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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
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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?
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1/6/2011   11 comments
A process engineer recounts a story involving Fortran code


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Air Conditioner Falls From Window, Still Works
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