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You Can Make It on Your Own [electronic resource]

Includes segments on the use of computers in creating and writing music, invention of new musical instruments, computers that record the daily life of their wearers, and a mechanical engineering contest at M.I.T.
2005; 2003

Laser Technology [electronic resource]: Fiber Optics

The use of fiber optic technology continues to change the way we live today. This video demonstrates the various ways it has been incorporated into our everyday surroundings, and how it may be used in the future. Beginning with a history of fiber optics development, the video then goes on to describe the basic principles of light and how it interacts with matter. Building on this understanding, the video then defines the requirements of a fiber optic communications system. Important terms such as attenuation, photons, and refractive index are explained in detail, alongside colorful graphics which demonstrate major concepts. Finally, the video explores the use of Fiber Optic Trainers in classroom settings, which allow viewers to transmit radio, analog, and digital signals, and experim [...]
2005; 1995

Advances in Industrial Robotics [electronic resource]

Robotics has become a formidable force in the workplace. Some of your students may already use robots on the job or work with someone who does. This video takes a look at the changes that have occurred since robotics was first introduced. Students are given a refresher of the basics: terminology, concepts, system components, classification of robots. But then, new applications and work tasks are overviewed. They see how far robotics has advanced industry-wide. Students also discover where robots are commonly used and some anticipated future applications in business and industry. Offer your students critical information on robotics as it plays a more important role in commercial and industrial settings around the world.
2005; 1998

Computer Numerical Control [electronic resource]

Covers state-of-the-art procedures detailing how computers operate many kinds of equipment ranging from milling machines, lathes, turning centers, and other automated machines to more complex manufacturing cells. CNC automatically measures parts, controls robotic welders, and moves materials through the manufacturing facilities. An excellent tool for providing a basic understanding of computer numerical control in the current manufacturing industry.
2007; 1994

Fluid Power Technology-Actuators [electronic resource]

Explains the construction and operation of the many types of actuators used in industry. Hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, motors, rotators, grippers, pushers, lifters, rubbers, and bellows are all detailed. Actual cutaways, examples in industry, and computer animation make this an excellent addition to your curriculum.
2007; 1994

Fluid Power Technology-at Work [electronic resource]

Brings the fluid power industry into your classroom. A broad overview of the many applications of hydraulics and pneumatics is summarized. Everything from the steam engine to the space shuttle to a huge robotic dinosaur eating an airplane is shown in this highly entertaining program. A few of the subjects covered include: advantages of hydraulic versus pneumatic systems, small power equipment, mobile equipment, as well as fluid power in the transportation, aviation, machining, manufacturing, mining, energy, and chemical processing industries. Hydrostatic drive, machine automation, hydro-milling, destructive testing, and many other topics are included.
2007; 1993

Introducing Plastics Technology [electronic resource]

Introducing viewers to the wonders of the plastic age, this video provides an excellent overview for any plastics course or unit. It reviews thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, investigates processes used in converting plastics, and also describes many of the career opportunities available in the plastics field. Animation and close-ups make this video interesting and informative for all viewers.
2006; 1991

Introduction to Fluid Power [electronic resource]

This video provides a balanced and concise overview of fluid power. Offering definitions, principles, and current uses, Introduction to Fluid Power also covers fluids; hydraulic and pneumatic systems; fluid power formulas; static pressure; pressure gauge and regulator operations; as well as pumps, valves, and actuators. Questions are inserted at intermediate stopping points so that students can interact..setting this program apart from the rest. Information is also given for career opportunities, including educational requirements and certification. An excellent addition for those who only have time to cover the basics.
2005; 1992

Laser [electronic resource]: Brightest Light

The laser beam is so powerful that it can vaporize steel, so coherent that it can be used for delicate surgery, and so adaptable that it can even be used to transport data. This overview of laser technology clearly defines what a laser is and how it functions while providing a concise history of its evolution. Visits to businesses where lasers are used, commentary by laser professionals, and entertaining demonstrations reveal the science behind the magic.
2005; 1997

Manufacturing Systems [electronic resource]

More detailed information on the manufacturing system is given, including in-depth discussion of the types of manufacturing systems (continuous, intermittent, and custom, with discussion of each type's benefits and a comparison of the three), inputs, tools and equipment, workers, organizations, human and material resources, productivity, and quality control. Included is a discussion on modernization of manufacturing systems for maintaining and increasing productivity and quality.
2008; 1994

Polymer Production Techniques [electronic resource]

Moving beyond Introducing Plastics Technology, this video gives your students an in-depth look at the technology skills needed to pursue a career in plastics manufacturing. Viewers learn various types of plastics and their properties as well as appropriate methods for processing raw materials into finished products. Blow-molding, compression-molding, extrusion, and injection-molding are just some of the areas covered. Maintenance, safety, and troubleshooting are also discussed. Give your advanced students an edge in plastics manufacturing.
2006; 1998

Robotics Fundamentals [electronic resource]

Robots are now being used in a variety of industrial settings to complete repetitive and sometimes dangerous work. In this video, viewers are introduced to robotics fundamentals including the identification of robotic parts and the capabilities of various robots being used in industry. Viewers also see several examples of industrial robots, microcomputer controllers, robot control programs, and sensing systems. It's a great introduction to the basics of robotics technology!
2005; 1997

Robots [electronic resource]: An Important Place in World Industry

Learn what a robot is and how it compares to human workers. View robots at work performing a variety of jobs; examine the benefits and liabilities of robots and the need for worker safety.
1900; 1992

Food Packaging [electronic resource]

Using a clever news report approach, this program addresses three important topics: packaging materials and their function, safety, and design; innovation in packaging techniques; and environmental issues involving packaging, with an emphasis on plastics. Experts from Heinz and Cryovac, among others, discuss packaging development while making sense of key industry terms such as modified atmosphere and active and aseptic packaging.
2006; 2003

Lifecycle Assessment [electronic resource]: Environmental Impact of Manufacturing

The planet is not a garbage can, as every Earth-friendly manufacturer knows. This program charts the process of lifecycle assessment for items made of metal, plastic, and wood. The environmental impacts of specific products are followed in detail, including use of natural resources, depletion of raw materials, emissions to the atmosphere and water supply, solid wastes, and ecological consequences. Both conceptual and analytical approaches to lifecycle assessment are presented, and the four main stages of lifecycle assessment are identified: goal definition and scope, inventory of materials, impact assessment, and assessment interpretation.
2006; 2003

Robots [electronic resource]: Look Into the Future

Artificial intelligence is almost categorically inferior when compared with humanity-nevertheless, it is evolving rapidly. This program examines robots developed for a wide range of purposes, from medical nanotechnology to computerized, environmentally sensitive logging machines. Robotic communication and perception skills are also explored. Clearly showing the increasing aptitude and mobility of artificial brains and bodies, this Science Screen Report will expand the viewer's understanding of robot usage and importance.
2006; 1999

Physiology [electronic resource]: Muscles and Bones

This program looks at the human body in motion, studying the interaction of the skeleton and muscles and the ways in which engineers and designers imitate these systems. Demonstrating how bones allow mobility while also providing protection, the program examines skeletal strength, calcium's importance, the internal structure of bones, and their dependence on muscles for cohesion and power. Linking architecture, machine design, computer science, and other disciplines, this Science Screen Report offers a fresh way of understanding human anatomy.
2006; 2001

Ergonomics in the Real World [electronic resource]

Ergonomics is concerned with designing objects and spaces for maximum utility by the people who use them. This program provides a thorough overview as it explores the history of ergonomics; discusses the key ergonomic principles of safety, comfort, ease of use, productivity and performance, and aesthetics; and presents a variety of specific examples of ergonomics in everyday life, including a vegetable peeler, an adjustable car seat, the Rotasole sports shoe, architect Steven Last's "The Last Beach House," and a shopping mall. The evolution of ergonomics, with its growing emphasis on how user-centered design and manufacturing impact the natural environment, is considered as well.

Practical Use of Materials [electronic resource]: Plastics

The word "plastic" comes from the Greek plastikos, meaning "to form." Over time, it was used to describe the hardening of soft materials. This program looks at our modern understanding of the term-which still contains something of the original idea, since oil-based plastic is one of the most pliable, adaptable materials in the world. Outlining the creation, characteristics, and uses of plastic, the video examines polymers, injection molding, blow molding, extrusion, how color is added, and why plastic is usually considered superior to glass in bottle-making. Aspects of industrial plastic recycling are also discussed.

Practical Use of Materials [electronic resource]: Textiles

Going inside the world of fibers, fabrics, and yarns, this video provides students with an understanding of textile classification and how textiles are processed and tested before being used in end products. A textile researcher demonstrates how fibers are turned into fabric and explains differences between the properties of natural and synthetic fibers. A fashion designer describes the characteristics that he looks for when choosing fabrics to produce his collection, and the tests that he conducts to ensure the best materials are selected. Finally, a flag manufacturer discusses how dyes and finishes are applied to fabrics in making his products.