Lawrence Kren

What online music taught me about industrial automation
I'm in the market for a new MP3 player, which got me thinking about the trouble I had two years ago during the purchase of the last one.
How to win a lawsuit: Keep good records
Companies that keep accurate records of their activities will be glad they did should they become involved in a product-liability lawsuit.
An unbridgeable gap
For those of you who remember the earlier days of finite-element analysis, the following story may seem obsolete, as much software now has the ability to define beams by included tables.
Radar goes digital
A novel digital crystal-video receiver (DCVR) from researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute could make radar equipment more reliable and cheaper to build.
Know your thrust bearings 1
Operating conditions and design constraints dictate which type makes sense.
Post-it management
Engineers tend to ignore the use of verbal analogy to get their points across, which is a shame.
Molecular logic
Electronic keypad locks on security doors open only when users enter the correct password.
Storing light
Buffers in computer chips temporarily store data as needed to smooth information flow.
Fish ear spawns sensor
U.S. Navy ships tow arrays of hydrophones thousands of feet long to locate enemy submarines by sound.
Straighter shooter
Automatic hone helps machine gunners hit their mark.
Plugging leaky nanocircuits
The gate dielectric in a transistor electrically insulates the gate from the channel in which current flows.
Engineering profession self-limiting?
When it comes to money, few professions are as naive as engineering.
Lean manufacturing challenges outsourcing
A Midwestern maker of mops and brooms recently found itself in financial trouble when the company's new management team consolidated five of its production plants into one.
One-off Parts by the Thousands
NASCAR teams trade die grinders for NC machines, and in the process build race engines that make more consistent horsepower.
Where art meets science
Industrial designers and mechanical engineers can sometimes struggle working together in the field of product design.
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