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Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, IEEE

Issue 1 • Date Feb. 2006

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  • Debunking the better mousetrap myth [product delivery]

    Page(s): 30 - 38
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    This article deals with an area of product delivery that very few of us ever touch. It is an interesting introduction to sales and what goes on at the other end of the development cycle for a new product. One reviewer thought that selling is much more art than science and that it requires native skills and intuition that are foreign to the engineering and scientific mindsets. The reviewer felt that sales techniques just aren't something you pick up instantly. Hopefully, this article encourages you to understand the sales process better and to seek out a talented salesperson who can help market and sell your innovations or products. View full abstract»

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  • Measuring capacitance using thermal noise

    Page(s): 44 - 48
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    This paper shows how to measure capacitance by measuring thermal noise. The goal is to design a circuit in which noise voltage is large enough to measure while remaining a simple function of capacitance. Furthermore, the bandwidth of the noise must be appropriate for measurement by a multimeter. View full abstract»

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  • Product development and avoiding tiger tanks

    Page(s): 22 - 24
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    So much time is invested in the development of a new product that it is hard to see it shelved. But there is a lot more to bringing products to market than producing the design and first prototype. These issues are like tiger tanks in a battle, and they lurk for the uninitiated. There is a myriad of seemingly nonengineering issues that can act as ultimate barriers to market success: a name, compliance with regulations, homologations, part availability, North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) formulas, tariffs, licenses, software, firmware, warranty, insurance, and single-source parts. Engineers will ultimately solve many of these nonengineering barriers. This article discusses these issues and, as an example, uses a simple device that might be installed or have access to a communications network intended for worldwide distribution. View full abstract»

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  • My favorite experiment: EMP, lightning leaders, and hypotheses

    Page(s): 39 - 40
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    The author describes his experience on electromagnetic pulse generated by a lightning bolt. The author also gained a lot of respect for the electromagnetic energy that must be released from an airborne nuclear explosion, seeing as how one blast can easily destroy all electronics within a 1,000 mi radius. View full abstract»

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  • Cleaning up after Katrina

    Page(s): 50 - 53
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    The 2005 earthquake that devastated Pakistan and Kashmir on 8 October and Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast region of the United States on 29 August, are reminders of how vulnerable we are. Rowan University classes were just days away from starting when Katrina hit, so we were presented with a unique opportunity. Since Rowan offers the Engineering Clinic each semester, it offered a chance to synthesize a new project that could engage a multidisciplinary team of students to undertake reconstruction miniprojects over the course of a semester. View full abstract»

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  • Smart laser vision sensors simplify inspection

    Page(s): 33 - 38
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    For all in-process and finished product applications, laser sensors are used in the rubber and tire industry to enhance competitiveness by improving productivity. The basic benefits of using laser sensors for quality control include increasing yield and productivity, increasing quality by providing 100% product inspection, reducing scrap production and rejects, and in-process inspection to detect and correct trends quickly before production of scrap. New developments in laser-based measuring systems can now provide high-speed digital data communications, eliminating the effects of errors from electrical noise and eliminating the need for A/D converters. New smart sensor developments allow application specific analysis software to run inside the sensor, simplifying operation, improving reliability, and reducing cost by eliminating the need for external signal processing hardware. View full abstract»

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  • Climbing the commercialization hill the four phase of product development

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    The article tried to give some sense of the activities and the amount of work still remaining after the creation of the first working product breadboard. It is estimated that typically only 10-50% of the work has been done by the time this first breadboard is done. The rest of the effort will typically require significant cooperation between employees in each functional area. All of these activities are designed to deliver a product that will allow the organization to manufacture the product repeatedly, with predictable delivery, quality, cost, and performance. View full abstract»

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  • Editor's bench

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  • Development of a hybrid switcher locomotive the Railpower Green Goat

    Page(s): 25 - 29
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    The Green Goat, a diesel/battery hybrid switcher locomotive, demonstrated impressive fuel savings as the engine never operates at idle as on a conventional locomotive. The Railpower Green Goat locomotive design incorporates all of the above features, but most importantly, focuses on keeping the concept as well as the implementation as simple as possible. During initial trials at the Union Pacific Railroad in Chicago, Illinois, customer input was paramount in the design of the locomotives, and most customers encouraged as simple a design as possible. Hybrid locomotives are meeting the needs of the train industry. The partnering of a small heat engine with an energy-storing device has created a product with much more efficient fuel use and maneuverability. Our train system continues to be an important part of our economy, and advances in this technology show great promise now and in the years to come. View full abstract»

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  • Intelligent Vehicle Technology and Trends - [Book review]

    Page(s): 54
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  • Advertising index

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  • Table of contents

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  • IEEE Job site

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  • IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference

    Page(s): 41
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  • Society news - Keithley award recipient

    Page(s): 42
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  • Embedded Systems Conference

    Page(s): 43
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  • Call for papers

    Page(s): 49
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  • New products

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