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Bond and EMI Shield with same part, FASTELek, an engineering case study from Fastel Adhesives

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Editors note: This is a Case Study from our partner supplier Fastel Adhesives, and here is their Industrial Interface Supplier Profile.  Learn more about Fastel’s FASTELEK Materials.

1) How do you bond a housing together and create an EMI/RFI Shield?

EMI Shielding is a very complex subject with a lot of considerations. Whenever you are evaluating an EMI shield you need to think about galvanic reactions, frequencies you are shielding, costs, and additional functions of the EMI shielding gasket. An engineer working on a wireless transceiver contacted Fastel looking to create an EMI shielding gasket in a complex geometry.

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Engineer creates own heart valve to save his life

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In 2000, Tal Golesworthy, a British engineer, was told that he suffers from Marfan syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissue that often causes rupturing of the aorta. The only solution then available was the pairing of a mechanical valve and a highly risky blood thinner. To an engineer like Golesworthy, that just wasn’t good enough. So he constructed his own implant that does the job better than the existing solution–and became the first patient to try it.

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Tools explained (funny)

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DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light . Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, ‘Oh sh–!’

SKIL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
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Engineering Case Study: Rapid Product Development-Entrocomponent Solutions (ECS)

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Editors note: This is a Case Study from our partner supplier Entrocomponent Solutions, and here is their sales team: Jeff Bradbury and Scott McGlasson.

1) Case Study: How do I control iterative prototyping costs?

A large OEM customer was recently in development of a new hand held device requiring several custom die cut components for various cushioning, sealing, shielding applications.   The challenge was that the design of these components were was not firm, requiring many unexpected iterations along  the development path.  The company was also under a very tight time frame to get products to market for the holiday buying season. They needed to define both the materials and the functional design of each of these parts very quickly.

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Starting a new gig? Here’s how to make an immediate and lasting impact

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Starting a new job always brings up a wide range of emotions, running the gambit from anxiety to outright excitement.  Too often, those in technical professions do not think through the practical methods to make the transition as smooth and beneficial as possible.  What steps can a new employee take to make a positive and measurable impact with the new company?

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Engineering Case Study: How to find a unique LCD screen in 48 hours or less

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Editors note: This is a Case Study from our trade show partner, The Del Mar Electronics and Design Show.  Their online system, Virtual Trade Show is powered by the Industrial Interface Web Platform.

1) Case Study: How to find a unique LCD screen in 48 hours?

An engineer at a large electronics manufacturer had been searching for LCD manufacturers and representatives for about a month. The engineer found it difficult to find the right supplier because of the unique specs required for his LCD. Using Virtual Trade Show he typed in the title of his sourcing need “12.1″ XGA High-Bright LCD with Wide Operating Temperature” and within a few minutes had outlined all the requirements of his project. The engineer started receiving quotes for COTS and Custom solutions the very next day.

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Best Handoff Practices for Design Teams

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One of the most difficult engineering processes to nail down is a complex design handoff from one team to another.  Awhile back, I discussed this briefly using a football analogy.  I want to expand on that a little today:

  • What makes a handoff so difficult?
  • Why does so much information get lost?
  • Why do teams inherently place blame on each other when it goes poorly?

Other than the basic communication issues between engineers (that we’ve discussed ad nauseum here, here, and here), there are specific issues with an engineering handoff that make it difficult.

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Engineering Case Study: Glue in die cut form-Fastel Adhesives

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Editors note: This is a Case Study from our partner supplier Fastel Adhesives, and here is their Industrial Interface Supplier Profile.

1) Glue in the form of film?

As an engineer, I was always interested in the latest, greatest, and most unique technologies. Fastel Adhesives introduces the world’s only glue in the form of Film that bonds and seals quickly. Benefits include:
  • No Mess
  • Quick Cure
  • Re-Workable

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