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Content posted in January 2011
It's cold. It's dark. And the TDR you need is missing.
Engineering Investigations  
1/14/2011   21 comments
A home-made time domain reflectometer saves the day for engineers working half-way between the Arctic Circle and the North Pole
The mysterious case of the Chicago blackouts
Engineering Investigations  
1/13/2011   7 comments
Engineers are baffled by a sub-transmission line for an electric company losing power at dinner time
Noise, noise everywhere in an early ultrasound scanner
Engineering Investigations  
1/7/2011   22 comments
A junior engineer investigates noise problems with a cardiac imager and learns the value of writing everything down and not forgetting that the smallest fix may save a lot of work
Troubleshooting engineer gets the jitters
Engineering Investigations  
1/7/2011   4 comments
When his card fails Wander Transfer, an engineer wonders how the unit is going to meet spec when the stimulus exceeds spec
The dilemma of the dimming LCDs
Engineering Investigations  
1/7/2011   13 comments
Investigating a dimming LCD, an engineer discovers the best diagnostic tool is the one that does the job
The day Fortran code shut down a mill--or did it?
Engineering Investigations  
1/6/2011   11 comments
A process engineer recounts a story involving Fortran code


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