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Most of today’s drones are designed for basic aerial photography, but there are some that have been recently outfitted with flamethrowers. Designed by Throwflame, the TF-19 Wasp was made for industrial or agricultural use to remotely and safely ignite ground or aerial targets. By using the TF-19 drones, companies can safely remove debris from power lines, eliminate insect nests, and create remote agriculture burns. The TF-19 Wasp has an ignition range of up to 25 feet and a fuel capacity of one gallon, giving the drone a torching time of about a minute and a half. Throwflame designed the drone off of the DHI S1000 which offers a five pound payload capacity. The DJI S1000 then connects to a rail attachment which allows for flamethrower use.

Interested in reading about other real world drone applications? Check out FLIR Systems’ Black Hornet pocket drone.
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Economy, Industry
According to users of ThomasNet.com, sourcing activity for Design Engineering Services has been 14 percent above the average for 12 weeks. In addition to that, other related categories like Prototype and Reverse Engineering Services are both up 15% month-over-month 


Finding skilled design engineers and other talent has been an increasingly hard task that many manufacturing companies are struggling with. According to a study done by Workable.com, engineering jobs are the hardest jobs to fill and on average take the longest to fill, taking 62 days for engineering jobs and only 47 days for other jobs. Because design engineers are in short supply, this time can be drastically higher for the manufacturing industry.

After looking at the facts, it makes sense why the data from ThomasNet.com is showing a growing number of companies are looking towards third-party engineering service companies to outsource their design work. The talent offered by most turnkey service companies is more often then not very reliable, however at some point our government leaders and US manufacturing companies are going to have to get together to address this growing problem facing the industry.

A short-term solution to this growing issue would be the support and advancement of apprenticeships and tradeschool, however a more long-term solution would require more work. Since most engineering jobs require a college degree, we need to focus on High school student to try and encourage them to pursue degrees in engineering by offering them incentive and opportunities to reach for these high paying, rewarding jobs. If we can attract more young people, especially more girls to these engineering fields than we would be able to fill those jobs a lot faster.

Below are the top ten service categories according to ThomasNet.com

  1. CNC Machining
  2. Lumber
  3. Printed Circuit Boards
  4. Steel
  5. Plastic Injection Molding Services
  6. Packaging
  7. Nutritional Supplement & Vitamin Contract Manufacturing
  8. Corrugated Boxes
  9. Plastics
  10. Non-Destructive Testing Services
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Industry, Innovation
The Electronics Research Laboratory or ERL was founded by Volkswagen in Belmont, California to function as the company’s center for research and innovation.  When it first started in 1988, it had only three employees, but over the years it has expanded to over 180 different employees from engineers to product designers and recently it has invested in generative design software.


Earlier this Month, Volkswagen renamed the ERL to the IECC and gave it a new purpose. The also revealed a brief look at some potential technologies that you could expect from them. The IECC or the Innovation and Engineering Center California is going to be one of the largest Volkswagen research facilities outside of Germany.

There are two divisions within the IECC. There is the ICC for innovation which focuses on research and pre-development and the ECC for engineering which focuses on self-driving and connected car technologies.

To give an idea of what’s on the horizon for the IECC, Volkswagen revealed their Type 20 Concept Vehicle which combines elements from their past with cutting edge technologies. The design for the Type 20 is based on their famous 1962 Microbus. From this base they added an assortment of technologies that are still in development, like holographic infotainment, battery-electric vehicle drivetrain, biometric driver identification and a special custom suspension, created in partnership with Porsche, that can automatically correct drive height. They also used generative design, an AI design program that limits the weight of the car, while also magnifying the strength of car components.

Volkswagen was able to make some exotic, fascinating and powerful components with Autodesk’s generative design software called Fusion 360. Using this technology, they were able to re-conceptualize  their seat brackets, mirror mounts, and steering wheel.  In addition to Volkswagen, engineers at NASA and General Motors currently utilize this bleeding edge technology too.

Generative design is a process that starts with an engineer inputting a set of parameters like goals, specifications, materials, manufacturing process and cost. The AI then creates numerous designs concurrently based on physical real world constraints and requirements. Through generative design, Volkswagen is able to generate structures that their human engineers and designers couldn’t envision or formulate

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Industry

Chances are you have identified a process or system that is preventing you to increase efficiency, causing delayed projects and reduced productivity. But what do you do? Who do you call to help you solve a complex engineering problem while increasing productivity and profitability? Our client had a unique need for a next generation testing system to test multiple hoist units (of various types and specifications) with minimum change over. This requirement presented a remarkable challenge that just added to each project’s timeline and budget. ENSER Corp’s engineering team implemented design solutions for the Universal Automatic Test System (UATS) capable of testing the functionality across 38 different configurations. The test devices contain an automatic unit identification and universal loading system, control software with embedded acceptance procedures and operational safety limits.

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Customers, Press Releases
Enser and Carpal Kinetics – Team up for revolutionary new design of product

Wristrac – The non-surgical treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other wrist related disorders

WristracTM was developed by Ronald M. Repice, M.D. and Ronald M. Repice II, D.C. back in 1995 to provide a non-surgical solution for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( CTS ) and other wrist related disorders. Wristrac is designed to reduce the compressive and contractile forces in the wrist specifically in the region of the Carpal Tunnel, where the Median nerve and surrounding muscles and ligaments become damaged.

WristracTM provides a directly controllable traction force across the wrist, causing a stretch on the bones, muscles and ligaments allowing more room for the median nerve as well as reducing surrounding scar tissue that may have formed, thus relieving nerve pressure in addition to increasing blood flow ( circulation of oxygen to the hand ) which will allow for normal nerve function.

  • Easy to use at home or work
  • Lengthen contracted & thickened tissue
  • Increase proprioception

  • 7 Powerful yet controlled traction settings

  • Provide patients with a non-surgical treatment for wrist pain

    For more information, visit their web site at www.wristrac.com.

     

     

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