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Inspection Rejection: Why More Is Less in a Vision System
Engineering Investigations  
6/3/2014   3 comments
You rarely get anything extra for free. Engineers who work on vision systems know this. But sometimes other people believe that just putting a camera on it constitutes an effective inspection setup.
When Troubleshooting Is Like Going Down a Rathole
Engineering Investigations  
5/29/2014   19 comments
It's really mind-boggling to think of what my hourly rate would be if I were paid for the actual time that I spent troubleshooting a problem to get to a fix. The challenge is to avoid going down a rathole.
Troubleshooting a Plumbing Problem the Electronics Way
Engineering Investigations  
5/29/2014   33 comments
Often water flow is used to explain basic electronics in the form of analogies. After learning the hard way, an engineer attempts to explain basic water flow in terms of electronics.
EMI Encounters: Separate Your Outhouse & Well
Engineering Investigations  
5/14/2014   10 comments
We in the EMC/EMI world often use the saying "Don't put the well next to the outhouse" to describe large EMI sources located next to very sensitive victims.
The Case of the Crazy Conveyor
Engineering Investigations  
4/29/2014   8 comments
A new conveyor wreaks havoc in a newspaper printing plant, but what's to blame?
Frankenstein's Fix: The Winners Announced!
Engineering Investigations  
11/15/2013   8 comments
The contest has come to a close. The entries were all fantastic, but there has to be a winner!
Frankensteinís Fix: Trailer Life
Engineering Investigations  
11/13/2013   6 comments
When adapting a trailer for life near the tree line, everything in the place requires a Frankenstein's Fix.
Frankensteinís Fix: Troubleshooting a Computer System
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11/11/2013   2 comments
Stuck in some God-forsaken country with new equipment that refuses to work, Steve Karty saves the day with a Tektronix scope. Here's why he deserves a new one.
Frankenstein's Fix: Let There Be Flashlight
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11/11/2013   3 comments
Every engineer has a Mount Electronica lurking. Here is how Brice Harris conquered his and what he had to show for it.
Frankenstein's Fix: Holistic Guide to Reanimating Appliances
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11/8/2013   6 comments
The appliance doctor is in the house. David Carrier explains why laziness is the key to efficiency.
Frankenstein's Fix: The Lady
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11/7/2013   4 comments
She was a hideous wreck, nothing but a scar on the face of our throwaway society. Troy Denton brought her back to life.
Frankenstein's Fix: Repairing the Repair Tools
Engineering Investigations  
11/6/2013   6 comments
When the repair tools are worse than the problem, Seth Peterson gets on with making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
Frankenstein's Fix: What's Wrong With This Picture?
Engineering Investigations  
11/5/2013   5 comments
What do you do when bored on a Saturday night? Fix Camera 1, of course.
Frankenstein's Fix: the Mysterious Data Packet
Engineering Investigations  
11/5/2013   2 comments
Who knew that using a laptop to upload data to a mainframe was so ahead of its time?
Frankenstein's Fix: Burnt Bulbs & Bright Futures
Engineering Investigations  
11/5/2013   4 comments
A burnt-out bulb brings a challenge to a young engineer. Fix this with no tools to impress the girl!
Frankenstein's Fix: Signals Drift on Tropical Islands
Engineering Investigations  
11/4/2013   1 comment
A signal drifts too far, but Doug White reins it in.
Frankenstein's Fix: Musical Memory Mapping
Engineering Investigations  
11/4/2013   2 comments
When a mill doesn't want to work reliably, John comes up with a creative way to test the system.
Frankenstein's Fix: Lighting the Way With Rechargables
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10/31/2013   4 comments
In an attempt to stop wasting normal batteries, Don rebuilds a flashlight.
Frankenstein's Fix: The Million-Dollar Power Supply
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10/31/2013   Post a comment
Some quick thinking and a million dollar computer save the day when a power source is needed.
Frankenstein's Fix: Noisy Nuisances
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10/28/2013   1 comment
Noisy test areas can kill a company. Brian comes to the rescue and saves the day.
Frankenstein's Fix: The Dead Drill
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10/25/2013   8 comments
A drill that won't drill: When a power tool won't do its job, Don does his.
Frankenstein's Fix: Problematic Pioneer
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10/24/2013   7 comments
A head unit found in the trash gets resurrected after multiple tries.
Frankenstein's Fix: Organic Liquid Causes Organ Failure
Engineering Investigations  
10/24/2013   1 comment
An unfortunate dose of liquid brings this organ to its knees, but Brian is here to save the day.
Frankenstein's Fix: Disastrous Dust
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10/23/2013   7 comments
What lingers inside your old TV? This proves "they don't make 'em like they use to."
Frankenstein's Fix: Dashboard Demolition
Engineering Investigations  
10/23/2013   4 comments
Many modifications to the instrument cluster of a Ford Focus make its owner much happier.
Frankenstein's Fix: Growing New Life
Engineering Investigations  
10/23/2013   8 comments
While inspecting a rack, Grover discovers a new life form growing from a battery pack.
Frankenstein's Fix: Virtual Insanity
Engineering Investigations  
10/23/2013   1 comment
Experiments in virtualizing pay off, till they perform too well.
Frankenstein's Fix: Power-Hungry USB
Engineering Investigations  
10/22/2013   1 comment
A power-hungry USB data-acquisition device gets an overhaul.
Frankenstein's Fix: You Lazy Motor!
Engineering Investigations  
10/21/2013   4 comments
It took years to find the odd cause of this motor's laziness.
Frankenstein's Fix: Immaculate Imaging
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10/21/2013   5 comments
A plague of image artifacts is resolved and a patent rises from the ruins.
Frankenstein's Fix: Rebuilding the TV Lightning Killed
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10/21/2013   2 comments
Dave's grandparents lost their TV to lightning. He resurrected it thoroughly.
Frankenstein's Fix: Relay Reanimation
Engineering Investigations  
10/18/2013   8 comments
Like Frankenstein, Richard breathes new life into relays by using scavenged parts.
Frankenstein's Fix: Power Supply Parables
Engineering Investigations  
10/18/2013   6 comments
The original designer of this power supply should have been promoted into management before he/she could design any more disasters.
Frankenstein's Fix: Misbehaving S-Meters
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10/17/2013   2 comments
Glen gets a pleasant surprise when he finds his redesign of a Heath Kit's circuit had become official documents!
Frankenstein's Fix: The Unrestricted Lawnshredder
Engineering Investigations  
10/17/2013   3 comments
When young Jack found his lawnmower overpowered by a jungle of a yard, he set his sights on the motor's governor.
Frankenstein's Fix: Troublesome Psychedelics
Engineering Investigations  
10/15/2013   14 comments
A psychedelic light-show gets quirky and Glen has to figure out why.
Frankenstein's Fix: Global Telecommunications Breakdown
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10/15/2013   10 comments
When the entire Middle East loses telephone service, Bob has to take charge and work blind.
Frankenstein's Fix: The Ghost in the Proton Pack
Engineering Investigations  
10/14/2013   6 comments
Peculiarities in the LED display of a prop proton pack nearly drive an engineer insane.
Frankenstein's Fix: Resurrecting a Massacred Organ
Engineering Investigations  
10/11/2013   18 comments
A challenge to clean up a mess and repair a broken organ paid off.
Frankenstein's Fix: Dirty Signals
Engineering Investigations  
9/26/2013   16 comments
When a clock counts too fast, a dirty signal is to blame. How did Will Sweatman solve it?
Frankenstein's Fix: When in Doubt, Try Banging on It!
Engineering Investigations  
9/26/2013   13 comments
After all these years, at the height of our technology lies a simple solution to many problems: Blunt force.
Frankenstein's Fix: The Tricky Toroid
Engineering Investigations  
9/26/2013   3 comments
Using a logic analyzer to investigate the problem, an engineering technician finds a simple way to meet the design requirements for an early RF device.
Frankensteinís Fix: The Haunted Radio Station
Engineering Investigations  
9/25/2013   12 comments
An engineer struggles through the night to fix a radio station's transmitter as the townspeople begin gathering, pitchforks at the ready.
Frankensteinís Fix: Up the Creek With a Useless Product Manual & No Code
Engineering Investigations  
9/25/2013   2 comments
Buying used signs online seemed like a good deal, until engineers realized there were no instructions included.
Frankenstein's Fix: Designing Speed Controllers for R/C Boats
Engineering Investigations  
9/12/2013   1 comment
After seeing a mess of wires, intrepid George set out to make a better motor speed controller for radio-controlled boats.
Frankenstein's Fix: No Smoking in the Emergency Room
Engineering Investigations  
9/2/2013   23 comments
When a piece of medical equipment turns out to be a fire hazard, a quick fix by an engineer on the hot seat saves the day.
10 useful science and engineering search engines
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6/18/2013   23 comments
Use these tools to hunt up standards, circuit diagrams, chemical properties, and more.
Piezoelectric straw-covered skyscraper harvests energy
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5/30/2013   1 comment
Strawscraper, the invention of Swedish architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter, aims to extend a building in Stockholm with an energy-producing outer shell made of piezoelectric straws that can recover wind energy.
Industrial robot helps researchers
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5/10/2013   Post a comment
Rethink Robotics is giving researchers an ability to get up close and personal with its Baxter industrial robot with a new research version they can use to build custom software and applications.
IP Nightmares
Engineering Investigations  
4/9/2013   6 comments
While we accept the necessity of IP, everyone seems to have plenty of grips as well. What are your biggest complaints about IP developers or users?
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