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Local minimum effect in optimization

How to use finite element analysis to optimize product design

Design optimization is a process that attempts to determine the best possible design for a specific goal.  This is often a daunting task when you consider the number of design variations that are possible in any given situation. Changes in physical dimensions, loading, and material properties can all affect the performance of a design.  

Strengthening workforce English proficiency improves countries’ ability to compete in the global economy and attract investment

Why English means business

Success in business is often hinged on one word - communication; and most of it happens in English. As the fastest-spreading language in human history, English is spoken at a useful level by some 1.75 billion of us worldwide – that’s over a quarter of the world’s population.


Can SMBs defend themselves against the new threat landscape?

Can SMBs defend themselves against the new threat landscape?

There’s a new kid on the block of IT security and it’s called the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT). For corporate security professionals, APTs are a nightmare. The sort of nightmare that wakes you up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. For small business owners, it’s seemingly another three letter acronym from the world of technology.

Joe Hedley, Aeronautical Mechanical Engineering Apprentice at QinetiQ

The power of apprenticeships: Joe Hedley's QinetiQ experience

Young people have tough choices to make when they are leaving school, as millions of them are about to now. The next step is daunting - and can obviously help define what you do going through life. One career path that should not be overlooked is that of apprenticeships.

Cyber-security is a major and growing concern for data-driven and digitally-reliant businesses.

Is your software an open goal for cyber attacks?

For our increasingly data-driven and digitally-reliant businesses, cyber security is a major and growing threat. From Heartbleed to eBay, every week appears to bring a new story about cyber threats and the risks to online security.

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  • Centres of excellence explained

    The term Centre of Excellence (CoE) is becoming a popular way of focusing attention in many organisations, but what exactly is a CoE? How can it be incorporated into an organisational structure? And, is it just another ‘excellence’ fad? Kerrine Bryan and Ian Herbert answer some typical questions.

  • Powerline versus WiFi - the pros and cons

    Comparing two wireless solutions and examining their relative merits in a home networking environment.

  • 2D and 3D design: Let's work together

    There's no need for an either/or decision – the goal should be to blend 2D and 3D design tools and processes, and get the best of both.

  • How do you unleash the potential of engineers in SMEs?

    Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has examined how you can achieve competitive advantage through people in SMEs, taking an engineering company as one of the central case studies.

  • 999 location information: obligations for telephone networks

    Stephen Killen of ConneXon examines the problems associated with delivering correct location information with 999 (or 112) calls made from within private telephone networks and considers the regulatory, legal and moral obligations placed on organisations to ensure that this information reliable.

  • process heating for the future

    An innovative thermal fluid based plastic recycling method has been manufactured that can work effectively at the upper and lower ends of the heating cycle.

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  • Spitfire enters the digital age

    3D digital scanning specialist Physical Digital has captured the very essence of the last airworthy Spitfire.

  • Controlling the car of the future

    Cars have seen great improvements in styling, safety and performance over the last 40 years. The next area for evolution is likely to be the interior, in particular the interfaces between the car systems and the occupants.

  • 2D and 3D design: Let's work together

    There's no need for an either/or decision – the goal should be to blend 2D and 3D design tools and processes, and get the best of both.

  • i-Give: a new era of charity donation

    A professor from the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University presents details about the first highly interactive donation system, providing a user-friendly multimedia interface for promoting, motivating and assisting people to make donations at any particular time.

  • Isolated DC-DC performance in an ultra-small form factor

    Presenting innovative silicon integration, power-system-in-package and proprietary control architectures to enable benchmark isolated DC-DC performance in an ultra-small form factor.

  • Deepwater Horizon Drilling Platform Explosion

    There has been widespread coverage of the Gulf of Mexico disaster in many news papers but the report which is more interesting to control systems engineers, was published in The Times on the May 18th 

  • Do we still need to find black boxes?

    Could better aircraft communications help make aircraft black boxes obsolete?

  • Danish railway gets in-carriage network

    Network enabled trains integrate security, surveillance, passenger counting and infotainment technologies.

  • Using customer experience management to meet the challenges of next-generation mobile

    Mobile operators could benefit from understanding how customers experience their services 

  • Migrating to Linux: how and why

    Linux is firmly established in the embedded market, but migrating existing source code to the operating system is a considerable undertaking. This article explores the steps necessary to migrate, the technical requirements and possible pitfalls and the differences between buying an established Linux implementation and developing one internally.

  • Ultrawideband: not dead yet

    Marty Colombatto, chief executive officer of wireless USB chip company Staccato Communications, says that the ultra-wideband based technology is just beginning to take off.

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