a global customer base of over 15,000 firms in the aerospace, defense, medical, and industrial sectors, Designatronics, Inc., has emerged as a leader in the design and sale of high-quality small power transmission components. Since it began operations in 1950, the company has expanded to three brands: (1) Quality Bearings and Components (“QBC”); (2) QTC Metric Gears (“QTC”); and (3) Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (“SDP/SI”).  Its 87,000 powertrain products include gears, belt and chain drives, shafts, shaft accessories, bearings, couplings, universal joints, vibration mounts, miscellaneous components, hardware, gearheads and speed reducers, right angle drives, brakes and clutches.

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Tribal Leadership for Engineers

Dec 6, 2019 11:53:17 AM / by posted in Engineers, Career, Leadership

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What is “Tribal Leadership?”

After studying 24,000 people in more than two dozen organizations, three authors (David Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright) outlined some innovative, science-based leadership models. Their 2008 book, Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization, Logan et al., concluded that a company’s success depends on the strength of its “tribes.”

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Two Mental Traits of the Most Successful People

Oct 8, 2019 8:35:47 AM / by posted in Engineers, Self-Development, Career

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Think back to your first couple of semesters as an engineering student. You were flooded with new concepts. Likely, the mathematics were more difficult than anything you had encountered in high school, and you worked around the clock to absorb it all. But you knew some of the difficulties when you applied for school in the first place. The challenges weren’t a mystery to you, and something drove you to take them on. Becoming an engineer is a big, challenging goal that many people are not ready to accomplish or could not, even if they tried.

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Staying Relevant for a Long-Term Career

Sep 16, 2019 12:48:50 PM / by posted in Engineers, Self-Development, Career

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The Pace of Change

Most people understand that the pace of change is speeding up globally, along with the demand for more innovation. In a little more than 100 years, technological development has taken us from the first telephone call in 1876, to the first website in 1991. A mere 16 years elapsed between the appearance of the Internet and the first iPhone (2007). Since then, significant technological breakthroughs are happening each year.

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Slaying the Digital Addiction: Advanced Time Management Tip #1

Jul 24, 2019 12:44:59 PM / by posted in Time Management, Engineers, Productivity, Self-Development

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Indisputably, “connectivity” to a host of applications and devices offers potential to improve people’s lives. We can do amazing things, like view the inside of our refrigerators from the supermarket, remotely control flying drones to deliver packages, see and speak to people on the other side of the world (in real time and on our cells phones, none-the-less), and retrieve vast amounts of information in seconds.

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The Dream Machine: Mankind's Pursuit to Engineer Stronger Humans

Jun 20, 2019 3:26:40 PM / by posted in Engineers, Robotics, mechanical components, 3D printing, Mechanical Design

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What is Human Augmentation?

Human augmentation (a.k.a. Human 2.0) seeks to enhance and exceed the natural cognitive and physical abilities of people through integrated technology. There are many applications of human augmentation with devices such as cochlear implants to increase sensory perception and orthotics that enhance motion or muscle capability. Some researchers are even working on data-connecting devices that would link the human body to visual/text-based sources of information. A decade or so ago, most people probably would have associated a “power suit” with corporate attire. The notion of a metal “skin” with motors to enhance human strength far beyond normal capability once science fiction, now is “science fact.” In this article, we take a closer look at the evolution of wearable and remote-controlled robots, and how an iterative design process has enabled incremental improvements in the pursuit to create bionic humans.

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Improving the Quality of Work: Getting into Flow

Apr 16, 2019 2:29:31 PM / by posted in Time Management, Engineers, Psychology

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Have you ever been so focused on an activity that you lost track of time? Yet, at other times have so many things competing for your attention that you lose brain power and productivity because of all the external distractions? Most of us experience both of these “states,” but usually feel personally satisfied when we have “put our mind” on the singular task of getting something done. Well, this article is here to help us learn how to “put our mind to the task” a little more frequently. We examine the concept of flow – that state of perfect concentration where our thoughts and emotions completely align to the task at hand without preoccupation, anxiety and other impediments to our work – its relationship to emotional intelligence, and how to achieve it.

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Prosthetics Bring New Prospects for Engineers

Mar 6, 2019 12:06:18 PM / by posted in 3D Engineering, Engineers, Prosthetics, Medical Technology

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Tomorrow’s engineers and today’s innovators are pursuing specialized education and career options that were never available, until now. The future is here. Technology that was once considered science fiction is reality—uniting engineering and medicine in cross-disciplinary collaborations is revolutionizing the field of prosthetics.

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