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But that's not the shape of my heart: What if physicians and surgeons could virtually analyse their patients' health and plan therapies and surgery using the same advanced simulation technology that the automotive, aerospace, energy and hi-tech industries rely on to test their products before they are built? What if medical devices could be designed and safely tested in the virtual world before ever being tested in the real world? Dec 1, 2017 1010
The big stretch. Dec 1, 2017 465
Measuring up to nanotechnology: Nanotechnology is evolving, and so is its scope for commercial expansion. Brian McLay, metrology business manager of precision measurement specialist Starrett, explains to Andy Pye how precision metrology will support the rise of nanotechnology in manufacturing. Dec 1, 2017 560
Smooth operator: High-quality roll surface texture imparted by the work roll to the strip is essential for good surface quality and has a big influence on the behaviour of the sheet during subsequent pressing, painting and coating operations. Dec 1, 2017 574
The hydrogen chicken: Andy Pye was invited to attend an EU Brussels conference on hydrogen vehicles. Can hydrogen fuel cells hope to catch up with battery electric vehicles and become the dominant electric vehicle technology? Conference news Oct 1, 2017 1728
China's green revolution: biodegradable plastics: While it is clear that the Chinese government is embarking on a green revolution across all sectors and industries, it is difficult to determine whether the policy will be lasting enough for this industry to achieve its environmental mandates. Andy Pye talks to analyst Siao Tin, a Chinese authority on biodegradable plastics who works for GCiS China strategic Research. Oct 1, 2017 1249
The disposable cleanroom! Oct 1, 2017 496
A clean lift: Cleanrooms can be so large that they can incorporate their own materials handling devices, including cranes. What are the special requirements of cranes for use in a cleanroom? Andy Pye looks at Altman, a company that specialises in cleanroom cranes. Oct 1, 2017 549
Precision bearings enhance gyroscope life: As critical navigational aids that run continuously around the clock, marine gyroscopes require super precision ball bearings that are reliable, low friction and quiet, ensuring a long operating life. Andy Pye reviews the work of Barden Corporation in this sphere. Oct 1, 2017 555
Managing submersion: it's more than fitting a snorkel: Military vehicles often have to negotiate rivers or flooded areas, so the challenge is to ensure they can withstand not just water but other contaminants. Andy Pye talks to Cy Wilkinson, managing director of steering column specialist, Pailton Engineering. Oct 1, 2017 567
Dark data: valuable insights or waste of space? How can manufacturers tackle dark data for maximum productivity? Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation, discusses wth Andy Pye ways in which manufacturers can use their dark data for commercial benefit. Aug 1, 2017 539
'Clean up your act' say microtech firms to German auto industry: BMW is to assemble the electric mini in the UK but the drive train will be built in Germany. Meanwhile, the German microtechnology industry is pressing customers and politicians to do more to ensure Germany leads the environmental automotive race. Andy Pye reports. Aug 1, 2017 541
Test houses support cladding investigation. Aug 1, 2017 410
LabVIEW reaches a crossroads: At NI Week 2017, National Instruments (Nl) unveiled the next generation of LabVIEW. LabVIEW NXG bridges the gap between configuration-based software and custom programming languages with an innovative approach to measurement automation that focuses on the problem, rather than the tool. Andy Pye takes an early look. Aug 1, 2017 441
3D vision the Wi-Fi way. Aug 1, 2017 581
Combo kit packs a punch. Aug 1, 2017 1147
Shaken and stirred, without ice; Aviation accidents sometimes leave clues about risks to flight safety. To safeguard against icing, it is critical to understand and predict how ice accumulates on aircraft structures in various conditions. Andy Pye looks at recent developments in testing and specifications. Aug 1, 2017 1115
The future of electricity? Jun 1, 2017 450
How better regulated composite materials could contribute billions to UK industry: Andy Pye looks at a new report published by the University of Southampton that calls for industry and government to work closely together to put an end to the constraints that currently inhibit the growth and use of composite materials in many sectors. Jun 1, 2017 1177
Jumping droplets extinguish hotspots. Jun 1, 2017 420
Telescope travels to texas for testing: the James Webb Space Telescope has completed its environmental testing at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The Webb telescope will be shipped to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston for end-to-end optical testing in a vacuum at extremely cold operating temperatures. Jun 1, 2017 1056
Transparent conductive films: the next frontier: In-mold electronics (IME)--and with due apology we are staying with the American spelling here--is making a commercial comeback. Andy Pye looks at two new IDTechEx reports on the trends. Jun 1, 2017 932
Measurement vital to industrial success. Apr 1, 2017 459
Pouring water on troubled oil: Andy Pye investigates a brand new design of air compressor for use in sterile environments. Apr 1, 2017 1243
EMC problems could lead to lost business. Apr 1, 2017 435
Drive system upgrade saves energy for low voltage test lab: during modernisation of its low voltage test system, a German test house company has renewed the drive on its excitation generator, using an asynchronous motor with a frequency converter. This has increased the energy efficiency of the system, as well as its flexibility. Apr 1, 2017 993
Could cranes undermine construction development? Andy Pye speaks to Keith Armstrong, worldwide EMC specialist at EMC Standards, about the problems with electrical interference and how construction managers can minimise their risk. Apr 1, 2017 698
More skin in the game: automating cleanrooms comes with a new set of challenges. How do these systems operate effectively without risk of contamination? Apr 1, 2017 733
Is technology diminishing us? Feb 1, 2017 463
Field of dreams: as stories emerge of crops rotting in the fields for lack of immigrant workers to harvest them, are robotics able to step in and save us? Automation has claimed traditional jobs in other sectors, so why not agriculture? Feb 1, 2017 1402
Time sensitive Ethernet controls critical data: industrial systems deal with mission-critical data that must be transferred and shared within strict bounds of latency and reliability. Important messages must not be held up by idle network chat! Can Ethernet step up to the plate? Feb 1, 2017 1386
It's good to talk. Feb 1, 2017 471
How to pinpoint bearing failure at an early stage: envelope signal processing is a relatively new technique used to pinpoint bearing failure at an early stage. This relatively unknown technique can minimise the risk of machine damage and failure. Feb 1, 2017 1106
More than working on the train! The ability to work during a journey is often why many choose public transport over travelling by car. But as Andy Pye discovers, public transport may soon lose even this advantage to the onset of autonomous cars and their occupant interaction systems. Feb 1, 2017 491
Industrial strategy: as the march towards Brexit continues, in January the government published a green paper outlining its industrial strategy. Coincidence? What are the differences now? Will this be a sticking plaster to patch up the consequences of Brexit, or can it lead to something more tangible in the long term? Feb 1, 2017 1193
Working together, drifting apart. Dec 1, 2016 438
Beagle 2 novel analysis technique solves landing mystery; in the February issue of Environmental Engineering, Andy Pye spoke to Professor Steve Burnage, Chief Engineer for Beagle 2's spin-up eject mechanism (SUEM) about the testing processes which ultimately proved that it did perform its objective of getting the probe to Mars, after all. Now, a further study finds that the Mars lander deployed at least three or all four of its solar panels. Dec 1, 2016 1026
Data is the new oil: assessing the impact of digital technologies in manufacturing; following the Digitising Manufacturing Conference at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry last month, 16 digital manufacturing experts to sat round a table and discussed some of the key opportunities and threats of digitisation. Editor Andy Pye was the moderator and here are just a few of the highlights. Conference news Dec 1, 2016 1931
Process controller focuses on ease of setup: Watlow's F4T temperature and process controller now has enhanced capabilities, including advanced data logging and graphical trend charts. Andy Pye met with company executives to discuss the thinking behind the development. Dec 1, 2016 1490
No wrench to move premises: Norbar Torque Tools has officially opened the doors to its 11,150 sqm facility on Wildmere Road in Banbury. John Brodey, son of founder Bill Brodey and Chairman of the holding company, led the celebration, alongside noteworthy individuals from the region. Andy Pye attended the opening and toured the new facility with Managing Director Neill Brodey. Dec 1, 2016 444
Ultra-capacity polymer supercapacitors: Can they ever displace auto batteries? One company thinks they can and has filed patents in anticipation of bringing its new technology to market. Dec 1, 2016 1150
The stuff of nightmares. Oct 1, 2016 432
Additive manufacturing crosses the finish line: for the 2015 Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) race, Swansea University worked closely with global engineering company and additive manufacturing expert Renishaw to redesign the intercooler of its racing car and manufacture it on a Renishaw AM250 additive manufacturing system. Oct 1, 2016 1158
Clean bearings mean longer life: precision ball bearings manufactured in cleanroom conditions find their niche in premium applications--Andy Pye reviews their use in marine gyroscopes and aviation. Oct 1, 2016 1256
Acoustic comfort designed into construction equipment: Andy Pye explores how noise, vibration and harshness engineers at Volvo Construction Equipment, with the help of LMS Solutions, have recently made great progress in developing a solution for the whining noise problem produced by the gears of small wheel loaders. Oct 1, 2016 804
Large 3D metal printed parts save weight for satellites: Andy Pye explains how the feasibility of highly sophisticated and very large additively manufactured parts for applications in space has been achieved in the Koreasat-5A and -7 communications satellites. Oct 1, 2016 872
Shaping the aircraft of the future: the EU is investing over [euro]3m in innovative aero-engine technologies in the three-year Ultimate project, short for Ultra Low emission Technology Innovations for Mid-century Aircraft Turbine Engines. Andy Pye looks at some of the radical concepts for new aero engines, which the project is targeting, in line with the EU's long-term emissions reduction target for 2050. Oct 1, 2016 846
Real risks behind hinkley point C. Aug 1, 2016 388
Narrowing remit? Aug 1, 2016 409
Brain trauma: ultrasound eases the pressure elevated cranial pressure from head traumas and brain tumours is potentially deadly. but although time is crucial, conventional diagnosis relies on time-consuming, invasive surgery at increased risk for patients. Now, a new generation of innovative scanning devices invented by Arminas Ragauskas at Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania solves the problem. Andy Pye reports. Aug 1, 2016 562
Mobility: The missing link? Jun 1, 2016 367
Talk like the animals: four years ago, editor Andy Pye visited Festo's Bionic Learning Network in Germany and found some interesting propulsion experiments going on, based on concepts gleaned from the animal kingdom. Now, at the 2016 Hanover Fair, he was able to catch up with further developments, and reports on some other similar concepts. Jun 1, 2016 1574
Noise in the ether. Jun 1, 2016 437
Good vibrations? Andy Pye looks at two innovations from the University of Southampton, which highlight how ultrasound can be used for the benefit of mankind, but also to its detriment. Jun 1, 2016 837
Reverse pedestrian detection cuts injuries: Andy Pye looks at how a blind spot detection system can eliminate hard-to-see places to reduce accidents that injure 15,000 people and cause 200 deaths a year in the US alone. Jun 1, 2016 409
Hybrid moulding gives airbags a boost. Jun 1, 2016 348
Seat sensor makes airbags smarter. Jun 1, 2016 390
The Society of Environmental Engineers and Concorde Publishing Ltd would like to thank these test houses, equipment manufacturers/suppliers and service providers for their help in producing our test houses publications and website, Jun 1, 2016 1570
The Society of Environmental Engineers and Concorde Publishing Ltd would like to thank these test houses, equipment manufacturers/suppliers and service providers for their help in producing our test houses publications and website, Jun 1, 2016 2715
In collaboration: Andy Pye looks at the emerging technology of collaborative robotics and some of the safety implications which need to be addressed. Jun 1, 2016 1948
Virtual radicalisation? Apr 1, 2016 432
TREV from China: the performance and environmental impact of future electric vehicles could be revolutionised by an innovative turbine recharging technology from China, which was presented for the first time at the 86th Geneva International motor show in March. Andy Pye reviews what was widely regarded to be the most interesting exhibit in Geneva. Apr 1, 2016 1851
Progress on process safety since Buncefield. Feb 1, 2016 439
The Beagle had landed: Andy Pye speaks to Professor Steve Burnage, chief engineer for Beagle 2's Spin-Up Eject Mechanism (SUEM) about the testing processes which ultimately proved that it did, after all, perform its objective of getting the probe to Mars. Feb 1, 2016 835
How safe are cricket helmets? the level of protection provided by cricket helmets has been controversial and topical for several years, yet it has taken the recent tragic death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes to focus the world's attention on sporting headwear safety standards. Andy Pye reviews the evolution of the cricket helmet. Feb 1, 2016 2763
Smart firms detect problems in advance. Feb 1, 2016 439
Road trials: Andy Pye looks at some of the latest road testing schemes being set up to test autonomous are focusing pon electric and hybrid vehicle testing. Feb 1, 2016 1721
The half-life of average. Dec 1, 2015 475
Beyond Moore's Law. Dec 1, 2015 449
Listen before talk. Oct 1, 2015 404
Analyser cleans up decontamination process: heightened awareness of the importance of cleaning has led to automated systems for the decontamination of re-usable medical devices. Oct 1, 2015 962
Tritium testing: a good practice guide has been written by a working group of the Airborne Radioactivity Monitoring Users Group, under the auspices of NPL Andy Pye reviews the guide provides recommended procedures for examining, testing and calibrating tritium-in-air monitoring instruments for radiation protection. Oct 1, 2015 561
In the valley of death: Kia Motors has revealed its intensive hot weather development tests for the all-new Kia Sportage, as part of the most extreme and rigorous vehicle testing programme ever devised by the company. Andy Pye reports. Oct 1, 2015 615
Cool runnings. Oct 1, 2015 614
"It's dimensionless, Mark, but not as we know it.". Aug 1, 2015 478
Resolution revolution. Jun 1, 2015 382
Bad vibes. Jun 1, 2015 427
Antennas on chips? where do the theories of classical electromagnetism and quantum mechanics overlap? In the design of ultra-small antennas, small enough to be integrated into an electronic chip. Jun 1, 2015 1147
EMI--a personal thing? exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) is likely to remain on the scientific and political agenda, as emissions continue to change in characteristics and levels due to new infrastructure deployments, smart environments and novel wireless devices. Jun 1, 2015 1098
Workhorse of the skies? airships, drones, unmanned aircraft - some futuristic ideas of their usage are being investigated. Jun 1, 2015 657
Light flight: Solar Impulse, with its aim of circumnavigating the globe in a plane powered only by solar energy, could ultimately lead to finding ways to reduce our dependency on non-renewable energy sources, despite the design challenges. Jun 1, 2015 517
Full circle. Apr 1, 2015 474
Charge of the light brigade? Apr 1, 2015 429
Under EMC attack: could we be subject to a deliberate EMC attack on our electronic equipment? And if so, what can we do about it? Andy Pye looks at what a German university is plotting. Apr 1, 2015 578

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